Coronavirus - Accordion

For current information about COVID-19 and recommendations for keeping yourself and your family healthy, we recommend these resources:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Seattle & King County Public Health
Snohomish Health District

If you have questions, please call the Washington State Department of Health at 1.800.525.0127

If you have overseas travel plans, we encourage you to visit the CDC travel site.

Our 24-Hour Nurse Navigator – Healthline is a free service available any time of day and night. Our consulting nurse service provides home care information, and can help determine if urgent care or emergency care are called for. Call 425.899.3555 with specific questions about COVID-19.

Children, those over age 60 and those with existing chronic health conditions or compromised immunity should take extra precautions in remaining vigilant of symptoms and taking preventive measures.
As status of this virus continues to evolve across our nation, the following information is intended to provide context to the rate of infection for COVID-19:
  • 1 person out of 200 people who are exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, will become COVID-19 positive (0.5% transmission rate in the general public)
  • If you are in close contact with a person who is COVID-19 positive (such as living with a person who has tested positive), your likelihood of contracting the infection is 10%
  • 80% of the population may experience mild symptoms, such as fever or flu-like symptoms that they treat at home
  • 15% may seek medical care, such as visiting an Urgent Care or Emergency Department
  • 5% may require critical care, meaning being admitted as an inpatient
  • 1.6% of confirmed cases (confirmed cases representing between 5-10% of all infections in the community) will die
  • There is an incubation period of 2-14 days, meaning the period between exposure to an infection and the appearance of the first symptoms, the average case being 2-8 days
  • A vaccine is estimated to be developed in about 9-12 months

The same good health habits that prevent other viruses like the flu also prevent the spread of COVID-19. They also decrease the risk of getting sick, which would make you more susceptible to COVID-19.

These include:

  • Stay home when you are sick (fever, cough, cold).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If your hands are visibly dirty, always wash them with soap and water.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze into your arm.  If you use a tissue, discard the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (door handles, light switches) and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.

The likelihood of exposure from visiting the Kirkland campus for an appointment or to see a patient is a similar risk of exposure we experience every cold and flu season in our communities.

As always, it is important to remain vigilant in recognizing any symptoms and seek care immediately if symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are present. Please visit www.cdc.gov to learn more about symptoms and when to seek care.

At this time, appointments will continue as scheduled. Should there be any changes to your appointment or a different recommendation from your physician, we will notify you as soon as possible.

If you’re in need of canceling an appointment, please contact your physician’s office directly.

If you’re experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please stay home, limit your exposure to other people and monitor symptoms. If symptoms progress, please call 425.899.3555 before visiting EvergreenHealth.

While COVID-19 is new, our response is not. EvergreenHealth treats patients with a variety of infectious diseases on a daily basis. These patients are isolated and treated in appropriate spaces by trained staff using specialized equipment. We are trained and equipped to safely care for these patients and to protect the health of other patients and our staff.

According to the CDC, the most susceptible patients to date are more senior members of our community and primarily those with compromised immunity.

We encourage you to talk to your personal OB about your concerns and options.

At this time, we continue to welcome visitors. However, if you have a fever or a cough, please return home and visit us when you are well. Children and those with existing health conditions or compromised immunity should take extra caution and consideration for visiting any areas in the community linked to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As always, it is important to remain vigilant in recognizing any symptoms and seeking care when appropriate. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to learn more about symptoms and when to seek care.

Classes scheduled at EvergreenHealth are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis. If a class is canceled, attendees will be contacted directly to confirm.
EvergreenHealth’s Infection Control team continues to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation worldwide and at home. Our focus, always, is on illness prevention, and that remains at the core of our response to this and all health risks.