If Sick, Stay Home

We know you’re tough but that doesn’t mean you have to power through the workday as you normally would if you were sick. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and it’s important that you help diminish the transmission of the COVID-19 virus. So, if you’re sick, please stay home.

People infected with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. With symptoms appearing 2-14 days after exposure to the virus, it’s important that if you stay home if you or someone you’ve been around has the following symptoms:

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

Please note: this list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC is constantly updating this list as more is learned about COVID-19.

A COVID-19 symptom poster (multiple languages available) can be accessed here.


As a friendly reminder: emergency medical attention should be sought if the following symptoms are experienced:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Again, this list is not exhaustive, and the CDC will continue to update this list.


If you’re sick, think you may have COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, it is best to not just stay home from work, but you should also call your medical provider for guidance. They may recommend you quarantine and/or get tested. Dialing your health care provider is an important step to prevent exposing others.

There are several testing centers in Clark County, including a few that will not charge for tests if an individual has inadequate or no health insurance.

  • Smart Labs Now (BIA member), www.SmartLabsNow.com, 503.477.7748
  • Tower Mall COVID-19 Community Testing Site, 5403 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver
    • Offers drive-thru and walk-up testing and available at no cost to everyone, regardless of income level, health insurance coverage or immigration status. Testing at the site is recommended for people ages 4 and older who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
    • Open 9 am – 3:30 pm, Tuesday – Saturday
    • Pre-registration is encouraged. Register online.
  • Legacy GoHealth
    • Hazel Dell: 360.787.4151
    • Cascade Park: 360.787.4135
  • Rite Aid, 2800 NE 162nd Ave., Vancouver.
    • Register online to schedule an appointment.
    • Drive-up testing available
  • *Rose Urgent Care and Family Practice, Vancouver.
    • 360.952.4457
    • Drive up testing available
  • *Sea Mar Community Health Center, Battle Ground.
    • Call 360.342.8060 to schedule an appointment
    • Drive up testing available
    • Testing hours: 8 am to noon Tuesdays, 1 to 5 pm Thursdays (by appointment)
  • *Sea Mar Community Health Center, East Vancouver.
    • Call 360.726.6720 to schedule an appointment.
    • Drive up testing available
    • Testing hours: 8 am to 5 pm Thursdays
  • *Sea Mar Community Health Center, Salmon Creek.
    • Call 360.852.9070 to schedule an appointment.
    • Drive up testing available
    • Testing hours: 8 am to 5 pm Fridays (beginning in January 2021)
  • The Vancouver Clinic. Various locations.
    • Call 360.882.2778 to schedule an appointment.

Lastly, as an employer, you must notify Clark County Public Health within 24 hours if you suspect COVID-19 is spreading within your company, or if you are aware of 2+ employees who have a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case within a 14-day period.

Clark County Public Health Department: 564.397.8000