NEW COVID-19 Page


New Today—Friday, Mar. 6

Patient Update
As of March 6, 11 a.m., there have been 29 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (confirmed by Washington state testing) at EvergreenHealth Medical Center and 12 patients have died.

*This information is updated daily at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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Our sincerest condolences go out to our patients’ families, and to all patients and loved ones who have been affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus).

EvergreenHealth’s Infection Control team continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation, both worldwide and in our local community. Our focus is on illness prevention, and we are committed to keeping patients, families and community members informed as circumstances evolve.

As we care for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, we are following the screening protocols and maintaining our standard infection control best practices throughout the health system.

We are incredibly proud of our dedicated physicians and staff, who have prepared accordingly, and acted with urgency and expert professionalism throughout these evolving circumstances—never wavering on our commitment to providing the best possible care in an environment of absolute safety.

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If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community and worldwide continue to grow, it’s important to understand the next steps you and your family should take if you or a loved one begin experiencing symptoms.

Please note, the following information is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Per the CDC:

The majority (80%) of patient have mild to moderate symptoms, with a small number developing severe symptoms (see statistics below).

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure*:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea

*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.

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 likelihood of exposure from public outings is a similar risk of exposure we experience every cold and flu season in our communities. Statistically, 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).

COVID-19 is now endemic, meaning that the virus is now considered to be regularly found in our region amongst our population.

As always, it is important to remain vigilant in recognizing any significant symptoms—particularly for those with heightened risk, including:

  • Individuals with pre-existing health conditions
  • Seniors
  • Those who are immunity compromised

If you are:

Experiencing mild-general symptoms consistent with a cold or the flu:

  • Stay home
  • Care for yourself as you normally would for a cold or the flu

Experiencing persistent fever, shortness of breath, or a worsening cough, contact your physician by phone. If you do not have a primary care physician, call EvergreenHealth’s 24-hour Nurse Navigator - Healthline to speak with a registered nurse at 425.899.3555.

Experiencing significant symptoms, go to the emergency room. 

Statistically, 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).

Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

In partnership with the CDC, we have updated our screening guidelines for COVID-19. We have halted performing nasopharyngeal testing in our outpatient clinics, including our urgent care locations.

Here’s why:
The CDC has determined that COVID-19 is now endemic, meaning that the virus is now considered to be regularly found in our region amongst our population. Previously, only individuals who had previously known risk factors (including history of travel, exposure to a confirmed case), were considered high risk for acquiring the disease. There is increased risk of transmission when performing any nasopharyngeal testing.

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Frequently asked questions

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 touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

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

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Washington State Department of Health
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 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.

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.

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.

Until further notice:

  • All health classes have been cancelled; you will be contacted about being scheduled in a later class or receiving a refund.
  • All childbirth education classes have been cancelled
  • All support groups have been cancelled

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