Last update 3/29/20. Spread the facts.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new virus strain that was not identified in humans before December 2019. COVID-19 is a public health concern because little is known about the virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people. Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent COVID-19 infection and there are no medications specifically for COVID-19.
Situation in Thurston County
Due to the level of concern about COVID-19, the following are in effect in Thurston County.
Preventing Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person through droplets from an infected person. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19.
You can take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following things:
Confirmed Case Totals
- Stay home.
- If you have to go out in the community, keep a distance of 6 feet or more between you and other people.
- If you work, work from home if you can.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid crowds.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, often.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- If you are sick, stay home and avoid close contact with others.
- There are thirty-six (36) confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Thurston County as of 3/29/20 3:00pm. A confirmed case is defined as an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Case totals are updated daily (Monday-Sunday) by 3:00pm.
- The confirmed case counts for Thurston County may not align with the Washington State Department of Health. This can be due to reporting times and when local public health departments learn of new cases,
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