General Information

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. 

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever                                                                   
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Other less common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness. 

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. 


Questions about COVID-19?

  • Stevens County Emergency Management Call Center

    • 509-684-7563, Monday - Friday from 9am to 4pm

  • Pend Oreille County Emergency Management Call Center

    • 509-447-1988, Monday - Friday from 9am to 3pm

  • Ferry County Emergency Management Call Center

    • 509-775-5225 x 1112, Monday - Friday from 9am to 3pm

  • Washington State Department of Health

    • 1-800-525-0127 and press #, 6am to 10pm, seven days a week. 
    • Or visit their website at:

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person in respiratory droplets from someone who is infected. People who are infected often have symptoms of illness. Some people with out symptoms may be able to spread the virus.

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads and the severity of the illness it causes. 


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members. 
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside your home. 
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people. 
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. The cloth face mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.