As Washington state continues to take steps to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the response is undoubtedly causing hardships for individuals, families, and businesses across the district.
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Resources and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
Health Resources for Washingtonians:
Need a phone number to call with questions about the virus? Washington Department of Health operates a hotline, with multiple language assistance, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 1-800-525-0127.
- Consult your medical provider.
- Stay at home except to seek medical care.
- Isolate from family members, do not share household items or clean high-touch areas.
- Call ahead before going to the doctor.
- Monitor your symptoms.
- Seek medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19.
Stay Home – Stay Healthy, What you need to know: On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a Stay Home — Stay Healthy order which will be effective for a minimum of two weeks. The order requires every Washingtonian to stay at home, except for people:
- Pursuing an essential activity, like shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment. Click here to see what’s opened and closed.
- Getting takeout food. (Food deliveries also are permitted).
- Going to work at an essential business.
- Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as they keep 6 feet apart.
- What does it mean to stay at home?
Need health insurance coverage? Washington’s Health Insurance Exchange has opened a Special Enrollment Period for those not insured during the outbreak. The deadline to enroll in coverage is April 8. More information can be found here: Washington State Health Benefit Exchange Coronavirus FAQs.
For additional questions about health insurance and COVID-19, visit:
- Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner - COVID-19 Resources
- Medicare and Coronavirus Webpage.
Blood donations still needed: Growing COVID-19 concerns and closures have led to canceled blood drives and lost donations, putting our local blood supply in danger of collapse. New donors are needed now to step-up and save a life, and for donors to make this a generous and consistent habit. All types of blood are needed for cancer treatment, trauma cases, and many other situations. The process only takes an hour and actual donation time is about 10 minutes. Donating blood is a safe activity, and there is no risk of contracting coronavirus from the blood donation process. Bloodworks Northwest has more information on coronavirus, who is eligible to donate blood, and donation locations.