Public Health Actions

BFHD is working with partners to make sure our hospitals and health care facilities are planning and have the resources they need to respond as the need increases. We are creating messaging to providers, partners and the public as well as staying up to date on all messaging from the Department of Health and CDC. BFHD knows people are concerned with the spread of COVID-19 in our region and we are taking the risk to our community very seriously.

BFHD asks that community members stay calm, stay informed and take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them.

BFHD is working with an Incident Management Team to facilitate our response. 

BFHD is significantly ramping up our contract tracing and epidemiology response and support for long term care facilities.

BFHD will coordinate with Emergency Management regarding the distribution of supplies and equipment collected in the drive coordinated by TRIDEC, Visit Tri-Cities and The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce. 

We have opened up volunteer registration to support this effort. Please register via www.waserv.org

BFHD has implemented health screening for employees and members of the public still receiving essential services in person.

BFHD is hosting a twice weekly call for area hospital administrators, county decision makers, and leaders from cities, school districts, and higher education.

BFHD hosts a weekly provider call for medical providers Q & A. 

  Benton-Franklin Counties at a Glance

As of 3/24/2020, we have:

 Case Count Benton Franklin
Lab Confirmed Positive (including deaths) 11 6
Epidemiological Linked* Cases 1 1
Deaths (lab confirmed)

2 0
Deaths  (Epidemiological Link*) 1 0
Negatives 107 44

*known symptomatic close contact associated with a confirmed case

If viewing on a mobile device, view horizontally for the full table view.

Since commercial testing has become available, the Health District may not be aware of persons undergoing testing until notified about positive tests as required by WAC.


We are aware that there are other clusters of COVID-19 like illness in our community that are pending test results. The community should continue to abide by all social distancing recommendations.

See our info-graphic about the COVID-19 testing and reporting process.

*Numbers will be updated daily. Time of posting and format will be changing on 3/24 to better align with guidance from the Washington State Department of Health.

Check Washington State Department of Health  for the latest statewide case count

 

  Benton-Franklin Counties at a Glance

As of 3/24/2020, we have:

 Case Count Benton Franklin
Lab Confirmed Positive (including deaths) 11 6
Epidemiological Linked* Cases 1 1
Deaths (lab confirmed)

2 0
Deaths  (Epidemiological Link*) 1 0
Negatives 107 44

*known symptomatic close contact associated with a confirmed case

If viewing on a mobile device, view horizontally for the full table view.

Since commercial testing has become available, the Health District may not be aware of persons undergoing testing until notified about positive tests as required by WAC.


We are aware that there are other clusters of COVID-19 like illness in our community that are pending test results. The community should continue to abide by all social distancing recommendations.

See our info-graphic about the COVID-19 testing and reporting process.

*Numbers will be updated daily. Time of posting and format will be changing on 3/24 to better align with guidance from the Washington State Department of Health.

Check Washington State Department of Health  for the latest statewide case count

 

  About COVID-19

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) is a virus strain spreading from person-to-person in China and other countries around the world, including the United States. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. In general, human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, in rare cases, contact with feces.

Symptoms of COVID-19: People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, a general feeling of being unwell.

However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.  

 


More information about COVID-19

  • Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
    • 1-800-525-0127
  • Benton-Franklin Health District Message Line
    • 509-460-4358 (English)
    • 509-460-4359 (Spanish)


Incident Management Team Daily Report

BFHD COVID-19 4.1.20.pdf