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Supporting local farms: Get fresh produce, berries, flowers, cheese and more using King County’s new Local Food FinderShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
King County Executive Dow Constantine today launched Local Food Finder, an interactive map that identifies convenient ways customers can get fresh produce, berries, flowers, meat, honey, cheese, and more delivered from local farms to their doorstep, to a nearby pickup location, or picked up directly at the farm.
The mobile-friendly map is one of several ways King County is supporting local farmers who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted farmers markets and restaurant sales. It is a product of the Local Food Initiative that Executive Constantine created in 2014 to strengthen King County’s local food economy and increase equitable access to healthy, affordable food.
“We are making it easier than ever to get fresh food and flowers delivered directly from local farms or arrange for convenient pickup right at the farm,” said Executive Constantine. “Our new Local Food Finder is one of many ways we are supporting farmers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to mobilize resources and offer innovative solutions that connect farmers to more customers, strengthening our local food economy.” Read the full story.
King County Enters Phase 2Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
Sammamish and King County entered into Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start program today. For information on what changes, visit https://kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/safe-start.aspx .
Health Officials Stress Continued Vigilance as Limited Reopening BeginsShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
As King County continues its first week of limited reopening of some businesses and recreational activities, Public Health – Seattle & King County reminds the public to continue following physical distancing and infection control practices to help prevent an increase in COVID-19 cases. Also, expanded data available on the COVID-19 dashboard.
Read the full story from Public Health - Seattle King County' Public Health Insider blog.
King County Enters Modified Phase 1Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
The state approved King County's application for Modified Phase 1 today. This will allow for modified openings for many businesses and recreation activities. Effective immediately, restaurants and retailers in King County will be allowed to serve customers under a modified Phase 1 reopening.
Learn more what the modified reopening means for different types of businesses: kingcounty.gov/Safe-Start
New public health Directive requires masks or face coverings on transitShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
Starting Monday, May 18 until further notice, passengers are required to wear masks or face coverings while riding transit, according to a new Public Health Directive from Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health – Seattle & King County health officer, along with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan. Read more on the King County Metro Blog.
King County postpones payment deadline to June 1 for individual property taxpayersShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
Individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender, can delay payment until June 1, 2020 due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. Banks and other financial institutions that pay property taxes on behalf of their lending customers will still need to meet the original April 30 deadline.
Read more: https://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/constantine/news/release/2020/March/30-property-tax-extension.aspx
New Quarantine and Isolation Order Issued 3/28Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
From Public Health - Seattle & King County:
Quarantine and isolation
Local Health Officer Directive and Order, effective as of March 28, 2020
Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and have a test result pending may place other vulnerable members of the public at risk. To protect the health of our community and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Local Health Officer issued the following:
Everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test result pending, shall stay in an quarantine location (your home if you have one or in a government directed or publicly provided location if one is available) in accordance with CDC and Public Health guidance.
If your test result is positive, you must then remain in isolation.
All individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 shall enter and remain in isolation as follows:
Do not leave your home or recovery facility, except to receive medical care.
For individuals with symptoms, discontinue isolation only under the following conditions:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
- At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
For individuals who tested positive but have not had any symptoms, discontinue isolation when at least 7 days have passed since the date of the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test, and there has been no subsequent illness.
All individuals are strongly urged to voluntarily comply with this directive and order without delay.
Individuals who fail to comply may be subject to involuntary detention pursuant to public health authority under RCW 70.05.070 (2)-(3) and WAC 246-100-036 (3).
For more information
See the complete order for additional details, including conditions of quarantine and isolation.
King County's New COVID-19 Data DashboardShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
This new, interactive dashboard with statistics and data for COVID-19 case numbers updated daily by Public Health -- Seattle & King County. Previously, COVID-19 data had only been reported at the county level. This dashboard allows users to view data and statistics by city or zip code as well.
View the Data Dashboard