The health and wellbeing of our patients, families and communities continue to be our No. 1 priority, even as Covid-19 creates uncertainty and different ways of doing things for all of us. We’re being agile and making changes to how we deliver care to ensure your safe and uninterrupted access to health services when you need them.
If you have symptoms such as coughing, difficulty breathing or a fever, or if you think you were exposed to the COVID-19 virus, do not visit an ICHS clinic. Call (206) 788-3700. ICHS nurses will talk through your symptoms and direct you to the proper care and treatment. ICHS follows Department of Health and CDC testing recommendations and protocols to focus on protecting the most vulnerable individuals, such as people with severe respiratory symptoms or who belong to a high risk group.
Facts on COVID-19
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1 (800) 525-0127 and press #.
Here are a few important facts that public health wants to highlight, followed by their translations:
- The most important issue right now is to spread messages of calm that include facts. Panic will make this issue much worse.
- The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.
- Wash hands often with soap and water. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Do not go to the emergency room if you think you have COVID-19. Emergency medical services need to serve the most critical needs first.
- Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.
- Información importante de COVID-19 en español.
- Thông tin quan trọng COVID-19 bằng tiếng Việt.
- 한국어로 된 중요한 COVID-19 정보.
- በአማርኛ ውስጥ አስፈላጊ COVID-19 መረጃ፡፡
- Macluumaadka muhiimka ah ee COVID-19 ee af-soomaaliga.
Information is changing frequently. We recommend regularly checking out King County Department of Public Health’s website: www.kingcounty.gov/COVID or subscribing to the Public Health Insider blog for the most up to date information.
Confronting Racial Bias and Harassment
Viruses don’t discriminate, and neither should we. For those who may or already have confronted bias or harassment, there are resources, including in some cities, ways to report to local law enforcement an incident of bias. Please check online for additional information. We encourage everyone to promote correct information about the coronavirus, its risk and transmission, and the importance of not stigmatizing a group based on background or country of origin.
You can help, please join us
ICHS and community health centers around the nation are facing critical supply shortages, staffing issues and funding challenges. Our work to ensure health care for all is more important now than ever. Please consider a gift to ICHS. Your generosity will help us set up Covid-19 testing sites, make sure local people and families facing hardship can access care, and provide lifesaving resources to protect our patients and clinical teams.