Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

General Information About COVID-19

  • Washington Department of Health (DOH) Recommendations

    COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that had not been seen in humans before December 2019.

    Most people with COVD-19 will have a mild disease, but some people may get sicker. Those who are pregnant, have medical conditions, or are 60+ years old are at increased risk.

    The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If you have symptoms but have not been around someone with COVID-19, the likelihood you have COVID-19 is fairly low. Several other respiratory viruses are circulating in the community.

    On March 5, 2020, the Washington Department of Health released new recommendations in relation to COVID-19.

    Exposure to COVID-19 Happens After Close Contact

    You have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 if:

    • You live with or care for someone with COVID-19.
    • You have been within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes.
    • You have been in direct contact with secretions from someone with COVID-19 (being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).

    If you have not been in close contact with a person with COVID-19, you are considered to be low-risk for infection. You can continue to go to work and school but should monitor your health for 14 days.

    Exposure to COVID-19 Without Symptoms

    If you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and do not have symptoms:

    • Monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath for 14 days after exposure.
    • Do not go to work or school and avoid public places except to get medical care for 14 days.
    • Contact your healthcare provider to let them know you have been exposed if you are pregnant, have medical conditions, or are 60+ years old.

    Exposure to COVID-19 With Symptoms

    If you have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and have symptoms or have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

    • Do not go to work or school and avoid public places except to get medical care. Call ahead before visiting your healthcare provider.
    • Wear a facemask when you are around other people or pets.
    • Separate yourself from people and pets in your home and avoid sharing household items.
    • Practice good hygiene habits: cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, clean all “high-touch” surfaces daily.
    • Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness worsens.
    • Stay home and away from others for 7 days or until 72 hours after the fever is gone without medication and symptoms get better.
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