This page contains all of The QVPR’s coverage of the novel coronavirus outbreak, and the illness it causes, called COVID-19.

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Social distancing: Necessary to flatten the curve and assist healthcare


Dr. Malcolm Butler, chief medical officer at Columbia Valley Community Health in Wenatchee, Washington, explains how people can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing and why business shutdown is necessary in order to keep healthcare systems from overloading.

How NCW schools are preparing for coronavirus

Cathy Meuret, school nurse corps administrator for North Central Educational Service District, explains how school nurses are helping to prepare students and parents for possible spread of the COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

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Confluence Health doctor discusses coronavirus and COVID-19

Jason Lake, the incoming chief medical officer of Confluence Health, discussed symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus and protective measures people should take to avoid it. Read more about the virus and the illness it causes, called COVID-19.


Information provided by the Washington Department of Health


Symptoms of Coronavirus are similar to flu or colds and may include:

Runny nose, Headache, Cough, Sore throat, Fever and, A general feeling of being unwell


Information provided by the Washington Department of Health

There are steps people should take to reduce their risk of getting and spreading any viral respiratory infections.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Cover your mouth & nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.

• Clean & disinfect objects and surfaces.

• Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill.