What do I need to know to keep myself and my family safe?

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The most important steps to take are:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or with sanitizer until it dries on your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. 
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones). 
  • Obey state and local stay-at-home orders. Stay home as much as possible—avoid all non-essential travel. Consider using takeout food and grocery delivery or curbside pick up services. (Check your preferred vendors' websites for COVID-19 options.) If you do go out for essentials, keep six feet between you and others. 
  • The CDC also recommends you wear a face mask when you go out. 

    Make a homemade fabric mask: click here for instructions (Advanced sewers: get pattern with filter insert)

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  • Stay home if you’re feeling ill.

What if you’re sick and not being tested? 

  • If you are ill, stay at home, stay hydrated, rest, and use over-the-counter medications to help yourself feel better. 
  • If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are concerned because you feel very sick, call your provider for help on what to do and where to go if testing is appropriate.

If you need a note for work, please see King County's resource page for workers, including return to work letters in multiple languages