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Learn about businesses’ COVID-19 cases with new data.

We want businesses to operate as safely as possible and to thrive. To do this, we work across Pierce County with businesses from coffee stands to national chains.

Today, COVID-19 remains widespread in our community. Recent increases in new daily cases has us concerned. We know the increases concern you, too. We hear it every day.

Balancing transparency with confidentiality.

We already provide a listing of businesses by setting in the Outbreaks in Pierce County businesses section of our data dashboard. To offer more transparency about the settings in which COVID-19 cases are occurring, we added a new list of businesses with 60 or more employees that have 10 or more COVID-19 cases associated with the location. This threshold helps us to protect people’s personal health information. This list is similar to the Cases in care facilities list already on the dashboard.

We list businesses’ current and previous COVID-19 cases. If a business goes 28 days without a positive case, it will come off the list. Also beginning today, we will remove from our Cases in care facilities table any facility that has gone 28 days without a new case.

Businesses and care facilities will return to the respective list if any additional cases occur. We will not combine businesses with more than one location. We will update this list each Wednesday.

We are offering this new resource to help people get more information about COVID-19 in Pierce County, while protecting important patient privacy information. Many businesses have chosen to inform their customers or the public when they have a case or even when an employee may get tested for COVID-19. We do not require businesses to share this information.

Several factors, such as size of business, number of staff, layout of the buildings, whether business operates outside, and other considerations come into play in experiencing COVID-19 cases. Regardless of the size of a business, our experts work with them to consult on their safety plans, help with testing resources if needed, initiate contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 exposure, and other steps to help them keep employees and customers safe and continue to contribute to our local economy.

The most important take away from this new listing: Once again, we want to emphasize that COVID-19 still is widespread in our community. The virus that causes COVID-19 spreads easily when people come into contact with people—especially for prolonged periods of time. We emphasize physical distancing and mask wearing to limit the spread of the disease and protect you and your family.

What happens if an employee gets sick?

Expect a call from the health department if an employee tests positive for COVID-19. We will need to know the following:

  • People who might have spent 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of the infected person.
  • People who share tools or workspaces with the infected person.
  • People who carpooled with the infected person.
  • People who ate or took breaks with the infected person.

We will ask about work the person did while infectious and their schedule. We may ask you to provide additional information.

Employers and COVID-19 safety supervisors should protect and maintain the privacy of employees’ health care information and respond to health department requests as quickly as possible.

To learn more about the spread of COVID-19 in Pierce County, see our data page. For resources and information during the pandemic, go to tpchd.org/coronavirus.

Revisa nuestras nuevas páginas de COVID-19 en español a tpchd.org/espanol.

"Mask up to open up. #maskuppiercecounty." There is an artist's rendering of people lined up outside a store. They are wearing face coverings over their mouths and noses and standing at least six feet apart. Elsewhere is Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department logo.