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Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers (Mar. 30, 2022)

Published March 30, 2022.

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COVID-19 situation update

As of March 29, Pierce County has had 185,655 COVID-19 cases and 1,311 COVID-19 deaths. Our 14-day case rate per 100,000 is 70.8. Our 7-day new COVID-19 hospitalization rate per 100,000 is 1.8. You can see this data on the state’s data dashboard.

Pierce County COVID-19 data continue to show significant disparities by race and ethnicity, particularly affecting American Indian, Alaska Native, Black, Latinx, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander communities. You can see these trends on our case data dashboard.

As of March 3, Pierce County residents received about 1,421,000 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 65% of Pierce County residents are fully vaccinated. See our COVID-19 vaccine data dashboard for details.

Graph of Pierce County COVID-19 data. Call (253) 649-1412 for more information.

COVID-19 vaccine information

COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 test processing

Labs report varying amounts of time to process COVID-19 tests. To support faster turnaround, we encourage providers to use in-state labs. The table below shows COVID-19 test processing times for in-state private labs. If you have questions about Health Department-facilitated antigen tests, contact epitesting@tpchd.org.

Lab

Time to process test

Tests processed daily

FidaLab

24 hours

150

Kaiser

24–48 hours

3,000

LabCorp

24–48 hours

Unknown

Northwest Pathology

12–24 hours

3,000

Quest

24–48 hours

700

UW Virology

24–72 hours

5,000

Atlas Genomic

24–48 hours

10,000

COVID-19 therapies

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) allocates monoclonal antibodies and oral antivirals to each state. DOH distributes doses to enrolled providers. Providers must enroll in Healthcare Partner Ordering Portal (HPoP) to manage COVID-19 therapies. Email mcm@doh.wa.gov for support enrolling.

Once enrolled, to request a supply of monoclonal antibodies or therapeutics, complete a smart sheet.

Supplies of all therapies are currently limited. Commercial and independent pharmacies may have oral antivirals. Hospital-associated systems may have monoclonal antibodies. All therapies must be dispensed by prescription. Therapies from pharmacies may be intended for home delivery. Patients with questions about accessing their medication should call the pharmacy.

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COVID-19 prevention

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Immediately report COVID-19

  • Cases in the following people—call (253) 649-1412.
    • Healthcare workers (e.g., EMS, medical, nursing, any healthcare facility employee).
    • Public safety workers (e.g., law enforcement, firefighter).
    • Live or work in a long-term care facility, senior living center, permanent supportive housing or similar congregate setting (e.g., shelter, correctional facility) housing people at high risk of severe outcomes.
    • Anyone who dies with COVID-19.
    • Anyone with suspected MIS-C.
  • All other cases—fax the following to (253) 649-1357 or call (253) 649-1413.
    • Patient—first name, last name, date of birth, gender, race, ethnicity, preferred language, phone number, address and zip code.
    • Specimen—collection date and type (NP, nasal swab, blood, etc.).
    • Test—type (PCR, NAAT, antigen, antibody/serology) and result (detected, not detected, inconclusive).
    • Ordering facility.
  • For all cases, report the person’s race, ethnicity and preferred language.

Contacting the Health Department

  • Urgent issues—call (253) 649-1412.
  • Non-urgent issues—call (253) 649-1413 and leave a message. Includes reporting notifiable conditions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Leave the patient’s name, date of birth and disease.

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