As you know, Novel Coronavirus updates are developing rapidly, with climbing numbers of confirmed cases and deaths in Washington State. Our hearts and thoughts are with the family of those whose loved ones were lost, as well as everyone currently receiving treatment.
You’ve told us that you’d like to share information in-language with your community groups, so we’ve collated some resources — see them below! We will continue to share idiomatically accessible materials as they become available. Likewise, feel free to provide materials and resources to me at <email@example.com> so that we can keep track of them and share them with others.
Finally, keep up with updates from DoH, Gov. Inslee, Public Health & the media by liking us on Facebook. We are watching this issue closely and are committed to sharing information with you all in a timely manner.
All my best,
Translated Coronavirus Factsheets:
*CAPAA has requested these factsheets be translated into Tagalog & Marshallese.
During this time, you can help reduce stigma and bias against people, as well:
- Speak up if you hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation.
- Show compassion and support for individuals and communities most closely impacted and anyone who might be sick.
Resources to combat stigma and discrimination can be accessed at Public Health’s webpage. Click here to access anti-stigma resources.
*CAPAA has requested this information be translated into traditional & simplified Chinese. CAPAA also requested that all Coronavirus health updates be coupled with anti-stigma and anti-racism messaging
Read this blog post co-authored by CAPAA Executive Director Toshiko Hasegawa and WA St. Secretary of Health John Wiesman: It takes all of us to reduce stigma.
State, county, and city governments and other organizations often have a place to report discrimination including, but not limited to, the resources listed below:
- Washington State Human Rights Commission
Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination at work, in housing, in a public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance. Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination for employers, housing providers, and businesses.
- King County Office of Civil Rights
Our office has authority to handle discrimination complaints only for King County government and for employers, housing providers, and businesses in the unincorporated parts of King County (outside the cities).
- Seattle Office for Civil Rights
This office upholds laws that protect you against discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places within Seattle city limits.
- City of Spokane’s Human Rights Commission
This is the appropriate point of contact if you reside in the City of Spokane.
- Spokane County Human Rights Task Force
This is the appropriate point of contact if you reside elsewhere in the Spokane County.
*CAPAA has requested this information be turned into a flyer and translated into traditional & simplified Chinese.
Stop the Spread of Disease Take the same steps to protect yourself from novel coronavirus as you would to reduce your risk of catching any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face – including eyes, nose, or mouth – with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes, in your elbow or into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect “high touch” objects and surfaces such as doorknobs, faucet handles, railings, and shared keyboards.
- STAY HOME if you are sick or symptomatic, and seek healthcare if needed.
Coronavirus and Schools
We learned yesterday that OSPI is creating translated notes for families and schools and will share that when it becomes available. In the meantime, this website has compiled many of the national and international multilingual resources: https://www.colorincolorado.org/coronavirus-resources-schools
Coronavirus and Travel
Follow international travel advice from CDC. At this point, that means delaying your trip to China or Iran (and maybe South Korea and Italy too!).
Questions? Try the new nCoV Call Center. A new Washington call center can answer questions about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how it spreads and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
News! We opened a much expanded call center today so we can answer more of your questions quicker! We turned it on at 2:00pm and the phones started ringing right away! In the first 2 hours, we had already answered more calls than we were able to answer all day yesterday! Our call center will be available from 6am-10pm 7 days a week at 1-800-525-0127. The Washington call center can answer questions about the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), how it spreads and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
More information on 2019-nCoV, including prevention, hygiene, travel, and more, can be found online at the following reputable sources:
Questions and answers
Video questions and answers
Ontario, Canada Ministry of Health has basic coronavirus information in 24 language at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus#section-11
Orange County, CA has multilingual infographic information at: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/epidasmt/epi/dip/prevention/novel_coronavirus