An update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
Wednesday’s announcement by Governor Inslee to ban events of more than 250 people changed the response to COVID-19, dramatically. In some respects, this wasn’t a surprise as we have seen this situation grow daily.
In Pierce County there are 17 confirmed cases as of March 11. Since the federal government has lifted restrictions and more people are tested, expect more positive cases will be announced in Pierce County. I have been closely monitoring the situation and am pleased with the hard work and dedication of our Pierce County staff and the Tacoma -Pierce County Health Department to continue serving our community.
Take Care of Yourself
It's important to remember steps you can take during this changing situation. Caring for yourself is very important. Make sure the news isn't getting you too stressed and pay close attention to accurate, timely and reliable information. If the news sounds too good - or too bad - to be true, then look for other sources to confirm the story.
If you are over 60 years old or have existing medical conditions, consider avoiding large groups or spending an extended period with people who might be sick.
Take Care of Others
You may feel like this won’t hurt you, but that does not mean that you can’t infect someone who has a weaker immune system. Prudent steps by individuals help everyone in the long run.
It's also important to keep an eye on friends and family, especially older adults. Check in on them either in person or on the phone. Some people might feel alone or unsure of what they should do. Help them understand the situation and share that they can get reliable information at www.tpchd.org.
While this situation is serious, I strongly believe we can get through this together by remaining calm, informed and prepared.
If you have any questions related to COVID-19, please call 253-798-6500.