COVID – 19 INFORMATION and RESOURCES
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- General information This page contains information about The Covid-19 response at the local, federal, and national level. It also has advice on how to protect yourself.
- Social distancing, and practicing good hygiene are essential to protect yourself. This page will help you do that. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for twenty seconds.
- This page contains a list of King County Call Centers for Coronavirus(Covid-19)
- This page contains a list of Covid-19 testing centers in our area.
- This page contains information to help people with disAbilites cope with Covid-19.
- This page contains information on how to obtain Food to eat during The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic.
- Shopping This page contains shopping hours for stores in our area.
- This page contains resources for for employment and Covid-19.
- this page has resources for information on how Covid-19 affects Housing.
- Internet Resources find help maintaining your Internet service.
- Help with Utilities
- This page contains resources to help Kids and youth cope with Covid-19.
- This page contains Resources for our undocumented neighbors in Seattle and King County.
- Find on-line resources for your Schooling.
- This page explains how Covid-19 affects transportation in our area.
- This page will help you find Medical Testing Centers and other services in our area.
- Many organizations are in need of Donations at this time. Please consider taking the opportunity to help others.
- This page has resources for fighting Sexual Assault in The Age of Coronavirus (Covid-19)
- Resources for those with low income.
- Here are other resources you might find useful.
TIPS FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING, QUARANTINE, AND ISOLATION
DURING AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAK
What Is Social Distancing?
Social distancing is a way to keep people from
interacting closely or frequently enough to spread
an infectious disease. Schools and other gathering
places such as movie theaters may close, and sports
events and religious services may be cancelled.
What Is Quarantine?
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement
of people who have been exposed to a contagious
disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long
enough to ensure the person has not contracted
an infectious disease
What Is Isolation?
Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease
by separating people who are sick from those who
are not. It lasts as long as the disease is contagious.
In the event of an infectious disease outbreak,
local officials may require the public to take
measures to limit and control the spread of the
disease. This tip sheet provides information about
social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.
The government has the right to enforce federal
and state laws related to public health if people
within the country get sick with highly contagious
diseases that have the potential to develop into
outbreaks or pandemics.
This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts
you may have during and after social distancing,
quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways
to care for your behavioral health during these
experiences and provides resources for more help.
What To Expect: Typical Reactions
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations
such as an infectious disease outbreak that
requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation.
People may feel:
- Anxiety, worry, or fear related to:
Your own health status
- The health status of others whom you may
have exposed to the disease
- The resentment that your friends and family
may feel if they need to go into quarantine
as a result of contact with you
- The experience of monitoring yourself, or
being monitored by others for signs and
symptoms of the disease
- Time taken off from work and the potential
loss of income and job security
- The challenges of securing things you need,
such as groceries and personal care items
- Concern about being able to effectively care
for children or others in your care
- Uncertainty or frustration about how long
you will need to remain in this situation, and
uncertainty about the future
- Loneliness associated with feeling cut off
from the world and from loved ones
- Anger if you think you were exposed to the
disease because of others’ negligence
- Boredom and frustration because you
may not be able to work or engage in regular
- Uncertainty or ambivalence about the situation
- A desire to use alcohol or drugs to cope
- Symptoms of depression, such as feelings
of hopelessness, changes in appetite, or
sleeping too little or too much
- Symptoms of post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD), such as intrusive
distressing memories, flashbacks (reliving
the event), nightmares, changes in thoughts
and mood, and being easily startled
If you or a loved one experience any of these
reactions for 2 to 4 weeks or more, contact your
health care provider or one of the resources at
the end of this tip sheet.
Ways To Support Yourself During
Social Distancing, Quarantine, and
- UNDERSTAND THE RISK
Consider the real risk of harm to yourself and
others around you. The public perception of risk
during a situation such as an infectious disease
outbreak is often inaccurate. Media coverage may
create the impression that people are in immediate
danger when really the risk for infection may be
very low. Take steps to get the facts:
- Stay up to date on what is happening, while
limiting your media exposure. Avoid watching
or listening to news reports 24/7 since this tends
to increase anxiety and worry. Remember that
children are especially affected by what they
hear and see on television.
- Look to credible sources for information on the
infectious disease outbreak
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027
World Health Organization
Regional Office for the Americas of the World
525 23rd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
- BE YOUR OWN ADVOCATE
Speaking out about your needs is particularly
important if you are in quarantine, since you
may not be in a hospital or other facility where
your basic needs are met. Ensure you have what
you need to feel safe, secure, and comfortable.
- Work with local, state, or national health
officials to find out how you can arrange for
groceries and toiletries to be delivered to
your home as needed.
- Inform health care providers or health
authorities of any needed medications and
work with them to ensure that you continue
to receive those medications.
- Educate Yourself
Health care providers and health authorities should
provide information on the disease, its diagnosis,
- Do not be afraid to ask questions
Clear communication with a health care provider
may help reduce any distress associated with
social distancing, quarantine, or isolation.
- Ask a family member or friend to obtain
information in the event that you are unable
to secure this information on your own.
- WORK WITH YOUR EMPLOYER TO REDUCE
If you’re unable to work during this time, you
may experience stress related to your job status
or financial situation
- Provide your employer with a clear explanation
of why you are away from work.
- Contact the U.S. Department of Labor tollfree
at 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243)
about the Family and Medical Leave Act
(FMLA), which allows U.S. employees up to
12 weeks of unpaid leave for serious medical
conditions, or to care for a family member
with a serious medical condition.
- Contact your utility providers, cable and
Internet provider, and other companies from
whom you get monthly bills to explain your
situation and request alternative bill payment
arrangements as needed.
CONNECT WITH OTHERS
Reaching out to people you trust is one of
the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression,
loneliness, and boredom during social distancing,
quarantine, and isolation. You can:
- Use the telephone, email, text messaging,
and social media to connect with friends,
family, and others.
- Talk “face to face” with friends and loved
ones using Skype or FaceTime.
- If approved by health authorities and your
health care providers, arrange for your friends
and loved ones to bring you newspapers,
movies, and books.
- Sign up for emergency alerts via text or email
to ensure you get updates as soon as they
- Call SAMHSA’s free 24-hour Disaster Distress
Helpline at 1-800-985-5990, if you feel lonely
or need support.
- Use the Internet, radio, and television to keep
up with local, national, and world events
- If you need to connect with someone
because of an ongoing alcohol or drug
problem, consider calling your local
Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics
- Use the telephone, email, text messaging,
- TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR
If you are in a medical facility, you may have
access to health care providers who can answer
your questions. However, if you are quarantined
at home, and you’re worried about physical
symptoms you or your loved ones may be
experiencing, call your doctor or other health
- Ask your provider whether it would be possible
to schedule remote appointments via Skype
or FaceTime for mental health, substance
use, or physical health needs.
- In the event that your doctor is unavailable and
you are feeling stressed or are in crisis, call
the hotline numbers listed at the end of this tip
sheet for support.
- USE PRACTICAL WAYS TO COPE AND RELAX
- Relax your body often by doing things that work
for you—take deep breaths, stretch, meditate
or pray, or engage in activities you enjoy.
- Pace yourself between stressful activities
- and do something fun after a hard task.
- Talk about your experiences and feelings to
loved ones and friends, if you find it helpful.
- Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking;
consider keeping a journal where you write
down things you are grateful for or that are
Sources for Reliable Outbreak-
Ask for written information when available
- Stay up to date on what is happening, while
After Social Distancing,
Quarantine, or Isolation
You may experience mixed emotions, including
a sense of relief. If you were isolated because
you had the illness, you may feel sadness or
anger because friends and loved ones may have
unfounded fears of contracting the disease from
contact with you, even though you have been
determined not to be contagious.
The best way to end this common fear is to learn
about the disease and the actual risk to others.
Sharing this information will often calm fears in
others and allow you to reconnect with them.
If you or your loved ones experience symptoms
of extreme stress—such as trouble sleeping,
problems with eating too much or too little,
inability to carry out routine daily activities, or
using drugs or alcohol to cope—speak to a
health care provider or call one of the hotlines
listed to the right for a referral.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions
such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel
like you want to harm yourself or someone
else, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention
Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline
Toll-Free: 1-800-985-5990 (English and español)
SMS: Text TalkWithUs to 66746
SMS (español): “Hablanos” al 66746
Website (English): http://www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
Website (español): http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Toll-Free (English): 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Toll-Free (español): 1-888-628-9454
TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)
Website (English): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Website (español): http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/”
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center
*Note: Inclusion or mention of a resource in this fact sheet does not imply endorsement
by the Center for Mental Health Services, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
HHS Publication No. SMA-14-4894
Toll-Free: 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) | Info@samhsa.hhs.gov | http://store.samhsa.gov