April 25 and 26 updates from state Joint Information Center: new symptoms listed, new numbers, tips for parents and more...

The Numbers:  As of 11:59 p.m. on April 25, there are 13,521 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state, an increase of 202 cases in the last 24 hours.

As of 11:59 p.m. on April 24, there are 13,319 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state, an increase of 342 cases in the last 24 hours. Visit the Department of Health's website for cases by county, demographics, and more.

STATEWIDE NEWS ITEMS

Updated symptoms: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its official list of symptoms that people experience when they get sick from the coronavirus. The symptoms added are: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell. This is in addition to the previous official symptoms: fever, cough, and shortness or breath. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

We are all in this together: For our state to be healthy and able to control the spread of this virus, all of our people, communities, and neighborhoods need to be healthy and able to control the spread of this virus. Read more on the Department of Health’s daily blog.

Resident at Washington Soldiers Home in Orting tests positive for COVID-19: Through proactive testing at all four State Veterans Homes an asymptotic resident was discovered and has been isolated in their room, officials announced Friday, April 24. Additional environmental cleaning is taking place throughout the facility. Results are pending for the remaining 90 Soldiers Home residents and will be shared online at www.dva.wa.gov/covid. Staff are conducting enhanced surveillance, including 4-hour symptom and temperature checks of all residents for the next 14 days, and all staff also will be tested for COVID-19.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and COVID-19 stress brings extra concerns, awareness: On Friday, April 24, the state Department of Health released a blog with tips on reducing family stress during the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to find support.

Resources

TVW: Find links to past and future coverage regarding COVID-19 and resources from our partners at https://www.tvw.org/covid-19/

Washington 211 COVID-19 Call Center: Do you need information or answers to your questions and concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? You can call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more. 

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