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COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be inhaled by other people or land on their eyes, noses or mouth.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to14 days after exposure to the virus.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches

There are many reasons someone may choose to mask, and it remains an effective tool to help reduce spread of COVID and similar respiratory illness. COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breaths, coughs or sneezes and produces droplets in the air around an uninfected person. Droplets are very small particles that contain the virus.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from the COVID-19 illness.

You should contact your medical provider for guidance and assessment if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, or other health concerns. Cost of testing may vary depending on the provider and insurance coverage. For testing locations visit Washington State Department of Health. At-Home tests can also detect if you have COVID-19.

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Medications to treat COVID-19 must be prescribed by a healthcare provider who can guide you on what's best for you.

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  • Staying up to date with COVID-19 Vaccines & Booster Shots
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if needed.
  • Staying home when you have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection.
  • Wearing masks or respirators along with increasing space/distance between people in crowded or high-risk areas
  • For big indoor events increase your ventilation through opening windows or using an approved HEPA air filtration system. 
If you need help with immediate and longer-term needs for people affected by COVID-19 reach out to your local Care Connect Team: Care Connect - Benton Franklin Health District (


Covid-19 Guidance