On January 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health announced the first case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States in Washington State.
What is COVID-19? COVID-19 is a serious respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus that was not identified in humans before December 2019. Some people have recovered on their own, but some people can develop more serious complications, such as pneumonia, and require medical care or hospitalization. ANYONE can contract the disease and possibly become very ill.
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 but a vaccine is now being distributed. 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. Please socially distance and wear a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Learn more at coronavirus.wa.gov.