Helpful local information, links for dealing with COVID-19 pandemic

To help Sequim- and Clallam County-are residents manage their daily lives during the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Clallam County Emergency Team offers these tips, links, contacts and other helpful information:

General information

• The Clallam County Social Distancing Shelter is now open; call 360-301-9350 to arrange for admission or you may go directly to the shelter.

• Donations of masks, gowns and gloves are still very much needed. Cloth masks are still in short supply. Donations will be accepted at the Emergency Operations Center in the basement of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 E. Fourth St., Port Angeles, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Those seeking to deliver items on a Tuesday or Thursday, call 360-417-2483 to schedule a drop off.

• Clallam County has a Community Response Help Line at 833-492-0834; it’s a toll free number that supplements the 2-1-1 assistance number that has been in use for some time.

Medical information

• Symptoms of COVID-19: The CDC has revised the list of symptoms for COVID-19. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus: fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell.

• COVID-19 Testing: Testing for COVID-19 is available and recommended for anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Currently there is no testing for asymptomatic people. To get tested, call your primary care provider. If you do not have a local primary provider: in Sequim, call 360-582-2930; in Port Angeles, call 360-565-0550; on the West End of Clallam County, call 360-374-6998, x2 between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday (do not walk in, as you need to call first for instructions).

• The Washington Insurance Commissioner has waved all fees associated with testing for those who are insured. If you are uninsured, go to wahealthplanfinder.org to see if you qualify for free or low-cost health insurance. Testing is available throughout the county and should be covered if you have no insurance.

• The CDC has updated the age range of who is in the high risk population from 60 to those ages 65 and older. They have also increased the number of days you should stay home after symptoms first appeared from seven to 10, and three days since all symptoms have improved.

• Antibody testing is still very new and largely untested. We do know a few things about these tests though:

They cannot diagnose an acute (new) infection, only past infection.

A positive test means you may have had COVID-19 but you may not have. This test can also be positive if you had one of the other coronaviruses including the ones that cause the common cold.

Having a positive test does not mean you are immune to COVID-19. You still need to maintain a safe physical distance and wash your hands often. If you are in a medical profession, you still need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE).

Mental health

Now is a hard time for many people. If you are struggling, reach out to a friend or family member for support.

• The crisis line is available 24/7 at 1-888-910-0416. There is also a 24 hour crisis online chat at www.imhurting.org.

• The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255 and is available 24 hours a day.

Personal safety

The most important way to keep yourself safe from COVID-19 is to maintain a safe physical distance of 6 feet or more from people who are not in your household. If you cannot maintain that distance in public, the wearing of a cloth face mask is recommended. Please save medical grade masks (surgical or N-95) for medical professionals and first responders. They are in extremely short supply. Remember that any type of cloth face covering is OK. A scarf or bandana works just fine. Going outside for exercise is OK and encouraged as long as you stay 6 feet away from all people who are not members of your immediate household.

Medical care

During this time, it is very important to continue to get your regular medical care, fill your prescriptions, and get your vaccines. If you have a medical emergency, do not hesitate to go to the hospital or emergency room. Our medical facilities have worked very hard to make sure they are safe and ready to take care of you.

Cleaning

Normal cleaning products like soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers and bleach-based cleaners all work well to kill this virus. The Washington Poison Center urges people to be cautious with cleaning products, do not mix cleaning products, as mixing can create hazardous gases. Do not use household cleaning products on food or your skin. Keep these products out of reach of children. Supervise children when using hand sanitizer, as ingestion could lead to alcohol poisoning. Call the Poison Helpline at 800-222-1222 for help with any questions or poison emergencies.

Public access wifi

A link has been posted to public access WiFi sites in Clallam County; his may be most valuable for students needing to access academic work.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamations

1. Governor’s Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery (May 4, 2020): www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SafeStartWA_4May20.pdf?utm_ medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

2. Governor’s Extension to his “Stay Home Stay Healthy” Proclamation (May 4, 2020): https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-25.3%20-%20COVID-19%20Stay%20Home%20Stay%20Healthy%20-%20Reopening%20%28tmp%29.pdf

3. Gov. Inslee announces easing of outdoor restrictions (April 28, 2020): https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-easing-of-outdoor-restrictions-8ed2c3d62050

4. Gov. Jay Inslee’s Phase 1 Construction Restart: COVID-19 Job Site Requirements (April 24, 2020): https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/PPEPrioritization

5. Washington State Department of Health updated Guidelines for Allocating PPE (April 10, 2020): https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/PPEPrioritization

6. Governor’s proclamation extending closing of schools (April 6, 2020): https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/20-09.1%20-%20COVID-19%20School%20Closure%20Extension.pdf?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

7. Governor’s proclamation extending “Stay at Home” Order (April 3, 202): https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25.1%20-%20COVID-19%20-%20Stay%20Home%2C%20Stay%20Healthy%20Extension%20%28tmp%29.pdf

8. Governor’s Updated List of Other Businesses That Qualify as Essential During Washington’s Stay-at-Home Order (March 31, 2020): https://mynorthwest.com/1798058/gov-inslee-essential-business-update-stay-at-home/

9. Governor’s Amendment to Original Proclamation (March 24, 2020): https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf

10. WA Essential Critical Infrastructure (following Governor’s Proclamation), March 23, 2020: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6817901-FINAL-WA-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure.html

11. Governor’s Proclamation (March 23, 2020): https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/20-25%20Coronovirus%20Stay%20Safe-Stay%20Healthy%20%28tmp%29%20%28002%29.pdf

12. Clallam County Emergency Proclamation (March 17, 2020): http://websrv7.clallam.net/forms/uploads/ci20200318135302.pdf

More COVID-19 information

1. Gov. Inslee’s additional guidance on construction, golf and photography

2. Guidance for graduation ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic

3. Information from the CDC on keeping your pets healthy during COVID-19

4. Business reopening guidance from State of Washington:

5. Workplace and employer resource, recommendations from the Washington Department of Health

6. From the Governor’s Office a Phase 1 – Higher Education and Critical Infrastructure Workforce Training Restart COVID-19 Requirements Link

7. Link to the Governor’s Risk Assessment Dashboard

8. Department of Health COVID-19: DOH COVID-19 Page

9. Center for Disease Control and Prevention

10. King County Information: King County COVID-19 Information

11. World Health Organization: Novel Coronavirus 2019

12. Harvard Medical School’s coronavirus answers

13. Washington State Coronavirus Response

14. American Veterinary Association Facts for Pet Owners

15. Peninsula Daily News and Sequim Gazette current updates (now free for all COVID-19 related items).

16. Department of Natural Resources closures

17. Link to Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department religious observance advisory

18. Small Business Administration (SBA)

19. Olympic Agency on Aging and COVID-19

20. Public health recommendations for bleach dilution

21. University of WA study on predicted peak COVID-19 Peak Infection Data

22. Salish Regional Toll-Free Crisis Line that serves Clallam, Jefferson and Kitsap counties

23. Washington State Prioritization Guidelines for Allocation of PPE

24. Washington State PPE Conservation Strategies

25. Bloodworks Northwest blood donations

26. National Institute of Health (NIH) study on length of time the COVID-19 virus may remain on surfaces

27. COVID-19 Federal Resource Matrix for Rural Communities

28. Farmer’s Markets are essential businesses

29. Peninsula Behavioral Health

30. WHO recommendations for wearing masks.

31. Washington Health Plan Finder

32. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) guidance to the public transportation industry

33. Washington Connection: for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child care, Long-Term Care and Medicare Savings Programs

34. Information from the FDA regarding current COVID-19 Antibody testing

35. United Way 211 support website

36. Seniors needing help with meals

37. Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

38. Public Health Seattle King County’s blog, Public Health Insider

39. Guide to Responsible Recreation: Healthy Recreation Informational Poster

40. Free available wifi on the North Olympic Peninsula

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