What Does the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order Mean for Businesses and Individuals?

March 25, 2020

On March 23, Governor Inslee issued a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order that will last for a minimum of two weeks. The order requires everyone in Washington state to stay at home, except while performing the following activities:

  • Doing an essential activity such as shopping for groceries or going to a medical appointment.
  • Getting takeout food (including food deliveries).
  • Going to work at an essential business.
  • Going outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained.
  • Understanding what it means to “stay at home.”

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Shop for You, Shop for Others

March 23, 2020

As you prepare to stay home more, to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may have noticed shortages at the grocery stores. People are stocking up on food, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, gloves and, for some reason, toilet paper. Grocers say these shortages are mainly due to consumer overstocking, not a disrupted supply chain. The problem with overstocking is that while we may get more than enough things for our own family, we aren’t leaving necessary supplies for others, including first responders, health care workers, and our most vulnerable neighbors. 

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Making Social Distancing Work in Everyday Life

March 19, 2020

On March 16, state and federal government officials took strong steps to try to protect the public’s health and slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor Inslee announced an emergency proclamation that requires the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities in Washington, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The order will be in place through March 31 and could be extended longer. President Trump also issued recommendations for Americans, titled ”15 Days to Slow the Spread.” The guidance strongly encourages social distancing, including avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. This is good advice, from the highest level, for people who are still considering gatherings or meeting with others.

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Preparing your Home for COVID-19

March 17, 2020

As more and more communities are impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all of us should consider creating a household plan to help protect our individual and family’s health. State and local health officials are working together to identify, evaluate, and monitor potential and confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington. Locally, Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) is meeting regularly with local leaders and government officials to take measures to protect the public’s health. Individuals also can play a role in this effort by creating and implementing their own household plan using the following checklists:

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Spotlight on Our Team: Malia Nogle, MPH

November 14, 2019

In each issue of the Epigram, we are pleased to introduce you to a member of the Disease Prevention and Response team at SRHD. In this issue we feature Epidemiologist, Malia Nogle, MPH. Malia works in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology program where she focuses on notifiable condition investigation, influenza surveillance, special pathogen emergency preparedness and response, community education, and more recently, served as the Epidemiology staff lead working with Spokane County Jail and Geiger Corrections to provide hepatitis A vaccine. Malia has been with SRHD since 2014 and previously worked in the Food Safety program.

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