Local hospitals have urged people not to come into emergency rooms or urgent care clinics for COVID-19 testing as virus cases surge in Clatsop County.

People are directed to contact the county Public Health Department at 503-325-8500 about testing options at the county's drive-thru testing site at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.


"Clatsop County's emergency department and urgent care clinics are for treating emergencies and illnesses," the hospitals and county said in a statement on Monday. "We need to keep them open for those who need care. They are not the place for people simply looking for COVID testing."