On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced the first U.S. case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in a resident of Snohomish County.
Outbreaks of new diseases among people are always a public health concern. Because this is a new virus, there is still a lot to be learned. But our public health system has faced similar challenges before – with SARS and MERS – and we know it’s crucial to be proactive and prepared.
Here’s what you need to know about how we’re responding locally:
We don’t yet know how easily 2019-nCoV spreads, and it’s important to know this to better understand the risk of 2019-nCoV. But other coronaviruses that infect humans spread from a person who is sick primarily through close personal contact.
They have been in contact with those individuals and are checking in with them daily to determine if they have symptoms that should be checked by a health care provider.
We work closely with the CDC, DOH, our partners in other local health departments, and our local health care providers so that we can identify and respond to any infections as quickly as possible.
If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Have more questions? Read our Novel Coronavirus FAQs, or check out the resources below.