News for the Week of February 1
News highlights for the week of February 1.
Latest Numbers. DOH reported a total of 302,782 confirmed cases as of Feb. 3. There have been 4,416 COVID-19 deaths in WA. In Mercer Island, there have been 452 positive cases reported as of February 4. For that latest city and county data, click here.
Understanding Phase Finder and vaccine distribution. Are you eligible for vaccination but need help using Phase Finder? The Washington State Dept. of Health explains how their online tool works and what to do if you need additional help. Click here for more.
What are the side effects of COVID-19 vaccine? It is common to have mild side effects one to three days after getting the vaccine. Common side effects are tiredness, muscle pain, a sore arm, fever, headache, joint pain, chills, nausea, or vomiting. This is a sign that the vaccine is working. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness by clicking here.
New guidelines for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting for food establishments. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting are all similar but different ways to help prevent COVID-19. These guidelines can also be found on our COVID-19 resource page for food establishments under accordion menu item #4. Proper sanitation procedures. These guidelines are also available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese
Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.