How to help slow the spread of COVID-19 among people living homeless

People experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of infectious disease. COVID-19 is the most recent and deeply concerning example of that threat. For a population with higher levels of underlying health conditions, less access to resources necessary to stay healthy, and a greater likelihood of living in congregate settings like shelters adds up to an increased risk for infection and severe illness.

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Statement on closure of Duke’s Restaurant at Alki Beach

On July 8, 2020, Public Health – Seattle & King County closed Duke’s Chowder House on Alki Beach. This restaurant location was closed due to an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 among employees, the potential for workplace and employee transmission, and for non-compliance with Washington’s Safe Start Plan.

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Doing the right thing: Restaurants and COVID-19

In response to rising COVID-19 cases county wide, Public Health – Seattle & King County is expanding efforts to educate and enforce compliance of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start COVID-19 reopening requirements in food establishments.

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CDC updated the high-risk list. And it’s not just older adults.

In spite of Washington State’s ongoing efforts to contain it, COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly by the day, especially among people aged 20-40. And while they are less likely to become seriously ill from the virus, they can still spread it to friends, family and neighbors – without even knowing they have it. Many young people are also in the higher risk categories recently updated by the CDC.

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Here’s to a joyful — and safe — July Fourth!

The fireworks have been cancelled. There will be no parades. It would be easy to feel nothing but blue on this tricolor holiday. But don’t let the pandemic ruin your Fourth of July. There are still plenty of ways to celebrate — without putting your friends, family or neighbors at risk of getting COVID-19.

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