Doing the right thing: Restaurants and COVID-19 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider 

In response to rising COVID-19 cases county wide, Public Health – Seattle & King County is expanding efforts to educate and enforce compliance of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start COVID-19 reopening requirements in food establishments.  

The governor’s Safe Start business reopening requirements include that food establishments: 

  • Set up customer flow that allows for social distancing of 6 feet or more; 
  • Assure that employees and customers wear face coverings; 
  • Limit restaurant indoor and outdoor seating occupancy; and 
  • Take other important protective measures such as surface cleaning and employee health screening. 

Read more. 

Featured Job: Personal Health Services Supervisor – North Regional Parent Child Health Teams 

Salary$96,012.80 – $124,716.80 Annually 

LocationVarious Locations throughout King County, WA 

Job TypeSpecial Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) 

DepartmentDPH – Public Health 

Job Number2020-11824 

DivisionCommunity Health Services 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act, July 26 and 27

The American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) is turning 30 on Sunday, July 26, 2020. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government programs’ and services.

In honor of this groundbreaking legislation, King County, the City of Seattle and the Northwest ADA Center have put together a three-hour block of television programming that highlights individual stories about disability, ways to support accessibility, and challenges that remain for individuals with a disability in our community. Please join us on the Seattle Channel on Sunday, July 26 from 2 – 5 p.m. and King County TV on Monday, July 27 from 5 – 8 p.m. All programming will be accessible. For more details, view  this flyer.

This special television programming will include:

  • Presentations by Seattle’s renowned architect Karen Braitmayer
  • An original documentary, Bottom Dollars, by Rooted in Rights
  • Benefits of Universal Design
  • Breaking Down Barriers with Supported Employment
  • Introduction to Accessible Online Meetings, Alt Text, Captions, and Transcripts

The Seattle Channel airs on channels 21 on Comcast and Wave, 8003 on CenturyLink, and in HD on Comcast channel 321, 721 on Wave, and 8503 on CenturyLink. King County TV airs on Comcast channels 22 and 322 in HD, and Wave channel 22.

Introduction to Mindfulness – Online, July 15 

In this 2-hour workshop, we will review the various aspects of mindfulness practice, the ways mindfulness can help reduce stress, reactivity and burnout, and the science that supports the practices. This free workshop includes hands-on learning of several simple but effective mindfulness practices that participants can put to use in their lives right away. 

For more information, contact Balanced You at 

CDC updated the high-risk list. And it’s not just older adults. 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider 

In spite of Washington State’s ongoing efforts to contain it, COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly by the day, especially among  people aged 20-40. And while they are less likely to become seriously ill from the virus, they can still spread it to friends, family and neighbors – without even knowing they have it.  Many young people are also in the higher risk categories recently updated by the CDC.  

Who’s at risk: An update 

Much about the virus remains a mystery, but we are learning more each week about who is most vulnerable. The CDC has updated its list of people who are at increased risk of severe illness and those who should take extra precautions to avoid getting the virus, regardless of age. Among them are some members racial and ethnic groups that have experienced longstanding health and social inequities, including Black people, Native Americans and Latinos.   

Native Americans and Black people are five times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19, and Latinos are four times as likely to be hospitalized, according to the CDC. Black, Brown, and Indigenous lives truly matter—we can protect those lives if we take precautions to prevent the virus from spreading to them.   

Read more. 


Black mental health matters 

Crossposted from Zero Youth Detention 

The direct effects of increased exposure to violence, police brutality, and systemic racism placed on the Black Community, and a pandemic that has disproportionately affected communities of color here in King County, continues to be a concern for Black Children and Families. 

Depression, stress and anxiety impacts adults and children in the Black Community in many ways. Inherited and experienced racial trauma and systemic inequities in healthcare limits an individual’s quality of life and life expectancy. 

It is particularly important for parents and caregivers to be mindful of the emotional and mental well-being of children and young adults during this time. Their feelings are real and justified. They need and deserve support. 

Read more. 


Featured Job: Assistant Personal Health Services Supervisors (A-PHSS) for the Isolation and Quarantine facilities 

Salary: $41.91 – $54.69 Hourly 

Location: Seattle, WA 

Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT) 

Department: DPH – Public Health 

Job Number: 2020AC11808 

Division: Community Health Services 

Closing: 7/14/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

Tech Tip: New Microsoft Teams training webinars, multiple dates 

Does this sound familiar?  “Teams does so much. But what exactly is applicable to me and my work?” or  “I have so many tools already! Teams feels overwhelming!” or “I’ve got the basics-how I can I go to the next level with my Teams skills?” 

We’ve got you! KCIT Training is offering a series of free webinars all about Microsoft Teams. We think Teams has a lot to offer, and we want to make it work for YOU! Select the free King County webinar that best fits your interests or skill level or attend them all. 

Webinars are available multiple dates from Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, Sept. 9. Register here. 

Wear your mask and keep your distance! We need you to fight the surge of COVID-19 in King County 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider 

Since May 7, the greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network — or SCAN — has been asking volunteers to fill out a survey about their mask and physical distancing habits. 

Through June 30, SCAN survey respondents have reported increased rates of mask usage across all age groups. However, as the percentage of people who say they always wear face masks has gone up, the percentage who say they always try to stay six feet away from people who do not live with them has gone down.  

This is particularly evident among those between the ages of 20 and 59. Approximately half of these survey participants report that they always both use a face mask and adhere to physical distancing recommendations. One in seven in this group said they only sometimes or never do either. This mirrors the shift of the epidemic into younger people over time.   

Read more. 

Pet of the Week: Newman 

Hi! My name is Newman and I am available for adoption. I am an affectionate lovebug who likes to get attention on my own terms. I can get overstimulated with petting, so please move carefully with me and keep an eye out for signs that I might need a break. My caregivers have noticed that I seem to not do well with other cats. I would do best as the only cat in my new home, or would need a slow introduction. My personality color is RED. I am a spirited cat with a fun-loving personality! I may be sensitive to handling, so I would do best in a home with a cat savvy family who knows when to give me some space. 

Read more and view all available pets at Have you or someone you know adopted a pet from RASKC? Let us know. We’d love to tell your story.