Public Health news and blog
Public Health investigates COVID-19 outbreak associated with Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie
Public Health – Seattle & King County is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 associated with the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie. Public Health is recommending anyone who visited the Salish Lodge & Spa overnight or as a guest during the day get tested for COVID-19 and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Salish Lodge & Spa is working with public health to implement recommendations.
King County Board of Health meeting on September 17, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on September 17, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes briefings on COVID-19 impacts on mental health, suicide, domestic violence and community wellbeing, and influenza and COVID-19 updates.
School-Based Health Centers to open this fall, available for vaccinations and other services
Health centers will open on 34 school campuses in King County this September, to provide health services for students – including flu shots and other vaccines – even when the instruction is online.
New free COVID-19 testing sites to launch in south King County
Two new free COVID-19 test sites will open in south King County over the next two weeks. The drive-through sites located in Renton and Auburn will increase access to testing across our community.
Rabid bat found on the sidewalk near the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW in Seattle
A rabid bat was found on the sidewalk on July 19, 2020, near the corner of Ballard Ave NW and 22nd Ave NW in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard. If you or someone you know had any contact with a bat near this area, seek medical evaluation immediately or contact Public Health.
King County Board of Health meeting on July 16, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on July 16, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes discussion and possible action on a rule and regulation for telephonic participation by Board members and a resolution adopting the 2020 Board of Health work plan. The Board will also receive a briefing and a resolution on Racism as a Public Health Crisis.
Increasing cases of COVID-19 in King County highlight the need to limit close contact
Public Health—Seattle & King County continues to monitor cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 and has noted an increase in cases over the past two weeks. Public Health expects to see some increase in cases as we get back to work and other activities in the community because there are more opportunities for COVID-19 to spread.
With food insecurity on the rise, Public Health highlights critical new and existing resources
Exacerbated by COVID-19, a growing number of people in King County are seeking food assistance. To help address this urgent need, Public Health – Seattle & King County, the City of Seattle and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are launching new efforts to connect families in need to food resources.
Meeting of the King County Board of Health June 18, 2020
The King County Board of Health holds a meeting on 6/18/20 at 1:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes discussion and possible action on a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis.
Special meeting of the King County Board of Health June 15
The King County Board of Health holds a special meeting on June 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The topic on the agenda includes discussion and possible action on a resolution supporting King County's application to the Washington State Department of Health to enter Phase 2 of the Safe Start Reopening Plan.
Expanded free COVID-19 testing in south King County
Three new free COVID-19 test sites open in south King County this week. In addition, local community organizations will provide free-drive through testing access in Renton and Federal Way this weekend. Also, the Greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN) study is resuming. The study will continue to inform King County’s public health response by helping understand where the virus exists in our region and how it is spreading.
Special meeting of the King County Board of Health June 10
The King County Board of Health holds a special meeting on 6/10/20 at 3:00 p.m. Topics on the agenda include discussion and possible action on a rule and regulation relating to telephonic participation by members of the Board of Health and a novel coronavirus response and recovery briefing.
Health officials stress continued vigilance as limited reopening begins
As King County continues its first week of limited reopening of some businesses and recreational activities, Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds the public to continue following physical distancing and infection control practices to help prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases. Also, expanded data available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Additional free COVID-19 testing sites launch throughout King County
Additional free COVID-19 testing sites are opening in Seattle and other local cities. Public Health – Seattle & King County urges anyone with mild COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone ill with COVID-19 to contact a healthcare provider to discuss testing. Also, King County was approved for modified phase one of reopening.
Standing for justice as we keep our community safe from spread of COVID-19
Public Health – Seattle & King County shared perspectives from our local leadership about George Floyd's tragic death, yet one more in an endless string of violence perpetrated against Black people in our country, and answered questions about participating in protests while reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.
New data dashboard from Public Health on key indicators of COVID-19 activity
Public Health – Seattle & King County published today a new data dashboard that provides a snapshot of key indicators related to COVID-19 disease activity, testing capacity, and healthcare system status. These data will be useful to help guide decisions about whether restrictions and precautions are adequate, or whether they need to be strengthened or carefully relaxed.
More locations for COVID-19 testing at no cost available throughout King County
To prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away.
Now available: Local data on unemployment, healthcare, housing and other measures during COVID-19 pandemic
New data tools now available provide information on the social, health and economic impacts during COVID-19.
Face covering directive goes into effect today: Prevent spreading COVID-19 when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance
A health directive to wear face coverings in public goes into effect today. Wear a face covering at any indoor or outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you.
Protecting rights of people with disabilities as face-covering directive goes into effect Monday
The directive to wear face coverings while in public goes into effect May 18 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. King County asks people to be mindful that it is not recommended for all community members to wear a face covering – including some people with disabilities.