The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak and pandemic preparedness

As the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak continues to expand in China, and the World Health Organization has now declared a global public health emergency, it raises questions about what it means for the United States and locally here in King County. While there is not currently sustained transmission of the virus in the US, the […]

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New “public charge” rule threatens the health of our communities

Statue of Liberty with a gray sky

Update 2-3-20: The federal Department of Homeland Security says it will begin applying the new rule starting 2-24-20 A new immigration rule that Public Health–Seattle & King County (PHSKC) Director Patty Hayes calls “inhumane” will be going into effect soon, because of a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The rule would penalize some immigrants […]

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Coronavirus, Travel and the Changing Situation

With the first reported cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States, many people have questions about the risk of catching an infectious disease from travel. A frequent global traveler poses questions to Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County.

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Why the current exposure risk is low from novel coronavirus

This blog was updated on 1/29/20 to reflect new guidance that travelers from any region in China should watch for symptoms in the 14 days after their return. On January 21, Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S. in a resident of Snohomish County who had […]

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