On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States in Washington State.
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses such as the common cold. Most people will recover on their own, but some people can develop more serious complications, such as pneumonia, and require medical care or hospitalization. Older people and people with chronic illnesses are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
How is COVID-19 Spread? The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person to person and the number of cases detected in Washington, nationally, and in other countries is growing.
The risk of COVID-19 is not connected to race, ethnicity or nationality. There is no known cure, remedy or vaccine. Please share accurate information with others to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading.
What is the current state of COVID-19? COVID-19 is officially a pandemic - affecting every country on the planet. During this time, your life may be disrupted in a variety of ways. The state has taken action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by prohibiting people from gathering, whether at school, work, or other settings. Learn more about Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. The Washington state clearinghouse for all information related to COVID-19 is coronavirus.wa.gov.