Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Contact:
Gabrielle Byrne, Public Information Specialist (360) 867-2514 or byrneg@co.thurston.wa.us 
Meghan Porter, Public Information Supervisor 360-867-2097 or Meghan.porter@co.thurston.wa.us 

Public Health Confirms Case of COVID-19 in Thurston County


OLYMPIA – Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) has a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a resident of Thurston County. PHSS is working to identify and contact all those who may have come in contact with the confirmed case. These individuals will be given additional guidance. The investigation is ongoing. Details that can be provided to the public will be shared as we learn more. A press conference may be scheduled, if additional details warrant. 

“We want people to understand that while the risk to the public is increasing, the most important things we can do is encourage people to wash their hands often and well, stay home if they’re sick, and call ahead to their health care provider if they have symptoms and know have been exposed to someone with COVID-19,” said Schelli Slaughter, Director of Thurston County PHSS. 

The patient is a resident of Thurston County in their 50s. No additional details will be release about the patient at this time. 

As of the morning of March 11th, there were 267 cases in Washington State, 190 of which were in King County. There have been 24 deaths, 22 of which were in King County. 
To learn more about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the Thurston County PHSS Coronavirus webpage at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.

People with symptoms like a fever, cough, and trouble breathing should call ahead to their health care provider for guidance. Testing is ramping up state-wide, and providers can determine how to prioritize testing. Those at highest risk for severe illness include older adults, pregnant women, and people who are immunocompromised or have chronic health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. To reduce the potential spread of the virus, we’re asking people to call ahead to their healthcare providers and not go directly to the emergency room or urgent care. Those with medical emergencies should still call 911.
 
The State Department of Health has set up a hotline for questions and concerns that is staffed seven days a week from 6am until 10pm. That number is: 1-800-525-0127.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3