COVID-19 Update

Posted on 03/03/2020

COVID-19 Update

The City of Mill Creek is receiving constant updates regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Snohomish Health District officials are maintaining contact with representatives from all cities and towns in Snohomish County about the latest developments regarding the virus.

Current information from the health district is located here.

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

The City of Mill Creek highly recommends that residents prepare for potential exposure.

The risk that you might be exposed to COVID-19 will increase with time. Upon exposure, most people will experience only mild illness, but measures can be taken to slow the spread of the disease. And prevent exposure to those who are at greater risk. 

The Centers for Disease Control recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:

  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. 
  • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Hygiene for objects and surfaces: Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects including cell phones

Routine use of these measures by individuals and their families will increase community resilience and readiness for responding to an outbreak.

We can all help to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

  • Plan for ways that you can help take care of people who are at greater risk for serious illness, such as people with chronic health conditions or people over 65.
  • Talk with your neighbors, and plan for ways you can help take care of one another, such as dropping off groceries on their doorstep or taking turns with childcare.

Plan for the possibility of social distancing.  At this time, local and state officials are not recommending a ban on large public gatherings. It is possible that in order to slow the spread of disease large events may be cancelled and schools may be temporarily closed.

What parents can do now to plan for the possibility of school closures:

  • Plan alternative childcare arrangements for children in case school is dismissed. Talk to neighbors or other parents in your child’s school about sharing childcare duties if your children are well but the school is closed.
  • Avoid having children congregate in large groups during school closures.
  • School closures may also affect the ability of parents and caregivers to go to work. Talk to your employer about policies for working from home or shifting work schedules if schools are dismissed.

What employers can do now to protect their workforce from a COVID-19 outbreak:

All employers should be ready to implement strategies to protect their workforce from COVID-19 while ensuring continuity of operations. During a COVID-19 outbreak, all sick employees should stay home and away from the workplace, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene should be encouraged, and routine cleaning of commonly touched surfaces should be performed regularly.