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Posted on: March 29, 2020


Updated: 12/03/2020 at 9:00 a.m.

City of Des Moines Comprehensive COVID-19 Plan

Public Health-Seattle & King County – 206-477-3977
For King County residents who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or for healthcare providers with COVID-19 questions. This helpline is open daily from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and operators are able to connect with a third-party interpreter.

Washington State Department of Health – 800-525-0127
For general questions about how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms. This helpline is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

COVID 19 Cases: Tested Positive
World: 65,032,987, up 633,725 in 24 hours
United States 14,323,967, up 206,836 in 24 hours
WA State 177,088, up 2,815 in 24 hours
King Co. 45,811, up 673 in 24 hours

World 1,502,965, up 12,032 in 24 hours
United States 280,064, up 2,976 in 24 hours
WA State 2,869, up 51 in 24 hours
King County 878, up 7 in 24 hours 

King County Mask Directive

KING COUNTY DASH BOARD for 98198 and Des Moines
Des Moines: 1,003, up 21 in 24 hours; 7, no change

Gov. Inslee announced various new restrictions, including a temporary ban on most non-essential indoor gatherings and services, aimed at slowing the transmission of the coronavirus in Washington state.

Washington has seen more than 127,000 known Covid-19 cases and over 2,500 deaths since January.

The state Department of Health reported 2,286 new Covid-19 cases on Friday — the highest number on record for Washington.

That number is double what it was two weeks ago, indicating that community transmission — or transmission in which infections can't be linked back to a known case — is up again.

Covid-19 hospital patients increased by 40% in the week between November 6 and November 13, according to state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. Officials have repeatedly outlined concerns about hospitals becoming overwhelmed as a third Covid-19 wave takes hold.

As people have started moving their social activities indoors to avoid the cold, the risk of spreading the coronavirus has significantly increased.

The new restrictions, which take effect starting Tuesday (unless otherwise noted) and last through December 14, include the following:

  • No indoor bar or restaurant services, starting Wednesday. Outdoor dining and to-go service is still allowed.
  • No indoor services permitted at movie theaters, museums, zoos, and aquariums.
  • No indoor gatherings with people from outside of one's household.
  • 25% indoor capacity for all retailers, including grocery stories, and for religious, personal, and professional services.
  • No wedding or funeral receptions; ceremonies are limited to 30 people or less.
  • Outdoor social gatherings limited to 5 people from outside of one's household.
  • Outdoor visits only for long term care facilities.

The restrictions announced on Sunday do not impact childcare facilities, K-12 schools, or colleges — they are still subject to current state guidance specific to reopening schools. Additionally, courts are exempt from the new rules.

Inslee said that he would commit $50 million in coronavirus relief for impacted businesses, in the form of grants and loans. He also said that residents should rest assured that "unemployment insurance benefits will not run out" for the four weeks that the restrictions are to remain in place.

The timeline for the restrictions is subject to change, pending a review of Covid-19 data at the end of those four weeks, Inslee said.

Government Agency Task Force Weekly COVID-19 Update:
Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus Website:
Public Health Seattle and King County Coronavirus Disease:
Public Health Seattle and King County Health Blog:

COVID-19 Testing Locations:
The following locations provide free COVID-19 testing – regardless of immigration or insurance status. They are open to anyone who cannot access a COVID-19 test through their regular healthcare provider.

Daily COVID-19 outbreak summary:
This link provides the most up to date information on COVID-19 for King County:

Key indicators of COVID-19 activity in King County:
This dashboard provides a snapshot of several useful indicators, or measures, related to COVID-19 activity in our community and its impact on our health and our hospitals. These indicators, along with many other data, are key considerations for reviewing current restrictions on activity, recommendations and precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The indicators help determine if current actions are adequate, need to be strengthened, or might be carefully relaxed.

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