State response

As the inves­ti­ga­tion into 2019 novel coron­avirus continues, the Washington State Depart­ment of Health (DOH) is sharing impor­tant data points to help the public under­stand and track the progress and the work being done statewide. The immediate health risk from novel coron­avirus to Washington residents is still consid­ered low at this time.

Across the state, we have identi­fied 8 persons under inves­ti­ga­tion (PUI). A person under inves­ti­ga­tion (PUI) is an ill person with possible 2019 n‑CoV infec­tion who is in the process of being tested.

The current number of close contacts stands at 63. This is the number of people poten­tially exposed to the virus who are being actively monitored in Washington state. A close contact is a person who has been within about 6 feet of a person with confirmed 2019 n‑CoV infec­tion for a prolonged period of time or has had direct contact with secre­tions from a person with confirmed 2019 n‑CoV infec­tion. The defin­i­tion used in Washington is the same as the CDC defin­i­tion. The DOH plans to update the number of close contacts daily at 3pm here on their website.

The DOH will update their website daily with:

  • The number of confirmed 2019 novel coron­avirus cases in Washington.
  • The number of people who are currently being monitored due to having close contact with a person who is confirmed to have 2019 novel coronavirus.
  • The number of ill persons under inves­ti­ga­tion (PUI) for possible infection.

The patient with confirmed 2019 n‑CoV is still in satis­fac­tory condi­tion and in the same unit at Provi­dence Regional Medical Center in Everett. Provi­dence is coordi­nating with the CDC, the Depart­ment of Health, and the Snohomish Health District to monitor and treat the patient. No discharge date has been set.

The 2019 novel coron­avirus is concerning because it’s a new strain and can cause pneumonia. The Washington State Depart­ment of Health wants to ensure that the public is aware of the ways we are working to keep the public informed every day. The multi-agency public response to Washington’s first case of 2019 novel coron­avirus is ongoing, as these teams partner to learn more about this emerging issue.

There are steps people can take to reduce their risk of getting any viral respi­ra­tory infec­tions. These include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Clean and disin­fect objects and surfaces

It is also impor­tant for people to stay at home away from others if they are sick and for people to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when they cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash their hands

DOH 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, please call 18005250127 and press #.

The DOH 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, please call the DOH at 18005250127 and press #. Additional infor­ma­tion is also avail­able on the website.

More infor­ma­tion on 2019 novel coron­avirus is avail­able from: