Covid-19 Latest Announcements
Washington State Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order
Governor Jay Inslee signed a state-wide order for people to stay home until May 9th, 2020. "The proclamation states it’s still safe for people to go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses will remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules." Read more here and here.
WA Department of Health
Recommendations on Cloth Face Coverings: The Department of Health published a blog on frequently asked questions around cloth face coverings.
Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from the Washington State Department of Health: The Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others. This might include trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, health clinic or similar places. This recommendation is not a substitute for existing guidance to maintain 6-feet of physical distance from non-household members and performing frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent spread of COVID-19 without these other protective measures. This is not a mandate that you must wear a face covering. It is considered an additional layer of protection. Visit the Washington State Department of Health website for the full guidance document.
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.
Updates for March 28, 2020: New health officer order, COVID-19 support for shelters and people living homeless, and Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 249 new cases of COVID-19
March 28, 2020
Summary: Public Health – Seattle & King County's Health Officer re-emphasized the need to prevent new cases with a new health order and directive. With prevention activities ongoing at shelters, individual cases have been identified and responses are underway. King County will open isolation and quarantine beds in Issaquah on March 29th, in addition to facilities already operational in Kent and North Seattle. There are 249 new cases and 11 new deaths from COVID-19 today. Read more here.
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