News Flash


Posted on: March 29, 2020


Updated: 9/22/2020 at 9:00 a.m.

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 and press #
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: 31,555,356, up 241,615 in 24 hours
United States 7,049,937, up 42,970 in 24 hours
WA State 85,720, up 731 in 24 hours
King Co. 21,533, up 65 in 24 hours

World 970,616, up 4,509 in 24 hours
United States 204,673, up 500 in 24 hours
WA State 2,055, up 18 in 24 hours
King County 753, up 5 in 24 hours

King County Mask Directive

KING COUNTY DASH BOARD for 98198 and Des Moines
Des Moines: 436 have tested positive, up 5 in 24 hours; 4 deaths, no change

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:

The following restriction go into effect TODAY:
Indoor dining at restaurants will be limited to people in the same household
Alcohol service to end at 10 p.m.
Indoor service at taverns, wineries, breweries and distilleries will be prohibited, outdoor seating allowed.
Indoor family entertainment centers, such as bowling alleys and arcades, must also remain closed.

For counties in Phase 3:
movie theater occupancy will be capped at 25% capacity.

Weddings and funerals Phase 2 and 3:
Ceremonies will be allowed.
Receptions will be banned starting August 10.
At ceremonies, indoor occupancy will be limited to 20% or 30 people, whichever is less.
People will be required to follow social distancing guidelines and remain six feet apart.


1. Flattening the Curve – Part 2

Last week in this update, I shared the highlights of the latest statewide situation report which painted a pretty dire picture. Gov. Inslee said experts told him Washington state is similar to where Florida was several weeks ago. In response to the grim outlook, the Governor announced rollbacks to some approved activities to slow the COVID-19 exposure. These include tightened capacity restrictions for ceremonies and gatherings, additional restrictions on restaurants and bars and fitness centers, and an expansion of the face coverings order. Also, to protect those who are impacted by the economic impacts of COVID-19, the Gov. Inslee extended the state’s moratorium on evictions until Oct. 15.

Everyone is tired of the virus, and all the pain, inconvenience, and sorrow it has caused. But we flattened the curve once before and we can do it again. Remember when – what seems like a lifetime ago – we worked hard and flattened the curve the first time in April and May. It is time to do it again. The virus is real and it is not going away anytime soon. As we let down our guard, it has come roaring back. There are three things we can do during this critical time to flatten the curve and help prevent further restrictions:

  1. Stay home. Limit contact with people outside your household. When you can’t do that – because of your job, needing to get groceries, or other essential trips, then -
  2. Keep your distance. Six feet at least. And when that is not possible, then -
  3. Wear a mask.

Read the WA Department of Health blog post about the need to get serious and flatten the curve again.

2. Face mask giveaway – Tuesday in Shoreline

Last week, King County sponsored a very successful face covering giveaway at the Federal Way Aquatic Center. Another pop-up face mask event is scheduled for Tuesday in Shoreline:

Where: Shoreline District Court Facility, 18050 Meridian Ave N Shoreline, WA 98113
When: Tuesday, July 28st from 1-5pm
Eligibility: You must be a King County resident to be eligible to receive masks at this event

Details: This is a drive through pick up event. Interested King County residents can enter at the parking lot entrance on Meridian Ave N, drive through to the Amazon Treasure Truck, tell the staff person the number of individuals in their household, and receive 2 cloth reusable masks per family member, up to 6 family members. The maximum number of masks a car can receive is 12.

Facebook Event:

This is part of the program developed by King County to distribute 25 million cloth and disposable masks in an effort to provide these critical supplies to individuals and families in our communities. More information about this mask giveaway and where you get face coverings can be found here:

3. Update from Dr. Duchin

On July 24th, 2020, Seattle and King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in King County as the current seven-day average of new cases reached the highest level since the beginning of April. Dr. Duchin addressed the importance of minimizing the number of close contacts people have outside the house and emphasized the need for making long-term behavior changes:

“We need to fundamentally rethink the way we go about our lives, the way our environments are structured, to decrease the risk of COVID-19 and to reset our expectations about when we might get back to our pre-COVID lifestyles. It’s not going to happen in the near future and we need to come to terms with that. We need to think through how we as individuals, as families, businesses and as community members can interact as safely as possible and respect one another by taking the prevention measures very seriously. The alternative will ultimately be increasing numbers of serious illnesses for some of our most vulnerable community members and bad outcomes that will inevitably occur even among healthy younger people.”

You can view the entire press conference here:

4. CDC report emphasizes COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness, including in younger people

Unlike early in the pandemic, most of the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in King County have been in young people. In the last two weeks, over 65% of the positive cases were in people under the age of 40. People in this age group have lower likelihood of underlying health conditions and hospitalizations. However, the CDC released findings of a recent telephone survey that indicates more than one-third of people diagnosed with COVID-19 but did not have to be hospitalized had not returned to their usual state of health within 2-3 weeks of being tested. Among those between the age of 18-34 with no chronic medical conditions, one in five had not returned to their usual state of health. The CDC’s takeaway message? “Recovery from COVID-19 can take a long time, even in young adults.” Please share this message widely, especially if you communicate in networks that include young adults. You can refer to the entire CDC report here.

5. Wage Gaps, Unemployment, and Inequity: The Economic Impacts of A Pandemic In King County

As has been reported numerous times, the health effects of COVID-19 disproportionally impact communities of color. In King County, the rates of confirmed cases for nearly all communities of color are higher than whites, including six times higher for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders and five times higher for Hispanics. We also know that, for many reasons, the COVID-19 economic impacts and resulting recession have had more negative impacts on BIPOC and low-income communities as well. Even before the pandemic, we the recent economic bull market and high-income jobs were not equitably distributed across all races and ethnicities. In a recent interview, Janice Deguchi, executive director of Neighborhood House, stated that "the low jobless rates of the past several years masked just how precarious the financial picture was. The reality was that many people, particularly in immigrant communities and communities of color, were balancing multiple low-wage jobs just to get by, and the coronavirus has now toppled that house of cards." A full analysis and report on how striking the economic impacts have been on vulnerable communities can be found on the most recent King County Communities Count blog post.

6. What to do after a COVID test 

COVID-19 testing is becoming more widely available as an important tool to understand and respond to the pandemic. You can find a regularly updated listing of King County Testing Sites and Schedules, translated into multiple languages. Unfortunately, recently there have been reports of longer wait times to get COVID-19 tests and delays in receiving test results in some instances for multiple reasons. Seattle-King County Public Health recently posted a poster/flyer on “what to do after a COVID-19 test” that you can share with your communities at events, store-fronts, or social media. It includes updated information from the CDC, changing the length of time to stay home from 72 to 24 hours after fever. You can download the flyer here.

7. Community Mitigation and Recovery Branch - Sector Specific Task Forces

The Government Sector Task Force is a component of Community Mitigation and Recovery. This group includes several task forces to address the needs of different sectors. If stakeholders in your community have questions, they may contact the person listed below for their sector:

Task Force Sector

Task Force Lead

Email address

Behavioral Health

Maureen Horgan


Shannon Harris

Community Based and Faith Based Orgs (CBOs and FBOs)

Candace Jackson


Anthony Rivers


Arun Sambataro

Governmental Agencies

Van Badzik

Higher Education

Van Badzik


Kelly Rider 

Older Adult and People w/Disabilities

Nikki Nguyen

Pre K-12 Schools and Childcare Task Force

Priti Mody-Pan

Speakers Bureau

Debra Baker

Language Access

Senayet Negusse

Immigrant & Refugee

Hamdi Mohamed 


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