CAMP MURRAY, WA- Recent data indicates Washingtonians are starting to see the positive effects of the stay home, stay healthy order. This means we’re all doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. While this is an encouraging sign, there is a critical caveat – our progress could easily be undone.
“Our current projections are built on the assumption that people will continue to follow physical distancing in their lives,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “The threat of this virus is just as deadly now as it was on March 23 when I directed Washingtonians to stay home and stay healthy”.
We’re seeing fewer infections than anticipated in our communities – a flattening of the curve - and it is critical that everyone maintain physical distancing and good hygiene behaviors in the weeks to come. The nice weather in parts of Washington makes it tempting to go outside in areas that crowd easily such as playgrounds or walking paths, but now is not the time.
“We need Washingtonians to keep up the good work because what we’re doing it is in fact working, but we can’t stop yet,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “The actions of one affect us all. Please stay home so that efforts to fight this deadly virus to date are not in vain.”
While Easter and Passover typically mean time spent with family, friends and one’s congregation, it’s important for all to remember to stay home and celebrate these important religious holidays with immediate household members. Faith-based communities may find Snohomish Health District’s recommendations for staying connected helpful during this time.
Remember, you can enjoy the sunshine by gardening, walking with members of your immediate household, or exercising in your yard. Get creative, but stay apart. Keep social connections alive by talking with your loved ones over the phone, social media and videoconference.
“Every effort we make to slow the spread of COVID-19 will decrease the stress on our health care system,” said Vice Admiral (ret.) Raquel Bono, M.D., Director, Washington State COVID-19 Health System Response Management. “While we have sent medical resources to other states, it is only after we have ensured that our collective Washington state health system response capability has been optimized in capacity and supplies. We must remain vigilant to sustain our gains.”
Please do your part, and remember that we are all in this together. Stay home. Stay healthy.