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The updated, “bivalent” COVID-19 booster now available is designed to protect us from Omicron, the most common form of the virus spreading right now. “Bivalent” means that the booster helps to protect against two different types of the virus, both the original strain and the Omicron strain.
The previous vaccines and boosters focused on protection against the original strain. They offered some protection against Omicron, but not as much as the updated bivalent boosters.
Because the updated booster targets both strains of COVID-19, it can help to prevent serious illness and death, especially for adults over age 50. Vaccination can also lower the risk for long COVID, which can lead to serious long-term health problems. It is very important to stay up-to-date with your vaccinations and boosters, or they may offer less protection over time as COVID-19 continues to evolve.
Updated boosters are free and no insurance or proof of citizenship is required.
If you need language interpretation or disability accommodation, email PublicHealthAccommodations@kingcounty.gov or call 206-477-3977.
Public Health - Seattle & King Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin joins other local health officers and healthcare leaders in recommending masking in indoor public spaces and other prevention measures given the high level of respiratory viruses circulating and stress on hospitals.
Communities across Washington state and around the U.S. are experiencing an unprecedented surge in viral respiratory illnesses, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and COVID-19. As health officers and healthcare leaders working to improve the health of Washington residents, we recommend that everyone wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask when around others in indoor spaces to protect against both acquiring and spreading these infections to others.
The King County Department of Health also urges everyone who is eligible to stay up to date on their vaccinations. Vaccinations are the most important way to protect against severe influenza and COVID-19 infections, including hospitalization and death. Everyone 6 months and older can be vaccinated against these diseases.
As local businesses reopen to capacity, many are actively seeking employees. Find local job opportunities at www.snovalleyjobs.com.
Personal Protective Equipment
North Bend City Staff are handing out free cloth face masks to residents and businesses. Should you wish to pick up masks for your family or business, or request a local delivery, email Emergency Operations Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trouble Paying Rent or Mortgage
If you don’t have enough money to pay, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Help includes:
• Washington Homeownership Hotline (877-894-HOME)
• Rental assistance & counseling (800-569-4287)
• List of Housing Counseling Agencies
Student Loans Deferment
If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.
If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.
• Puget Sound Energy offers various bill assistance programs to help customers struggling to pay bills.
• The Utilities and Transportation Commission offers energy assistance programs.
• The federal government also has assistance programs to help with telephone and heating bills.
If you’re looking for help feeding yourself or your family, visit the Food Lifeline website to find a partner food bank, food pantry, or hot meal program in your neighborhood. This food is free and available to you, even if you don’t qualify for SNAP or EBT.
The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions.
• Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner - COVID-19 Resources Information from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner.