Health Officer Statement on Extreme Heat

person pouring water on their face in hot sun

Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health — Seattle & King County, issued the following statement in response to the current extreme heat event in our region: The record-shattering extreme heat we’re experiencing is just the latest example of our climate crisis and how it’s impacting human health now. Extreme heat is the leading […]

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Video: Dr. Jeff Duchin’s covid-19 press briefing

During his weekly press briefing on May 27, Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin provided an update on local COVID-19 rates and vaccination efforts: Our COVID outbreak is moving in the right direction. Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated and made all the hard sacrifices over the last year and a half to get […]

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Are we in a fourth wave? Are the variants storm clouds on the horizon? The latest from our Health Officer on COVID-19 in King County

It can be hard to understand where we are with the COVID-19 pandemic recently. On one hand, it’s great that many people are getting vaccinated in our community. That’s bringing so much hope and relief as it helps reduce infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
On the other hand, not everyone is vaccinated yet, and we are hearing about increases in cases and increases in new coronavirus “variants” that are more contagious.

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After a Most Difficult COVID-19 Pandemic Year, Cautious Optimism and Gratitude

Dr. Jeff Duchin reflects on the pandemic–marking one year since the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in our community. “We have many reasons to be encouraged as a community. Although this has been a dreadful year in many ways, King County and our region has, until this point, weathered this storm relatively well compared to most of the rest of the country.”

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