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  • Governor Inslee Extends Face Covering Requirement for Businesses and Halts County Advancements

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    Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. The governor is also ordering a statewide pause on advancing counties from their current phases under Safe Start.

    Read more.

  • 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.

  • New public health Directive requires masks or face coverings on transit

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    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 Issues Directive to Wear Face Coverings

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    Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings.

    Wear a face covering when you are at any indoor or outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with you.

    Everyone is strongly urged to wear face coverings in places such as:

    • Stores that sell food and beverages (including: grocery stores, pharmacies, corner stores, convenience stores, liquor stores, farmers' markets, food banks, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, big box stores that sell groceries, and similar places that sell food).
    • Retail stores (including: convenience stores, pet supply stores, auto supplies and repair shops, hardware and home improvement stores, garden stores that sell supplies for growing food, office supply stores, and home appliance stores).
    • Restaurant take-out and food businesses. Employees who prepare, carry out, and deliver food must wear masks.
    • Cannabis shops and stores that sell dietary supplements.
    • Tobacco and vapor shops.
    • Buses, light rail, and other forms of public transportation.

    A face covering is not needed when you are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outdoors if you are able to regularly stay 6 feet away from other people who do not live with you.
    Learn more on the King County website

  • Mask Use in the General Population

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    Should everyone in the general public be wearing masks?

    Staying apart from other people is our best protection against COVID-19, but non-medical masks can be a supplement. Before deciding to wear a mask, Public Health recommends people keep two considerations central:

    Medical masks should be reserved for healthcare providers who are on the front lines working to protect us all. We have had shortages of those masks and it’s critically important that our healthcare workers have the equipment they need to do their jobs.

    Non-medical mask use (e.g., homemade fabric masks) does not replace the need to follow guidance to stay home and limit our contact with others. It does not replace frequent hand-washing, avoiding touching the face, and staying away from people who are ill. These are the most important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness.

    How might homemade cloth mask use in the general public help slow the spread of COVID-19?

    Wearing a fabric mask can help prevent the spread of infection to others when the mask is worn by someone who already is infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms. The mask will block infectious droplets from spreading when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes and, to a lesser degree, speaks.

    To be effective, masks should be worn consistently and properly so as not to contaminate the hands or face of the user, and fabric masks should be changed when moist and washed after use. Masks that have been worn may be contaminated with infectious agents.

    What about if I make my own masks or repurpose things around the house like bandanas?

    Well-designed homemade or commercially manufactured masks for the public that do not draw on the supply needed by health care workers may provide some benefit, although that is uncertain. It is important for homemade or other masks to be well made, fit well, and be properly cleaned or sanitized.

    To be most effective, masks should be worn consistently and properly so as not to contaminate the hands or face of the user, and fabric masks should be changed when moist and washed after use.

    Most importantly, mask use should not make people less likely to take more important steps to prevent COVID-19 infection like staying home and avoiding all non-essential activities and contact with others, frequent hand-washing, and not touching the face (eyes, nose and mouth).

    What if I am caring for a loved one that is symptomatic?

    If you are caring for a loved one with a respiratory infection, you and your loved one should both wear masks when you are in close contact. If only one mask is available, give it to the person who is ill to wear.

    If no masks are available, help your loved one cover their cough when you are in the room. For instance, ask your loved one to cover their cough with a bandana, a sheet, or a blanket. These will not stop the spread of viral particles but may limit the distance of spread.

    People who are interested in more information on alternative personal protective equipment (PPE) can look to the WA Department of Health’s Guidance for Caregivers. It is still unclear how effective these strategies are and whether there is any potential risk of using alternatives to traditional PPE.