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Cowlitz County Press Release 004 - 03/20/20


PR 004


March 20, 2020 at 1530 hrs.


A second person has tested positive for novel coronavirus, COVID-19, in Cowlitz County. This new case brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Cowlitz County to two. 

The first case announced earlier this morning is a male in his 70s. The patient had been in isolation at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center pending test results and is now recovering at home.  The second case is a male in his 60s. This patient is in isolation at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.

The Health Department is working as quickly as possible to identify close contacts of the confirmed case. Close contacts, which could include family members and coworkers, will be instructed to stay home for 14 days after their last contact with the confirmed case.

Health and Human Services will release additional information as it becomes available.

Those who have questions about COVID-19 can call The Washington State Department of Health novel coronavirus call center at 1.800.525.0127.


Cowlitz County Health & Human Services has a website at with additional information about the virus, what’s happening in Cowlitz County and how people can protect themselves from illness.

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