Over on the King County Department of Community and Health Services blog, Cultivating Connections, yesterday’s entry details how in response to COVID-19 three agencies are closely coordinating efforts and collaborating to support King County residents experiencing homelessness: Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and its Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN) and Environment Health Division; King County through the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Facilities Management Division (FMD), and METRO; and the City of Seattle’s Human Services Department (HSD).
Click here to read more details about our coordinated efforts focusing on:
- Supporting existing homeless services providers to maintain capacity and care for people experiencing homelessness;
- Hygiene and sanitation to prevent or slow the spread of the virus, including provider training and centralized supply purchasing and distribution;
- Response planning for assistance for people who become sick with COVID-19 who cannot care for themselves in home settings; and
- Siting and staffing facilities for quarantine, isolation and congregate recovery—for all who cannot care for themselves in home settings, including people experiencing homelessness.
Where to get the most up-to-date public health information
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DOH, and PHSKC have issued specific guidance to help communities and businesses prepare. You can find guidance for the general public, schools, workplaces and employers, travelers and health care professionals as well as a more detailed Q&A here.
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Public Health – Seattle & King County
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), CDC
- Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020, Washington State Dept. of Health
As always, the public is encouraged to call 2-1-1 if they see a person in need and should dial 9-1-1 in the event of a medical emergency.