Protect your health this Labor Day weekend


Contact: DOH Communications

Public inquiries: State COVID-19 Assistance Hotline, 1-800-525-0127

OLYMPIA – With hospital capacity stressed statewide and health care resources stretched nationally, take steps to reducing your chance of needing emergency care. Keep these safety tips in mind this weekend:

Masks are required in indoor public spaces, and strongly recommended at crowded outdoor events, where you cannot physically distance, regardless of vaccination status. Many counties and businesses may have stricter mask requirements than what has been outlined by the state. Know the local requirements if you travel somewhere.

“Enjoy yourselves this holiday weekend, but please be aware of your risk,” said Secretary of Health, Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. “Our hospital system is stressed and our emergency departments and ICUs are full. We encourage everyone to do their part by being careful - this is the best way to help support our healthcare system.”

To help reduce impact to emergency departments, consider visiting an urgent care clinic instead if you need medical attention for a non-serious injury or illness. Check to see if your insurance offers a nurse helpline to help assess non-urgent care needs.

Vaccination reduces your chances of becoming seriously sick or hospitalized. Visit Vaccine Locator, text your zip code to GETVAX (438829) or VACUNA (822862) to receive addresses of nearby available vaccination sites, or call 833-VAX-HELP.

If you need COVID-19 testing, visit https://doh.wa.gov/testing to find a test near you or call the COVID-19 hotline 1-800-525-0127, then press #.

DOH is working with state, federal, and private partners to mitigate Washington’s health care surge by accessing additional volunteer and contracted resources, coordinating information sharing, and supporting efforts to shift patients to healthcare facilities that can best support their care. 

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