Ways we can help you & COVID-19 Guidance Updates

We Want to Help House You

● As part of the Airbnb "Open Homes" program, King County Medical Society is providing first responders with the opportunity to have free or reduced rate accommodations, provided by hosts.
● Airbnb will cover the cost of fees associated with the stays.
Please let us know if you or your colleagues would like to take advantage of this generous offer.
Contact Salem Adisu: sadisu@kcmsociety.org

Do You Have Surgical Wrap?

King County Medical Society is creating PPE. We are working overtime to support our frontline healthcare workers, and thanks to donations we have successfully created thousands of masks!
We are asking for your help to keep up this effort! We desperately need SURGICAL WRAP (aka Blue Fabric) to make masks. Nationally, the supply of the wrap has been gobbled up by profiteering individuals, and we can’t find it or afford it… Do you have any that you can spare? Or ask colleagues?  Any amount helps our grassroots effort.
The fundraiser is clearly explained on our website or more directly on the Foundation page

Would you be willing to ask your colleagues/clinic managers if they have any surgical wrap that they can donate? This is like gold to us right now.  
Contact Salem Adisu at sadisu@kcmsociety.org 

King County COVID-19 Actions

A County-wide effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and preserve hospital system capacity for people who need it is underway.  Please consider joining the team!
A team of Public Health—Seattle & King County (PHSKC), Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS), Facilities Management Division (FMD), Office of Emergency Management (OEM), and METRO employees are working with the City of Seattle and their network of partner providers.
Isolation and quarantine (I&Q) are a proven Public Health practice, providing a place where individuals can wait out their exposure or recover and keep their family members safe. The vast majority of King County residents will have the ability—and the choice—to isolate or quarantine in their own homes. 

Some King County residents, however, do not have a home in which they can isolate or quarantine. Some do not have a home, while others will prefer not to isolate or quarantine at home because they live with people who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 (older adults or persons with underlying health conditions). For King County residents who do not have a home in which they can I/Q, King County and its partners are building a County-wide network of I/Q sites that will allow them to do so. 

This team is operating seven days per week to create a new network of facilities and services to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Three Steps to Slow the Spread

I.  Reinforcing the Existing Shelter Network The purpose of this set of actions is to support existing institutions to implement Public Health guidance to prevent transmission of COVID-19. This strategy focuses on preventing people from contracting COVID-19.

II. Creating a New Isolation and Quarantine (I/Q) System (for the next 18 months) Isolation and Quarantine are Public Health-directed strategies to slow the spread. The purpose of this set of actions is to provide safe I/Q locations for County residents who cannot safely I/Q in their home, either because they do not have one or because they share their home with a vulnerable person. 

III. Creating an Emergency Congregate System of Assessment & Recover Centers (AC/RC) The purpose of this set of actions is to provide a “surge” capacity for hospital diversion during the projected peak of an outbreak. This emergency strategy will provide congregate settings for larger groups of people to be assessed for COVID-19 and to receive nurse-level Public Health supervision for people who do not need—or who no longer need—hospital-level care.
Read the full summary below. 
King County COVID-19 Actions

COVID-19 I/Q Guidance for Healthcare Providers

Isolation and quarantine is a proven public health practice for reducing the spread of disease. Click the button below to read Public Health - Seattle & King County's guidance for Healthcare Providers.
COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Guidance for Healthcare Providers

Practical Advice from Internists on the Front Lines

This ACP-produced resource provides a clinical overview of infection control and patient care guidance. CME credit and MOC points available.
ACP Covid-19 Information for Internists

Please, share your stories and experiences

King County Medical Society recognizes that our physician and medical student members have much to share about their personal experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. We have been hearing that many of our members have been writing about their experiences as a way to reflect and respond to the times. We would love to hear from you as we collect reflections from our members. 

If you have stories of how this pandemic has affected your clinic practice, your home/family situation, and your career path/trajectory, please do consider sharing with your fellow physician community.
Similarly, we would love to hear your stories of inspiration and resilience at this time. We also recognize that many physicians might want to remain anonymous in telling their stories too; we respect that too. Whatever you would like to share, please let us hear from you.
Feel free to forward this request to your colleagues as well.
Please send them directly to me, Nancy at nbelcher@kcmsociety.org and indicate if anonymous or not. 
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