Infection Control

Whatcom County Public Health 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 360-778-6100.
  • 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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January 13, 2021

1/12/20 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Requested actions Be aware, all people in COVID-19 vaccine Phase 1A—people who work in healthcare settings, people who live or…
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December 3, 2020

12/3/20 Health Advisory: COVID-19 updates for providers

Health Advisory: COVID-19 updates for providers Requested actions Be aware, because of the rapidly increasing cases across the state, heightened restrictions continue through…
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July 24, 2020

7/24/20: Health Advisory – COVID-19 Updates for Providers

Published July 24, 2020. Requested actions Be aware CDC updated its COVID-19 isolation duration guidance. Test all patients with new onset…