Certain diseases are designated as notifiable conditions as they are considered a threat to the general health of the community. These conditions are often highly contagious, have a high mortality rate, are new (or novel), or have otherwise been designated by the CDC and Washington Department of Health as posing a public health threat. Health care providers and medical labs are required to report these conditions to the state and local health departments per the WAC 246-01.
Notification of these conditions is the responsibility of the provider and/or lab when there is a confirmed diagnosis. The specific disease will determine what counts as a “confirmed” diagnosis. When the report is made and the person lives in Lincoln County, LCHD is notified of the diagnosis. We are then required to conduct an investigation into the diagnosis to determine where the disease originates. We do this to help protect the community from the disease and lower the risk of it spreading.
If you’ve received a call from us, it is important to return the call. We are here to help you—from connecting you to resources for treatment, to ensuring no one else becomes infected, to helping with notifications of others if needed. Our priority for these conditions is to help you get well while protecting others from contracting it.