COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I stay informed about the State of Washington’s coronavirus response?
The full text of Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order and full information about our state’s response to the pandemic is posted at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/. Visit the Clallam County website at http://www.clallam.net/Coronavirus/for the most up-to-date information from the Clallam County Health Department.
What if I am staying home and staying safe, but I need help?
If you need help getting food, picking up prescriptions, caring for your children, or are experiencing distress or loneliness, call the Clallam County Community Response Help Line at any time of the day or night, 833-492-0834. A live person will answer and direct you to someone who can help.
I see many people driving around. Are local police enforcing the Governor’s Stay Home order?
Police are unable to monitor all drivers and must rely on voluntary compliance. If you become aware of someone violating the order and putting lives at risk call the police non-emergency number during normal business hours, (360) 683-7227.
Which businesses in our community are considered essential?
Many businesses that serve basic needs such as groceries, pharmacies, home improvement and hardware stores, garden stores supporting food cultivation, auto repair shops and laundromats among many others can remain open. For the complete list, go to https://coronavirus.wa.gov/whats-open-and-closed/essential-business
Are local police enforcing business closures?
As during normal circumstances, if you see something, say something. If you believe a business is open that should not be, call (360) 683-7227 during normal business hours or submit this form to the City’s Code Compliance office. Police will investigate and seek voluntary compliance.
What should I do if I can’t work due to business closures and can’t pay living expenses?
Governments at all levels are working quickly to stabilize the economy and to assist workers and businesses. If you are laid off work as a result of the Governor’s stay home order, you are eligible for unemployment benefits. Washington State’s Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and businesses. https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.
What kinds of things can I leave my house to do?
It can be very difficult to remain in place, but staying home is what is needed to stop the spread of coronavirus. People who work for essential businesses must still be allowed to go to work, people can travel to assist others, and those lacking necessities can still shop for them or purchase supplies for greater self-sufficiency. Now is the perfect time to start a vegetable garden or exercise outdoors away from other people. Social gatherings of any kind, even birthdays and funerals, are not permitted.
I have noticed people hoarding food and supplies. Is there anything the city can do?
Neither the local health officer nor the city has the authority to prohibit resource and product hoarding. Some retailers have been imposing purchase limits for high demand items. The supply chain is intact and there is no reason to hoard or stockpile food or supplies. Buying what you need will assure that all members of the community have access to adequate food and supplies. The State Attorney General’s Office is investigating reports of scams and price gouging. File a report at https://www.atg.wa.gov/file-complaint.
What should I do if I suspect I have contracted COVID-19?
Currently anyone with a fever and a cough or shortness of breath should assume their illness could be COVID-19 and take steps to protect others in the community and household from the disease. If you are sick, stay home and away from other people in your home. There is no medication available to treat COVID-19. If you are older or have a medical condition including immunosuppression or are pregnant, call your healthcare provider to discuss whether you should be tested. If you must go out, wear a mask or cover your face in some way if a mask is unavailable and practice hand washing and social distancing.
Is the City of Sequim operational right now? What is the city doing to help?
While the Sequim Civic Center is currently closed to the public, the city is maintaining essential operations. Some employees are still on site performing necessary duties and many are working remotely. Sequim has activated an Emergency Coordination Center and is working closely with other agencies and service providers to monitor the evolving situation, plan for coordinated response, provide resources and assistance, and inform the public.