Video: Update from King County Health Officer on the impacts of the Omicron surge

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a public briefing on Jan. 7, 2022, answering questions from the news media and members of the community. Dr. Duchin provided a picture of where we are in the current Omicron-driven surge and shared guidance on how to lower your risk during this challenging period:

Limiting large gatherings and indoor activities in crowded or poorly ventilated spaces is especially important right now. Staying home and away from others if you have symptoms or are exposed to COVID-19 and not up to date on your vaccinations will help protect others from infection. We’ve shown what we can do when we work together, and right now, we need to dig deep for a renewed community-wide COVID-19 prevention effort over the next few weeks. The coming weeks for many may be the most difficult yet. Please take good care of yourselves and do what you can to help one another. 

Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for public health – seattle & king county

Originally published January 7, 2022