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COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) - Link to BFHD pages 

Health Care Provider Resources

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Guidance for Healthcare Providers - all resources for health care professionals are being updated on a regular basis by DOH. There is a subscription feature so that you can be made aware of all new materials.

BFHD Health Information, Advisories, and Alerts for Health Care Providers


COVID-19 Testing Guidance from DOH

COVID-19 Testing Guidance from University of Washington - you MUST be working with your local laboratory provider in order to ship specimens.

Washington State Hospital Association COVID-19



BFHD-Provider Webinar #2 3/17/2020


Guidance for School Nurses and Administrators

BFHD School Guidance web page

OSPI: 
Guidance for Schools

OSPI: OSPI COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

CDC: Guidance for Childcare Programs 

Guidance for Early Childhood Providers

CDC: Guidance for Childcare Programs 




Benton-Franklin Health District investigates over 60 communicable diseases and conditions that are reportable to the local health jurisdiction in accordance with WAC 246-101. In certain situations, clusters of illness (i.e., norovirus and influenza) are also reportable, especially in healthcare facilities, schools and child cares. Here you will find more information about specific diseases, what must be reported, how to make reports and other pertinent resources.

Communicable Disease Testing Guidance

Laboratory Testing Guidelines for Mumps

 
Laboratory Testing Guidance for Measles

 
The Washington State Department of Health
(DOH) tuberculosis (TB) provider toolkit offers resources health care providers can use to consult, screen, test, and treat clients when providing TB care.  

The online TST/IGRA Interpreter assists health care providers to estimate the risk of active tuberculosis for individuals with a tuberculin skin test
reaction greater than or equal to 5mm using client clinical profile information.

Conditions Requiring Reports

State rules require certain conditions must be reported to local public health.  For detailed lists of notifiable conditions and reporting time frame, please see the posters linked below.

Notifiable conditions Posters


Reporting Notifiable Conditions
  • Notifiable conditions reporting line 509.539.0416 
  • 24-Hour emergency reporting line: 509.543.3851
  • Confidential Fax Line: 509.460.4377
  • Washington Department of Health 24 hour reporting line (use only if contact cannot be established with the Benton-Franklin Health District) 1.877.539.4344
If you have questions regarding illness reporting and/or assistance from the Communicable Disease program please call 509.460.4200.

The conditions linked below are immediately notifiable by phone to Benton-Franklin Health District

**Immediately Notifiable Conditions**

  • Notifiable conditions reporting line 509.539.0416 
  • 24-Hour emergency reporting line: 509.543.3851
  • Confidential Fax Line: 509.460.4377
  • Washington Department of Health 24 hour reporting line (use only if contact cannot be established with the Benton-Franklin Health District) 1.877.539.4344
If you have questions regarding illness reporting and/or assistance from the Communicable Disease program please call 509.460.4200