Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to know
The following information is taken from the Washington State Department of Health website.
What is COVID-19?
This virus emerged in Hubei Province, China in December 2019. The virus is spreading from person-to-person, and cases are confirmed in the United States and a number of other countries. The risk for COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. Sharing accurate information, and new information as it emerges, can prevent misinformation from spreading.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. They usually cause mild respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS).
Who is at Risk for COVID-19?
For the current risk assessment in our area, please visit the Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus Website >>
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coronavirus may include:
- Runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell