An Important Message About COVID-19
COVID-19 is spreading in King County. But together, we can slow it down, saving lives. Everyone, young and old, should stay home and avoid all non-essential contact.
When you must go out, limit your trips and stay six feet apart from others. Our individual actions affect the health of our entire community. And what we do as a community protects us all.
Stay home and slow the spread.
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On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a Stay Home — Stay Healthy order which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. The order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:
- Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment. What’s opened and closed
- Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
- Going to work at an essential business.
- Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as they keep 6 feet apart.
- What does it mean to stay home?
On March 28, Public Health's Health Officer, Dr. Jeff Duchin, issued a Quarantine Directive and Isolation Order to protect the health of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Quarantine Directive: Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms who has a test result pending shall remain in quarantine while waiting for the test results.
- Isolation Order: Every who has tested positive for COVID-19 shall remain in isolation until no longer infectious.
What to do if you are ill
If you are ill with fever and a cough or shortness of breath, stay home. If you are unsure of how to care for yourself or are concerned about your condition, call your health care provider for advice. If you feel you need to visit your doctor, call them first. Keep yourself separated from other people and animals in your home. Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) screening tool and guidance for steps to take if you are sick with COVID-19 or think you may be infected with coronavirus
- Washington State Department of Health information on getting tested
- Washington State Department of Health information on what to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19
King County COVID-19 Call Centers
- Medical questions related to COVID-19?
Contact the call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977
- Non-medical questions about COVID-19 including compliance and business related issues?
Contact the King County COVID-19 Business and Community Information Line (Monday – Friday) 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM at 206-296-1608
- General questions about COVID-19 in Washington State
Contact the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call center at 800-525-0127
- For parents and guardians: what to do when you or your child gets COVID-19
- Emergency food access resources
Information about food access programs and services to help support King County residents during this difficult time.
- The King County Regional Donations Connector is available online to link up individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and others who have resources with those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Donations Connector will help make sure services, supplies, and funding reach health care providers, first responders and social service entities working on the front lines. Find ways to offer help and request help at kingcounty.gov/emergency/donate.
- Information on COVID-19 for managers, staff and residents of apartment buildings, condominiums, and similar residential communities
- Information on COVID-19 for organizations housing older adults in the community
- Public Health Insider Blogs about COVID-19
Pandemic preparedness tips, Q & As with our health officers and more.
- Common Questions about Coronavirus
- Anti-Stigma resources
- Guidance for student housing at higher education institutions
- COVID-19 Child Care Recommendations
- COVID-19 የህጻናት መንከባከቢያ ምክረ ሐሳቦች (Amharic)
- COVID-19托兒中心建議 (Chinese, Traditional)
- COVID-19 Talo Siinta Daryeelka Ilmaha (Somali)
- Recomendaciones para cuidado infantil por COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Khuyến Nghị Chăm Sóc Trẻ Em Với Tình Hình Dịch COVID-19 (Vietnamese)
- Guidance for child care administrators: What to do when you have a positive COVID-19 case in your facility
- ለህጻናት መንከባከቢያ አስተዳዳሪዎች መመሪያ (Amharic)
- 托兒中心行政員的指南 (Chinese)
- Tilmaanta loogu talagalay Maamulayaasha Xanaanada Cunugga (Somali)
- Orientación para administradores de guarderías (Spanish)
- Hướng Dẫn Cho Nhân Viên Quản Lý Chăm Sóc Trẻ Em (Vietnamese)
- COVID-19 fact sheet for families (PDF)
- ስለ COVID 19 እውነት ገጾች ለቤተሰቦች (Amharic)
- 給家庭的COVID-19情況說明書 (Chinese)
- COVID-19 Xaashida Xaqiiqada ee Qoysaska (Somali)
- Hoja Informativa para Padres de Familia sobre COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Thông Tin Về COVID-19 Dành Cho Gia Đình (Vietnamese)
- Daily checklist for all child care facilities (PDF)
- ለህጻናት መንከባከቢያ አስተዳዳሪዎች የድርጊት ዝርዝር፡ COVID-19ን ለመከላከል እርምጃዎች (Amharic)
- 托兒中心行政員檢查列表：預防 COVID-19 的步驟 (Chinese)
- Liiska-hubinta ee maamulayaasha Xanaanada ilmaha: Talaabooyinka looga Hortago COVID-19 (Somali)
- Lista de verificación para administradores de guarderías: Pasos para prevenir COVID-19 (Spanish)
- Danh Sách Kiểm Tra Cho Người Quản Lý Trung Tâm Chăm Sóc Trẻ Em: Các Bước Ngăn Ngừa COVID-19 (Vietnamese)
- Guidelines for gatherings of children and youth while schools are closed
- New COVID-19 Public Health recommendations: How do these affect schools?
- Guidance for food distribution
- Guidance for essential businesses
- 留在家裡 – 保持健康 必要業務的指南 (Chinese)
- Stay Home – Stay Healthy : 필수 사업체를 위한 지침 (Korean)
- Оставайтесь дома – будьте здоровы: Руководство для учреждений первой необходимости (Russian)
- Permanezca en casa – Permanezca Saludable: Orientación para los negocios esenciales (Spanish)
- Ở Nhà – Giữ Gìn Sức Khỏe: Hướng Dẫn Cho Các Doanh Nghiệp Thiết Yếu (Vietnamese)
- Guidance for grocery stores to minimize the spread of COVID-19
- Recommendations to minimize the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in retail food establishments
- Pandemic Community Advisory Group
Public Health — Seattle & King County convened representatives from various community, business, and government sectors in King County who are working together to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) by accelerating the use of the recommended and required community mitigation strategies.
For service providers:
If you have concerns of a case, cluster or outbreak in your facility, please report the case using this online form. (Examples include long-term care facilities, senior living communities, supportive or transitional housing, homeless shelters, healthcare settings.)
- Recommendations for Long-Term Care Facilities
- Healthcare For the Homeless Network:
Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN) provides health care services to people experiencing homelessness in King County. Learn more about HCHN’s role in the COVID-19 response including guidance documents and resources for homeless service providers.
- Guidance for PPE Conservation and Alternatives when PPE is Unavailable
- Healthy Advisories: Updates and interim guidance on outbreak of COVID-19
Our translated Public Health Recommendations are frequently updated. Please check back regularly.
Signs to print and post
to help grocery stores, restaurants, childcares, and apartment buildings communicate the steps they are taking to minimize risk of COVID-19.