Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Although we've been told the current immediate risk to the general public remains low, the coronavirus has many of us concerned. Fortunately in Washington, we have several expert public health officials who have experience in responding to situations like this. In order to keep you informed on this emerging situation, I've put together links to resources and information below.
Best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with an elbow, sleeve or tissue
- Good personal health habits (diet/exercise) help prevent respiratory infections, including coronaviruses and influenza.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- See more here: https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/02/24/what-happens-if-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-spreads-here-a-conversation-with-our-health-officer/.
- Shortness of breath
If someone believes they are showing symptoms:
- If someone has symptoms, they should call their doctor—not go to the hospital. The doctor will make an assessment about next steps. If it requires a COVID-19 test, the doctor will then contact public health officials and they will arrange a test.
- The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, you can call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
For more information:
- DOH Coronavirus Resource page
- CDC Coronavirus Information
- Yakima Health District
- Public Health – Seattle & King County Coronavirus Updates
- Public Health – Snohomish County Coronavirus Updates
- Local Public Health Offices around WA
As always if you have additional questions about how to stay informed on this quickly moving situation, please feel free to reach out to my office. I'm happy to help.
It's an honor to serve you!