Why the current exposure risk is low from novel coronavirus

On January 21, Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. in a resident of Snohomish County who had visited Wuhan, China and traveled home through Sea-Tac International Airport. Even though a local resident has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus infection, the risk of infection from […]

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Questions and Answers about a Novel Coronavirus in Washington

The Washington Department of Health has confirmed the first case in the U.S. of a new novel coronavirus (2019 nCoV) in Snohomish County. The virus emerged in Wuhan, China in December and a number of countries, including the United States, are actively screening incoming travelers at airports that receive direct flights from Wuhan. Exported cases have […]

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Winter is coming…probably

After what feels like endless rain, meteorologists are predicting a possibility of snow early next week. The forecast is too uncertain to place any wagers on snow, but we’ve got a window of time to get ready for whatever happens. Even small amounts of snow can wreak havoc on our ability to get around and […]

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When to seek medical care for flu

Most people who get the flu don’t require medical care and will get better by staying home, getting plenty of rest, and drinking lots of fluids. Anyone with the flu should also avoid contact with other people. But some cases of flu need to be treated by a medical provider. When should you seek medical […]

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The Public Health Notebook: 2019 in Snapshots

At the close of the year, we look back with pride on just a fraction of the activities in our health department in 2019. Thank you to all of our dedicated staff. We wish we could have included everything you do to make King County a healthier place! Wishing everyone a warm, healthy and happy […]

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Public Health Crafter’s Corner: Last-minute DIY gifts

During this festive month, are you in a pinch for gifts for all those parties and get-togethers? Fortunately, we have some DIY ideas that will express “I care” and also announce “I am really, really craftsy!” So let’s get started. Bedazzled hand sanitizer bottle Any party host will appreciate this glamorous and practical gift! Truly, […]

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