COVID-19 Updates

Updated 09/27/2021


This webpage will give you the latest guidelines for seeking medical care from Columbia Memorial Hospital and the CMH Medical Group. You can also get up-to-date news from CMH on Facebook and Twitter.

If you need to get tested for COVID-19, make an appointment with the CMH COVID-19 Testing Lab, 503-338-4656. Appointments are available M-F, 2:30 to 4 p.m., for people who are showing symptoms. There is no walk-in testing availability.
If you need work or school-related testing, please go through the Clatsop County Health Department. They are currently offering drive-thru testing M-F, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Camp Rilea (33168 Patriot Way, Warrenton). Appointments are required — call 503-325-8500.

Staying Healthy

Viruses are microscopic organisms that vary from simple to highly complex. Each has unique traits, including how it moves from one person to another, how it infects people, and who it infects.

Viruses cannot be treated with antibiotics. They can only be prevented through vaccines and healthy habits. The best way to prevent getting and spreading viruses is by building these healthy habits into your everyday life:

  • Clean your hands often. See the sidebar for the best way to clean your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday with a bleach-based cleanser. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Take care of your immune system by getting proper nutrition, hydration, sleep and exercise.

CDC: How COVID-19 spreads

COVID-19 Vaccines

Cleaning Your Hands, Tips from the CDC

Good hand hygiene fights off infectionWashing your hands often with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs. Here’s how:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

When you can’t use soap and water to wash your hands, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60- to 95-percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Wear a Mask

Masks/face coverings continue to be required at CMH for patients, caregivers and any visitors until notified otherwise.

Wearing a mask correctly prevents you from unknowingly spreading the novel coronavirus to others. We mask to protect each other.

CDC: How to Safely Wear a Mask

Pandemic Guidelines for Patients and Visitors

If You Are Sick

CMH Virtual Urgent CareWhen you are sick, it’s important that you prevent spreading the virus to others. With any infection, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick, unless you need medical care. Avoid public places, including work, school, stores, etc.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately clean your hands.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Limit contact with other people in your household to prevent spreading the virus to them.
  • Avoid sharing items, including glasses, cups, utensils, towels.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to practice good hygiene. Together, we can slow or stop the spread of virus, including COVID-19, the flu and the common cold.

Make an appointment with the CMH COVID-19 Testing Lab: 503-338-4656.

Clatsop County offers COVID-19 testing by appointment.

Telehealth Appointments Now Available

Video appointments with Columbia Memorial Hospital doctors

Columbia Memorial Hospital and the CMH Medical Group now offer telehealth, or virtual medical visits, for some of our services.

A telehealth visit is similar to an in-person wellness appointment with your own doctor. During the visit, you’ll talk about your current health concerns and learn what to do. Look for the green telehealth banner Telehealth Enabled to find clinics, services and providers who are offering telehealth visits for established patients.

Learn more about telehealth appointments.

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

Clatsop County

Due to the nationwide shortage in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clatsop County Emergency Management is coordinating PPE donations for local clinics, long-term care facilities and first responders, and asks that local and regional businesses and non-health care industries consider donating PPE not currently in use. 

Items accepted include any of the following items that are disposable and reusable, unopened and opened, expired and not expired:

  • Masks (N95, surgical, and procedural)
  • Gowns (disposable)
  • Gloves (exam type)
  • Eye Protection (goggles and eye shields)

All donated supplies will be redistributed to vulnerable healthcare partners who are on the front lines responding to the COVID-19 crisis.  Donators will receive a donation letter that can be used for a tax deduction.  If you require PPE for your own personal healthcare, please save those supplies for your use.

Starting Friday, March 27, donations will be accepted at the Emergency Management Office at Camp Rilea. These supplies will be coordinated by the Clatsop County Emergency Management and redistributed to local healthcare partners based on priority need.  For questions and information: or 503-325-8645.

Oregon State 

Several communities have been providing donations to hospitals to help with COVID-19 response.  The state has also been receiving a lot of requests for homemade PPE, RVs for COVID recovery, and land for tent hospitals.  To help with this, the state has setup a website you can refer community members to for donations:

Recent News

Clatsop County Public Health Updates

Oregon Health Authority Updates

COVID-19 Resources


By phone:

  • 211 Info for Oregon and SW Washington residents: 211 from a mobile phone or 503-222-5555 from a landline
    Topics: Daycare, homelessness, resources and case workers are available for aid with utilities/food. This line is NOT staffed by medically trained individuals.
  • Clatsop County Health Department: 503-325-8500
    For questions about exposure, employers or employees asking about going back to work. You will be encouraged to call your primary care provider for a medical assessment, which may include testing. If you don’t have a provider and need an assessment of symptoms, they will refer you to the CMH COVID-19 Hotline.
  • Washington State Department of Health: 1-800-525-0127
    Current information about Washington State cases and risk to the public. They will encourage you to call your health care provider, if you have concerns about risk/exposure.
Masks continue to be required at CMH for patients, caregivers, and visitors.Learn More