Updates From Public Health – Monday April 6

Today’s Public Health Update:

Public Health—Seattle & King County urges everyone, even people who are young and healthy, to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. There are also tips for household safety, specifically for gun owners. In addition, Public Health reported 164 new cases of COVID-19 today, bringing the official case count in King County to 3,331. Fourteen new deaths were reported, bringing the total of COVID-19 deaths in King County to 222.

Staying apart prevents new outbreaks of COVID-19 illness

Public Health – Seattle & King County urges everyone, even people who are young and healthy, to stay home to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you must go out, stay at least six feet apart from others. Staying home and avoiding all non-essential contact with others is the best way to stay healthy, keep others healthy, and prevent the new coronavirus from suddenly spreading rapidly and overwhelming King County’s healthcare system.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is highly contagious, and each face-to-face interaction is an opportunity for it to spread. In addition, it’s important to wash your hands with soap frequently and avoid touching your face.

Household Safety During Stressful Times: Tips For Gun Owners

Stress and anxiety is understandably high with so much upheaval in our lives. If you or your family member is a gun owner, it’s important, now more than ever, to make sure that you are practicing safe habits.

For those who own guns, the current situation with the statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order and closure of schools means more people—including children and youth—are home, and this has implications for household safety related to firearms. Here are some tips to help keep ourselves and our loved ones safe during this challenging and uncertain time.

For more tips on gun safety, go to Public Health Insider’s blog.

Case updates

Public Health – Seattle & King County is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 through 11:59 p.m. on 4/4/20.

  • 3331 confirmed positive cases (up 164* from yesterday)
  • 222 confirmed deaths (up 14 from yesterday)

* The “new confirmed positive cases” figure we publish each day represents all new confirmed cases reported to us through 11:59 the night prior. Some of these test results were processed on days prior but were delayed in being reported to us.

Detailed information about demographics of those who died from COVID-19 is available on the data dashboard (www.kingcounty.gov/covid/data).

Temporary changes in reporting of negative COVID-19 test results

King County’s COVID-19 data dashboard (www.kingcounty.gov/covid/data) is based on data provided by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). As of April 4, 2020, DOH has temporarily stopped reporting data on negative test results. As a result, we are no longer displaying information on negative test results on our data dashboard.

Isolation and quarantine facilities update

Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Examples of people who may need this assistance include people who cannot safely isolate from a family member who is elderly or medically fragile, or people experiencing homelessness. Individuals can only be placed into the King County sites after a health professional with Public Health has determined that they need isolation or quarantine.

Forty-eight people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.

The number of residents at King County’s isolation and quarantine sites will be included in regular updates provided by Public Health. No other identifying or personal information will be provided.