COVID-19 Update, September 28, 2020
Good afternoon! The state Department of Health (http://www.doh.wa.gov/) wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding COVID-19 as well as guidance and resources you can share with employees, clients, or customers.
Winter is coming
COVID-19 spreads easily from person to person in crowded indoor spaces—especially if we hang out for a long period of time and talk. We have learned this summer that small outdoor gatherings are much safer than indoor gatherings.
But we are about to get chilly. We need to start thinking about how we will see our friends and family, stay warm and dry, and protect ourselves from COVID-19.
Every bit of risk reduction matters. When our risk goes up in one way, like because the kids return to school, or we gather with some friends indoors, we need to do everything we can to reduce our risk in other ways.
Numbers. The latest numbers are on our webpage. As of 11:59 p.m. on September 26, 86,269 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 7,455 people had to be hospitalized, and 2,100 people (or 2.4%) have died of the disease. More COVID-19 data can be found on the DOH website and in the state’s risk assessment dashboard.
Practice compassion. Keep the number of people you see in person very small. Don’t forget to call or text folks you haven’t been able to see to say hello and keep in touch! Social connection helps all of us stay happy and healthy!
Don't forget your flu shot!
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Contact: Lauren Jenks, Department of Health Assistant Secretary, 360-259-0374
Department of Health call center: Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday - Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday.
Please check our website for the most up-to-date info on Washington’s response to COVID-19 at www.doh.wa.gov/coronavirus.