COVID-19 General Information

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first identified in China in December 2019 and has since spread to other countries, including the U.S.

A confirmed case of novel coronavirus 2019 in Snohomish County -- the first case identified in the U.S. -- was announced January 21, 2020. The patient had recently traveled to Wuhan, China. He has since fully recovered.

Many additional confirmed or presumptive positive cases have been reported since then, and health measures have been put into place to reduce the spread of illness. Updates to case counts are provided on our case counts page.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. This virus causes respiratory illness. Severity of the illness varies.

It is important to remember that, while this virus was first identified in China, it is not linked to any ethnic or racial group. We encourage you to monitor reliable news sources and this website as well as the Snohomish Health District’s social media channels. You can also call the hotline operated by the Washington State Department of Health if you have questions. That number is 1-800-525-0127 and press #. 



Snohomish County Response to COVID-19 briefings (remote)

Archive of previous briefings and press conferences