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Posted on: August 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Press Release: Cowlitz County Considerations for School Re-Opening In Light of COVID-19

Cowlitz County Health and Human Services (CCHHS) and Incident Management Team officials are sharing useful links
and information that the community can use to review metrics established by the State of Washington for school re
openings. CCHHS and Cowlitz County Health Officer Dr. Steven Krager continue to work closely with local school
district officials to provide public health recommendations related to school re-openings. The decision to re-open
schools in an in-person, hybrid, or distance-learning format lies with local school district officials and the Cowlitz County
Health Officer has not issued any orders related to school re-openings.

A decision tree (accompanying this release) has been designed to assist local health officials and school administrators
in a) determining the degree of in-person learning that is advisable in their school; b) ensuring that the school is able
to implement comprehensive health and safety measures; and, c) is ready to respond swiftly if a person with confirmed
COVID-19 is identified in the school environment. More information from the State Department of Health and the
identified metrics can be found at

One piece of data that informs the decision tree is the number of cases over a 14-day period per 100,000 people. This
rate will be updated once a week starting next Monday and will be posted to
. The 14-day period will start six days prior to the current date to account for the lag in reporting
of positive tests and will be based off the date lab samples are actually taken, as opposed to the date cases are

At the local level, additional information can be found at:

Educational Service District 112                                         

Woodland School District  

Kalama School District  

Kelso School District  

Longview School District  

Castle Rock School District  

Toutle Lake School District  

The current situation in Cowlitz County emphasizes that as we prioritize children and choose to support a safe return to school, our community must be more vigilant in slowing the spread of COVID-19. This is accomplished by maintaining safe practices at work, avoiding social gatherings with those outside our household, and consistently wearing cloth face coverings in public spaces. Everyone in Cowlitz County remains hopeful that we can turn the corner on the recent increase in COVID-19 activity in order to support children and staff safely returning to in-person school as quickly as possible.

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