Infection Control

Yakima Health District offers assistance to those interested in improving infection control in health care and community settings:

  • Phone assistance with communicable disease and reporting questions.
  • Assistance with outbreak investigation and control issues; call (509) 249-6541.
  • Consultations to provide public health information.

Assisted living and long-term care

  • Norovirus/vomiting/diarrhea outbreaks—Know your facility’s normal gastrointestinal illness rate. This will help you quickly identify outbreaks. Use this toolkit if you suspect an outbreak.
  • Flu outbreaks—Monitor flu-like illness Oct. 1 through April 30. Use this tool to promptly and effectively respond to an outbreak.
  • Assisted living flu outbreaks—Congregate living facilities must provide a safe living environment. Use this tool to quickly identify and control flu outbreaks.

Patient materials

INFECTION CONTROL NEWS

Emerging Diseases and ConditionsInfection ControlNews and AlertsNovel Coronavirus
July 12, 2020

Update #14: Interim COVID-19 Guidance

**Clinical leadership is expected to schedule time to review guidelines with staff** Requested Actions Be aware Washington State Department of…
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July 7, 2020

7/7/20 – Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Requested actions Be aware Washington State Department of Health (DOH) updated its COVID-19 testing guidance. Test all patients with COVID-19 symptoms.…
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May 31, 2020

Update #12 & Interim Guidance on Outbreak of COVID-19

**Clinical leadership is expected to schedule time to review guidelines with staff** Test all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19…