Created by the KHB to centralize and increase the accessibility of vital information about COVID-19 for the Khmer community and partners of our health board.* 

Common questions about COVID-19

Updated June 10th, 2020.
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What is the difference between COVID-19 and Coronavirus [SARS-CoV-2]?

COVID-19 is the disease that is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is sometimes called the novel coronavirus.

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is mostly spread through DROPLETS and FOMITES during CLOSE and UNPROTECTED contact.
This can be through coughing, sneezing, and close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands. 

The can also live on surfaces for different amount of time. It can live on plastic and steel surfaces for several days. Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your face or other exposed areas before washing your hands increases the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Good hand hygiene, masks, and physical distancing are important in preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

more information about how respiratory diseases are spread

When we talk about how some diseases spread, we often use the terms like droplet, airborne, and fomites. What do they mean?

DROPLET - These are produced when you cough, sneeze, or even talk. Droplets are large and heavy so they fall to the ground quickly, typically within 2 meters or 6 feet.

AIRBORNE - These particles are like droplets that are much smaller in size and so can float in the air. They eventually fall to the ground, but just take a longer time. 

FOMITES - Fomites are any object that can could be infected with a virus, such as door handles, cell phones, and more.

What does it mean to be in "close contact"?

Close contact means being within 2 meters (6 feet) of a person confirmed to have COVID-19 for a long period of time or coming into contact with the secretions of that person.

For example, briefly walking by someone on a sidewalk is not considered close contact.

Are some people more at risk for COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day. So far we know that certain people are more at risk for more severe presentations of the disease if they have these risk factors.
65 years and older / living in a nursing home or long term care facility.
Chronic lung disease / moderate to severe asthma
Serious heart conditions
Severe obesity
Weakened immune system
Chronic kidney disease on dialysis
Liver disease

What are common symptoms of COVID-19 disease?

Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after getting exposed to the virus.

People with COVID-19 disease may have:

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle Pain
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
New loss of taste or smell


How to care for yourself and others with covid-19


UW EDGE + Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and ECOSS


Featured video of one of our board members speaking about common myths related to the CORONAVIRUS [the virus that causes COVID-19 disease].

COVID-19 Testing Information

Updated June 5th, 2020
Key facts about testing for COVID-19 disease
There should be no cost to you as a patient for testing, whether you have insurance or not.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is now recommending that anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has come into close contact with a confirmed case be tested right away. 

If you need to be tested and don’t have a provider who can do the test, the King County COVID-19 call center is open 7 days a week 8 AM – 7 PM, at 206-477-3977. Interpreters available (say the name of the language when you call).

Please call the community health center directly to make an appointment.

UW Mobile Clinic

Seattle (Rainer Beach)
Atlantic City Boat Ramp
8702 Seward Park Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(Wed. and Sat., no appointment necessary) 

Interpretation Services Available


South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98106
Fri., no appointment necessary) 

Interpretation Services Available



Meridian (North Seattle)
10521 Meridian Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133


Rainier Beach (South Seattle)
9245 Rainier Ave S, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98118


High Point (West Seattle)
6020 35th Ave SE, 1st Floor
Seattle, WA 98126

Khmer Interpreters Available


Vashon Island
10030 SW 210th St
Vashon Island, WA 98070


Sea Mar

Federal Way
31405 18th Ave S
Federal Way, WA 98003


White Center (Coming Soon)
9650 15th Avenue SW, #100
Seattle, WA 98106


South Park (Coming Soon)
8720 14th Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98108


Des Moines (Coming Soon)
2781 S 242nd St
Des Moines, WA 98198




International District Clinic
720 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(Directly in front of Clinic)

Health Point

Kent Urgent Care
219 State Ave N STE 100
Kent, WA 98030


Public Health

Downtown Public Health Center
2124 4th Ave. (Behind)
Seattle, WA 98121

Interpretation Services Available


Do you have medical questions related to COVID-19?

Contact the Public Health - Seattle & King County COVID-19 call center. Interpreters are available.

Public Health - seattle & king county COVID-19 resources

When to seek emergency medical attention

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately.

• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Bluish lips or face

This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Resident assistance program created for Khmer families within King County

In partnership with the Khmer Community Services of Seattle & King County and through funding from the Seattle Center Foundation, our two organizations are providing language and direct services for Khmer families in King County.

If you know someone or you yourself are residing in King County and need assistance navigating and/or obtaining resources to help with rent or groceries, please contact KCSKC.

Here's what we're learning about the impact of COVID-19 on the Khmer community and other communities of color

Updated June 5th, 2020

In partnership with KCSKC, we've distributed over $30,000 in aid to over 140 households within the King County region and will continue to reach out to more.

With growing fear and anti-Asian bigotry amidst this pandemic, communities of color, immigrants, and refugees along with migrant workers and unhoused populations, are being hit first and hardest. This includes the Khmer community. 

To better inform agency decision makers and advocate for equitable allocation of resources, we will report what we've learned about how COVID-19 is impacting those we've reached.

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Updated June 5th, 2020
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Number of people positive for COVID-19 by county [in Washington State]

King County, Snohomish, and Yakima counties currently have the most confirmed cases of COVID-19. This could be for a variety of reasons including larger populations, more testing opportunities available for residents, and earlier testing.
Source: 2019 Novel coronavirus outbreak [covid-19] Washington State. 5JUNE2020.

Number of new COVID-19 cases per week [in Washington State]

The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases peaked the week of March 22nd. On March 23rd, Governor Inslee issued the "stay at home, stay healthy" order. Since then, the number of new COVID-19 cases have continued to decrease each week, but remains substantial. 
Source: 2019 Novel coronavirus outbreak [covid-19] Washington State. 5JUNE2020.