This COVID-19 update contains information to help you stay informed and safe.
King County Public Health COVID –19 Dashboard
Accurate data has been one of the cornerstones of our COVID-19 response, helping us inform policy decisions and identify communities most directly impacted by the virus. The latest metrics and trends can be found on the King County Public Health Dashboard.
King County Public Health Advice
Given an unprecedented surge in viral respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza and COVID-19, King County Health officials recommend that everyone wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when around others in indoor spaces to protect against both acquiring and spreading these infections to others.
COVID-19 and BC
If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19:
- You may come to campus; however, you must wear a high-quality mask at all times.
- Complete the Isolation & Exposure Calculator on the CDC isolation page.
- Follow the CDC isolation guidance.
- Read the FDA information on how to use a home antigen test or get a lab test.
- Watch for symptoms: fever (100.4°F or greater), runny nose, sore throat, cough, and other COVID-19 symptoms.
If you test positive for COVID-19:
- Submit a COVID Report as soon as possible so we can provide timely information to the campus.
- If you are experiencing any of the listed symptoms of COVID-19:
- Stay home or go home immediately.
- Take a COVID-19 test.
A Word About Masks at BC
As mentioned above, health experts are recommending that masks be worn in indoor spaces to protect against both acquiring and spreading these infections to others. It’s important to remember that we are a community at BC. We need to look out for each other. When it comes to COVID-19, there are those in our community and families who are more at risk than others.
You may find yourself in a situation at BC where you are asked to wear a mask. If you can wear a mask, please do so. It’s a small request, and your support will be appreciated. If you are meeting with someone who is already wearing a mask, consider putting on a mask or asking them if they would like you to wear a mask.
If you are asking someone to wear a mask, remember these suggestions:
- Be respectful and non-threatening when you make your request. Shaming someone or telling them what to do will likely backfire.
- If possible, try to quietly speak with the individual in private. This should help immensely.
- The Harvard Business Review has additional tips on the subject. It’s worth a read.
- The best protection is to get vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people are helping reduce COVID-19 in the community.
- Get teste if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive.
- If you test positive for COVID-19 or are at higher risk from the disease, getting COVID treatment early can help to protect from severe illness and hospitalization. Ask your healthcare provider to see if treatment is recommended for you.
- If you and your family members are vaccinated but haven’t received your booster yet – do not delay. Everyone ages 12 and older should get an updated booster after completing their primary vaccine series AND at least 2 months since the last vaccine or booster dose.
Additional information on the above topics can be found here.
Official State Information
Guidance about COVID-19 continues to evolve. Here are some additional websites to help you stay informed:
- Washington State Department of Health Coronavirus
- Public Health Seattle and King County Coronavirus Disease
- Public Health Seattle and King County Health Blog
As always – stay well,
The Flu Team
Last Updated July 19, 2023