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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


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On the afternoon of January 31, 2020, the U.S. federal government declared the situation with novel coronavirus to be a Public Health Emergency, including updated travel and quarantine measures. We are working to get more details on this new federal action and will update this site as more information is available.


A new coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in December of 2019 and is currently referred to as novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Novel coronavirus is very concerning because it’s new to humans and because it can cause serious infections, including pneumonia.


At this time, the risk to the general public locally is considered to be low, given that there is only one case identified in Washington. To see full test results for King County and Washington State (including the number of people under investigation and public health supervision) please visit the Washington State Department of Health's Coronavirus Disease 2019 outbreak page.


On January 21, 2020, the Washington Department of Health announced the first case in the United States of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a resident of Snohomish County, WA who had traveled to Wuhan recently. At this time, the risk to the general public locally is considered to be low, given that there is only one case identified in Washington.

However, the fact that this virus has caused severe illness and sustained person-to-person spread in China is very concerning. It’s unclear how the situation in the United States will unfold at this time and Public Health – Seattle & King County is working closely with the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health on monitoring and response.

As with any newly emerging infectious disease, knowledge evolves with time. Early on, it is difficult to know the source of the disease, the ways in which it spreads and how effectively it spreads from person to person, and the spectrum of illness – how severe the infection is. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

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The Washington State Dept. of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public.

If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.