Recognizing and Celebrating juneteenth

Our public health department hasn’t observed Juneteenth in the past as we should, and that will change. Going forward, we will be more intentional about the ways in which we center Black voices and honor the history that’s shaped where we are today.

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Testing in Long-Term Care Facilities – A Conversation with State Long-Term Care Ombuds

By Ingrid Ulrey, Policy Director, PHSKC Residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family homes are at high risk for serious illness and death from Covid-19, as we outlined in a recent blog. Washington State Department of Health Director John Wiesman issue an order requiring COVID-19 testing for all nursing home residents and […]

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3 Tips to Add Face Coverings to your Routine

Wearing a face covering in public is a habit we need to ingrain, not only because of the Local Health Officer Directive but also because we’ll need to protect each other as we gradually engage with the outside world again. But starting new habits is rarely easy. Here are three tips that might help make face coverings part of your routine.

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Coming together and still staying apart: Preventing an increase in COVID-19 as reopening begins

King County was approved for a modified Phase 1 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan. It allows for limited openings of recreational, social and business activity, provided that everyone adheres to the state’s public health guidance. As people come together more, it is more important than ever to maintain the safety principles that led to our success against the outbreak.

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Safe Start for King County – working to gradually reopen the local economy

On Wednesday June 3rd, King County submitted a plan to the Washington State Department of Health to allow for limited openings of recreational, social and business activities in a modified Phase 1 of the Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan. Learn more about the plan for gradual re-opening in King County.

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COVID-19 and Unrecognized Realities Experienced by Black People

Face coverings help protect our community from COVID-19. Unfortunately many members of the Black community are concerned that wearing face coverings may lead to dangerous and harmful encounters with law enforcement or other community members. Racism influences perceptions of face coverings and those wearing or not wearing them.

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