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  • Thank you for attending yesterday's mask distribution event, Sammamish!

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    Yesterday's drive-through mask distribution event at CWU Sammamish was an incredible success! Our staff and volunteers gave away over 10,500 masks to the community -- which, considering we had fewer than 200 people RSVP for the event was an exciting surprise. We even ended up opening an hour early to accommodate the early rush.

    With this unexpected demand, we adjusted our full event and traffic plan. Public Works and the Sammamish PD helped with traffic management and to adjust the plan on very short notice, and we were able to set up a fourth distribution station to accommodate the influx of attendees. We're very grateful for the help of our ACERT volunteers, Sammamish Explorers, Parks staff and volunteers, and City Councilmembers who helped our Emergency Manager run the event. Volunteers and staff set up, adjusted traffic light schedules, held signs, directed traffic, packaged masks, passed them out, and communicated with the community. It was a tremendous group effort that will undoubtedly make a difference in keeping our residents safe and reduce transmission rates of COVID-19.

    The remaining masks are being distributed to senior and nursing care facilities in Sammamish and to organizations that serve our vulnerable residents.

    Now that you have your mask, here's how to put it on!

  • A Message from the Mayor of Sammamish on COVID-19

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    MAYOR KAREN MORAN: Friends and neighbors, I’m Karen Moran, your Mayor, back to give you a few important updates!

    Today, June 26th, all Washingtonians are required to wear face masks or coverings, including children.

    I’ve asked Andrew Stevens, the Emergency Manager for Eastside Fire & Rescue, for some pointers about wearing masks. Andrew?

    EMERGENCY MANAGER ANDREW STEVENS: Thank you, Mayor. Wearing face coverings is an important step in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 when done correctly.

    · First, wash your hands before putting on your face covering

    · Holding onto the ear loops, place the face covering over your nose and mouth, securing it under your chin.

    · Try to use a mask that fits snuggly against the sides of your face, but still allows you to breath easily.

    · Once the face covering is on, do not touch it, and if you do, wash your hands.

    · When removing the face covering, handle by the ear loops, and be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    · Cloth face coverings should be washed daily. They can be washed and dried in your standard appliances along with your regular laundry, using hot water and high heat so they can be worn safely the next day.

    MAYOR KAREN MORAN: Thanks Andrew. We are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19, and science has proven that the most effective way to stop the spread is by wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing.

    I’m pleased to tell you that on Wednesday, July 1st, from 4-8pm, the City will be distributing free masks to our residents. These fabric masks are washable and reusable. We will be set up at Central Washington University on 228th, and residents can drive through, remaining in their vehicles, and will receive two masks per member in their household. All our staff and volunteers will be equipped with PPE. Please visit or our Facebook page for more information.

    With summer upon us, some of you have asked about our parks, docks, and beaches. Here’s one question from the City’s Facebook page, “Why are the beaches closed and why is Pine Lake closed?”

    Thank you for that question. City parks in general are smaller parks and become congested quickly, making social distancing impossible. The Council approved the extended closure of the Pine Lake beach and dock for your COVID safety.

    Another question from Facebook asked about opening up City playgrounds for our children. We understand how tough it is – summer is here, everyone’s been cooped up inside with the Stay at Home Order. We must follow King County’s guidance on reopening, and playgrounds will not open until Phase 3. We are currently at Phase 2. It is hard for children to socially distance in a playground, and we want to avoid children, and their parents and their grandparents from getting sick.

    I’d like to touch on another topic that some of you have asked about: police policy. The City of Sammamish contracts with King County for our Sammamish police department, led by Chief Daniel Pingrey. The King County Sheriff’s Office has adopted the “8 Can’t Wait” procedures developed by Campaign Zero, a nationwide police reform program. You can read more about the Sammamish Police Department’s Polices, Training, and Resources in the Current News section of our City website.

    Lastly, it is time to say farewell to one of our most valued employees, City Clerk Melonie Anderson, who is retiring after 20 years of serving the City of Sammamish. Melonie, you’ve been an extraordinary public servant and friend to the City. Please accept our heartfelt thanks and best wishes from the City Council, City staff, and me, dear friend.

    That’s all for now…please stay well and stay healthy. And I hope to see you – from a safe distance -- at the Mask Distribution event on July 1st!

  • Drive-Thru Mask Distribution for Sammamish Residents July 1 at CWU, 4-8 PM

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    On July 1, from 4-8 pm at the CWU Sammamish campus, City personnel and volunteers will be handing out reusable, washable fabric masks to Sammamish residents. Masks are now required in public throughout Washington State.

    Know before you go:

    • Masks are made of cloth and are both washable and reusable.
    • Masks are limited to 2 per member of household.
      • Members of the household do not all need to be present
    • This is a Limited-Contact Event:
      • This event is drive-through only. No walk-ups or bicyclists will be permitted.
      • Distributors will be in full PPE (personal protective equipment) for your protection.
    • While we expect to have enough masks for everyone, this event is first-come, first-served.
      • The event ends at 8 pm, so please plan to line up before then in order to receive your face covering.
    • Access the event through CWU's Main Street entrance. (There will be signs.)

  • Governor Inslee Issues Statewide Mask Requirement

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    This mandate, which applies to all public spaces, goes into effect Friday, June 26. Read the full story on the Governor's Medium page.