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COVID-19 incidence continued to increase for the sixth consecutive week through July 25, with the most recent 2-week period being 97 confirmed cases per 100K*14days (see Figure 1 below). When this metric approaches or exceeds 100, sustained and widespread community-based transmission is occurring.
For more COVID-19 data, visit and/or bookmark the following websites:
Recommendation for remote K-12 learning to start the school year
This wave of COVID-19 is also affecting our local recommendations for K-12 school operations. The Health District last week recommended that K-12 schools start out in distance learning mode, albeit with some limited in-person attendance for small cohorts of students with high needs or no distance learning resources.
Continued or increasing psychosocial and economic consequences for children and families are expected.
Community survey for recovery needs
Please consider responding to this survey and sharing the link. It takes about 5-10 minutes. https://www.wacoronasurvey.com/SE/1/WACorona.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts as wells as the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to appropriately and equitably inform recovery plans at the state and local levels, DOH is requesting residents from across Washington take part in the survey. (To take the survey by phone, call 855-530-5787—interpreters are available to assist.) The survey is voluntary and confidential.
Washington Listens Fact Sheet
Washington Listens is a 1-800 telephone service that aims to assist callers in making linkages to address concerns causing COVID-19-related stress. It is not a direct counseling or care service. It may be helpful to ancillary health care staff supporting patients in primary care and urgent care settings.
You or your patients have probably heard that the Health District has stopped providing testing for asymptomatic folks unless they fall into one of these categories:
We realize this retreat from widespread asymptomatic testing includes some pre-procedure testing and is likely to contribute to the bottleneck that may be occurring there, but with the deterioration in commercial laboratory turnaround times, intermittent supply and reagent shortages, and rising demand for symptomatic testing, the Health District must prioritize its safety net testing for those people more likely to be of disease control significance.
Health District drive-through testing website:
Insurance Commissioner Extends Billing Rules for COVID-19 Testing