The Thurston County Chamber remains committed to the health and well-being of our members and community. We are receiving questions about the best resources for accurate and up-to-date information surrounding the novel coronavirus officially named COVID-19.
State, federal, and international government agencies have developed resources and guidance for this evolving situation and we encourage members to refer to these sources for accurate information.
Risk in Thurston County
Thurston County Public Health & Social Services reports that there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Thurston County as of 3/10/20. We encourage members to follow Thurston County Public Health on Facebook here, Twitter here or check the website for updates here. In addition, the Olympian has temporarily removed its paywall for some COVID-19 updates.
Risk in Washington
The Washington State Department of Health is providing daily updates on testing and confirmation of COVID-19 cases in our state here. Currently, the immediate risk to people in Washington is low, but public health agencies caution that person-to-person spread could continue to occur in the U.S.
For the latest updates, including daily global situation reports, please refer to the World Health Organization here.
We strongly encourage employers to stay up-to-date on new developments and to use the guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) here to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses at the workplace.
- Healthcare providers state there are simple things you can do to keep yourself and others healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If it is not feasible to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home, and call ahead before visiting your doctor.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces you touch.
- Get your flu vaccine, if you haven’t already.
Chamber President/CEO, Thurston Chamber