June 2, 2019 – Positive COVID-19 Test in Forks, WA

June 2, 2019 – Positive COVID-19 Test in Forks, WA

As many residents have already heard, last night, June 1, 2020 the Laboratory at Forks Community Hospital received confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19. Department of Health was notified and has already begun the process of contact tracing. Contact tracing is the process of identifying persons who may have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 and collecting further information about these contacts to attempt to stop chains of transmission.

Exposure to COVID-19 is defined as having been within 6 feet of a person that is positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes during the time that they were contagious – in this case from May 25th until today.

The Clallam County Health Department is contacting people known to have been in close contact with this person during their infectious period. If you feel you may have been exposed, please contact the Clallam County Health Department at (360) 417-2274 for advice.

If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we recommend you isolate at home and get tested. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 include:


  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea


Testing is available at Forks Community Hospital. Call (360) 374-6998 (#2) to arrange for testing.

SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY by calling 911 or going directly to the Emergency Room (not through The Central Check-In Station) with symptoms such as:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Any symptom you feel is emergent

This Communication was crafted in collaboration between Forks Community Hospital and Dr. Unthank, Clallam County Health Officer

June 02, 2020

Disclaimer: This Column is not intended as a diagnosis or recommended treatment of a specific condition. Answers are not a replacement for an individual medical evaluation. Individual health concerns should be evaluated by a licensed clinician.

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