COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)
King County is taking steps to protect the health of our community during the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) outbreak. There are also steps you can take personally to minimize your risk of disease. Stay safe by following guidance provided by Public Health - Seattle & King County:
- Follow Stay Home Stay Healthy guidelines.
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Practice other good health habits, such as keeping surfaces clean, getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress, and eating nutritious food
- Practice physical distancing - stay at least 6' apart from others - to help stop the spread of coronavirus
Update on face coverings
- With King County in Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan, and new state requirements about face coverings in effect, the county is distributing 5 million cloth face coverings and 20 million disposable face coverings to residents, workers and businesses.
- The distribution plan is being finalized with the help of various government agencies and community organizations, including cities, chambers of commerce, the King County Department of Local Services, community-based organizations, religious institutions and unions.
- Due to the high volumes of face coverings, not all will arrive or be shipped out at the same time, and distribution may take about a month. The county has not yet received all of the face coverings that will be distributed.
How can people get face coverings?
- Community and faith-based organizations can request face coverings. At this time we anticipate the first round of pick-ups to be ready starting the week of July 13.
- If you live in a city, contact your city to find out how they are distributing the face coverings. Cities have received their shipments of face coverings.
- Unincorporated area residents should watch for updates about distribution through their local unincorporated area council, local community-based and faith-based organizations.
- Pick up locations, dates and times will be posted on the county website as soon as details are available.
- Chambers and business organizations throughout King County have joined together to get face coverings, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer to businesses in King County. Businesses can go to www.safestartkingcounty.com.
Can you help? Want to donate?
Check out the King County Regional Donations Connector.
Individuals, agencies and businesses are invited to share what they have to contribute (i.e. funding, surgical supplies, masks, counseling etc.) and link up with frontline organizations.
For government agencies and medical and care providers:
Do you need supplies or staff for the COVID-19 response?
- Request test kits and PPE by completing this form (Excel). If you are using Internet Explorer, get the form here. Email the completed form to our Logistics Section. Request what you need for the following week (Monday-Sunday) by noon each Wednesday.
- If you are a medical facility or county agency and need items not on that list, please email a completed resource request form (ICS 213 RR) (PDF).
- If you are a county agency that has emergency staffing needs, please fill out this form (Microsoft Word) and email it.
We will try to respond to these requests within 72 hours.
If you have a medical facility with staffing needs, please contact the NorthWest Healthcare Response Network.
For questions or clarification, please email or call the King County Emergency Operations Center at +1 (206) 296-3830.
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