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Gov. Inslee extends Stay Home, Stay Healthy order

TACOMA, Wash.—Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in Pierce County. Since we announced the county’s first case on March 6, the total has climbed to 498 cases as of April 2, including seven deaths. Today, April 2, Gov. Inslee extended statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy order to May 4 to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“COVID-19 is widespread in our communities,” said Anthony L-T Chen, MD, MPH. “Social distancing and limits on contact with others are essential to see progress in slowing the disease spread,” Chen said.

If you need non-urgent medical care, check with your healthcare provider to see about virtual care options. If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have symptoms—fever, cough, shortness of breath—contact your healthcare provider to see if you need to be tested.

People at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19—60 and over, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions—can benefit from less time around others who can potentially make them sick.

Outside is still an option.
You will not have to stay indoors 24/7. You can still go out to run errands or go for a walk. When you are out and about, be sure to practice social distancing—stay six feet away from people not in your household.

People exempt from the order include:

Healthcare workers.
First responders.
Law enforcement.
Others who perform critical functions—store clerks, gas station attendants, public utilities, bus drivers, etc.

Restaurants that offer takeout and deliveries only may remain open. They must continue to follow standard food safety practices, maintain social distancing, and keep their dining rooms closed to comply with the governor’s previous order.

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation.
You and your family have safe options to stay socially connected. More time together at home means you can get creative about how to stay busy and have fun. Technology allows you to have video and voice conferencing with loved ones. Read more about how to maintain your social connections.

For up to date information and resources about the COVID-19 pandemic, go to www.tpchd.org/coronavirus.

About Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s mission is to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. As part of our mission, the Health Department tackles known and emerging health risks through policy, programs and treatment to protect public health. We are one of roughly 244 accredited health departments in the country and among six in the state to have met or exceeded the Public Health Accreditation Board’s quality standards. Learn more at www.tpchd.org.

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