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Omicron is in North Central Washington

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  • Written By: Confluence Health
Omicron is in North Central Washington

The COVID Omicron variant is on the rise and the peak will be here in approximately 2-6 weeks. This new variant will have a large impact on our community and COVID vaccines and boosters will help prevent severe illness. We encourage you to get your booster now!

WHAT WE KNOW

  • Omicron is incredibly infectious.
  • The COVID vaccine and booster dose are your best defense against severe disease and hospitalization.
  • Even if fully vaccinated, be cautious to prevent further spread of disease.
  • You still have time to get your initial, FREE vaccine and booster dose.
  • Unvaccinated people have a higher likelihood of severe disease and hospitalization than those who are vaccinated and boosted.
  • Prepare for a high infection rate that could lead to caseloads overwhelming our healthcare and critical infrastructure.

Testing is a tool, however a negative test today, doesn’t ensure you will not develop COVID-like symptoms tomorrow. Please practice extra caution for the next 4 weeks.

WHAT YOU CAN DO

  • Get your vaccination and booster as soon as possible.
  • Stay home when sick. If symptomatic, call your healthcare provider for direction on testing.
  • Stay home and away from other if you tested positive for COVID-19 and follow your healthcare provider’s counsel on how long to stay isolated.
  • Wear a well-fitted mask, surgical and KN95’s are better than cloth masks.
  • Wash your hands often and practice physical distancing

Community Partners Offering Testing Resources

  • Confluence Health (by appointment only): 509-663-8711, option 1, option 2 - Click here for more information for COVID-19 testin and vaccines.
  • Chelan-Douglas Health District 509.886.6400
  • Cascade Medical 509.548.5815
  • Lake Chelan Health 509.682.3300
  • Columbia Valley Community Health 509.662.6000
  • Mid-Valley Hospital 509.826.1760
  • North Valley Hospital 509.486.2151
  • Family Health Centers 800.660.2129
  • Samaritan Healthcare 509.765.5606
  • Three Rivers Hospital 509.689.3749

For the next four weeks, please consider everyone outside of your home as potentially infected and keep your distance as much as possible.