We know this is a trying time for all of us and in these times of so much uncertainty, there can be a lot of stress, anxiety and fear. We are all trying our best to support and work with our wonderful students, which is why it’s even more important for us all to do our part to stay calm and balanced to provide them the support they need from us all right now. That means all of us doing self-care and assuring we are doing our part for our hearts, minds and spirits! We wanted to provide some suggestions [...]
Mental Wellness and Resiliency: Adjusting to Life and Addressing Challenges During Uncertain Times By Ryann Leonard, PhD Feeling fatigued? More impatient than normal? Are you finding it hard to balance working from or just being at home? You are not alone. These are all signs that your mental wellness is being challenged by uncertainty and stress. Currently, COVID-19 has influenced the wellness of most of us across the globe whether that be emotionally, physically, or mentally. We are living in rapidly changing times where we are constantly bombarded with media and messaging about what we should do, or should know, [...]
What you can do The State of Washington is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products. The Department of Health is supporting enrollment and activation of emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response. There's a vital need for blood donors right now. LEARN MORE
Safe Start Washington Governor Jay Inslee, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. This approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Washington’s most vulnerable populations and preserves capacity in our health care system, while safely opening up businesses and resuming gatherings, travel, shopping, and recreation. The plan involves assessing COVID-19 activity in the state along with health care system readiness, testing capacity and availability, case and contact investigations, and ability to protect high-risk populations. Governor Inslee announced in [...]
Peter Rekers Interview: Public Information in the COVID-19 Era By Alexander Lee-Rekers Interviewer: To begin with, can you briefly outline your areas of expertise? Peter Rekers: I am an Australian-based crisis and disaster consultant with extensive real-world experience. My first experience in emergency was as a volunteer firefighter in the early 80’s while I was still at University doing a degree in Media Studies. My early career was spent in theatre where I was a sound engineer and stage manager, including being stage manager to the Pope. It was a great place to start learning about crisis management as the [...]
How are you doing with the quick and ever changing daily stream of information? Are you coping while making big decisions as well as figuring out the day-to-day details for you and your family?
Worldwide, health care workers (HCWs), the front-line defense force against COVID-19, have been infected with and died from this disease. Occupational health care providers in the United States (U.S.) are currently addressing emergency protocols.
The Washington State’s official COVID-19 site, maintained by the state Joint Information Center. Looking for daily COVID-19 statistics? Daily statistics are provided by the Department of Health (DOH) or view statewide statistics on a map. Mutilingual resources Spanish: Nuevo coronavirus (PDF) , Chinese Simplified: 新型冠状病毒 (PDF), Russian: Новый штамм коронавируса (PDF), Vietnamese: Vi-rút Corona Mới (PDF), more translations... Need a phone number to call with questions about the virus? DOH operates a hotline, with multiple language assistance, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 1-800-525-0127. The call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. Looking to inquire about testing? For [...]
Washington 211 is operating the State COVID-19 Helpline (1-800-525-0127) for the Washington State Department of Health during the Coronavirus Outbreak. Normal 211 services are available but wait times have increased. If you need immediate assistance in finding services please visit www.wa211.org and use the resource search tool. Washington 211 successfully took over operations of the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 helpline on 3/6/20 after a very short and fast ramp up of our system. I have attached the latest call numbers for Washington 211, a report of the work we have accomplished to date and our original proposal to [...]
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Small businesses are encouraged to do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. READ MORE