Our Yakima community is facing COVID‑19, or the novel coronavirus, together. Take action now to protect your family and our community. This site offers guidance on how you can help reduce the spread of COVID‑19.
How can you keep yourself and others safe?
The Yakima Health District says the best approach is to act as though you already have the virus.
- Stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.
- Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds each time, cover your cough, and sanitize surfaces.
- If you must go out, stay at least 6 feet away from others and wear a cloth face mask to limit the spread of the virus.
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COVID-19 Prevention for Employers of Agriculture Industries and Packhouses: English
Thank you for doing your part.
The COVID‑19 virus spreads through droplets in the air from coughing or sneezing. These droplets can be inhaled or get on your hands and spread when you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
If you come into contact with the virus, you can spread it to others—and they can pass it along—without even knowing it.
If you have questions regarding your health, or the health of a loved one, please contact your medical provider.
If you, or a loved one, are having trouble breathing or experiencing other emergency symptoms contact 9-1-1 immediately.
Quick Facts About COVID‑19:
- The best way to stop the spread of the virus is to stay home and eliminate the risk of being exposed.
- COVID‑19 is likely more contagious and more deadly than the seasonal flu.
- COVID‑19 is more dangerous for older or vulnerable populations but can impact young, healthy individuals.
- Most individuals can recover at home, but others may experience severe illness.
- If you have severe symptoms, like difficulty breathing, go to the hospital.
- Testing for COVID‑19 is currently reserved for only those with severe illness to determine the course of treatment.
- Someone who is infected but shows no symptoms can still transmit COVID‑19, so everyone should take steps to avoid bringing it home to others.
- You should avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
- Soap breaks down the fatty exterior of the COVID‑19 virus, so washing your hands helps destroy the virus.
- The virus can live on surfaces, so sanitizing surfaces can stop it from spreading.
- COVID‑19 is likely to be active in the Yakima Valley throughout the month of April and possibly longer.
- It’s okay to be outside, but avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
- Medical masks should be saved for medical personnel, so follow these instructions to make a cloth face mask.
- Face masks should have multiple layers and fit close to your face without gaps.
- When you are done wearing your mask, carefully place it into the wash and wash your hands.
- The Alien Emergency Medical (AEM) program helps those without immigration status obtain healthcare. Learn more.
- Receiving help from the AEM program does not affect your ability to get a green card or take the citizenship test.
- Nearly every WA worker is eligible for paid sick leave. Learn more.