March 23, 2020
Dear ISD Community,
Following the Governor’s “Stay at Home – Stay Healthy,” address to Washingtonians, we want to let you know that the ISD will continue to provide food services, child care, laptops, and/or Wi-Fi hotspots. We support our state’s efforts to flatten the curve through social distancing and practicing good hygiene, while recognizing the essential role that we play in providing nutrition and support to our community.
The Governor’s office issued a document detailing essential workforce including: “Workers supporting public and private childcare establishments, licensed pre-K establishments, K12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of distance learning, or the provision of school meals, or child care for the children of essential workers across all sectors and for uniquely vulnerable children.” Visit coronavirus.wa.gov for more information on the Governor's order.
Please visit Public Health Seattle & King County’s website for more information. We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to observe the following:
- Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities limit your time there and keep 6 feet away from patients.
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Stay home when sick.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you've just washed your hands.
- Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID
) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com