City of Sammamish COVID-19 Information & Resources

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Please note that King County Public Health should remain your primary source of information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Please check out their COVID-19 Data Dashboards for the latest statistics. To see recent news on this page, click here.

For the latest Washington State-level COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources, visit Coronavirus.wa.gov.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (formerly known as the “novel coronavirus”) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person.

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • Through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • By touching

Please note that King County Public Health should remain your primary source of information on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Please check out their COVID-19 Data Dashboards for the latest statistics. To see recent news on this page, click here.

For the latest Washington State-level COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources, visit Coronavirus.wa.gov.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (formerly known as the “novel coronavirus”) is a new virus strain spreading from person-to-person.

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • Through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • By touching a surface or object with the virus and then touching the mouth, nose, or eyes

What are the symptoms?

People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Those symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or difficulty breathing.

Who is most vulnerable?

People at higher risk include those:

  • Over 60 years of age
  • With underlying health conditions including include heart disease, asthma or other lung disease, or diabetes
  • With weakened immune systems
  • Who are pregnant

Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for severe COVID-19 illness should consult with their healthcare providers. Be sure to call your provider before going to the office in person.

What is the City of Sammamish doing?

On March 3rd, the City of Sammamish activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the coronavirus outbreak and formed an internal COVID-19 Task Force. The operational objectives of the City were to:

  • Adopt and widely promote the below Non-Pharmaceutical Intervention recommendations (NPIs) from the WA State Public Health Agency; and
  • Update Continuity of Government/Operations Plan for pandemic response to ensure continuity of all essential government functions while protecting the health and welfare of City personnel; and
  • Provide clear public information that directs to or is consistent with State and Local Public Health messaging regarding the outbreak and protective actions.

On March 5, the City of Sammamish issued a proclamation of local emergency in order to support measures to be taken to protect public health, safety and welfare within the City. This declaration was approved by City Council at their March 10 meeting. The full proclamation is available here, and the press release can be found here.

The City of Sammamish Emergency Manager continues to participate in daily conference calls with the King County Office of Emergency Management, Public Health - Seattle & King County, jurisdictions from across the region, and community stakeholders, to facilitate the regional coordination of information and resources.

COVID-19 is an active situation that changes daily. The City of Sammamish is proactively working to mitigate the impacts from COVID-19 on our community. This portal will continually be updated to provide up-to-date information and resources to assist you through the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Emergency Manager's Report to City Council on COVID-19 (December 1, 2020)

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    01 Dec 2020
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    Andrew Stevens, CEM - Emergency Manager - Eastside Fire & Rescue

    Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    As someone who has been immersed in COVID-19 response and recovery since February, it was extremely disheartening to see millions of US residents, during the worst COVID surge yet, travel and gather together over the past holiday weekend. While this was frustrating to me, I can only imagine how the frontline medical workers, who have been pushed to the brink fighting this virus, must have felt to see so many ignore the warnings from public health officials to limit contact and to not travel.

    November was a tough month for the U.S.’s pandemic response. By all expectations, December will be worse. The United States reported more than 4 million coronavirus cases in November, which is higher than the total number of cases seen all year by any country in the world except India and Brazil. Public health experts are warning that we will keep seeing record-breaking numbers in the final month of 2020. The nation surpassed 100,000 daily cases for the first time on November 4, and then more than 200,000 daily cases for the first time on November 28. Over the last weekend, the U.S. also surpassed 90,000 coronavirus hospitalizations for the first time ever. The county now sits at roughly 13.7 million cases, up 2.4 million in the past two weeks, and roughly 270,000 deaths.

    The State of Washington, King County, and Sammamish all saw massive increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations through November. And while the surge may appear to be decreasing, the data from the past several days is incomplete, many testing centers were temporarily closed over the holiday weekend, and the data does not yet reflect the number of individuals exposed at holiday gatherings but are not yet symptomatic. With an incubation period of up to two weeks, public health officials are expecting even greater increases in cases through the next two weeks. The City of Sammamish has now seen 555 cases of COVID-19, up 213 from Nov 1st. A 62% increase in total cases in the last month alone.

    Sammamish residents have been feeling the impacts of COVID for nearly 10 months now and are two weeks into additional restrictions that will last until mid-December or longer. To help guide the City Council on how they may elect its continuing community support, staff released a COVID-19 Impact survey to gauge and identify the needs of those affected by both COVID and the COVID mitigation measures. So far, 367 residents have completed the assessment. Some of the key take takeaways include:

    • 9.5% of respondents stated that they are recently unemployed due to COVID
    • 15% of respondents are experiencing extreme or high levels of financial-related stress
    • 20 respondents were very concerned with their continued ability to pay for housing
    • 74 respondents were very concerned about their mental health and wellness
    • Of all the various concerns we rated, 73% began with the COVID pandemic, roughly 12% are due to the recent statewide restrictions

    Wanting to capture an even larger response pool, and in an effort to reach more vulnerable populations, the City is also mailing postcards promoting the survey to each household in the City. We are encouraged by the early participation in the survey and hope that residents will continue to participate.

    To date, the City of Sammamish has spent roughly $1,080,000 on its COVID-19 response and recovery operations, leaving roughly $1.8 million in funding earmarked for continued COVID-19 response. The survey, in combination with feedback provided by the City’s Human Services Coordinator, provides insight into where additional support is needed. It is my understanding that the Council is looking to release the second round of business grants at its next regular meeting. It would be my recommendation to also review and decide upon parameters for additional support to human service organizations serving those impacted soon. Depending on whether certain federal programs expire in late December will weigh considerably on the amount and type of assistance that may be needed.

    As I am sure you are aware, there is not yet an authorized or approved vaccine for COVID-19, however, there are multiple vaccines under development that are providing promising results. Even if a vaccine is approved for emergency distribution, it will not be widely available for many months. The first supplies of the vaccine will be limited and given first to specific groups at highest risk, such as healthcare workers and people in nursing homes.

    The State of Washington and King County Public Health have been working to establish plans, procedures, and the logistical systems needed for eventual vaccine distribution. When the vaccine is widely available, healthcare clinics, pharmacies, and drive-through and walk-through clinics will most likely provide vaccinations. In the meantime, it is important that everyone continues to practice all other COVID-19 mitigations, as it will be several more months until there is widespread vaccination across all populations.

    Lastly, I would like to urge all residents listening to download and utilize the new COVID-19 exposure tool, WA Notify, on their smartphones. This tool utilizes anonymous data to alert you if you were in the presence of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It is safe, secure, and will greatly assist in contact tracing abilities that previously would not have existed. It’s just one more tool in our toolbox to help slow the spread of this virus.

    Thank you.

    If you have not already taken the Sammamish Community Assessment Survey, please access it here: https://connect.sammamish.us/covid-19-updates/survey_tools/community-survey

    Read more about WA Notify here: https://connect.sammamish.us/covid-19-updates/news_feed/inslee-announces-statewide-covid-19-exposure-notification-tool

  • COVID-19 vaccine fact page new available in 17 languages

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    01 Dec 2020
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    Currently, there is no authorized or approved vaccine for COVID-19. While we wait for vaccines to be approved, Public Health – Seattle & King County is working with the Washington State Department of Health on plans, procedures, and systems for eventual vaccine distribution.

    Please see the fact page in English here: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/vaccine.aspx

    This information is now available in:


  • Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

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    30 Nov 2020
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    WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data

    Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), today announced the launch of WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19.

    WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data.

    Read more about WA Notify here: https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-announces-statewide-covid-19-exposure-notification-tool-34b5740aa02

    To learn more:

  • Assistance for Childcare Providers

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    19 Nov 2020
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    "To ensure a stable, functional and flexible child care system that supports providers and families during COVID-19, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is providing direct support to licensed child care providers for stabilization, to assist with reopening and staying open, to offset increased costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to incentivize providers to serve school-age children."

    For the rest of the story please see here: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/coronavirus-covid-19/early-learning/covid19-grant

  • Emergency Manager's Report to City Council on COVID-19 (November 17, 2020)

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    17 Nov 2020
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    Andrew Stevens, CEM - Emergency Manager -Eastside Fire & Rescue

    Good evening Mayor, Council members, and City Manager.

    Thank you for inviting me to speak again tonight and to provide an update on COVID-19. It has become obvious that the United States is in the midst of the worst surge of viral outbreaks since this pandemic began. The Country is now registering roughly 11,330,000 cases of COVID, and it’s only been a week since the milestone of 10 million was surpassed. We are averaging over 160,000 new cases a day and are expected to average more than 200,000 per day in the near future. Hospitalizations are also seeing record level increases. Yesterday, nearly 74,000 people were hospitalized due to COVID, more than was ever seen in prior surges. The U.S. is also averaging over 1,000 new deaths a day, with nearly a quarter-million lives lost so far.

    The State of Washington, King County, and Sammamish have not been immune from this current surge either. Washington is seeing upwards of 2,000 new cases a day, with hospitalizations and deaths increasing. King County’s case volume is far exceeding anything previously experienced in the Spring and Summer surges, with daily positive case county more than triple previous records. Sammamish is averaging 6.5 new cases a day, and up to 426 cases so far.

    King County COVID-19 Positive Cases

    Due to the dramatic increase in statewide cases, Governor Inslee announced Sunday new temporary restrictions that went into effect statewide yesterday until December 14. The new restrictions include:

    • Restrictions on all indoor social gatherings unless strict quarantine measures have been followed
    • Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 5 people who do not live with you.
    • Restaurants and bars are closed for indoor service. Outdoor and take-out dining must still adhere to strict guidelines to ensure safety.
    • New restrictions on religious services, including limiting services to 25%, no choir, band, or congressional singing allowed.
    • Fitness Facilities and Gyms will be required to close indoor operations
    • Retail businesses will be limited to 25% of capacity and must close any congregate areas.

    It is widely understood that these new statewide restrictions will impact many. It will have real-life consequences for both businesses and employees, with cascading financial repercussions to families and communities.

    While heightened restrictions are most likely necessary to combat the ever-increasing community spread of COVID-19, it is troubling that such restrictions can be mandated without a plan to financially support those they impact. Continued State or County assistance funding appears to be limited and there are no expectations of additional COVID-19 assistance being provided by the federal government anytime soon.

    Sammamish, however, through the strategic utilization of its CARES Act funding is in a stronger position than most to assist its impacted residents. As you are aware, expenses incurred by local governments needed to be incurred no later than November 30th in order to be eligible for CARES Act reimbursement. The City of Sammamish, however, dedicated the entirety of their CARES Act award to the eligible expenses of public safety payroll. Staff then recommended, and Council approved, to dedicate that entire reimbursement to continued COVID-19 response and recovery. The current surge of COVID-19 cases and newly enacted statewide restrictions are the exact scenarios that the City’s use of CARES Act funding was designed for. I am unaware of any jurisdiction that is in a stronger position to provide continued assistance beyond CARES Act deadlines, without dipping into operational budgets, contingency funds, or receiving additional State or Federal support.

    To date, the City of Sammamish has spent roughly $1,072,000 on its COVID-19 response and recovery operations.

    • $216K to ensure continuity of government
    • Roughly $12K in personnel overtime
    • $109K in emergency protective measures
    • $420K in small business grants – which includes $98K in pass-through CARES Act funding from King County
    • $315K in non-profit/human services grants

    Currently, the City is accepting applications for a second round of small business and non-profit COVID-19 support grants which I believe you will be discussing later this evening. Depending on how much funding is allocated in this second round of grants, the City has considerable resources to support a multitude of programs that will assist those impacted by this crisis. Perhaps an assessment of the current eligibility criteria for City-provided business grants is necessary to ensure that those businesses affected by the new restrictions can receive assistance.

    Staff has been working to identify current and expected impacts on residents and turn them into actionable intelligence. I have recently spoken with the City’s Human Services Coordinator and requested an assessment of the need for immediate and continued financial support to non-profits assisting those residents impacted by COVID or COVID restrictions. The City’s Communication team and I have also been working to develop a community impact survey, that will be widely distributed to Sammamish residents. In traditional disasters, who is impacted and who needs assistance can be quite apparent. With COVID, those impacts are not always so visible. The survey we are designing is meant to identify what impacts our residents are experiencing and at what magnitude. This survey will be distributed widely, in multiple languages, and the information gained will provide greater situational awareness to the needs of the community.

    Lastly, I think we all recognize the impacts that COVID-19 has had on this nation. Unfortunately, even with all the science and information on what we all needed to do to combat this outbreak, many chose to ignore the warning signs. We are now forced into a position to again restrict businesses, activities, and that is going to affect a lot of people, many of which have been complying with COVID-19 mitigations this entire time. I want everyone to recognize that what you do, who you connect with, and what public health recommendations you may choose to ignore, has far more downstream consequences than you can possibly imagine. In high confidence, I would assume that the majority of Sammamish’s residents want what is best for their community. No one wants to see a small business shut down, or a family struggle to pay bills. No one wants schools to remain closed, or family holiday gathering to be canceled. Everyone’s top priority then should be doing everything in their power to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe. Don’t be the person who holds the dinner party that gets someone sick. Don’t be the person who refuses to wear a mask correctly and gets an essential worker sick. Don’t be the person online looking for playdate companions for your children. Stop cutting corners, a quarter-million Americans are dead, 8 of which lived here in Sammamish. If everyone committed to the objective of ending this pandemic months ago, we would not be in the situation we are in now as a nation. I urge everyone to see this not as a personal choice, but a personal responsibility and commitment to the safety and resilience of your community.

  • Safe Start for Taverns & Restaurants (SSTAR) -Financial Assistance Available

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    17 Nov 2020

    King County's Safe Start for Taverns and Restaurants (SSTAR) program provides education and materials to help restaurants implement state and public health guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It also increases the accountability of food service establishments to abide by the health and safety standards that support a safe reopening. Read more about SSTAR on the Public Health Insider blog: Ensuring safe start compliance in restaurants and taverns: SSTAR launches in King County.

    SSTAR is accepting requests on a rolling basis through December 20, 2020 or until funds run out. This financial assistance is in the form of a reimbursement for COVID-19 related expenses paid by the business (up to $3000).

    To request Financial Assistance and the Financial Reimbursement Request forms, please email sstarinfo@kingcounty.gov.

  • Inslee announces statewide restrictions for four-weeks

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    15 Nov 2020
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    "Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country.

    The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case counts, with over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and average cases in the state doubling over the past two weeks."

    Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

  • Inslee issues travel advisory for Washington

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    13 Nov 2020
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    Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington today, recommending a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

    “COVID-19 cases have doubled in Washington over the past two weeks. This puts our state in as dangerous a position today as we were in March,” Inslee said. “Limiting and reducing travel is one way to reduce further spread of the disease. I am happy to partner with California and Oregon in this effort to help protect lives up and down the West Coast.”

    “California just surpassed a sobering threshold – one million COVID-19 cases – with no signs of the virus slowing down,” said Newsom. “Increased cases are adding pressure on our hospital systems and threatening the lives of seniors, essential workers and vulnerable Californians. Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”

    “COVID-19 does not stop at state lines. As hospitals across the West are stretched to capacity, we must take steps to ensure travelers are not bringing this disease home with them,” said Brown. “If you do not need to travel, you shouldn’t. This will be hard, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. But the best way to keep your family safe is to stay close to home.”

    In addition to urging individuals arriving from other states or countries to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival, the states’ travel advisories recommend individuals limit their interactions to their immediate household. The advisories define essential travel as travel for work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.

    Washington state travel advisory

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  • Gov. Jay Inslee and Trudi Inslee address Washingtonians with an update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

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    13 Nov 2020


  • Please follow CDC guidance for Thanksgiving celebrations this year.

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    10 Nov 2020
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    It’s that time of year when many of us start making holiday plans. With travel and gathering limitations, Thanksgiving is going to be different for a lot of families this year. We recommend following this CDC guidance for celebrating Thanksgiving safely.

    "Traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends are fun but can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Follow these tips to make your Thanksgiving holiday safer.

    The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your household. If you do plan to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, take steps to make your celebration safer."

    Please read the entire guidance here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html