Last updated: 2:00 pm, Friday, April 3, 2020
This is the latest guidance for individuals, families and households to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Whatcom County.
Information continues to change frequently. Please check back regularly to get the latest updates.
We know that people are worried about this new disease, and how to respond to it. We are evaluating this situation daily and working to communicate effectively as changes occur.
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On Thursday, April 2, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Executive Order for another four weeks. This is the best tool we currently have to slow the spread of COVID-19. This decision is a proven strategy that will save lives. Find out more on the Washington State COVID-19 website.
All people have been instructed to stay home unless conducting essential activities, such as certain types of work, grocery shopping, and seeking medical attention after speaking with their medical providers. For those who are at higher risk, we recommend leaving home only to seek medical attention after speaking with medical providers and when there are no other options available. As reported by the CDC, people at higher risk include:
More detailed guidance for people at higher risk is available from the Washington State Department of Health.
Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home. Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for severe illness resulting from novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers.
Personal prevention habits are effective for preventing COVID-19 infection. We continue to repeat this because these are important action steps everyone can take to protect their health. Additionally, for other, community-wide actions to be most effective, people must also continue to practice these habits.
If your symptoms get worse, seek medical attention.
These resources from the Washington State Department of Health have answers about possible exposures: