Response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak in Snohomish County is an evolving situation.
With the safety of the public and first responders as our priority, Marysville Fire District is following guidance from county and state health officials on best practices to minimize spread of this illness.
What Is Marysville Fire District Doing Differently?
Marysville firefighter/EMTs and paramedics are playing an important role in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as we dispatch to treat sick patients.
Our number one priority is keeping our community and first responders safe. That is why we are taking measures to further reduce the risk of spreading this virus:
Firefighters continue to respond to all emergency calls. If you do need to call 911 for any reason, it is critical to tell the dispatcher if you have symptoms including a cough, fever or difficulty breathing so firefighters can respond with appropriate equipment.
Patients who may have contracted COVID-19 but are not experiencing severe symptoms are encouraged to call your healthcare provider instead of calling 911.
What Should I Do to Stay Healthy?
Health experts agree that our best defense against COVID-19 is social distancing. That means everyone, young and old, should stay home and avoid all non-essential contact. If you must go out, limit your trips and stay six feet apart from others.
Also, wash your hands often, cover your cough and stay home if you are sick.
The Washington State Department of Health and the CDC also now recommend that we wear cloth face coverings in public places where we cannot reliably stay six feet away from other people.
Who Is At Risk?
Snohomish Health District identifies those at highest risk as people who are:
Extra precautions are advised for any people in these high-risk groups.
What If I'm Already Sick?
If you believe you may have contracted COVID-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms, please call your primary care doctor instead of calling 911. In general, Snohomish Health District advises patients feeling sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing to call your health care provider before going to get care. They can provide instructions for seeking care so that you do not expose others.
Where Can I Donate?
We've received many generous donation offers from the community - THANK YOU! At this time, the primary need throughout Snohomish County is Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for first responders and healthcare providers. Visit www.givewelllocal.org to share your available resources. Monetary donations are accepted online only. Any additional questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the Latest Information:
For comprehensive information on Washington State's COVID-19 response, visit www.coronavirus.wa.gov.
Washington Department of Health Coronavirus Hotline: 1-800-525-0127, press#
Snohomish Health District has updated information on confirmed county cases, guidance for businesses and employers, elder care, schools and child care, healthcare providers, travelers and community organizations.