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


Communicable Disease and Immunization UpdateHealth Alert, Advisory or UpdateInfection ControlInfluenzaNotifiable ConditionsNovel CoronavirusProvider ResourcesUncategorized
October 19, 2020

Health Advisory: Influenza and COVID-19 Updates

Published Oct. 16, 2020. Requested actions Recommend influenza vaccine for everyone over age 6 months without contraindications to the vaccine.…
Doctor arm hold stethoscope up to the cameraEmerging Diseases and ConditionsHealth Alert, Advisory or UpdateInfection ControlNotifiable ConditionsNovel CoronavirusProvider Resources
June 16, 2020

6/15/20: Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Requested actions Be aware Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated its vaccination guidance during COVID-19. Test patients who: Have new…
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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…