King County's coronavirus (COVID-19) case count is growing and more cases have been identified across the U.S. 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.
City of Mercer Island Emergency Management personnel are actively engaged with public health officials and planning ahead for any potential implications for our community.
The City of Mercer Island continues to modify operations including implementing closures, using protective equipment, and moving many services to phone or web conference.
Prepare now: Public Health recommends that organizations and individuals prepare now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community.
Travel and illness: People who are traveling should be aware of the impacted countries, and if they become ill after traveling, call a doctor or hospital.
Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. Coronavirus doesn't recognize race, nationality nor ethnicity.
Prevention of the spread of any virus is key to minimizing personal and professional impacts. Some actions you can take now to help reduce the risk of infection include:
If sick (fever/cough) STAY HOME.
Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm.
Wash your hands or use alcohol-based sanitizer often throughout the day.
Get in the habit of NOT touching your face so often.
Clean your work area at least once, ideally twice a day. Don’t forget phones, keyboards, and door handles.
Forgo the handshake for a wave or “elbow bump”.
Eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.
To prepare for a pandemic at home you should consider:
Having plansto care for family members when schools, daycares, or senior centers are closed. It is encouraged to have a plan and a backup plan.
Having enough non-perishable food at home so trips to the grocery store can be limited or avoided for at least 3 – 4 weeks.
Cleaning your living area more often, including wiping down small electronics, door handles, and other items commonly touched by many people.
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 the Public Health Seattle-King County (PHSKC) coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977 (open daily from 8am to 7pm).