Washington state public health officials have broadened their guidelines to say that everyone who has Covid19 symptomsor in close contact with a person suffering from the disease should be tested as soon as possible.
- Previously, due to supply shortages, officials had prioritized testing for healthcare providers, first aiders, and those most at risk of serious illness. But now the supply of test kits and personal protective equipment is increasing, which has prompted the Washington State Department of Health to do so Expand the criteria for who should be tested.
- Public Health Guidelines – Seattle & King County say the main symptoms are cough or shortness of breath. People should call their doctor if they experience these symptoms or two or more of the following symptoms: fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle aches, headaches, sore throats, loss of taste or smell.
- Symptomatic people should isolate themselves before they are tested – and those who have been in close contact should also be tested, even if they have no symptoms. Most tests are done by healthcare providers. However, if you do not have one to take the test, call King County's COVID-19 call center at 206-477-3977 or Check the websites on the Public Health Insider blog.