For public health updates and a list of COVID-19 resources, CLICK HERE.
Updated Thursday, 3/12/20 — Our staff is working remotely and our office will be closed for at least two weeks, starting Monday 3/16. We are working to support our partner organizations as best we can, starting with an ‘Open Office Hour’ on Friday, 3/13 [click here for slides].
Monday, 3/9/20 — North Sound ACH continues to monitor health updates around the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our region and across the country. Our Leadership Team met March 6 to discuss next steps to address this emerging situation. Following the advice of public health officials, to prioritize everyone’s health and safety, and out of an abundance of caution, we will institute the following:
- We are eliminating all in-person site visits with our partners, in-person convenings and meetings that require attendees to come to our office, until further notice. Our team will optimize the use of Zoom audio/video conferencing for meetings.
- We have several staff that are considered to be at higher risk, so we expect that our team will work to limit exposure by abiding to current public health recommendations.
- At this point the physical office will be open next week for staff. With that said, there is a chance that updated conditions will necessitate us moving to working remotely in the future.
We recommend the following sites for updated information and announcements:
- Your local health department
- Kaiser Permanente – Novel coronavirus COVID-19
- CDC – Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- WA Department of Health Updates – https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus (they have fact sheets in 11 languages!)
Looking for something simpler, say for young people or family members? NPR published a piece using a cartoonist called “Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus”. Click here to check it out. It is as useful for adults as it is for youth.
We are grateful to our colleagues in King county who shared this reminder and link:
“Pay special attention to the unintended consequences of this situation as it relates to stigma, unconscious bias and the adverse behavioral health implications resulting from distancing and social isolation. We encourage you to work with your staff, family, friends and communities to support one another. You can help address these unintended consequences by providing accurate information and taking affirmative steps to address any bias, stereotypes and/or stigma that you observe as our community experiences this situation.”