Living our values to stop the spread of stigma  

As we work to stop the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), it’s equally important that we stop the spread of stigma and support each other during this challenging time.

“We are racially just” and “We respect all people” are two of our core values. It’s as important as ever that we stay true to our values and do everything in our power to stand together against discrimination.

Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear or hostility that hurts people. Please remember that:

  • Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity
  • Wearing a mask may be a cultural practice, and does not mean a person is ill
  • You can interrupt stigma. Start by sharing accurate information
  • Speak up if you hear, see, or read misinformation or harassment
  • Show compassion and support for those most closely impacted.

King County offers resources to the community that show the importance of sharing accurate information and how to work together to decrease stigma.

It’s important to understand workplace rights and responsibilities, how to report discrimination, and additional resources to help keep our employees and communities safe. Some of these resources include King County Office of Civil RightsWashington State Human Rights Commission, and Washington Paid Sick Leave.

Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma. We’re stronger as a community when we work together and stand up against discrimination. To learn more, please make use of these anti-stigma resources. Please share this funding resource for community based organizations to inform policy and develop community response to stigma.