Coronavirus response update, February 26

As we continue to respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health is committed to providing up-to-date information to King County employees. Below you’ll find links to our most recent blog post, an update on the current risk in King County, travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an anti-stigma social media tool kit recently developed by Public Health.  

What happens if coronavirus spreads here?  

With continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to more countries, it is increasingly likely that we will see a worldwide spread (or pandemic) that will reach the U.S. at some point. Read the latest post on the Public Health Insider for more information on how a coronavirus pandemic would potentially play out and what can we do to protect ourselves and get through it.  

Travel recommendations from the CDC 

In response to the growing global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the CDC is frequently updating Travel Alerts for countries with community transmission. CDC Travel Alerts have recently been added for Japan, South Korea, Italy, Hong Kong and Iran. We anticipate additional countries will be added.  

It’s always a good idea for anyone planning travel to check the CDC’s travel notices on their website, regardless of the destination. 

Anti-stigma social media toolkit now available 

Public Health has developed a social media tool kit, including high resolution images, to help interrupt stigma and reduce bias as it relates to coronavirus. Please help spread the word.