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View Our Interactive DCHS COVID-19 Response “A Year in Review Timeline”

We were the first A little over a year ago, King County became the first U.S. epicenter of an unprecedented global pandemic that robbed us of over 550,000 human lives in this country alone. Many know people affected by the disease. And some of us remember those among the more than half-million who died from…

Early Support for Infants and Toddlers Services During COVID-19

Shared from: Best Starts for Kids Best Starts for Kids has made an incredible impact on supporting children with developmental delays, and their families, by investing in Early Support for Infants and Toddlers (ESIT). Best Starts Prenatal to Five investments have supported 44% growth in the ESIT program over the past 5 years. ESIT provides services…

Former Metro drivers take on new role as King County Health Ambassadors to slow the spread of COVID-19

Fatigue from months of quarantine and welcome summer weather have spurred an alarming rise in COVID-19 infection rates compared to early Spring, making it more difficult than ever to observe public health guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19. Taking quick action, King County is launching a new COVID Health Ambassador Program next week to…

Thank you notes from hotel guests

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 in people experiencing homelessness

From Leo Flor, Director of the Department of Community and Human Services. No new cases of COVID-19 overnight in the homeless community. For the first time in over a month, Public Health—Seattle & King County’s overnight case count report found no new cases of COVID-19 reported among people experiencing homelessness in King County. The first…

Phone donation gives instant access to mental health support in isolation/quarantine

When King County opened its first isolation/quarantine site this March in Kent as part of its emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis, the need to support guests’ mental health in addition to their physical health was immediately revealed as a top priority. "It would be challenging for anyone to isolate or quarantine in a hotel…

How King County is Supporting Residents Experiencing Homelessness

Action Steps: Supporting King County residents experiencing homelessness Three agencies are closely coordinating efforts for King County: Public Health-Seattle & King County (PHSKC) and its Healthcare for the Homeless Network (HCHN) and Environment Health DivisionKing County through the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Facilities Management Division (FMD), and METROCity of Seattle’s Human Services…