Over 20,000 kits to be distributed by Public Health for local COVID-19 testing needs

Thanks to donations of test kits from UW Medicine, Seattle Flu Study and the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health – Seattle & King County will be distributing needed supplies to test for the virus that causes COVID-19. UW Medicine is contributing 20,000 test kits, prioritized for first responders, health care workers and people […]

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Staying safe while getting outdoors

Getting outside for fresh air, exercise, and perhaps even to restore a sense of hope is important. As long as you’re following proper social distancing, getting outside and getting exercise is great for your mental, emotional and physical health.

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How to get to medical appointments safely

We all know that we’re supposed to stay home, especially if we’re not feeling well. But what about getting to important medical appointments like dialysis? Or visiting your health care provider after calling their office and telling them about your COVID-19-like symptoms? Sometimes we need to get from our homes to the doctor’s office for […]

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Pandemic in Seattle: A comic strip about 1918 and now

How is today’s COVID-19 pandemic in Seattle similar–and different–than what happened during the 1918 influenza pandemic? We explore how public health measures made a difference then, and what that means now, through a comic strip.

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Faith leaders provide strong support in times of physical separation

With the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order now in effect through May 4, connecting with faith-based and cultural communities continues to be a vital source of support. Earlier this month, Public Health had the opportunity to stand in solidarity with faith and spiritual leaders who are building unity and connection in times of physical distancing.

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Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Give Blood

For the health of our community, it’s critical that 1,000 people donate blood every day. Potential blood donors are exempt from Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy stay-at-home order, which does not include essential health services, such as those provided by Bloodworks Northwest and its donors. Learn more about how to give blood!

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Staying at home is essential, but when distancing is difficult, wearing a non-medical mask may help limit the spread of COVID-19

Updated at 7:30pm on 4-3-2020 Staying apart from others is our best protection against COVID-19. The most important ways of preventing COVID-19 are frequent handwashing, avoiding touching your face, staying away from ill people, staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others. Mask use does not replace the need to follow these […]

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Stopping Racism Fueled by COVID-19 Fear

Many of us have read and seen the stories of Asian Americans being harassed and berated on the streets, in parks, and on public transit. Unfortunately, our Asian- American community is now a major target in the reawakening of anti-Chinese rhetoric, affecting the elderly and the young. In this post, we offer some resources and practical tips on how to stop racism fueled by COVID-19 fear.

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Introducing SCAN: the greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network

Washington state reported its first case of COVID-19 on January 21st. Since then, government officials and public health experts have been asking: How many more cases are there? And where will the virus show up next? These are important questions. Understanding how common COVID-19 is and how it is spreading are critical to informing our […]

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A parenting guide during COVID-19: Be kind to yourself

By Erin Murphy and Megan McJennett COVID-19 is causing stress for a lot of people and that stress can manifest very differently. So parents, this blog post is for you. Because parenting during COVID-19 is HARD. Parents already worry about their kids and COVID-19 only increases those worries. Thoughts may crowd your mind like, “what […]

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Sing while you scrub and hopscotch outdoors: How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in childcare settings

By Emma McVeigh, Alanna Beebe, and Ellen Flamiatos With the closure of schools, child care is even more important to parents and to our communities than ever. Child care plays an essential role for parents who don’t have work flexibility, including those who work in healthcare, critical infrastructure, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other services we […]

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Community is our anchor during COVID-19

How do we get on with living when life is so altered? Our best answer is that we’ll get through this outbreak by building community and making sacrifices out of love. What does that look like? It means preserving the healthcare system for those who need it most, social distancing but not social isolation, and supporting one another.

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Showing up for our kids during the outbreak

We know that new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community are particularly stressful for parents, and for anyone who cares for kids. As we continue to work together to protect our friends and neighbors and slow the spread, we face new challenges, including showing up for our kids in a scary, […]

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Public Health Guidance for Childcares

As COVID-19 continues to spread in King County, Public Health is asking everyone in our community to take steps to slow the spread of the virus. These actions are meant reduce the number of people who become ill, and protect our families, friends and neighbors who are at risk for severe illness. On March 12, […]

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We want social distancing, not social isolation

In light of the coronavirus outbreak in King County and our current community recommendations, Best Starts for Kids shares resources and ideas to help fight social isolation in the midst of social distancing.

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Update for April 8, 2020: Tips for safer transportation to necessary medical care; Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 202 new cases

Summary: Public Health – Seattle & King County provides tips to minimize risk when travelling to necessary medical appointments – including for people who have symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 202 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3688. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing […]

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Update for April 7, 2020: Resources available in multiple languages to help decrease illness, as Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 155 new cases

Summary: Public health resources are available in multiple languages. In addition, Public Health—Seattle & King County reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,486, and eight new deaths, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 230. Story: Coronavirus resources available in multiple languages […]

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Update for April 6, 2020: Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds residents that keeping apart from others is key to preventing new outbreaks of COVID-19, and also announces 164 new cases

Summary: Public Health—Seattle & King County urges everyone, even people who are young and healthy, to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition, Public Health reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,331. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 […]

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