Public Health news and blog
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.