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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County - UPDATED 04/17/2020

Post Date:04/17/2020 2:00 PM

April 17, 2020 - Updates:

  • White House Task Force Guidelines for reopening the economy 
  • On April 2, 2020 Governor Jay Inslee extends "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"
  • On March 30, 2020 President Trump changed from 15 Days to Slow the Spread to 30 Days to Slow the Spread extending the guidance to socially distance through April 30
  • On March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issues "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order 
  • On March 19, Governor Jay Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters, and more in response to COVID-19 
  • On March 18, The President's issued his Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 15 Days to Slow the Spread
  • On March 16, Governor Jay Inslee further ordered that crowds are now limited to 50 people, a decrease from Inslee's initial ban of gatherings of 250 or more. Fifty is the recommended crowd size number from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Restaurants will be allowed to have take-out and delivery services, but no in-person dining.  The ban applies to restaurants, bars, dance halls, clubs, theaters, health and fitness clubs, and other similar indoor social or recreational venues must cease operations until March 31, 2020.
  • On March 11, Governor Jay Inslee ordered the prohibition of gatherings of more than 250 people in King County and other western Washington counties. In addition, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, issued a parallel local Health Order for King County to prohibit gathers of fewer than 250 people unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize the risk of exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The level of community spread has raised the level of concern about the immediate threat of COVID-19, the coming days and weeks are likely to bring more confirmed cases.
  • If we can all follow health recommendations now, we can blunt the impact of COVID-19 in our community.

Information and resources are updated frequently and can be found at  and Center for Disease Control (CDC)

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  • King County has more confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and more cases have been identified in the U.S. The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.

What to do if you are sick or suspect you are infected with coronavirus:

If you have a cough, fever, or other symptoms:

  • Call your regular doctor first and wear a protective mask when going to the appointment to avoid infecting others.
  • Do not got to the emergency room, as it needs to be able to serve the most critical needs.

Learn more:

Also see the Center For Disease Control's website for up to date information and valuable guidance:

Many people are understandably anxious about coronavirus, but flu and colds have similar symptoms. Most people infected with coronavirus have mild illness. A smaller portion have severe illness.  It is understandable that people are concerned and there are specific actions they can take to reduce their risks:

Personal hygiene -

  • More hand washing; less face touching. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer covering all surfaces of the hands and rubbing them together until dry will decrease risk that the virus is transmitted to you or other people. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.  
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.  

  Be prepared at home -

  • Have a plan to care for family members should they get sick or schools/offices be closed.
  • Know your workplace telecommute options and school/daycare policies.
  • Stock up on food supplies and prescription medications now, so you don’t have to leave your home if you or someone in your household becomes infected.

 Information and resources are updated frequently and can be found at and

 A public hotline has been set up by Washington State Department of Health for individuals seeking information about their personal situation: 800-525-0127

 For more information:

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