Operational changes as we respond to novel coronavirus

In the spirit of slowing the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and keeping a healthy workforce, we are implementing some short-term changes to our operations. Meetings: All non-essential King County in-person large group employee meetings and gatherings will be canceled through March 2020. Please work with your supervisors and use good judgment about which meetings are essential and limit the number of people present where possible. Conduct essential and non-essential meetings using Skype or teleconference where practical. Telecommute: Employees whose work can be performed through telecommuting are encouraged to do so with… Read More

Help stop the spread of novel coronavirus

With the announcement of new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the loss of five lives in King County, it is critical that we each do our part to stop the spread of the virus. Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued the following advice, and will continue to update you as advice changes: Do not go to the emergency room unless essential.Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular… Read More

Increased cleaning service in response to COVID-19, March 2

Dear King County colleagues, Effective immediately, Facilities Management Division (FMD) has implemented additional cleaning protocols in efforts to sanitize highly touched surfaces such as door handles, elevator controls, and conference rooms. These protocols will be utilized on a reoccurring basis as we respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for your support of these additional actions. For steps you can take to prevent spread of germs, click here. For facilities questions or concerns, please contact FMD Customer Care Services at 206-477-9400. Customer Care is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30… Read More

Minimizing the spread of novel coronavirus

*This post was updated March 2* It is important that we each do our part to minimize the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As always, stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others, and make use of sick leave. Please ensure you discuss absences with your supervisors and follow your department’s sick leave policies. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact… Read More

Watch coronavirus press conference at 11 a.m today, March 2

Dear employee, You can tune in to this livestream at 11 a.m. today, where state and local officials will provide updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. King County Executive Dow Constantine will announce an Emergency Declaration, and immediate actions to assist in treatment. Speakers include: Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County King County Executive Dow Constantine Officials from EvergreenHealth Hospital Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health Patty Hayes, Director, Public Health- Seattle & King County. Watch the livestream here (starts at… Read More

Preparing now to reduce impact of novel coronavirus

Dear employee, As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread to more countries, the likelihood that eventually there will be more cases in the United States increases. King County is getting prepared now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community. Department leaders are working with the Executive’s Senior Leadership Team and the Office of Emergency Management now on response planning – short term and long term – in line with our Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP). Every one of us have… Read More

Coronavirus response update, February 26

As we continue to respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health is committed to providing up-to-date information to King County employees. Below you’ll find links to our most recent blog post, an update on the current risk in King County, travel recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and an anti-stigma social media tool kit recently developed by Public Health.   What happens if coronavirus spreads here?   With continuing spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to more countries, it is increasingly likely that we will see a worldwide spread… Read More

Ongoing Coronavirus response, February 18  

As we continue to respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health is committed to providing up-to-date information to King County employees. Below you’ll find links to our most recent blog posts, as well as travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Planning for a novel coronavirus update: What you can do to prepare at home, at work and in the community – Our Public Health Insider blog features an interview with Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, about how we can prepare at home, at work and in the community… Read More

Addressing stigma: United response to coronavirus, February 12

On Friday, Feb. 7, Executive Dow Constantine joined public health professionals and community leaders in a strong stance against stigma and discrimination that can be exacerbated during global disease outbreaks. Watch the full press conference here. We know that protecting health and safety is not only about safety from a virus, it is also about creating communities where people support each other and we all have our basic needs met. Public Health – Seattle & King County has launched new resources for our collective community to help address stigma. Right now there are a lot of rumors… Read More

Update on novel coronavirus, February 4

On Friday, the federal government declared the new (novel) coronavirus a public health emergency in the U.S. and announced a series of restrictions on U.S. citizens and foreign nationals entering the U.S. after trips to China, which took effect Sunday at 2 p.m. PST. While government officials stress that the risk to the general U.S. public continues to be low at this time due to the small number of cases in the United States, the global situation continues to change rapidly. Public health officials here and around the world continue to be… Read More