Media Release: Health Officer directs residents to use face coverings in indoor public settings, outdoors where social distancing is difficult

SUMMARY Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, along with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, announced a new Health Officer Directive strongly urging face coverings in all indoor public places including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six […]

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Media Release: Latest report shows COVID-19 transmission rate could be rising in King County; social distancing remains key

Summary:    Latest data shows the COVID-19 transmission rate could be rising across King County and the rest of western Washington after previous indications the transmission rate had fallen below a critical threshold. Story:    After dropping throughout March and into early April, the transmission rate of COVID-19 is no longer falling and could be rising again […]

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Media Release: Tips for staying safe outdoors as more recreation lands reopen

Summary:    More public lands are reopening for limited use following closures to slow the spread of COVID-19. King County is offering guidelines for safely enjoying parks, trails, and natural areas. Story:    King County Parks is reopening parks and trails on May 8 following a six-week closure in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order […]

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Media Release: Two reports show COVID-19 transmission has slowed, while most people still susceptible

Summary:   Two new reports provide further confirmation that social distancing measures have reduced transmission of COVID-19 in King County. Story:   The number of COVID-19 infections in King County has been on the decline since the end of March, according to two recent reports that are consistent with data from Public Health – Seattle & King County. The […]

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Media release: New analysis shows pronounced racial inequities among COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths

Summary:   Updated data shows that in King County, COVID-19 is disproportionally impacting communities of color. There is more to do collectively to support all communities with access to testing, information and social supports to address inequities in health outcomes. Story:   Public Health – Seattle & King County is releasing updated data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths […]

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Public encouraged to watch for wider range of symptoms for COVID-19

Summary:    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added to its list of symptoms for COVID-19. Also, as more farmers markets open for the spring, customers are encouraged to practice important safety measures.    Story:    As researchers continue to learn more about COVID-19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just added six new symptoms to its list of known COVID-19 symptoms.   People with […]

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