Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Suspends Most In-Person Services.
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:
- Septic systems.
- Order a birth or death certificate.
- Report a foodborne illness or food-safety complaint.
- See food inspection reports.
- Report problems.
For other services, visit our website at tpchd.org 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.
- We update our primary COVID-19 page every day by 2 p.m. with the latest number of positive cases in Pierce County. You can also search our FAQ page for answers to many of your frequently asked questions. We update FAQs regularly in response to your feedback.
- We also have pages with information for schools/daycares, businesses, healthcare providers and human services providers. You will find more FAQs tailored to each group.
- You can subscribe to the Your Reliable Source blog for regular updates in your inbox.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- If you manage communications for a local organization, we offer a toolbox with dozens of ways to send helpful messages to people who rely on you. Contact us at to request access.
Your risk of COVID-19 is increasing as transmission becomes more widespread in our region.
Public 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.
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