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Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Suspends Most In-Person Services.

Nancy Sutton
by Nancy Sutton03/16/2020 10:07 a.m.
Updated: 06/25/2020

Social distancing slows the spread of COVID-19. 

Your health and our staff’s health are our top priorities. Everyone in Pierce County needs to practice social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

That’s why we are suspending most in-person services at our office. Gov. Inslee's Safe Start plan allows government agencies to reopen in Phase 3. At that time, we will let you know which services will be available at our office.

Our methadone clinic will remain open. Staff will follow best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including handwashing and social distancing in the office.  

Many services are available online. 

Staff will work remotely to serve your needs, but you will experience slower-than-normal response times for some requests. Many of our services are available online:

 For other services, visit our website at for more information. 

Have a question about our services? 

Give us a call. We're open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Environmental Health—(253) 798-6470. 
  • Vital Records—(253) 798-6418.
  • Food and Community Safety—(253) 798-6460.
  • Food Establishment Plan Review—(253) 798-4711.

Have a question about COVID-19?

  • Health-related—(800) 525-0127 and press #. Washington State Department of Health's call center is open 7 days a week, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Not health-related (e.g., business support or planning)—(855) 722-5378. 

Stay up to date

We will update you on the outbreak and our services regularly on our website, through our blog and on social media.

About COVID-19

Your risk of COVID-19 is increasing as transmission becomes more widespread in our region.  

A sign reading Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department sits in front of a row of cars in the parking lot outside the buildingPublic health follows a playbook for viral outbreaks. Decisive action is required.  

Social distancing and basic hygiene are the best steps you can take to protect yourself. 

Please play your role to help us keep our community as healthy as possible.  

  1. Updated: 06/25/2020
  2. Updated: 05/01/2020
  3. Updated: 04/20/2020
  4. Updated: 03/27/2020
Nancy Sutton

by Nancy Sutton

Nancy is the Deputy Director of the Health Department.


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