Health & Human Services

EFFECTIVE 3/17/2020

Both offices of Cowlitz County Health & Human Services will be closed to walk-in traffic, this includes the Environmental Health Unit located in Kelso.

Business that cannot be done online, by phone, or email will be done by appointment or teleconferencing to minimize the possibility of congestion in a shared space and to encourage social distancing. The decision to close our lobbies was made in consideration of the health of our customers, employees, and the community.

While our lobbies are closed we will be accepting permit applications, revisions, and other requests through multiple platforms. For more information click on a button below.

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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

A Washington call center can answer questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), how it spreads and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.  A Cowlitz County information line is also available at 1-888-683-8676.

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services announced the first case of COVID-19 in a Cowlitz County resident on 3/20/2020.

Please check the Cowlitz County novel coronavirus webpage at www.co.cowlitz.wa.us/COVID-19 for local updates.

Additional information is also available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and The Washington State Department of Health website.


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