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Dept. of Health provides information about case investigations and contract tracing

  |   COVID-19

The state Department of Health (http://www.doh.wa.gov/) wants to keep everyone as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding COVID-19 as well as guidance and resources that can be shared with employees, clients, or customers. Trusted tools in preventing disease Case investigations and contact tracing are trusted public health tools for preventing the spread of disease. This week, Gov. Jay Inslee described a statewide plan to use these tools so that more businesses can open and more people can be active in public...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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COVID-19 leaves hundreds of veterinary school grads unlicensed, unemployed, and unable to pay back student loans – AAHA NewStat The Risks - Know Them - Avoid Them – erinbromage.com COVID-19 in Animals…A Few Updates – Worms & Germs Blog Market for baby chicks is 'off the charts' amid coronavirus pandemic – Seattle Times   Posted May 15, 2020...

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President’s Message – What if we…?

  |   COVID-19

On March 13, Governor Inslee announced restrictions on large gatherings and the closing of K-12 schools within Washington State. Although that was only seven weeks ago, it seems like several months, doesn’t it? Do you remember where your thoughts and emotions were back then? What concerns you had for your families? For your businesses and co-workers? As veterinarians, we know how to deal with hygiene and public health issues. That week I think we all realized that this was turning...

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Washington study to examine COVID-19 transmission between humans and their companion animals

  |   COVID-19

UW’s Center for One Health Research, Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL) and WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine are launching one of the first studies to examine COVID-19 transmission between humans and their companion animals. Corona viruses are found in multiple animal species and can be zoonotic (transmitted between animals and humans). The SARS CoV2 virus that causes COVID19 is believed to have jumped to humans from a bat reservoir via an intermediate animal host. What is unclear is whether animals...

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Member News

  |   WSVMA News

Dr. Diana Thomé has been appointed to AVMA’s Legislative Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to assist the AVMA Board of Directors in formulating and implementing AVMA legislative policy and AVMA positions on federal regulatory proposals. Dr. Thomé is alternate delegate representing the state of Washington in the AVMA House of Delegates.   Posted May 8, 2020...

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ICYMI – Important COVID-19 Links

  |   COVID-19

Here are several important links related to the pandemic that have been sent out in the last week. Updated: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Veterinary Clinics Treating Companion Animals During the COVID-19 Response - CDC Social distancing recommended for Animals – CDC Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery – Office of the Governor Interpretive Statement Related to Proclamation by the Governor 20-24, Restrictions on Non-Urgent Medical Procedures – Office of the Governor Corononavirus Hazard Considerations for...

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Equine Herpes Virus confirmed at King County boarding facility

  |   Animal Health

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has confirmed that three horses that reside at a board facility in King County have tested positive for the neurologic form of Equine Herpes Virus. The facility is now under a minimum 14-day quarantine to be lifted only after WSDA confirms that there are no more signs of the disease. The cases include two 17-year-old draft geldings and a 6-year-old crossbreed gelding. Clinical signs of the horses included ataxia, urinary incontinence, and nasal discharge. The...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Structure of COVID-19 virus hints at key to high infection rate – Cornell Chronicle Zoos struggle to keep animals fed as income declines – Denver Post Animal shelters struggling with lack of volunteers due to pandemic  – King5.com COVID-19 and Veterinary Dentistry – Worms & Germs Blog Animal shelter expects boost in strays during Washington's stay-home order –  Q13 FOX Latest report shows COVID-19 transmission rate may be increasing in King County and Western Washington; Persisting higher in Eastern Washington -...

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What exactly does the Governor’s healthcare guidance mean for veterinarians?

  |   COVID-19

We get it – the Governor’s Interpretive Statement for what veterinarians can do under current governmental mandates is vague and doesn’t address veterinary medicine. Many clinics are opening up for full service again, even though it’s not at all evident this is allowed. Here’s a synopsis, however unhelpful, for what you can do. (Unless you practice in Snohomish. See below for more information.) You can perform any treatment/procedure/surgery that if you didn't, it would result in worsening a life threatening or debilitating...

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Governor Inslee issues guidance on non-urgent or elective procedures

  |   COVID-19

On March 19, 2020, Gov. Inslee issued Proclamation 20-24 that ordered a delay of health care services, procedures, or surgeries that are not anticipated to cause harm to the patient. The Proclamation, which is in effect through May 18, is meant to ensure the health system can manage surge capacity of ill patients and conserve PPE. The proclamation addresses human healthcare. On March 23 Governor Inslee released of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” that included veterinary services. On Wednesday, the Governor issued...

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