Coronavirus Facts & Information
Updated May 15, 2020
A Public Service Announcements video is now available on "How to Care for Yourself and Others with COVID-19". Please visit the King County Public Health COVID-19 website for more information and language accessibility.In a press conference held Friday, May 1, Governor Inslee’s shared a four-phase approach to reopening Washington state businesses and public life.
Governor Inslee has ordered the mandatory closure of all K-12 schools (public and private) in order to limit the possible transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) among large groups. PSESD is committed to supporting schools during this uncertain time. We are currently evaluating opportunities and developing plans to support schools in providing child care, meals, and learning resources. Continue to check this website and social media outlets for updates on our plans, and refer to official local entities for health-related information.
To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19, here is an update on PSESD facilities and services:
- The PSESD is closed at this time, per Governor Inslee's order. Doors are locked and reception services are not available. However, many employees are working remotely and we continue to provide vital services. The PSESD business hours are still from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
- Fingerprinting Services is temporarily stopping all printing and those already scheduled will have priority scheduling once it re-opens. Please check back for updates on when the calendar will be open for appointments.
- Educare Early Learning Center: As of April 6, 2020, Educare Seattle is reopen in a limited capacity, to provide care and education to enrolled families who are essential workers during COVID-19.
- The Heritage Head Start facilities at Seola Gardens and Creekmore are currently closed, with staff providing services and supports to children and families in different ways.
- The Early Head Start program at the Washington Correctional Center for Women is also closed, currently. Mothers and children are continuing to receive food service and we are working to see if we can set up phone visits with mothers.
- ReLife School remains closed, as are all schools statewide, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Please use our contact us form for any inquiries or assistance.
Many parts of the world, including the United States, are experiencing an expanding outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the novel COVID-19 coronavirus.
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 Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019.
COVID-19 is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Viruses do not discriminate. Misinformation can create fear and hostility that can prevent health and safety. Please use the resources available through King County Health to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.
Know the Facts about the Corona Virus (COVID-19)
- Help reduce stigma and discrimination: race, ethnicity or nationality are not connected with COVID-19.
- Most people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are adults. There is no evidence that children are more susceptible.
- For specific medical advice or questions please consult with your health care provider.
- We will continue to monitor this situation as it unfolds and will take our lead from state and national health authorities.
- Stay calm. Be informed. Be prepared. Think of others.
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
To minimize our personal and collective risk of exposure, the steps below are recommended by the CDC and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to help prevent contamination and spread of COVID-19.
They are the same steps you would take to prevent the spread of the flu and/or a common cold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water (20 seconds). Especially after eating and after coming into contact with others. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoid contact with people who are sick;
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others;
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched object and surfaces.
Annie Hetzel, MSN, RN
School Nurse Corps Administrator
Safety Service Manager
Puget Sound ESD
Washington State Department of Health Call Center
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