Changes coming to King County COVID-19 testing sites

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider As King County COVID-19 case rates have fallen from the Omicron peak earlier this year, and as the availability of free rapid self-test and community testing options have increased, demand at King County COVID-19 test sites has significantly declined. In order to better align with demand and transition to long-term testing solutions, Public Health – Seattle & King County will end its operations of our Tukwila, Federal Way and Auburn COVID-19 testing sites. The last day of King County operations for the Federal Way and Tukwila testing sites… Read More

Immunocompromised? You may be eligible for this medication to help protect from COVID

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider If you or someone you know is at higher risk from COVID-19 because of a compromised immune system, pre-exposure prophylaxis (also called PrEP, available as the product Evusheld) can help to protect from severe disease. When taken before infection or exposure, Evusheld helps your body fight the coronavirus and avoid getting really sick or needing to visit the hospital. Find more information here.

What does Medium COVID-19 level mean for you? Latest data and steps to take with cases rising

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider Based on Public Health’s latest data from Monday, April 25, our rate of cases now puts King County into the Medium COVID-19 Community Level as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): over 200 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period. To decrease risk over time, it’s critical to continue to focus on sustainable, long-term strategies. Click here to read more of this post and watch a video on how to reduce risk.

Masks recommended on transit

Guided by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) statement on Monday night, King County Metro will no longer require masks on transit. However, Public Health – Seattle & King County recommends that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time. Click here to read the full announcement.

COVID-19 update: Considerations and recommendations as we move into spring

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider With cases slowly but steadily rising over the past month in our region, we’re taking a closer look at what we know about the state of the pandemic locally. The bottom line is that although ongoing ups and downs in COVID-19 activity are likely, it’s best not to become infected and there are effective ways to reduce our risk. Click here for a brief look at the current COVID-19 situation in King County and recommended strategies for anyone who wants to reduce their risk for COVID-19 and long COVID, especially… Read More

Equity in vaccination is a community effort

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider As of this month, over 85% of all eligible King County residents have completed their vaccination series. If you look at just residents ages 16 and older, over 80% have received the two-dose series across racial groups and geographies in King County. The high levels of vaccination are even more striking in light of existing and continuing inequities that have created obstacles to vaccination for people. Read more here about how this effort came to succeed.

Booster shot drop-ins and same day appointments are available

Are you ready to get your COVID-19 booster? Employees and their families have many convenient options. Drop-ins for booster shots are welcome at the Auburn Outlet Mall, Eastgate, and Kent Public Health clinics and partner sites throughout the county, and same day appointments are also available. You can find a clinic or pharmacy near you by visiting www.kingcounty.gov/vaccine or the Washington Vaccine Locator at https://vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov. All COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge and all King County vaccination partnership sites are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible and open to the public. The County also allows… Read More

Preparing your pet for post-pandemic life

Cross-posted from Tails from RASKC Pets are a big part of many peoples’ lives. While some families have had cats or dogs for years, others took advantage of the extended time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic to adopt a new furry friend. However, as pandemic restrictions ease and more people return to work and other activities outside the home, the newfound time alone can be stressful for our pets. Here are a few tips adapted from the American Veterinary Medical Association and Dr. Patricia B. McConnell, a certified animal behaviorist, to help ease the transition… Read More

Updated mask requirements for employees now in effect

New mask requirements for Executive branch employees came into effect March 12, with masks now optional for most employees with some important exceptions. Masks are now optional in all settings, including public-facing spaces, except on public transportation and in congregate settings and health care facilities, such as detention facilities and public health clinics, where masks will continue to be required. Employees who work in the following settings are still required to wear face masks due to the nature of their work and to comply with state and federal guidelines: Public transportation Correctional facilities Health… Read More

Changes to mask requirements coming March 12

King County’s current mask requirements for Executive branch employees remain in place through March 11, but changes are coming March 12 that employees need to know about. Through March 11: Employees must wear a mask in indoor settings and enclosed spaces that are accessible to the public. This applies to all King County buildings, facilities, and structures that the public can enter, including public lobby and meeting spaces, public indoor recreation spaces, public service counters, and similar spaces open to the public. Masks are not required in areas that are not accessible to the public or… Read More