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COVID-19 Resources / Information
The Town continues to monitor the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation through regular emails we receive from several official sources. In an attempt to balance a desire to avoid instilling panic with the community's need for up-to-date information, we are posting relevant links to a few websites that will supplement other sources you may already be using.
- Public Health – Seattle and King County: https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/FAQ.aspx. If you want to receive regular updates from Public Health, you can subscribe to this website or to the related blog at www.publichealthinsider.com.
- Washington State Dept. of Public Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The Town also encourages residents to check on neighbors, particularly those you know may be housebound to any extent. One of the Village’s strengths is our small size and large sense of community.
Here is a summary of actions taken by the State of Washington in response to the pandemic:
- As of 3/23/2020, all events and gatherings throughout our region have been cancelled, non-essential employees are working from home, and all schools in Washington State are closed. Please see the document linked above for a summary of Governor Inslee's 3/23/2020 proclamation to Stay Home Stay Healthy. The Seattle Times continues to share pertinent information about cancellations, closures, and other relevant information with readers.
- As of 4/2/2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay-Home order through May 4, 2020.
- As of 4/21/2020, Governor Inslee unveiled a plan for reopening the State. Please see the document linked above for more detailed information about this plan.
Public Health - Seattle and King County continues to remind us of the need for blood donations. The Stay Home order means that normal blood drives have been cancelled, but the need for blood remains constant. If you are healthy, PLEASE consider contacting Bloodworks NW to schedule an appointment to donate blood. The fastest way to schedule an appointment is through their online portal at https://schedule.bloodworksnw.org/DonorPortal/Default.aspx.
The Beaux Arts Water Department continues to monitor the Town's water supply to ensure the reliable delivery of safe water to homes. This means you may see our Water Superintendent, Roger Lillejord, our performing routine maintenance, collecting samples for water-quality testing, and performing emergency repairs, if needed. If you see him out and about, please be sure to practicing social distancing by giving him at least six feet of space to do his work.
While evidence currently available is that that most children and adults are not at risk for severe illness, we do know that some members of our community are at higher risk. These include people 60 and older, people with weakened immune systems, people who are pregnant, and those with underlying health conditions, including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes. By asking that everyone remain home, with few exceptions, people who are at higher risk will be better protected from the spread of germs through others who may be asymptomatic.
Here are nine suggestions for guarding your health that should be practiced anytime there are heightened concerns about the spread of disease - please note that some of these have been upated to reflect the latest state orders:
- Wash your hands. Frequently. And don’t touch your face. Don’t panic if you are struggling to find hand sanitizer in the stores. Soap and water are the most effective method for cleaning germs from your hands. Be sure to wash between your fingers!
- Cover your cough using a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). If you don’t cover your cough or sneeze, the droplets can travel up to six feet!
- Stay more than 6 feet away from each other. No hugs, no touching. Maybe greet your friends with a peace sign or, logically, with the Live Long and Prosper hand gesture. UPDATE: As of April 3, 2020, the CDC is recommending that everyone wear some form of mask or face covering.
- Disinfect hard surfaces like tables, doorknobs, phones. Coronaviruses like COVID-19 can live on hard surfaces for hours to days. Disinfect them before you touch them again and have to wash your hands again. Then wash your hands again anyway.
- Stay home if you are sick! If you have a fever and cough, stay home until your fever has been gone for 72 hours. Staying home while sick protects our friends and loved ones, some of whom may be at high risk of severe illness.
- Public health may ask you to limit your local travel—maybe because of your specific exposure or illness, or maybe as part of a request to an entire community. Are you prepared to stay home for 14 days? Do you have enough food to last? Books? Board games? Other activities? This is a good time to check / replenish your emergency supplies.
- Follow travel advice from CDC. This means comply with ALL travel restrictions in place, including domestic restrictions.
- Practice compassion. Avoid jumping to conclusions about people who may cough or sneeze at work. It is cold and flu season and people have allergies. Don’t grill your friends about their health conditions; instead, show them your support by offering them water or a tissue.