Bats & Rabies: What you need to know

Each summer, we receive between 70 to 100 reports of people being exposed to rabid bats in King County. And, in the recent weeks we’ve received reports of two rabid bats that interacted with humans. If you had contact with a bat, or even woke up in a room with a bat inside, you should call your medical provider immediately, in addition to reporting the exposure to Public Health at: 206-296-4774.

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Waiting for your COVID-19 test result? Here’s what you can do

In the past few weeks, we have heard reports of longer wait times to get COVID-19 tests and delays in receiving test results in some instances. The average time from testing to results being available has typically been one to three days for most labs, but recently has been five to six days for tests done in some settings.

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Understanding the need for crisis behavioral health services during the pandemic in King County

Public Health – Seattle & King County has added behavioral health information to its data tools examining the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts on social, economic, and overall health in King County. This new data dashboard examines behavioral health indicators that measure requests for suicide-related crisis services (including calls to crisis centers or 9-1-1) throughout the pandemic.

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Safe Swimming in COVID times

As the weather gets warmer, you may want to go to the beach to enjoy the rivers and lakes in our area. But this summer, due to COVID-19 spread and budget cuts, many beaches in Seattle and King County do not – or likely will not – have a lifeguard on duty, and many will remain closed. Additionally, many swim lesson programs are cancelled, and most open beaches will not have life jacket loaner stations available this year.

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Pregnancy and Childbirth During the Pandemic: 10 Things to Know

With the help of Best Starts for Kids’ Prenatal to Five partners at Rainier Valley Midwives and Open Arms Perinatal Services, we’ve gathered the top 10 takeaways for expecting parents to know today as they navigate pregnancy and childbirth during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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VIDEO: July 10, 2020 update on COVID-19 in King County with Dr. Jeff Duchin

On July 10th, Dr. Jeff Duchin gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in King County and expressed urgency for our community to help prevent a further surge in cases. View the update below. It is critical as a community we understand the long-term nature of this COVID-19 mess. None of us asked for this, […]

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