Information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
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). COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before December 2019.
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 are similar to flu or colds and may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell
Call first. If you or a family member are sick and plan to seek care, call first. Healthcare partners need to prepare for people who are showing symptoms—or direct you to the appropriate resource.
How can I protect myself?
The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against COVID-19 and other illnesses.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are feeling ill. Temperature should remain normal (below 99.6 F degrees) for 72 hours without any fever-reducing medication before returning to work/school.
Stay prepared and plan ahead!
- Visit the Department of Health website for preparedness tips and planning ahead for school closures and changes
- Download a preparedness Tip Sheet from DOH's website (PDF)