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Reminder to avoid contact with others: COVID-19 updates from Public Health—Seattle & King County for March 24, 2020

Summary

Everyone, even people who are young and healthy, must stay home to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Public Health estimates 107 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the estimated case count in King County to 1277. In addition, seven new deaths are reported, bringing the estimated total of deaths in King County to 94.

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Staying home, to help others and yourself

COVID-19 is highly contagious and each face-to-face interaction is an opportunity for it to spread. Public Health—Seattle & King County reminds everyone to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. This applies even to people who are young and healthy.

New health and safety guidelines for child care providers

Public Health—Seattle & King County announced additional guidance for child care and early learning programs that are considered part of the essential workforce. In addition, King County will expand support services to providers.

New health and safety guidance for child care providers remaining open during the COVID-19 outbreak are available on a new website.

For more information, please see the news release from King County Executive Dow Constantine.

Case updates

Cases reported today are an approximation. Case numbers draw from a Washington State Department of Health database that is in the process of being updated. We expect to have an official count tomorrow. Public Health—Seattle & King County is reporting the following estimated positive cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 3/23/20.

  • 1277 estimated positive cases (up 107 from yesterday)
  • 94 estimated deaths (up 7 from yesterday)

Isolation and quarantine facilities update

Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Examples of people who may need this assistance include people who cannot safely isolate from a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Individuals can only be placed into the King County sites after a health professional with Public Health—Seattle & King County has determined that they need isolation or quarantine.

Five people are currently staying in a King County isolation and quarantine facility.

The number of people in King County's isolation and quarantine sites will be included in regular updates provided by Public Health—Seattle & King County. No other identifying or personal information will be provided.

For additional information about COVID-19 and the response in King County, be sure to check our webpage: www.kingcounty.gov/covid