Our health advisories have the latest information.
On March 6, 2020, Pierce County had its first confirmed case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Closely monitor health advisories for updated guidance, situational awareness and resources for providers and patients.
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms, from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. They may include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste or smell.
Personal protective equipment
- PPE for healthcare personnel and for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19—DOH.
- PPE when caring for patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19—CDC.
- How to conserve PPE and what to use when supplies are low.
- Video instructions for donning and doffing PPE—Providence.
- Instructions for submitting local resource requests.
- Guidance on discontinuing transmission-based precautions in healthcare facilities—CDC.
- Return-to-work guidance for healthcare workers—DOH.
- Interim guidance for long-term care facilities—admitting a resident with COVID-19 from a hospital—DOH.
- Case definition and guidance for multisystem inflammatory system in children (MIS-C)—CDC.
- Have symptoms and have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
Contacting the Health Department
Call (253) 798-6410 and press 0. Includes reporting high-risk COVID-19 cases.
Call (253) 798-6534 and leave a message—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leave the patient's name, date of birth and disease. Includes reporting notifiable conditions.
- Request resources through the emergency operations center.
- National news and case counts—CDC.
- Healthcare providers resources and recommendations—DOH.
- Testing guidance—CDC.