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Benton and Franklin Counties Approved to Move to Modified Phase 1 July 3, 2020 for more information visit Business Page


WA State Coronavirus Response Information

WA DOH Testing Information for COVID-19

Unified Situation Report 07/31/2020

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  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 worked with an Incident Management Team to facilitate our response. 

BFHD is significantly ramping up our contact tracing and epidemiology response and support for long term care facilities.
We have opened up volunteer registration to support this effort. Please register via www.waserv.org

BFHD is coordinating with Emergency Management regarding the distribution of supplies and equipment.

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

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

BFHD is hosting weekly Zoom media briefings. 

  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.

The following symptoms are consistent with COVID-19 and may be cause for heightened safety measures. A display of these symptoms as identified below is called “COVID-like illness” (CLI) until an official COVID-19 test and diagnosis is made.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue

Seek medical care immediately if someone has emergency warning sings of COVID-19

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest 
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms.  Please call your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. 

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)