The World Health Organization reminds everyone that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the flu, and other communicable diseases is by following basic hygiene steps regularly:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze (and then promptly dispose of the used tissue)
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
We are providing information on what the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is doing in preparation and in response to COVID-19 in communities across Seattle and King County. If a significant expansion of services is required, the City will also need significant resources from the state and federal governments to assist our most vulnerable.
As a reminder, here is a current map of the City of Seattle showing the locations of City- and County-funded shelters and day centers, permitted Tiny House Villages, and public restrooms and showers.
**Updated March 6, 2020: Click here to view an Excel spreadsheet with specific addresses of the locations listed on the map.
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.