We can all take these steps to safeguard our health.
Model and encourage healthy habits.
- Wear a multilayer face covering that fits snugly over your mouth and nose.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice physical distancing
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
- Get vaccinated and encourage others to do so.
- Get tested if you have symptoms, or have been exposed to someone who tests positive.
Help reduce anxiety and stigma about COVID-19.
Teach staff, volunteers, clients and guests how to protect themselves against illness. Worry and misunderstanding can create fear and mistrust. Disease can affect anyone. Use these resources to help reduce COVID-19 anxiety and stigma.
- Reducing Stigma, CDC.
- Coronavirus and stigma infographic, Public Health Seattle and King County.
Make sure staff, volunteers, clients and guests know where to find accurate information.
Point them to our website, Washington State Department of Health and CDC, including American Sign Language videos from the CDC and Department of Health.
Information and Tools for Homeless Shelter Providers
Review the following guidelines, checklists, and information:
- Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Homeless Service Providers, CDC.
- Guidance for Homeless Service Settings during COVID-19, DOH.
- Routine Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Guidelines for Shelters, Public Health Seattle & King County.
- Washington State Department of Health and Human Services.
- Washington State Department of Health.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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