How to stay out of the hospital with Omicron here

Woman who looks ill who is wearing a mask and holding a mug as she receives pills from her husband, who sits on the edge of her bed with a mask and gloves.

ERs and ICUs are nearly full. Please help keep lifesaving care available for those who need it most. Care for cough, fever, sore throat, chills, and other milder symptoms at home—whether it’s COVID-19, flu, or the common cold. Get vaccinated and boosted. Learn how to recognize when to seek medical care, and when to stay home.

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NEW COMIC: Delta Days

What’s the deal with Delta?
“Delta Days” is a comic by Meredith Li-Vollmer about the variant and our collective burn-out. See full comic here or at thestranger.com.

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Video: Dr. Jeff Duchin’s COVID-19 press briefing – August 5, 2021

Image of a graphic advertising media briefing today. Left side is gray with black text, which fades into an image of Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health's Local Health Officer. Dr. Duchin is speaking into a microphone and is wearing a black jacket with a blue button-up. Picture was taken during one of the early media briefings of the pandemic. The text on the left side says: August 5, 2021 COVID-19 UPDATE with Dr. Jeff Duchin @ 11:00 AM A briefing on COVID-19 trends and vaccine distribution in King County. Public Health logo is in bottom left corner.

This virus is significantly nastier than previous COVID-19 viruses, and it’s challenging us in new ways. The bottom line: vaccines offer excellent protection against hospitalization and death from Delta. But if you aren’t vaccinated, you are more likely to be infected, hospitalized or die from COVID-19. 

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