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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 24, 2020
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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Dr. Chris Spitters, health officer for the Snohomish Health District, issued two new health officer orders that reflect updated COVID-19 requirements in Snohomish County.
Health Officer Order 20-072 rescinds three previous orders.
The restrictions on crowd size, public food consumption, and business operations contained in those previous orders were not entirely consistent with the county’s current Phase 2 position in the Safe Start Plan. In order to ensure that COVID-19 restrictions and permitted activities are consistent with each phase as it is approved by the Secretary of Health, it was necessary to rescind Order Nos. 20-059, 20-060, and 20-061.
Health Officer Order 20-071 is a quarantine directive and isolation order that supersedes the previous one issued March 31, 2020. Since then, guidance on the appropriate duration of isolation has been updated by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). These updates focus largely on length of time and definitions of close contacts.
Amendments and updates in the new order include the following:
The contagious period is defined as beginning 2 days prior to the onset of illness and continuing until as described below. Confirmed and probable cases are considered no-longer-contagious and eligible to end isolation when:
For those who were never symptomatic for COVID-19, but tested positive, the contagious period begins 10 days prior to the date of collection of the positive specimen. They are able to end isolation when at least 10 days have passed from being tested and no COVID-19 compatible symptoms have emerged.
Close contact is generally defined as those:
An outbreak is generally defined as two or more cases occurring in a setting within 14 days of one another.
Both orders emphasize that individuals, organizations and facilities in Snohomish County are still subject to all COVID-19 proclamations, declarations, directives, and orders promulgated and remaining in effect by the Snohomish County Executive, the Secretary of Health, and the Governor. If any element of these orders come into conflict, the more restrictive directive shall prevail.
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The health and safety of Snohomish County remains the Health District’s top priority. The community is encouraged to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information. This is a very fluid situation and information will be updated at www.snohd.org/ncov2019 and the Health District’s social media channels.