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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

[April 6, 2020]

The situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to rapidly change. Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a number of state-mandated bans on public gatherings, including the closure of schools for the remainder of the public school calendar year. King County Public Health is providing recommendations to proactively slow the spread of the disease in our community.

Given the current environment and Public Health of Seattle & King County’s encouragement of social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, PEPS has made the difficult decision to pause all in-person PEPS group gatherings. We are committed to finding creative ways to connect and support parents during this very isolating time. Groups are currently being conducted remotely and will continue to meet remotely through April. While we cannot bring families together face-to-face, we want to ensure that parents are connecting during this health crisis. Bringing new parents out of isolation is critical to their health and well-being.

PEPS is working collaboratively towards this effort of prevention and protection, and as a result, we also made the decision to voluntarily cancel our PEPS Annual Fundraiser Luncheon. We appreciate the excitement and enthusiastic responses and were looking forward to hosting an incredible event. As a cautionary measure, however, and in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we hosted a virtual fundraising campaign instead. For more details, please visit our Luncheon page.

We will continue to evaluate and update our website with any additional news on this page, in addition to communicating by email.

As a reminder, there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand), then throw tissue away and wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Coronavirus is not specific to any race, nationality, or ethnicity. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. We are stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination. Take advantage of these resources to prevent, interrupt, and respond to stigma.

We understand that there may be questions and concerns about the unknown. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a tip sheet for parents, caregivers, and teachers that may be helpful when talking to your child.

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