Covid-19 Latest Announcements
Order of the Secretary of Health on Face Coverings
The Secretary of Health, John Wiesman, issued an order requiring the use of face coverings when out in public. Below is information from the Washington State Coronavirus Response page:
WHEN AM I REQUIRED TO WEAR A FACE MASK OR CLOTH FACE COVERING?
Any of us can carry the virus and not realize we’re spreading it when we talk, cough or sneeze. Face coverings are required statewide in all public spaces because they are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially when combined with 6 feet of physical distance.
There are three face cover orders in place:
1. For employers and workers: Washington employers must ensure workers wear face coverings at work in almost all situations. Employers must provide face coverings if workers do not have them. Employers must comply with this order, which is enforced by the Department of Labor & Industries.
2. For the public: An order from the secretary of health requires Washingtonians to wear face coverings in public spaces and shared spaces, both indoors and outdoors. Examples include hotel or apartment hallways, outdoors where many people are gathered such as parks, playgrounds or popular walking paths, and in a restaurant when not seated and eating. People are individually responsible to comply with this order.
3. For businesses: A proclamation from Gov. Inslee prohibits businesses from allowing customers to enter without face coverings. Businesses are encouraged to provide alternatives for customers who cannot wear masks. Best practices for businesses is here in English (Updated July 28) and Spanish).
Additional Q&A is available at the state Department of Health. If you’re an employer and have questions about the separate order regarding face coverings for employees, visit the state Department of Labor & Industries common questions page.
WA Department of Health
Staying home is still safest
We must prevent runaway spread of COVID-19 in Washington state. Our individual actions make a difference. Fewer, shorter and safer interactions are crucial.
Staying home is still safest. If you do go out, keep it quick, keep your distance and wear a face covering. Recreate and do business locally to avoid spreading the virus across county lines. Limit the number of people outside your household that you gather with every week. If you feel symptoms of COVID-19, get tested.
Salgamos de esta crisis con más salud, energía y propósitos de vida: The Department of Health published a blog in Spanish on healthy ways to get through this crisis.
Commerce announces $5 million emergency response grant for tribes: The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $5 million in emergency grants is now available to the 29 federally recognized tribes in the state to bolster their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each tribal government will receive an immediate grant of $100,000, with the remaining $2.1 million distributed based on a formula currently under development between Commerce and tribal leaders.
More information about the grants is posted here on Commerce’s website, under the “COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant for Tribal Governments” section.
King County Public Health
Multiple Language resources:
April 7th News Update: These resources include fact sheets with basic information about the new coronavirus, approaches to everyday activities, including what to do if you feel sick, and how to operate an essential business or service including child care. Resources include:
Join Communities Count online to explore our new COVID-19 Vulnerable Communities Data Tool
Communities Count now has a data tool that shows which communities in King County may be more impacted by COVID-19. View the full data tool at https://www.communitiescount.org/covid19vulnerable
Additional COVID-19 Resources
Public Health – Seattle & King County is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and reduce the number of people infected. For the most up-to-date recommendations and translated materials, please visit the public health website at www.kingcounty.gov/COVID or the public health blog at www.publichealthinsider.com.
This section list links to latest data-driven, scientific information about COVID-19 that is provided through world, federal, state, and county websites.
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