COVID-19 (2019 Novel Coronavirus) in Washington State
Posted on 03/09/2020


As of 3/9/2020, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Benton or Franklin Counties.

Please see our COVID-19 Investigations and Outbreaks page for the most current information. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by the 2019 novel (new) coronavirus, which was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Cases have since been confirmed in the U.S., as well as in other countries.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington State, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

If you are in Benton or Franklin Counties and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 509-460-4358 or en español 509-460-4359. The call center will be staffed from 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of which pass from human to human and others among animals. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people. This virus causes fever and respiratory illness.

Most people who become ill with COVID-19 will have symptoms similar to a cold or mild case of influenza. Treat your symptoms the same... get plenty of rest, drink fluids, take over-the-counter medications to reduce fever and ease your symptoms.

  1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.


  2. Stay home when sick. Staying home when ill prevents the spread of infection to others.


  3. Practice excellent personal hygiene habits. This includes handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60-95% alcohol if you can’t wash), coughing into tissue or elbow, and avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.


  4. Practice other good health habits: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.


  5. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.


  6. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently.


Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet

WA DOH Testing Information for COVID-19

Guidance for Schools

Health Alerts for Medical Providers

Workplace Recommendations

Guidance for Food Establishments

Guidance for Childcare and Preschool

Information from the WA State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

More Information:

WA DOH Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Seattle King County Public Health Insider

CDC Health Alert for travelers from Wuhan (健康预警) (PDF)

CDC Travel Advisories