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Safe Start Phase Status: 3
Thurston County is in Phase 3 of the Safe Start Plan for Reopening.
Phase 3 Process
- Thurston County was approved to move to Phase 3 on 6/24/20. Effective immediately.
- (Complete) The Thurston County Health Officer had to make a recommendation to request a variance to move to Phase 3. The requirements for moving from Phase 2 to Phase 3 are provided by the Washington State Department of Health.
- (Complete) The Thurston County Board of Health held a special meeting on 6/17/20 to consider the Health Officer's recommendation to apply for a variance to move to Phase 3. The Board of Health unanimously approved a resolution of support.
- (Complete) The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners had to meet and vote. The board considered whether to move the application for variance to Phase 3 on to the Washington State Department of Health at a meeting on 6/17/20and unanimously approved a resolution of support for submission.
- (Approved) The Washington State Department of Health approved the Thurston County application to move to Phase 3 on 6/24/20.
We continue to recommend that residents of Thurston County take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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 proven, safe medications for treating COVID-19.
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Situation in Thurston County
Due to the level of concern about COVID-19, the following are in effect in Thurston County.
- For Thurston County COVID-19 data about testing, confirmed cases, hospitalizations, outbreaks and more visit the COVID-19 Data Page.
Preventing Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 is a virus and is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with each other, which means being within 6 feet of others for at least 15 minutes.
Through respiratory droplets produced when someone infected with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly can be inhaled.
COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not currently showing symptoms.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some people infected with COVID-19 have mild sypmtoms or do not show symptoms.
You can take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following things:
When you are out, keep a distance of 6 feet or more between you and others.
Wear a face covering in public spaces, when you cannot maintain 6 feet distance from people not from your household.
Avoid large gatherings.
Stay closer to home.
Wash your hands with soap and water, often.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
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.
Avoid contact with people who are sick.
If you are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, we encourage you to limit activities that put you into contact with people outside your household.