Infection Control

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services offers assistance to those interested in improving infection control in health care and community settings:

  • Phone assistance with communicable disease and reporting questions.
  • Assistance with outbreak investigation and control issues; call (360) 414-5599 x 6431.
  • Consultations to provide public health information.

Assisted living and long-term care

  • Norovirus/vomiting/diarrhea outbreaks—Know your facility’s normal gastrointestinal illness rate. This will help you quickly identify outbreaks. Use this toolkit if you suspect an outbreak.
  • Flu outbreaks—Monitor flu-like illness Oct. 1 through April 30. Use this tool to promptly and effectively respond to an outbreak.
  • Assisted living flu outbreaks—Congregate living facilities must provide a safe living environment. Use this tool to quickly identify and control flu outbreaks.

Patient materials

INFECTION CONTROL NEWS

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March 12, 2020

Health Advisory: COVID-19 Outbreak Updates

Requested actions: Follow CDC’s updated testing criteria for suspected COVID-19. Be aware COVID-19 cases are increasing in Washington and throughout the United…
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January 21, 2020

1/21/2020 – Health Advisory – Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) respiratory infection Wuhan City, China and Snohomish County

Health Alerts, Advisories, and Updates This information below is specifically for Physicians and other Healthcare Providers. Health Advisory - Coronavirus…
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March 25, 2019

Infection Control: Resources and links

Infection Control: Resources and Links - Guide to infection prevention for outpatient settings—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline…