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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2020
CONTACT: Heather Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish Health District is continuing its expanded community-based testing operations.
Testing will continue to be available to those who are:
Registration is now open at www.snohd.org/drive-thru-testing.
Testing is one of the key pieces of the COVID-19 response, and it is something that has changed and expanded over time. Testing will continue to play a crucial role in reducing the spread of illness, responding to outbreaks, tracking this pandemic, and – ultimately – being able to reopen more of Snohomish County’s economy and activities.
COVID-19 testing is much more widely available now than it was in the early days of the pandemic. Snohomish County currently has more testing capacity than demand. In some ways, that can be good news, as it may signal that fewer people are in need of testing. But ideally, more people should be getting test to better track the status of COVID-19 in the community. It shapes the Health District’s understanding of this pandemic and informs efforts to curb the spread of this disease by isolating cases, identifying their contacts, and making sure they’re quarantined. To help answer some of those questions, the Health District has published a new blog: Who should be tested, how to get tested, and more.
The Health District worked with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to install a plug-in from their data dashboard, allowing data specific to Snohomish County to display directly in the Case Counts page. Within the next 1-2 weeks, a similar plug-in for the Phases and Risk Assessment Dashboard is anticipated to be added.
The Health District is still providing updates Monday-Friday of total confirmed, total probable, and a breakdown of cases by city. A weekly report is now being posted on Fridays, providing a more detail analysis of cases in Snohomish County from the prior week. The report for the week ending June 13 has now been posted.
A new addition today is a COVID activity snapshot that provides metrics aligned with the Phase 2 approval. These snapshots will also be updated on Fridays moving forward.
The community is encouraged to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information. This is a very fluid situation and information will be updated at www.snohd.org/ncov2019 and the Health District’s social media channels.