Report: COVID-19 transmission decline slowing, rapid rise in cases at risk without continued social distancing

Summary:   A new report from the Institute for Disease Modeling shows the decrease in COVID-19 transmission in King County has slowed. Continued social distancing, and additional disease control measures, are necessary to avoid a rebound in new cases that could overwhelm the healthcare system. Story:   Research shows COVID-19 transmission decline slowing, rapid rise in disease […]

Read More

Testing at jail facility; free child care for first responders and essential workers; supplemental budget to continue COVID-19 response and recovery

Summary: Public Health – Seattle & King County will provide free testing to staff at the Maleng Regional Justice Center after six staff reported testing positive for COVID-19. Also, first responders and essential workers in King County can access free child care through a King County program to help parents working on the front lines […]

Read More

Rapid response in homeless shelters can help prevent spread of COVID-19; how to protect older adults at home; latest on antibody testing

Summary: New research details how a rapid response in homeless shelters by public health experts can help protect shelter clients and staff from COVID-19. Also, read about tips for keeping multigenerational families healthy at home. Story: By responding rapidly to clusters of illness in homeless shelters, Public Health—Seattle & King County is establishing a national […]

Read More

COVID-19 cases among people living homeless rising; death at Kent isolation and quarantine facility

Summary: Public Health – Seattle & King County announces 112 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among people living homeless or working in homeless services sites. This includes two confirmed deaths. In addition, there was a death of a resident at King County’s Kent isolation and quarantine facility, which will be investigated by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office.  […]

Read More

New at-home testing effort improves outbreak data; Additional testing available for first responders, health care workers; Multilingual COVID-19 videos available

Summary: New cases of COVID-19 in King County have been identified that might have gone undetected, thanks to volunteer participants who collected their own sample at home and sent to a lab for testing. In additional news, testing has been made available for symptomatic first responders and health care workers who cannot access testing through […]

Read More

Report: Promising results of social distancing to slow spread of COVID-19; health officials stress importance of continued measures

Summary: New research from the Institute for Disease Modeling suggests the spread of COVID-19 illness is slowing down thanks to the collective actions of residents in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, who are broadly following the “stay home” message. Story: Public policies on social distancing correlated with mobility reductions Newly published findings suggest the spread […]

Read More