First Coronavirus Cases Announced in King County

The first presumptive positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases have occurred in King County, including one death. Covington Emergency Management has been in contact with county, state and local partners and continues to monitor the situation. There are no suspected cases in the Covington area at this time, but we wanted to share details and resources so we can all do our part to prepare and lessen the negative effects on our community.

What actions can you take to reduce your risk?
Personal hygiene:
  • More hand washing; less face touching. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer covering all surfaces of the hands and rubbing them together until dry will decrease risk that the virus is transmitted to you or other people. 
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.  
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others. 
Be prepared at home:
  • Have a plan to care for family members should they get sick or schools/offices be closed.
  • Know your workplace telecommute options and school/daycare policies.
  • Stock up on food supplies and prescription medications now, so you don’t have to leave your home if you or someone in your household becomes infected.

Information and resources are updated frequently and can be found at

A public hotline has been set up by Washington State Dept of Health for individuals seeking information about their personal situation: 800-525-0127.