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  Location: Various Locations throughout King County, WA  Job Type: Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temp (TLT)  Department: DPH – Public Health  Job Number: 2020-11824  Division: Community 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… Read More

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.  Wednesday, July 15, from 3-5 p.m. Register and view additional dates here.  For more information, contact Balanced You at BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov. 

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… 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… 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… 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… Read More