Washington to shut down COVID-19 response website
The Washington State Department of Health announced in a press release Monday that the state will decommission its coronavirus response website Thursday, Dec. 1.
After Thursday, visitors will be redirected to the department’s COVID-19 landing page.
The change reflects the end of the COVID-19 emergency order and a decrease in web traffic, according to the release. The department is working with partners to transfer pandemic information to other state agency websites where appropriate.
The department advises everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated for both influenza and COVID-19, especially as hospitals are operating at higher-than-usual capacity this winter.
Those who’ve already received their COVID-19 vaccine should get their booster. People 5 years and older who completed their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines at least two months ago can get the updated booster.
The department reminds the public that COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots can be safely administered at the same time.
According to the most recent state data, influenza-like illness in Washington is “high.” There have been seven lab-confirmed deaths from influenza in Washington this year.
More information on COVID-19, influenza and other viruses are available at doh.wa.gov.
This report is made possible by the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation in partnership with Northwest Public Broadcasting, the Lewiston Tribune and the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.