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South Central Washington, including Benton and Franklin Counties,
are in Phase 1 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery

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Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Public Health Actions

As your local health jurisdiction, we are responding locally to the COVID-19 pandemic through these teams:

  • Outbreak Mitigation and Data
  • Contact Tracing
  • Care Coordination
  • Long-Term Care
  • Community Testing
  • Community Relations and Public Information
  • Schools
We do this through:
  • collaborating with health care providers and hospitals to ensure they have adequate supplies and capacity to respond to the crisis
  • upholding county mandates from the Washington State Department of ealth (DOH) regarding allowed activities and openings
  • making local recommendations and mandates for our own counties in the best interest of the overall health of the public
  • creating messaging and provide a timely response to providers, partners and the public regarding information from us, DOH, and the CDC
  • investigating and responding to outbreaks within our counties
  • coordinating with Emergency Management regarding the distribution of supplies and equipment
  • hosting calls for medical providers, area hospital administrators, county decision makers, city leaders, and school districts
  • hosting media briefings, responding to media inquiries, providing messaging to the public through social media and our Call Center


See the Washington State Coronavirus response work here.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) 

  • 1-800-525-0127
Benton-Franklin Health District COVID-19 Message Line:
  • 509-460-4358 (English)
  • 509-460-4359 (Spanish)

    >>>messages will be triaged by safety risk


  Report Non-Compliance With Safe Start Orders

Benton-Franklin Health District is not the law enforcement authority with Safe Start orders for businesses, community gatherings, masking, or any other items related to state mandates related to COVID-19. You may inform us of concerns and we can connect with community partners to see if we can help with education and prevention of spread.

How to Report a Business
If you think a business is not complying with the Governor's Safe Start guidance you can submit an anonymous report to the Governor's office

How to Report Employees or Your Company
Complaints about employees not wearing masks, or businesses that are not protecting employees, should be called in to Labor and Industries at 1-800-423-7233 or you can use this link to file a written safety/health complaint. 

Additional Questions?
Ask Benton-Franklin Health District's COVID-19 Response Information Team a question by clicking here.

Safe Start related questions can be submitted as an inquiry here.