BFHD Announces New Cases of COVID-19 & I.M.T. Support
Posted on 03/19/2020
Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) was notified today that two more local residents have tested positive for COVID-19.   
 A Franklin County man in his 40s who is recovering at home

 A Benton County man in his 70s with underlying health conditions who is currently hospitalized 

Beginning March 20, 2020, BFHD will use a new process to announce additional cases or deaths by 2PM daily on the Investigations and Outbreaks page:

Updated counts - Positive cases, confirmed deaths, and negative test numbers 

Daily Briefing document – Updated count list with additional details of each case 

Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) has requested an Incident Management Team (IMT) to assist with the Health District’s COVID-19 emergency response. The IMT is a designated team of trained personnel from different agencies and jurisdictions bringing expertise in management of large scale incidents.

Over the past six weeks, as the situation has expanded, District staff have been consumed with the management of this effort. Team members from local first responder agencies are now providing support by assuming management of the incident, directing tactical resources and coordinating public information dissemination. As cases continue to be identified in our community, this change will allow BFHD staff to focus on disease investigation, contact tracing, medical provider support and maintenance of essential public health services.