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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Our Role in Safe Take-Out Dining

Under the current Health Order, restaurants may remain open for drive-through, delivery, and pick-up. Our Food Program also has a role to play in working with food service establishments so that they comply with the health order.

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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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Events, eating out, and retail: what’s allowed and what’s not

The Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued an order intended to curtail the amount of face-to-interaction in the community that can potentially spread the virus. We explain what is now prohibited and what is still allowed (if steps to minimize the risk are taken.)

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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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Public Health guidance for retail businesses

Under an order issued by King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health—Seattle & King County prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people. In addition, this local order is prohibiting public events of less than 250 people, unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk. For retail businesses — such as […]

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New limits on large gatherings, other emergency strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19

Update 3-11-20 2:30pm: See also the official News Release “New state and local Orders” Update 3-11-20 5:10 pm: Links added for schools guidance, business guidance, and large gathering enforcement In addition to Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation that prohibits large gatherings of more than 250 people, Public Health—Seattle & King County is also issuing a Health […]

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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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Updates for March 27, 2020: Testing capacity expands, research published about nursing homes, and Public Health—Seattle & King County announces 251 new cases of COVID-19

Summary: Testing capacity is expanding in high priority areas. Findings are published from investigations into outbreaks at local long-term care facilities. And Public Health—Seattle & King County announced 251 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1828. In addition, 16 new deaths are reported, bringing the total of […]

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Public Health—Seattle & King County launches new data dashboard and social campaign, and other COVID-19 updates for March 25, 2020

Summary: A new public campaign launched, called “Stand Together, Stay Apart.” Public Health—Seattle & King County launched a new data dashboard to update daily case counts and deaths. Public Health announced 82 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1359. In addition, six new deaths are reported, bringing […]

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Update for March 24, 2020: Reminder to avoid contact with others

Summary: Everyone, even people who are young and healthy, must stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Public Health estimates 107 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the estimated case count in King County to 1277. In addition, seven new deaths are reported, bringing the estimated total of deaths in King County to […]

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Urgent need for people to limit contact, and other COVID-19 updates from Public Health – Seattle & King County for March 23, 2020

Summary: Staying home is vitally important to King County’s ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 illnesses. Public Health announced 130 new cases today, bringing the official case count in King County to 1170. In addition, twelve new deaths are reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 87. A new local […]

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