Whidbey Island isn’t alone. Everyone, especially in the western part of Washington State, is talking about coronavirus, whether they are sick, going to get sick, or are simply sick of hearing about it. Rather than add to the commentary or gossip or speculation, here are some official notices and resources. Yes, this may not be as casual as some of the other posts; but sometimes it is useful to clear away the chaotic clutter – even if it is to only find official clutter.
“On March 2, 2020 the Board of Island County Commissioners formally declared a state of emergency for all of Island County relative to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).” – Island County Public Works, Department of Emergency Management
Declaring a state of emergency is prudent, the earlier the better, and if things go well, it may seem like an over-reaction – which is far better than acting too little too late.
Whidbey Health established a site for : Update on Corona Virus and Guidelines. They include a reminder that;
“Most people who get sick with COVID-19 will only be mildly ill. In that case, stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and rest.” – Whidbey Health
Island County Public Health also posted an impressive set of links with some news: COVID-19 Community Guidance.
Going up another layer of government, Washington State Department of Health’s site is also extensive, and probably a source for some of the content on the other sites. Of particular note is;
“The call center will be available from 6am-10pm 7 days a week at 1-800-525-0127.”
Also, don’t be surprised that the number is busy. People have lots of questions.
Coronavirus is something to take seriously. Oddly, much of the advice has less to do with exotic treatments or extreme measures and has more to do with things we should all do every day anyway: wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home if you feel sick, consult a doctor if you have questions.
At least this is an opportunity to review those emergency preparedness kits. We may put them together for earthquakes, but they can come in handy for other things, too. Now, about having a cabin on acreage with a well-stocked pantry, larder, liquor cabinet, and wine collection…oh yeah, and a tall stack of books and a good internet connection.