Public Health news and blog
Public Health leaders urge the public to prepare now for a rapid surge in local COVID-19 Omicron cases
As the highly-infectious Omicron variant spreads, new data show that the numbers of new cases are rising very rapidly in our local community and across the U.S. now and will continue to rise over the next few weeks. Local public health leaders urge the King County community to prepare and do what we can during this holiday season to reduce the risk.
King County Board of Health meeting today, November 18, 2021
The King County Board of Health will meet today, November 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes approval of the 2021 plan update for the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program and a briefing on state legislative policy.
Checking to protect: Proof of vaccination or negative test now required at many King County establishments
Starting today, October 25, customers are required to verify full vaccination status or a negative test to participate in outdoor public events of 500 or more people and indoor entertainment and recreational establishments and events such as live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants, and bars. This temporary policy aims to protect customers and workers, preserve local hospital capacity, and help keep businesses open.
King County Board of Health meeting on October 21, 2021
The King County Board of Health will meet on October 21, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes potential policy changes regarding King County's bicycle helmet law and discussion of gender-based violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health care organizations join in support of King County vaccine verification to help reduce hospitalizations and deaths
Leaders from 15 health care organizations issued a statement in support of requiring proof of full COVID-19 vaccination status or a negative test to enter many outdoor and indoor entertainment and recreational establishments and events. The recently-announced policy will go into effect October 25.
King County to require proof of vaccination or negative test for many outdoor and indoor events and establishments to address COVID-19 spread
To protect customers and workers, preserve hospital capacity and help prevent business closures, King County will require verification of full vaccination status or a negative test to enter outdoor public events of 500 or more people and indoor entertainment and recreational establishments and events such as live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants, and bars.
King County Board of Health meeting on September 16, 2021
The King County Board of Health is holding a meeting on September 15, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes discussion COVID-19 and vaccine updates and policy options on bicycle helmet laws in King County and disparate impacts of enforcement.
Public Health urges residents to be prepared for extreme heat this week
Public Health shares resources and information for the public and the media on how to stay safe during the coming days of extreme heat.
El departamento de Salud Pública insiste a los residentes a estar preparados para el calor extremo esta semana
El departamento de Salud Pública comparte recursos e información para el público y los medios de comunicación sobre cómo mantenerse seguro durante los próximos días de calor extremo.
Childhood vaccinations required for back-to-school: Free August vaccine events in Federal Way, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila
On or before the first day of instruction, all K-12 students in Washington state must be up to date on vaccinations required for school, whether attending classes in-person or remotely. King County children ages 4-18 can get all vaccines required for school entry at upcoming free clinics in Federal Way, Kent, Renton, and Tukwila. Childhood vaccination rates have dipped significantly during the pandemic; now is the best time to get caught up!
Se requieren vacunas infantiles para el regreso a la escuela: Eventos gratuitos de vacunación de agosto en Federal Way, Kent, Renton y Tukwila
Durante o antes del primer día de regreso a clases, todos los estudiantes de Kindergarten a Grado 12 (K-12) en el estado de Washington deben de estar al día con las vacunas que se requieren para asistir a la escuela, ya sea que asistan a clases en persona o de manera remota.
Puget Sound region local health jurisdictions issue joint statement recommending masking in indoor public spaces
Health officers from across the Puget Sound region are recommending facial coverings for everyone in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status. COVID-19 rates are increasing across the region largely due to the spread of the more contagious delta variant.
Center ha sido trasladado a la Clínica del Departamento de Salud Pública de Kent Citas para la vacuna contra el COVID-19 disponibles en el sur del condado de King
Como parte de los esfuerzos para integrar la vacunación contra el COVID-19 en el cuidado rutinario de la salud, la clínica de vacunación del Condado de King se ha trasladado del Kent ShoWare Center a la Clínica de Salud Pública de Kent del Condado de King.
COVID-19 vaccination site has moved from Kent ShoWare Center to Kent Public Health Clinic
As part of efforts to integrate COVID-19 vaccination into routine care, King County’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic has moved from the Kent ShoWare Center to King County’s Kent Public Health Clinic.
King County Board of Health meeting on July 15, 2021
The King County Board of Health is holding a meeting on July 15 at 1:00 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of drug user health and a determinants of equity briefing.
King County's mask directive ends as COVID-19 rates are down and number of people fully protected hits 70% goal
Public Health – Seattle & King County is announcing the end of the current King County Mask Directive that has been in place since May 20, 2021. Now that the local directive has ended, the Washington state mask guidance is in effect in King County. Unvaccinated people will need to continue wearing masks in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.
La directiva del Condado King del uso de mascarillas se termina debido a que los índices de COVID-19 están bajos y el número de personas completamente protegidas ha alcanzado la meta del 70%
El Departamento de Salud Pública – Seattle y el Condado de King está anunciando el fin de la directiva actual de usar mascarillas en el condado de King, la cual fue establecida desde el 20 de mayo del 2021.
Zero Youth Detention launching the Regional Peacekeepers Collective, June 4th with two public in-person events
King County Executive Dow Constantine and the King County Board of Health have declared June 4th, 2021 as King County Regional Community Safety and Well-being Day in recognition of the rising rates of gun violence in this region and establishment of a pilot program called the King County Regional Peacekeepers Collective (RPKC).
Get vaccinated this holiday weekend: Multiple COVID-19 vaccination sites open, including on Memorial Day
With 97% of current COVID-19 cases among people who are unvaccinated, Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get vaccinated against COVID-19. If you have extra time off work, use it to recuperate in case you have any vaccine side effects, like fatigue or mild fever. COVID-19 vaccination sites throughout King County are open this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
King County Health Officer issues Directive urging continued use of face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19
King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin has issued a Local Health Officer Directive that strongly urges residents to continue wearing a face mask in indoor public settings, whether or not they are vaccinated. Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that businesses who serve the public continue policies to ensure customers and employees wear masks indoors.