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 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.
- Get information about the county's face covering distribution program.
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 care providers:
Do you need supplies or staff for the COVID-19 response?
Please refer to the COVID-19 Emergency Resource Requests site.
Don't miss the Great ShakeOut October 15, 2020
On October 15, 2020 at 10:15 a.m. join King County Emergency Management in practicing how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On during the annual Great ShakeOut earthquake drill. King County is at high risk to experience an earthquake, and practicing what to do when the ground starts to shake is the first step in getting prepared.
Because King County has the potential to be impacted by a large earthquake, being prepared should be a priority for you and your loved ones. Consider making an earthquake plan, building an emergency supply kit, and talking with your community about what you can all do to support each other should "the big one" hit.
Emergency planning, preparedness, and response in King County
King County Emergency Management Director Brendan McCluskey talks about his agency's role, and what all of us can do, to become better prepared for emergencies and disasters.