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Safe Start Phase Status: 2
|Thurston County is in Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan for Re-Opening.Background|
- On 5/19/20, Governor Jay Inslee announced that Thurston County was eligible to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 in the Safe Start approach. This was due to new criteria for the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases (having less than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span).
- There was a process to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan.
- (Complete) The Thurston County Health Officer had to make a recommendation.
- (Complete) The Thurston County Board of Health held a special board meeting on Friday 5/22/20 at 8:30am to consider the Thurston County Health Officer's recommendation.
- (Complete) The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners had to meet and vote. The board considered whether to move the application for variance on to the Washington State Department of Health at a meeting on Tuesday 5/26 at 9:00am and unanimously approved submission.
- (Complete) Thurston County had to submit an application to the Washington State Department of Health.
- (Approved) The state Department of Health had to review the application and determine whether to approve the county's request to move to Phase 2.
- The purpose of the application was to show that the county has the public health and health care system capacity to manage an increase of COVID-19 cases, should that occur.
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.
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 confirmed cases, hospitalizations, recovered/recovering and more visit the COVID-19 Data Page.
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.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some people infected with COVID-19 do not show symptoms.
- If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to talk to your health care provider about being tested.
If you do not have a health care provider, Providence offers drive thru COVID-19 testing in Lacey on Monday-Friday from 9:30am-4:30pm (2555 Marvin Way NE, 98516). Please call before you go 855-776-4362.
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 gatherings with more than 5 people from outside your own household.
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 your activities.
With public parks opening for limited use, we recommend the following things if you plan to visit:
Avoid crowds and gatherings at parks.
Include only members of your household in your park visit.
Stay 6 feet or more away from others who are visiting the park.
Visit parks close to your home. Don't travel farther than necessary.
Bring hand sanitizer. Do not expect restrooms to be open.
If you pack it in, pack it out. Take all your belongings and waste when you leave.
- Stay home, if you are sick.