Accurate and current information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on these websites:
1. WA State Department of Health (DOH)
For a full list of resources, a summary of the risk to the general public, and regularly updated DOH news releases, visit the website for the WA State Department of Health (DOH).
Visit the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to learn about symptoms, how COVID-19 is spread, and prevention tips.
Find the latest news updates from your county's health department at the website for the WA State Department of Health by clicking on your county.
April 3, 2020
COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing Site Accessibility
The Northwest ADA Center has provided guidance for accessibility needs when utilizing a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. Read the guidelines at their website.
During the COVID-19 emergency, the Health Care Authority is offering free cell phones and minutes to low income individuals through a federal program called Lifeline. For information on the phone services and carriers click here. To apply, go to the free government cell phones website.
March 27, 2020
Effective communication with caregivers and medical professionals is crucial. For a graphics communication card with useful terms related to seeking medical care, preventing virus transmission, symptoms, and more can be found and printed here.
March 23, 2020
FDA Alerts Consumers About Unauthorized, Fraudulent Coronavirus Test Kits
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is beginning to see unauthorized, fraudulent test kits that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home. THESE TEST KITS BEING SOLD DOOR TO DOOR OR ONLINE ARE A SCAM. At this time, the FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing at home for COVID-19.
Fraudulent health claims, tests, and products can pose serious health risks. They may keep some patients from seeking care or delay necessary medical treatment. The FDA will take appropriate action to protect consumers from bad actors who take advantage of a crisis to deceive the public by marketing tests that pose risks to patient health.
For more information, visit FDA's website.
March 20, 2020
Care at home can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and help protect people who are at risk for getting seriously ill. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips about monitoring symptoms, knowing emergency warning signs, preventing the spread of germs at home, and more at their website.
Learn more about these strategies here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for a detailed PDF information sheet.
To protect yourself and your family/roommates from exposure to COVID-19, consider asking anyone that enters your house some questions about their health and their activity. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) developed a list of questions for case managers to ask their clients, and these questions are also important and relevant for clients to ask their care providers. Visit DDA's website.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) offers helpful facts to consider, from explaining why older adults and some people with disabilities should take precautions to protect themselves, to tips to prevent illness. Visit the ACL website.
March 12, 2020
On Wednesday, March 11, Governor Inslee imposed emergency restrictions on large gatherings in Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties through March 31 to limit the spread of COVID-19.
We are asked to cancel public gatherings of 250 or more people for social, spiritual and recreational activities including, but not limited to community, civic, sporting events, parades, concerts, fundraisers, and other similar activities.
March 9, 2020
WA Insurance Commissioner Waives Copays for COVID-19 Testing
Great news! The WA State Insurance Commissioner has issued an emergency order to all WA State health insurers requiring them to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for coronavirus (COVID-19). Read more here.
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) has developed a guide for In-Home Care providers to assist the delivery of services. For information on their recommendations, click here.
WA State Department of Health Coronavirus Fact Sheet in 11 Languages
For a quick, printable PDF fact sheet available in 11 languages, click here.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Whenever an emergency or disaster situation of any kind arises, be aware that malicious people often try to manipulate our fears for their gain.
News reports indicate that threat actors are taking advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak in new phishing email campaigns using public fear to increase the likelihood that users will click on a link or open an attachment.
In one campaign, the phishing email reportedly impersonates the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning of new infections and promising to provide a list of active infections in the surrounding area if users click on a link.
Other phishing emails ask recipients to open an attachment to view safety measures regarding the spread of the virus. Cyber attacks often begin with phishing campaigns that try to trick you into downloading malware or providing account credentials.