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Posted on: March 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Prepare Now: Coronavirus Information

Virus

King County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including two men in their 20s with unknown exposure hospitalized at Swedish Issaquah. 

The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.

It’s important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. 

Here in Issaquah, we’re coordinating closely with Public Health — Seattle & King County and our first responders to help keep our community prepared. The teams at our recreation centers (Issaquah Community Center, Senior Center and Julius Boehm Pool) are disinfecting our common spaces, front counters and door handles throughout the day, per recommendations from health officials.

When to Seek Medical Evaluation and Advice

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Isolate yourself and wear a mask before leaving the house. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

Call Centers

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact Public Health — Seattle & King County’s call center: 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. 
  • For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State’s response, call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.

Recommendations to Protect Our Community

New recommendations concerning COVID-19 from Public Health - Seattle & King County include: 

  • People at higher risk of severe illness (including over 60 years of age; underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease or diabetes; weakened immune systems; or pregnant) should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible.
  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so.
  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.

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