Health Services

Clallam County Health and Human Services announcement:

Sequim COVID Vaccine Walk Up Clinic for Youth

   Who: **Anyone 16 years-old and up

  What: Pfizer Vaccine

  Where: Sequim High School

  When: Sunday May 23, 2021 

**Parent or guardian must accompany minors
** Pfizer Vaccines also available at QFC and Walmart


·     Q&A Corner

Q: How can I tell the difference between COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 vaccination side effects?

A: There are some overlap in symptoms between COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 vaccination side effects. We have a graphic that shows the differences and similarities between the two for your reference. COVID-19 vaccination does not cause COVID-19 disease.

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, or show signs and symptoms of COVID-19 disease, you should get tested and quarantine for 14 days from the exposure date. 


Eight important pieces of advice from Dr. Jeff Duchin, Chief Health Officer of Public Health - Seattle & King County

  1. What does remaining in Phase 3 of the Governor's Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery mean for King County?
    Don't let your guard down! This is definitely not an "all clear" signal. We don't stop wearing seatbelts just because we haven't had a crash recently.
  2. We are MUCH closer to putting the worst of the pandemic behind us, but not quite out of danger yet.
    The potential for a severe surge in cases & hospitalizations remains real until more of us are vaccinated.
  3. For the time being, we all need to continue taking COVID-19 precautions seriously.
    This will protect us, our family members, friends, co-workers, our community and our economy as vaccinations increase.
  4. Washington state entered Phase 3 on March 22 allowing more activities/gatherings while cases and more contagious and severe variants were rising.
    Hospitalizations followed, primarily in younger adults. For now, we've leveled off near the "Phase 2" cutoffs - where we go next is up to us.
  5. Thankfully, there are fewer cases, hospitalizations and deaths in people 65 and older because most have been vaccinated.
    But it's a real possibility that many more people could be infected in a surge, just when we're close to being able to protect most people through vaccination.
  6. It's important to prevent COVID-19 in all ages, not just older adults.
    Although most people recover, infections can be severe and cause long-term health effects in middle-aged & younger people. Just because you can do it doesn't mean it's a good idea.
  7. To protect yourself, your family, friends, co-workers & community, remember:
    • COVID-19 is airborne
    • Limit indoor activities outside home
    • Avoid crowded and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
    • Avoid gathering indoors with unvaccinated people who do not live in the home
  8. Pay special attention to improving ventilation/air quality in workplaces, businesses, public spaces, home.
    • Wear a well-made/snug fitting mask when around unvaccinated people and in public spaces
    • Maintain physical distance from others
    • Get vaccinated as soon as you can!



Washington State and Clallam County has new Covid-19 travel self-quarantine guidance that pertains to all staff and students:

Follow the CDC Travel During Covid-19
 ( recommendations: 

            Travel increases your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19. Delay travel and stay home to protect yourself and others from COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated.

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

·         If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.**

·         Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.

·         Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.

·         Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.

·         Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

·         Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel. (The CDC’s Travel Planner has information about Covid-19 restrictions, guidance, and resources for your destination.) 

**Fully vaccinated individuals (those who have received 2 vaccine doses >2 weeks before travel commences) do not have to quarantine on return from travel out of state.


People with Seasonal Allergies

What is the difference between COVID-19 and seasonal allergies?

COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.

COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.

Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.

*Seasonal allergies do not usually cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unless a person has a respiratory condition such as asthma that can be triggered by exposure to pollen.

This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms of COVID-19 or seasonal allergies. Symptoms vary from person to person and range from mild to severe. You can have symptoms of both COVID-19 and seasonal allergies at the same time.

If you think you have COVID-19, follow CDC’s guidance on ”What to do if you are sick.” If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
Get more information on COVID-19 symptoms, or more information on seasonal allergy symptomsexternal icon.


Family required to complete a student “Wellness Check” in Skyward daily.

Family must provide a daily “Wellness Screening” through Skyward before a student gets on a bus, or arrives at school each day.

This evaluation includes taking a temperature and gauging how your student is feeling, as well as answering a question regarding possible exposure to COVID-19. Students are encouraged to stay home when sick.

For the instructions on how to do this daily Wellness Screening in Skyward please click on the link below.

Daily Wellness Check Skyward Instructions


How long should I wait to get tested if I think I’ve been exposed to the coronavirus?

We recommend waiting 5-7 days after your potential exposure to get tested. It typically takes 5-7 days after exposure for the test to report more accurate test results.

If you have any symptoms, get tested as soon as you can. If you can’t determine the exact moment when you were exposed, or you were exposed over a longer period of time, then get tested as soon as you can. If possible, avoid getting tested any earlier than 3 days after your potential exposure to prevent a false negative result.

Clallam County Public Health is tracking our community concerns closely. Please go to this website for the most up to date information:


Protecting your family from COVID-19: Information and Resources

The Sequim School District and Clallam County Department of Health and Human Services wants to be sure that you have the information you need to help keep your family healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our County’s Coronavirus Information site has answers to many commonly asked questions about COVID-19, such as:

If you have concerns for symptoms (Symptoms CDC website: of the virus we recommend you call your medical provider for further instructions.


New Community Response Help Line, for more information please click on the link below:

Clallam County Offers Assistance


Sequim School District
Health Services Staff
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School Nurse 
Sonja Bittner BSN, RN

Health Services Specialist 
Ardis Mangano

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cherie Hendrickson

Helen Haller Health Clerk
Cassie Cobb

Middle School Health Clerk
Jennifer Meysenburg

High School Health Clerk 
Celene Frick

Greywolf Health Clerk
Jane Sallee