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03/30/22 Health Advisory: CDC endorses second booster dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for certain groups

By March 31, 2022April 1st, 2022No Comments

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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.

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

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 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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