Dear friends and neighbors,
Washington State is experiencing an increase in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is anticipated that the virus will continue to spread. My heartfelt condolences go out to the families who have been affected by this illness. I am thinking of you!
I want to assure you that health officials are working rapidly to identify and test people who may have been exposed. Public health officials in our state have experience responding to pandemics and are working with state and county health officials to share information, deploy resources, and respond at maximum capacity.
I wanted to reach out to my community with an update about what the legislature is doing to support our neighbors, and pass along some important information about how to stay well.
In the Legislature, my colleagues and I in the House and Senate just passed bills to allocate up to $100 million to get state agencies and local governments the necessary funding to respond to COVID-19. It also will give the Department of Social and Health Services funding to increase nursing staff to help address this growing need. We’ll continue to work with DOH, DSHS, and other state agencies to identify what the Legislature can do to ensure we have the necessary resources.
We are all in this together. Please make sure to follow the DOH recommendations to keep yourself healthy and keep up on latest information via the social media channels above.
These are the recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health:
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face.
- Stay home when you’re sick.
- If you are sick and wondering what to do, call your healthcare provider or the Department of Health (1-800-525-0127) before you go to a clinic or emergency room.
- Get prepared in case of a COVID-19 outbreak in your community. We have resources at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus#beprepared.
If you have questions, you can call the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
You can also stay up to date by following them online at the various websites and social media channels below:
King Country Department of Public Health: www.kingcounty.gov/covid