Coronavirus is a big topic of conversation and concern in Washington State and here in the Spokane Metro Area.  The Spokane Regional Health District has put out information and a phone number to call with questions.

News about new COVID-19 cases in Washington State has many of us concerned about our own respiratory symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, and asking when we should seek care. It is perfectly understandable to be concerned.

Before rushing to the emergency room or doctor’s office, take these steps:

  1. Stay home to work and rest. If you live with others, keep a safe distance from them to not pass along germs
  2. Watch your symptoms closely for fever or increased shortness of breath in addition to cough and sneezing. And, consider who you’ve been in contact with in recent weeks. Have they or someone they know recently been traveling?
  3. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water and drying with a paper towel. Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve. Sanitize surfaces you touch regularly.
  4. If you’re still worried that you may have COVID-19, call your provider; don’t visit an emergency room or doctor’s office where you could pass along the virus. Your doctor can give you further instructions and determine if you need testing.

We are continuing to monitor statewide conditions.  You may see Spokane Valley Firefighters wearing extra protective gear as we dispatch to treat patients with respiratory/flu symptoms.  Do your part to help prevent #coronavirus spread by washing hands thoroughly, using hand sanitizer, and staying home if you become ill.

For more information about COVID-19 and personal preparedness, visit

You can also call 1-800-525-0127 and press #



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