King County hospitals issue urgent call to action: “We Need Your Help”

In the midst of the Omicron surge in COVID-19, King County hospitals are issuing an urgent call in the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The full-page ad, signed by health system and public health partners across King County, calls on the public to help reduce pressure on hospitals so they can provide essential care for those who need it.

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Why should I get a booster if I might get COVID anyway? 

Most everyone knows someone who is sick or has recently had COVID since the extremely contagious Omicron variant started to spread. And it’s possible that someone you know has had COVID even if they got a booster shot. So at this point, you might be thinking: “Why should I get a booster if I might get COVID anyway?”

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Video: Update from King County Health Officer on the impacts of the Omicron surge

Introductory slide for Dr. Duchin's media briefing

King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin held a public briefing on Jan. 7, 2022, answering questions from the news media and members of the community. Dr. Duchin provided a picture of where we are in the current Omicron-driven surge and shared guidance on how to lower your risk during this challenging period: Limiting large […]

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How to stay out of the hospital with Omicron here

Woman who looks ill who is wearing a mask and holding a mug as she receives pills from her husband, who sits on the edge of her bed with a mask and gloves.

ERs and ICUs are nearly full. Please help keep lifesaving care available for those who need it most. Care for cough, fever, sore throat, chills, and other milder symptoms at home—whether it’s COVID-19, flu, or the common cold. Get vaccinated and boosted. Learn how to recognize when to seek medical care, and when to stay home.

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Up your mask game: Omicron is here

Because Omicron is so highly contagious, well-fitting and high-quality face masks are more important than ever. It’s one of the most important tools we have right now to limit the spread.

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