Health & Human Services

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.

Cowlitz County Health & Human Services COVID-19 webpage

Cowlitz COVID-19 Incident Management Team webpage

Cowlitz County COVID-19 Data webpage

Cowlitz County has been in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan since May 23, 2020.

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


  1. Press Release: Fueled by July 4th Celebrations, Cowlitz County Experiences Single Biggest Daily Jump

    On July 10, 2020, at 0815 hours, Cowlitz County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) reported (7) additional lab confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Three hours later, by 1115 hours, (21) twenty-one additional lab confirmed positives were reported Read on...
  2. Press Release: Cowlitz Application for Modified Phase 3 of WA “Safe Start” Plan Temporarily Paused

    Cowlitz County’s application for “modified-phase 3” in the governor’s phased approach for reopening has been put on “pause” due to increased COVID-19 activity in the county. Read on...
  3. Press Release:Cowlitz County Applies for Variance to Advance Modified Phase 3

    Cowlitz County entered Phase 2 of the Re-Opening Washington Plan on May 23, 2020. Cowlitz County has unfortunately seen an increase in cases the last two weeks, with the rate of cases per 100,000 residents per fourteen days at 39. Read on...
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