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Health Advisory: COVID-19 Updates for Providers (May 20, 2022)

Published May 20, 2022.

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Situation update

In Pierce County, as of May 17, 2022:

Total COVID-19 cases Total COVID-19 deaths  7-day COVID-19 case rate  7-day COVID-19 hospitalization rate 
 192,283 1,341  168.2 per 100,000  3.3 per 100,000 

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 data dashboard.

As of April 16, 2022, Pierce County residents received about 1,574,900 total doses of COVID-19 vaccine. 66% of Pierce County residents are fully vaccinated. See our data dashboard for details.

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

Vaccine

Testing

Processing times

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

300-350

Kaiser

24–48 hours

600

LabCorp

48–96 hours

Unknown

Northwest Pathology

24–48 hours

3,000

Quest

24–48 hours

700

UW Virology

24–72 hours

6,500

Atlas Genomic

24–48 hours

10,000

Therapeutics

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 to order therapies in HPoP to manage COVID-19 therapies. For help, email mcm@doh.wa.gov.

Additional information

Prevention

Share with patients:

Reporting

  • Cases in the following people—call (253) 649-1412.
  • All other cases—fax the following to (253) 649-1357 or call (253) 649-1413.
  • 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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