Social Distancing and Quarantine: What You Need to Know

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Practice Social Distancing

Changing our behavior is never easy. But keeping more space between yourself and others can help keep disease from spreading. While this is going around, you should stay at least six feet away from other people. Depending on what kind of work you do, you may be able to telecommute or come into the office at a different time than usual to avoid the morning rush. Look at spacing people further apart and having fewer people in a room. It might make sense for you to meet with people individually instead of as a group. You may be able to cancel or postpone large events or offer distance or online options. Limit travel, and, of course, avoid close contact with those who are sick.

Who has to quarantine themselves at home?

There’s a lot of information on who has to quarantine at home and when. It can be confusing, but let’s walk through it:

You have a cough and a fever

  • AND you have had a test and actually been diagnosed with COVID-19, you need to stay home away from people for 7 days or until 72 hours after your fever and symptoms are gone, whichever is longer.

You feel fine

  • BUT you have had close contact with a sick person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Please monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.

Stay tuned to our blog for more information on how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Daily update on COVID-19 case numbers

Our Department of Health COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with the number of people confirmed to have positive cases and the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Washington State. As of this writing, 267 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19, and 24 have died of the disease. We are very likely to see more people with COVID-19 identified in the coming days.

Get and spread reliable information on COVID-19

This blog update is current as of the day it is posted, but information changes rapidly. Please check our website for the most up-to-date info on Washington’s response to COVID-19 at

Fight stigma, public panic, and misinformation by getting your information from trusted sources. Listen to guidance from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and your local health department.

Contact us

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state, start by visiting our website. Public can contact our call center 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1–800–525–0127.

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From the Washington State Department of Health

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From the Washington State Department of Health

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