People in King County increased protection from COVID-19 by getting vaccinated, testing and staying home when sick, improving indoor air flow, and other crucial actions.
COVID-19 is not going away, so it’s important not to let our guard down. The COVID-19 virus is still circulating in King County and we’re still seeing hospitalizations and deaths. There’s also no guarantee that the virus won’t continue to evolve in unpredictable ways.
Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions remain especially vulnerable. People of all ages, including those who were previously healthy, are at risk for long COVID. These longer term symptoms can happen after even mild infections.
How you can protect against COVID-19
We can live our lives and also keep ourselves, loved ones and community as safe as possible. How? By using all the tools we’ve learned so far:
- The best protection is to get vaccinated. Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, especially if you’re 50 and older or if you have a health condition.
- Wear a mask in high-risk settings (such as crowded places) to protect yourself and others, especially people with medical conditions who are less able to fight the virus.
- Test for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 or are at higher risk from the disease, getting COVID-19 treatment early can help to protect from severe illness and hospitalization. Ask your healthcare provider to see if treatment is recommended for you.
- Keep activities small and outdoors if people who are unvaccinated will participate.
- Reduce the virus in the air by having good air flow indoors and using air filters.
Reduce your risk
Guidance and resources including where to find free masks and posters for businesses.
Up-to-date vaccine guidance including where and how to get vaccinated in King County.
Ways to improve indoor air in our homes, businesses, schools, and other places where people gather indoors.
Sick or exposed
Guidance and resources on where, how, and when to get tested for COVID-19 in King County
Information on this page will help you understand if you need to isolate and what steps to take.
Most people with COVID-19 have milder illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. Follow these steps if you or someone in your household has symptoms of COVID-19.
Local metrics and trends to understand the impact of COVID-19 in our community
Timely and accurate local data are one of the cornerstones of our COVID-19 response, helping us inform policy decisions and identify communities most directly impacted by the virus.
Weekly data extracts that summarize the COVID-19 epidemic in King County at multiple geographic levels and time scales.
Official Public Health – Seattle & King County reports about our COVID-19 response and pandemic data.
A simple text-only summary of key COVID-19 metrics in King County.
Guidance for specific audiences
This page offers resources and tools for organizations, faith and cultural leaders to engage with the communities they serve, including people who are unsheltered, communities with limited English proficiency, people who are undocumented, LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities, as well as frontline workers.
Healthcare and homeless service providers can use the following resources to prepare for and response to cases of COVID-19 in their facility and protect the health of clients, patients, and staff.
Schools and childcare programs can use the following resources to prepare for and respond to cases of COVID-19 in their facilities and protect the health of students and staff.
There are resources to help workers and laws to protect your rights in the workplace, whether or not you have COVID-19.
Frequently asked questions about COVID-19, testing, vaccines and more.
Living through the COVID-19 pandemic means dealing with a new and sometimes confusing vocabulary. Here is a guide to some of the most common words and phrases you might come across.
The intention of these resources are to help establishments communicate with their customers and staff the steps they are taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19.