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


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December 10, 2021

Provider Alert – Boil Water Advisory for City of Selah

**Clinical leadership is expected to schedule time to review guidelines with staff**   Provider Alert – Boil Water Advisory for…
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August 26, 2021

8/26/21 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Requested actions Be aware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 years and older.…
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August 16, 2021

8/16/21 – Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Clinicians

Requested actions Be aware, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended its emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to allow an…