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


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May 24, 2022

05/27/22 Health Advisory: COVID-19 rebound after Paxlovid treatment

Requested actions Be aware, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory about COVID-19 rebound after Paxlovid…
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April 27, 2022

04/27/22 Health Advisory: CDC Treatment Updates and ACIP expands COVID-19 vaccine second booster dose eligibility

Requested actions Be aware, on April 25, 2022, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Health Alert Network…
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October 2, 2021

10/1/21 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Requested actions Promote COVID-19 vaccine among people who are pregnant, lactating or who may become pregnant. Only 31% of pregnant…