COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus

Our health advisories have the latest information.

Confirmed cases can be reported to us via fax to our secure fax line (360) 425-7531. To report by phone, call (360) 414-5599 x 6431 during business hours, (360) 636-9595 after hours.

Follow DOH’s updated testing criteria.

See additional guidance from CDC.

  • Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 have developed fever and/or symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
  • Consider close contact with known cases and travel to affected geographic regions.
  • Test for other causes of respiratory illness, including infections like influenza.

Healthcare systems—including hospitals and long-term care facilities—should consider implementing visitor restrictions, health screening and restricting children in high-risk areas.

Testing options

Option 1

Work with your healthcare system to send COVID-19 specimens to UW Virology Lab. See UW Virology Lab’s website for more information.

Option 2

Work with public health to send specimens to Washington Public Health Lab for:

  • Healthcare workers.
  • Patients in public safety occupations (e.g., law enforcement, firefighter, EMS).
  • Patients involved in an illness cluster in a facility or group (e.g, healthcare, school, corrections, business).
  • Patients without health insurance.

Follow Washington Public Health Lab’s instructions for collecting, labeling and transporting specimens.

Option 3

Contact LabCorp or Quest Diagnositics for commercial lab testing information.

Patient instructions

  • For symptoms—What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been around a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

  • For exposed—What to do if you may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.
  • For confirmed or suspected—What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

For more general information, visit our website – www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/hhs

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