Coronavirus Facts and Information2021-10-15T08:16:10-07:00

The 2021-22 School Year and COVID-19

K-12 students are back in the classroom learning while following strict health and safety guidelines from the state department of health. Guidance  for the 2021-22 school year includes several notable changes from the year before:

  • Students or staff with any COVID symptom should be isolated and tested. Individuals can use this chart to determine important next steps when symptomatic or identified as a close contact.
  • A focus on implementing testing strategies in schools to reduce the spread of COVID.
  • Universal masking requirements, even for those who are vaccinated.
  • Recommendations for layered mitigation measures such as masking, distancing, increased ventilation, frequent hand washing, and increased cleaning/sanitation.
  • Updates to the definition of a close contact of a confirmed COVID case from 6-feet to 3-feet between students in classroom settings.

The guidance also stressed that vaccination is one of the most important steps those who are eligible can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone 12 years and older is eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Only the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in people 12 years and older. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine are available for those 18 years and older.

COVID-19 vaccine is available at many local pharmacies and medical offices. If you have a health care provider, check to see if they’re providing COVID-19 vaccinations.

To find a location near you offering COVID-19 vaccine:

Facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Resources

Free Wi-Fi Map

In response to the impact of COVID-19, drive-in Wi-Fi hotspots provide free, temporary emergency internet access for Washingtonians who don’t have broadband service at their homes. Commerce has a Wi-Fi mapping tool on its website.

Washington 211 COVID-19 Call Center

Do you need information or answers to your questions and concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? You can call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

Do you need support due to stress from COVID-19?

Call Washington Listens, a line that provides nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. People who call Washington Listens will speak to a support specialist and receive information and connection to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained. People who staff Washington Listens will receive basic training needed to provide support to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reach Washington Listens, call 1-833-681-0211. Read the Washington Listens fact sheet.

Face Coverings

Wearing a face covering is difficult, especially for youngsters, but it is an important health precaution. Wearing a face covering plus washing your hands and maintaining physical distancing will help us to be able to return students to the classroom sooner. Properly wearing a mask is easy. Wash your hands before putting on the mask. Be sure it covers the nose and mouth and is secured under the chin. Make sure you can breathe easily and if breathing becomes hard, the mask should be easy to remove. Masks should be worn by kids over age two.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms:

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

Prevention:

There are simple, preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Monitor Your Health Daily

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If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • If you are sick wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday

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COVID-19 Resources

Official Health Resources

The Washington State DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

For up-to-date news and information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the following websites:

Vaccine Resources

Washington State

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

County Public Health Department Resources

Oregon State Resources

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