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Some recommendations on reducing risk of exposure to COVID-19

We know everyone is concerned about the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Washington state right now. We know that there is an inclination in our sector to push through even when we don’t feel well. We urge everyone to be extra judicious and to exercise caution during this time.

RVC is closely monitoring all updates from the CDC, the Washington State Department of Health, and King County Public Health, and we are following their recommendations for reducing risk of exposure to best keep our team, partners, and communities safe.

We ask that all employees and visitors to our offices wash their hands before entering the office and please stay home if they are not feeling well or are at higher risk for serious illness. If you have any concerns about coming into our office, please contact us at 206-436-9536. We are happy to reschedule any appointments or move meetings to a virtual setting.

If our office hours change at all, we will announce that through social media, email, and on our website.

Below are some recommendations from King County Public Health and the CDC on how to slow the spread of germs.

  • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:
    • People 60 and older
    • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
    • People who have weakened immune systems
    • People who are pregnant
  • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness
  • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
  • All people should not go out when they are sick.

More information from King County Public Health can be found here.

The CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces..
  • 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.

More information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 can be found here.

Additional guidance and resources on COVID-19 including fact sheets in several languages can be found here.

Anti-stigma resources

We are aware of reports of discrimination against Asians in connection to COVID-19. This is unacceptable and contrary to our values of racial equity and social justice. Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information. COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. King County Public Health has provided resources to address and prevent discrimination.

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