Emergency Manager's 6/2/20 Report to Council on COVID-19

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In case you missed it at last week's City Council Regular Meeting, below is the full text of the Sammamish Emergency Manager's Report to City Council on COVID-19. This full recorded meeting can also be viewed at on our YouTube page.

Report to Sammamish City Council on Covid-19

June 2, 2020

Andrew Stevens, CEM – Emergency Manager, Eastside Fire & Rescue

Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

Across the world, Coronavrius numbers continue to increase. Globally, there are roughly 6.4 million positive cases and nearly 380,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The U.S continues to be the global leader in both confirmed cases at over 1.8 million, and fatalities, with over 106,000 deaths. This is a tragic milestone and the speed in which this number was reached, in just 3 short months, is a stark reminder as to the severity of this crisis.

Washington State is reporting 22,157 positive cases of COVID-19 and 1,128 deaths. King County is reporting 8,235 cases. The City of Sammamish is shown to have 78 positive cases of coronavirus, and five fatalities. [Editor's note: The newly updated King County COVID-19 Data Dashboard now shows revised, slightly reduced case numbers for Sammamish.]

Last week, the Governor announced his updated plan for safely resuming some recreational, social, and business activities. While some activities have already resumed under this approach, and counties across the state move into higher phases of reopening, it is important to note that although the threat of COVID-19 may seem to be declining, steps to prevent exposure still need to be made by all members of our community. This includes complying with all non-pharmaceutical interventions, maintaining social distancing, and wearing face coverings while in public. Sammamish residents have done an amazing job of reducing our whole community’s risk to this virus, through purposeful, preventative measures and support of one another. Now is not the time to let your guard down.

Turning on the news it may be easy to forget that the U.S. is still very actively engaged in fighting a pandemic, and that the virus is still very much present throughout our communities. Crises can occur simultaneously, often compounding the effects of both. During these times, viral outbreaks are especially opportunistic. The traditional methods of non-violent civil resistance, such as the congregation of people gathering to peacefully protest an injustice or to hold a vigil, all provide opportunities for a resurgence of this disease.

As you are aware, the City Manager has drafted a Proclamation of Emergency in response to the numerous incidents of civil unrest we are witnessing across the region, which is being presented for your ratification this evening. Please know, that we have been actively monitoring and assessing these incidents and coordinating with multiple agencies to reduce our community’s risk and vulnerability and to take measurable steps to ensure public safety and property protection.

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