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Benton and Franklin Counties 
are in Phase 2 
with exception of Long Term Care (Phase 1)

Information for businesses and what is open
is on the
Open for Business Page.

Long Term Care guidance is located on the
Senior Living Guidance Page.

Benton-Franklin Health District Public Health Actions

Our role as your local health jurisdiction is to:

  • collaborate with health care providers and hospitals to ensure they have adequate supplies and capacity to respond to the crisis
  • uphold county mandates from the Washington State Department of health (DOH) regarding allowed activities and openings
  • make local mandates for our own counties in the best interest of the overall health of the public
  • create messaging and provide a timely response to providers, partners and the public regarding information from us, DOH, and the CDC
  • investigate and respond to outbreaks within our counties

How we are collaborating:

  • coordinating with Emergency Management regarding the distribution of supplies and equipment
  • hosted a weekly provider call for medical providers
  • hosting weekly calls for area hospital administrators, county decision makers, and leaders from cities, school districts, and higher education
  • hosting media briefings and responding to media inquiries
  • providing messaging to the public via our social channels regarding testing, masking, allowed activities, and other public health messaging
  • responding to community questions via emails and our Call Center
BFHD asks that community members stay calm, informed and take steps to protect their health and the health of those around them.

More information about COVID-19

  • Washington State Department of Health (DOH) 
    • 1-800-525-0127
  • Benton-Franklin Health District Message Line 
    • 509-460-4358 (English)
    • 509-460-4359 (Spanish)

  Report Non-Compliance With Safe Start Orders

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

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. 

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.