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As of press time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reported half of U.S. coronavirus patients in intensive care are under age 65. The high rate of infection of younger adults was consistent with European data.
The Washington State Department of Health said the risk of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is increasing. Social distancing can act to break the chain of transmission.
Stay at least six feet away from others. Coughs and sneezes can travel that distance and their droplets may contain a virus.
Clean hands often with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 95 percent alcohol, or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
People who are sick or who have been exposed to someone who is should stay home. Again, asymptomatic people can spread the virus.
Some small groups may continue to meet if they adhere to required public health precautions. Check with the activity organizer before attending.
Local Resources Food Backpacks 4 Kids All families who receive a food backpack can continue to receive food in our new weekly “Drive-by Food Pick Up Program." Food will be available for Saturday drive-by parking lot pickup each week at: Henderson Bay High School; Gateway Park; Evergreen Elementary. Any family in the Peninsula School District with school-aged children in need of food should email email@example.com to let us know your name/number of children and the pickup location most convenient or if you need delivery. Food will be available for pickup on every Saturday until further notice. www.facebook.com/foodbackpacks4kids
Key Peninsula Community Services The Food Bank is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed for lunch. No food donations accepted at this time, monetary donations are always welcome. Senior lunches are available for drive-through pickup, please call day before. 253-884-4440
The Mustard Seed Project Home delivery is being provided for KPCS lunches for seniors unable to pick up. TMSP is also working on a program to safely deliver groceries and supplies to shut-in seniors. We are currently seeking volunteer drivers to deliver fresh meals, groceries, and supplies. Call Program Director Mary Morris at 253-884 2216. themustardseedproject.org
JBLM Madigan: www.mamc.health.mil/patients/COVID-19
Kaiser Permanente: wa.kaiserpermanente.org/html/public/about/coronavirus
St. Anthony: www.chifranciscan.org/patients-and-visitors. CHI Franciscan has suspended billing for COVID-19 testing and treatment system-wide.
VA Puget Sound Health Care: www.pugetsound.va.gov/emergency
State Resources Resources including relief with deferred bills, waived fees, no-interest loans and other support at listed at www.governor.wa.gov
The Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. Some benefits allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs. ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide benefits for workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes layoff or closure, ESD can provide services and funding to help workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services
The Washington State Insurance Commissioner can help answer questions about getting insurance and coverage for damages related to COVID-19. Go to www.insurance.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-6900.
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