March 2 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information Update
Mar 2, 2020 - Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC) announced on Monday four additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to fourteen. The total number of deaths in King County from COVID-19 is now five. Read the March 2 press release from PHSKC.
King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an Emergency Declaration, enabling county government to take extra steps to fight COVID-19.
The City of Mercer Island is prepared and continues to evaluate operations:
- The City is following guidance and taking direction from PHSKC.
- Police and fire personnel have reviewed and updated protocols to reduce risk of exposure to first responders.
How you can help:
- Senior City staff met Monday morning to review continuity of operations plans.
- Emergency Management personnel have reached out to community partners to establish communications and coordinate planning.
- The City’s pandemic plan is in place.
- A City webpage has been developed dedicated to coronavirus information at www.mercergov.org/coronavirus.
- Regular communications to the community and staff.
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Stay home when sick.
- 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.
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com).
The Washington State Dept. of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
For accurate official information and guidance related to the status of COVID-19 it is recommended to look to the CDC and Public Health Seattle-King County websites.
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