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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Know the Facts About Coronavirus; Risk Remains Low for Washington

The Washington State Department of Health, in collaboration with federal and state agencies, local health departments and the Port of Seattle, is closely monitoring local risks to the novel coronavirus. The immediate risk in our region is still considered low. As a reminder, respiratory illnesses are very common at this time of year. North Bend residents are encouraged to stay informed and check these sites for the most recent, accurate updates:

Seattle King County Public Health

Washington State Department of Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China in December 2019. As of January 31, 2020, Chinese health officials have reported approximately 10,000 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV in China and more than 200 people have died from the virus, all in China. The virus has spread to 22 other countries. However, only one case has been identified in Washington – a Snohomish County resident who had traveled to Wuhan and was diagnosed on Jan. 21st.

According to the Washington DOH, coronaviruses are primarily spread through respiratory droplets, which means to become infected, people generally have to be within six feet of someone who is contagious and have droplets land on them.

There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting any viral respiratory infections. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces

It is also important for people to stay at home away from others if they are sick.

The Department of Health has established a call center. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

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