“State mobilizes response to coronavirus”
- From Gov. Jay Inslee’s news release form Feb. 1, 2020:
“Gov. Jay Inslee and state agency leaders have organized an aggressive response to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Washington, after one case was confirmed in Snohomish County Jan. 21.”
“This is one of the largest public health mobilizations in state history,” Gov. Inslee told reporters at a news conference in Seattle Wednesday. “More than 200 people are currently working on these efforts. It takes a lot of people to track down contacts of those who could be infected and share information.”
“The state Department of Health has partnered with the state Emergency Management Division to create an emergency operations center at Camp Murray, south of Tacoma, in response. Multiple agencies are working through a joint information center to share updates and marshal state resources.
“The state Health Care Authority, the state Department of Agriculture and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife are all contributing and assisting with other state, federal and local partners.
“Travelers at Sea-Tac Airport take precautions amid coronavirus concerns”
“Gov. Inslee is marshaling state resources and calling on the CDC to expand screening protocols at Sea-Tac Airport amid the coronavirus outbreak in China.”
“He also wrote a letter to the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking the agency to expand screening protocols to all passengers from the Hubei province and any other province in China experiencing significant community transmission.
“The CDC announced Monday [Jan 27, 2020] it would begin enhanced screening at its 20 quarantine stations across the U.S., which includes a station at Sea-Tac Airport.”
“The Washington Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, they ask you please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #,” by Natalie Swaby, KING-5 TV News, Seattle. Read more