OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health, alongside partners at Bloodworks Northwest, is encouraging eligible donors to continue to give blood.
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OLYMPIA – The hepatitis C virus (HCV) ElimiNATION awareness bus is traveling to the Puget Sound region after a successful first stop in Spokane at the 9th Annual Spokane Homeless Connect. This is part of a plan to educate people about the importance of HCV screening and connecting to care.
OLYMPIA -- The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is working closely with partners, including federal and state agencies and local health departments, to implement new federal measures announced on January 31, 2020 to control the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
What is happening?
On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the United States in Washington state.
The patient recently returned from Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, where an outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus has been ongoing since December.
2019 novel coronavirus is concerning because it’s a new strain and can cause pneumonia.
County Confirmed cases
Close contacts being monitored: 16
How is it spread?
Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
Symptoms of coronavirus may include:
If you have been notified by public health authorities that you might have been exposed, please follow instructions provided by your Local Health Department.
How can people protect themselves?
There are currently no vaccines available to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:
There are no specific treatments for illnesses caused by human coronaviruses. Most people with common human coronavirus illness will recover on their own. However, you can do some things to relieve your symptoms, including:
Information is from the DoH website.
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