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To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and its variants in our community, the Island County COVID Response Team wants you to have the best information available to avoid getting sick with the virus.
COVID-19 variant BA.5 is one we all need to be concerned about because of how easily it can be transmitted and how deviously it evades immunities built up from COVID-19 vaccinations and prior infections.
Earlier variants of COVID-19 mostly affected just the spike protein. The BA.5 variant, however, has multiple mutations across its structure that allow it to grab onto and infect our cells. That means if you become infected with the BA.5 variant, and you are vaccinated and boosted, or previously had COVID-19, you may develop mild symptoms or be asymptomatic, but you also risk spreading it to those who are more vulnerable, including the immunocompromised.
You can also become infected with the BA.5 variant as soon as four weeks after being infected with a previous variant of COVID-19.
National medical experts say the best way to avoid becoming sick and spreading the COVID-19 virus is to take the following simple steps:
Testing is available if you have symptoms such as:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. (Source: CDC)
To learn more about COVID symptoms, visit the CDC's website.
State DOH has new way to verify COVID-19 vax status: WA Verify
Read DOH's article about WA Verify—and other COVID vaccination verification options—here.
Sign up for WA Verify here.
Having home test kits on hand can help bring you peace of mind
Now is a good time to think
about ways to keep yourself and your loved ones free of COVID-19.
The best way to find peace of mind is to purchase a COVID-19
rapid test kit from a local pharmacy for your use before and after
getting together with family and friends.
“Planning ahead and having test kits at your home makes great
sense. Then you can confirm it’s safe to visit with family," said Island County COVID Response Manager Don
Local pharmacies are also providing testing for those seeking
reassurance that they are COVID-free.
Free rapid testing by Island County COVID Response is
available by appointment only to those who are exhibiting symptoms.
Phone Number: 360.678.2301
Hours:Monday - Friday:8:00am - 4:30pm
Phone Number: 360.678.5111ext 6000
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