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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Updated Feb. 18, 2020

 

Public health officials are responding to an international outbreak of novel coronavirus centered in China. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause respiratory illness. The "2019 novel coronavirus” (COVID-19) is a new type of coronavirus.

There are no confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Kitsap County and no persons under investigation. Kitsap Public Health is working closely with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to monitor the situation.

DOH confirmed on Jan. 21, 2020 that a Snohomish County resident who traveled home from China had novel coronavirus. There is no evidence the virus is spreading within Washington state.

SYMPTOMS AND WHO IS AT RISK
Call a health care provider if:
• You feel sick with a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
— AND —
• You traveled to China or were in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the 14 days before you began to feel sick.

Read the full case definition for COVID-19 here.

HOW PEOPLE CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES
There are simple steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting or spreading any viral respiratory infection:

  • Washing hands often.
  • Avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces.
  • Staying home when sick and avoiding close contact with others.

People planning to travel internationally should consult the CDC website for the latest guidance.

WHAT KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH IS DOING
Kitsap Public Health is working closely with state Department of Health to monitor this rapidly changing situation.

Disease investigation and control are part of our day-to-day work. Kitsap Public Health has plans in place to respond rapidly to communicable disease risks within our county and we are refining these plans as needed to address novel coronavirus.

We are coordinating with local health care providers, government agencies, tribes and other organizations to ensure they are included in our response planning and have the most up-to-date information and guidance available related to novel coronavirus. We have asked local health care providers to screen patients for COVID-19 and immediately report suspect cases to public health.

Following federal guidance, travelers returning home from China who are not sick are being asked to stay home and monitor their health for 14 days. Public health agencies, including Kitsap Public Health, are helping community members through this process.

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

Resources for health care providers

Resources for schools

Resources for businesses and employers


Updates from the CDC:


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