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Posted on: March 6, 2020

New Recommendations from Public Health to Reduce COVID-19 Risk

State and local health officials announced new recommendations to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County and these measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.

The City of Snoqualmie Department of Emergency Management continues to work closely with King County and Public Health, and fully supports these guidelines to protect the health of our residents, employees of local businesses, and visitors to our community.

Public Health makes the following recommendations: 

  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
    • People 60 and older.
    • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
    • People who have weakened immune systems.
    • People who are pregnant.
  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness.
  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings. All people should not go out when they are sick.
  • Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities, or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice:

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider.
  • Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you have questions about your personal situation, please call the Washington State Department of Health public hotline at 1-800-525-0127.
  • If you are having a true medical emergency, call 911.

Take care of yourself:

  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.

A public hotline has been set up by Washington State Department of Health for individuals seeking information about their personal situation: 1-800-525-0127.

Additional Information

Fact Sheet in 11 Languages

King County
Public Health - Seattle & King County 
Washington State Department of Health 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Contact:
Gail Folkins
gfolkins@snoqualmiewa.gov
cityofsnoqualmie.org
425-888-1555 / 425-275-7950

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