Livestream of coronavirus press conference at 10:15 a.m. today, March 9

You can tune in to this livestream at 10:15 a.m. today where King County Executive Dow Constantine, Governor Jay Inslee, and regional leaders will announce new community strategies to contain novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The speakers include: Governor Jay Inslee Dow Constantine, King County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive Dave Sommers, Snohomish County Executive Jenny Durkan, Mayor of Seattle Cassie Franklin, Mayor of Everett Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma Watch the livestream here (starts at 10:15 a.m.). Please refer to the Public Health – Seattle & King County website at www.kingcounty.gov/covid and the Public Health Insider… Read More

Doing what we can do minimize COVID-19 spread and protect ourselves

Last week, we advised that a person with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was in multiple King County buildings in downtown Seattle. Public Health – Seattle & King County worked to identify where there may have been exposure, and workspaces that might benefit from additional cleaning received additional cleaning, as have workspaces across the county. Importantly, employees should not assume that any public spaces are without risk. It is essential that we protect people’s identities in a public health emergency for a number of reasons. Experts in public health and bioethics… Read More

How to obtain extra necessary medications to have on hand

King County is committed to the welfare of our employees, and as the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our community, we want employees to know that our prescription benefit vendors have taken steps to address the outbreak and protect employee’s access to medication. The following information will help you and your covered family members obtain extra necessary medication to have on hand. If you have long-term maintenance medications, you are encouraged to refill eligible prescriptions for 90-day supplies via mail-order/home delivery or pick up. This can help reduce the number of trips… Read More

Increasing King County COVID-19 case numbers for March 10, point to importance of social distancing  

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  With increasing number of COVID-19 cases, Public Health – Seattle & King County urges King County residents to take very seriously the recommendations to limit social contacts and minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.   Public Health is reporting 74 new cases today, bringing the official case count total in King County to 190. In addition, two new deaths are reported, bringing the total deaths to 22. Story: Access to more testing is showing us that COVID-19 is spreading more rapidly in King County. Ten long-term… Read More

Increased cleaning service in response to COVID-19, March 9

Dear King County colleagues, You might have seen increased cleaning activity from Facilities Management Division (FMD) custodial staff across our worksites as part of our efforts to stop the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). FMD has implemented additional protocols in efforts to regular clean highly touched surfaces such as door handles, elevator controls, and conference rooms. These protocols are being utilized on a reoccurring basis as we respond to COVID-19. We are grateful for the extra efforts of our FMD colleagues in our buildings. For steps you can take to prevent spread… Read More

Answering employee questions about COVID-19 response

Dear King County employee, As we continue our efforts to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County, we have put together a list of answers to common questions for King County employees about our operations during this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving event and we will update these Q&As as needed with the most current information. If you have any additional questions, please talk to your supervisor, division director, or Human Resources Manager (SharePoint link). Please also refer to the Public Health – Seattle & King County website… Read More

Livestream of coronavirus press conference at 9:30 a.m. today, March 6

You can tune in to this livestream at 9:30 a.m. today for a briefing on the Federal Emergency Funding Package for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Speakers include: Governor Jay Inslee Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) King County Executive Dow Constantine Watch the livestream here (starts at 9:30 a.m.). For more information, resources, and guidance on COVID-19 in King County, please visit: kingcounty.gov/covid. When the livestream is over, a recording of the press conference will still be available for viewing here.

Common questions about coronavirus 

King County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and more cases have been identified in the U.S. The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions. Public Health has produced an informative two-page factsheet, and you can get answers to many questions about COVID-19 on the Public Health website. 

Anti-stigma resources

Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma. 

Updated guidance to slow spread of coronavirus

Public Health officials and King County Executive Dow Constantine today provided updated guidance to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). King County is working to model the way for other employers, and is making the following recommendations to King County employees (Note: this applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in separately elected agencies [listed below] will receive guidance from their leaders): Telecommute: Employees whose work can be performed through telecommuting should do so, with the approval of their supervisors. Please find telecommute resources here and submit a signed telecommute agreement… Read More