The Washington Department of Health is the main agency fighting COVID-19. The Washington State Department of Health established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.
Can grocery clerks get COVID-19 from reusable shopping bags?
It would be very unlikely for store clerks to get infected with COVID-19 by contacting reusable shopping bags. According to the CDC, touching surfaces that may have the virus on it is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. We believe potential exposure to COVID-19 from handling consumer-provided bags is low, but have several recommendation to help address industry concerns: