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

INFECTION CONTROL NEWS

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October 15, 2021

Provider Alert: Pop-Up Clinics For Week of October 17th 2021

Pop-up vaccine clinics this week You can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine,…
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October 12, 2021

10/12/2021 WCHD Provider Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant and Lactating People

Requested Actions Promote COVID-19 vaccine among people who are pregnant, lactating or who may become pregnant. Only 31% of pregnant…
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October 12, 2021

10/12/2021 WCHD Provider Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine 3rd and Booster Doses

Requested Actions Be aware of the confusion between the terminology and guidance for 3rd dose versus booster doses. Third dose:…