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

Introductory slide for Dr. Duchin's media briefing

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 […]

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Hantavirus Case Reported in King County

Public Health is investigating a case of hantavirus in an adult resident of southeast King County. Hantavirus can cause a rare but deadly disease called Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). Although we are not aware of an increased risk for hantavirus exposure in King County, it is important that people are aware of the risk and symptoms to watch for and know how to identify and properly respond to rodent infestations. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for HPS, so minimizing exposures to rodents and their nests is key.

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CDC recommends changes to isolation and quarantine for COVID-19

Updates, 1/17/22: The CDC shortened the recommended length of time between a second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and a booster dose to 5 months (previously it was 6 months). The definition of “not up-to-date” on vaccinations has been updated to reflect this change. Changes to isolation recommendations for people who test positive for […]

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Up your mask game: Omicron is here

Because Omicron is so highly contagious, well-fitting and high-quality face masks are more important than ever. It’s one of the most important tools we have right now to limit the spread.

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