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In this update:
Taken together, these data provisionally suggest that COVID-19 transmission is decreasing in response to social distancing and containment efforts. Hospitalizations have not yet decreased and are likely to lag by 1-2 weeks. Although we are currently lacking in serologic studies to determine the prevalence of past infection and presumed (or at least transient) immunity, it seems unlikely that herd immunity is contributing to the decline. Therefore, any retreat on social distancing and containment efforts at this time would likely lead to a resurgence in cases and hospitalizations. While social distancing measure have imposed significant economic and psychosocial hardship on the community, sustaining their use remains necessary for the foreseeable future until conditions for their downgrading and contingency plans for any possible resurgence are in place. The Health District is engaged in discussions with the Washington State Department of Health and other local health jurisdictions about the maturation of control measures as the pandemic evolves. For additional information on pandemic projections from modeling, visit https://covid19.healthdata.org/.
In the meantime, the Health District urges your support in maintaining the community’s voluntary adherence to social distancing requirements and principles. In accord with Health Officer’s Order 20-62, we also ask you to advise patients as follows:
Snohomish County COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Facility
Key Criteria for Eligibility
Referring provider or referring agency responsibilities:
HIPAA & Telehealth during COVID-19 Emergency
A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients. OCR is exercising its enforcement discretion to not impose penalties for noncompliance with the HIPAA Rules in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth using such non-public facing audio or video communication products during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency. This exercise of discretion applies to telehealth provided for any reason, regardless of whether the telehealth service is related to the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions related to COVID-19.
Cloth Face Coverings
CDC is recommending use of cloth face coverings in community-based settings, especially when social distancing may be difficult to maintain or ensure.