Stay home when you’re sick or have symptoms

There is an increase in COVID-19 cases among county employees, reflecting the rise in cases in the community. You can help slow the spread of COVID-19 at work by staying home when you’re sick, even if your symptoms are mild.

COVID-19 symptoms may include but are not limited to fever or chills, a cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Vaccinated people can still get COVID and unintentionally spread it, and breakthrough cases among vaccinated employees may or may not include symptoms. 

Please also stay home if you have gotten a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the results of the test, unless you are a first responder. First responders who do not have symptoms and are awaiting test results should report to work unless otherwise directed. For more information on COVID-19 symptoms and when to stay home, please see King County’s COVID-19 webpage for employees and the Temporary COVID-19 Personnel Policy. You can also help contain the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, socially distancing, washing your hands regularly, and by getting vaccinated. 

Getting vaccinated remains your best defense against the virus, and all Executive Branch employees are required to get vaccinated and provide verified proof of vaccination by Oct. 18, 2021. Find out where to get your vaccine and answers to your questions at Other actions to help contain the spread are: wear a mask indoors or where we required elsewhere, keep at least six feet distance from your co-workers, and wash your hands and get vaccinated.