New modeling reports suggest positive impact of social distancing measures on COVID-19 epidemic, but more progress needed

Reductions in person-to-person contact through a variety of social distancing measures appear to be making a difference in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in King County, but those measures need to continue to succeed in decreasing and delaying the outbreak peak, according to two new reports by the Bellevue-based Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM). Working […]

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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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TB evaluation at Microsoft

A vendor at a Microsoft facility in Redmond was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) disease. This person had contact with nearly 150 other vendor employees who require testing as a precaution to rule out TB infection. TB is not easy to spread TB is an infectious disease caused by bacteria that are passed from person to person […]

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Statement on Bothell High School closure

Updated 2/29/20: According to Snohomish County, any associated testing for COVID-19 related to this situation has come back negative. We understand that the Northshore School District is choosing to close Bothell High School on February 27, 2020 to clean the building because they are concerned about novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Closing schools when there has not […]

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The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and pandemic preparedness

Updated on 2/27/20: This blog post was originally posted on 1/31/20. Out of date information has been deleted from this blog. As the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak continues to expand in China, and the World Health Organization has now declared a global public health emergency, it raises questions about what it means for the United […]

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TB evaluation at Boeing Renton facility

A worker at the Boeing Renton facility was recently diagnosed with active tuberculosis (TB) disease. The worker had contact with six workers who require testing as a precaution to rule out TB infection. The risk for TB spreading to anyone who came into contact with the worker is low. TB is not easy to spread TB is an […]

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