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 visit their website for the latest information. To see recent news on this page, click here.

On March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issued the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, which was extended to be in place through at least May 4, 2020:

This proclamation:

  • Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  • Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
  • Closes all businesses except essential businesses.

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.

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

On March 23, Governor Jay Inslee issued the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, which was extended to be in place through at least May 4, 2020:

This proclamation:

  • Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
  • Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
  • Closes all businesses except essential businesses.

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.

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

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    4 days ago

    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.

    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.

  • Recreate Responsibly While Celebrating Independence Day

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    4 days ago

    With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, we invite the Sammamish community to celebrate with family and friends responsibly. Let’s do our part to keep COVID-19 from spreading by wearing facial coverings and continuing to maintain physical distancing and good hygiene practices. Parks and trails can quickly become crowded; have another plan if your destination is too congested to maintain good social distancing.

    The King County Council reminds us, "COVID-19 has been on the sharp rise in King County recently, and health experts are increasingly concerned we’re moving in the wrong direction. We all must be vigilant to help reduce the spread, as we look to celebrate Independence Day this weekend."

    Recreate Responsibly:

    • Limit gathering sizes; socialize with no more than 5 people outside your household.
    • Know before you go – familiarize yourself with what park and trail amenities are open.
    • Respect closures of park features to help prevent the spread of the virus.
    • Give others plenty of room whether you are in a park, on a trail, at a boat launch or in a parking lot.
    • Wear your facial covering.

    We are currently in Phase 2, and with everyone following ‘Recreate Responsibly’ guidelines, we can all safely enjoy the holiday!

    With the Fourth of July holiday around the corner, we invite the Sammamish community to celebrate with family and friends responsibly. Let’s do our part to keep COVID-19 from spreading by wearing facial coverings and continuing to maintain physical distancing and good hygiene practices. Parks and trails can quickly become crowded; have another plan if your destination is too congested to maintain good social distancing.

    The King County Council reminds us, "COVID-19 has been on the sharp rise in King County recently, and health experts are increasingly concerned we’re moving in the wrong direction. We all must be vigilant to help reduce the spread, as we look to celebrate Independence Day this weekend."

    Recreate Responsibly:

    • Limit gathering sizes; socialize with no more than 5 people outside your household.
    • Know before you go – familiarize yourself with what park and trail amenities are open.
    • Respect closures of park features to help prevent the spread of the virus.
    • Give others plenty of room whether you are in a park, on a trail, at a boat launch or in a parking lot.
    • Wear your facial covering.

    We are currently in Phase 2, and with everyone following ‘Recreate Responsibly’ guidelines, we can all safely enjoy the holiday!

  • Governor Inslee Issues Statewide Mask Requirement

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    13 days ago

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

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

  • What's Open, What's Closed: Sammamish City Parks in Phase 2

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    14 days ago
    • As you plan your visit, remember to practice social distancing, avoid congregating, use of PPE and frequent hand-washing is recommended, stay home if you are sick, and follow the most current CDC guidelines.
    • Most of Sammamish’s closed park amenities are out in the open and cannot be fully secured or locked. Please honor closure notices as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe.

    The City of Sammamish continues to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the Governor's orders and to ensure that social distancing measures (maintaining six feet of...

    • As you plan your visit, remember to practice social distancing, avoid congregating, use of PPE and frequent hand-washing is recommended, stay home if you are sick, and follow the most current CDC guidelines.
    • Most of Sammamish’s closed park amenities are out in the open and cannot be fully secured or locked. Please honor closure notices as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe.

    The City of Sammamish continues to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the Governor's orders and to ensure that social distancing measures (maintaining six feet of space between people) will be adhered to. All Sammamish City parks and preserves continue to remain open to pedestrian and bicycle access with the following modifications:

    Park amenities for Phase 2 opening:

    • Athletic Fields (City-owned)
    • Courts
    • Dog Park (no water)
    • Beaches – Fishing only
      • Sammamish Landing Park
      • Beaver Lake Park

    The associated parking lots for these amenities are open, which include East Sammamish Park, Ebright Creek Park, and Beaver Lake Park.

    • Trails at all City Parks
    • Evans Creek Preserve
    • Beaver Lake Preserve
    • Lower Sammamish Commons
    • Sammamish Landing Park
    • Parking lots to parks without gates:
    • Klahanie Park
    • NE Sammamish Park
    • Big Rock Park
    • Restrooms/Sani-cans

    The following amenities will remain closed until Phase 3:

    • Pine Lake Park Gate and Beach
    • Docks at Sammamish Landing and Pine Lake Park
    • Playgrounds at all Parks
    • Sammamish Commons Skate Park

    Group size restrictions in effect: Gatherings of five or fewer people from outside the household are permitted.

    Organized athletic games, practices and pickup games are not permitted.

    Use of PPE and frequent hand-washing is recommended.

    As you plan your visit, remember to practice social distancing, avoid group gatherings, keep it moving to help prevent crowding, stay home if you are sick, and follow the most current CDC guidelines.

  • King County Enters Phase 2

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    17 days ago

    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 .

    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 Begins

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    28 days ago

    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.

    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 1

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    about 1 month ago

    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

    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

  • Sammamish City Parks Safe Start Update for June 4

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    about 1 month ago
    UPDATE JUNE 5: Now that King County has been approved to move into Modified Phase 1, the City will be implementing the reopening of amenities, the week of June 8.


    As you plan your visit, remember to practice social distancing, avoid congregating, use of PPE and frequent hand-washing is recommended, stay home if you are sick, and follow the most current CDC guidelines.

    Most of Sammamish’s closed park amenities are out in the open and cannot be fully secured or locked. Please honor closure notices as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe.

    For

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    UPDATE JUNE 5: Now that King County has been approved to move into Modified Phase 1, the City will be implementing the reopening of amenities, the week of June 8.


    As you plan your visit, remember to practice social distancing, avoid congregating, use of PPE and frequent hand-washing is recommended, stay home if you are sick, and follow the most current CDC guidelines.

    Most of Sammamish’s closed park amenities are out in the open and cannot be fully secured or locked. Please honor closure notices as part of the community’s collective response and individual responsibility to keep everyone safe.

    For the latest updates, visit City of Sammamish COVID-19 Information & Resources.

    The City of Sammamish continues to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the Governor's orders and to ensure that social distancing measures (maintaining six feet of space between people) will be adhered to. As we move into Modified Phase 1, based on King County’s application and approval to move forward, the City will be opening some additional park amenities. All Sammamish City parks and preserves continue to remain open to pedestrian and bicycle access with the following modifications:

    Park amenities projected for Modified Phase 1 opening:

    • Athletic Fields (City-owned)
    • Courts
    • Dog Park (no water)
    • Beaches – Fishing only
      • Sammamish Landing Park
      • Beaver Lake Park

    The associated parking lots for these amenities will be opened, which include East Sammamish Park, Ebright Creek Park, and Beaver Lake Park.

    • Group size restrictions in effect: Gatherings of five or fewer people from outside the household are permitted.

    Organized athletic games, practices and pickup games are not permitted.

    • Use of PPE and frequent handwashing is recommended.

    The above openings will be added to the existing availability of parks/amenities below:

    • Trails at all City Parks
    • Evans Creek Preserve
    • Beaver Lake Preserve
    • Lower Sammamish Commons
    • Sammamish Landing Park
    • Parking lots to parks without gates:
    • Klahanie Park
    • NE Sammamish Park
    • Big Rock Park
    • Restrooms/Sani-cans

    The following amenities will remain closed until Phase 3:

    • Pine Lake Park Gate and Beach
    • Docks at Sammamish Landing and Pine Lake Park
    • Playgrounds at all Parks
    • Sammamish Commons Skate Park

    As you plan your visit, remember to practice social distancing, avoid group gatherings, keep it moving to help prevent crowding, stay home if you are sick, and follow the most current CDC guidelines.

    For the latest updates, visit City of Sammamish COVID-19 Information & Resources.


  • Safe Start Plans & Guidance for Reopening from Washington State

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    about 2 months ago

    Safe Start plans and guidance for reopening

    On May 1, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020 and outlined the phased “Safe Start” approach he and public health officials will take for resuming recreational, social and business activities. He issued the new proclamation on May 4, 2020 to begin Phase 1. Phase 1 builds upon re-opening of some construction activity and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, playing golf and some park access.

    The state will stay in every phase for a minimum of three weeks in order to allow...

    Safe Start plans and guidance for reopening

    On May 1, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, 2020 and outlined the phased “Safe Start” approach he and public health officials will take for resuming recreational, social and business activities. He issued the new proclamation on May 4, 2020 to begin Phase 1. Phase 1 builds upon re-opening of some construction activity and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, playing golf and some park access.

    The state will stay in every phase for a minimum of three weeks in order to allow one complete disease incubation period plus an additional week to compile complete data and confirm trends. Every phase will still require social distancing and appropriate health precautions including the use of personal protective equipment in a number of workplaces.

    This phased approach may be adjusted as the pandemic evolves. You can view the COVID-19 Risk Assessment dashboard used by the governor and public health leaders to evaluate the risk associated with possible modifications to the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

    The governor’s office will provide industry-specific guidance and safety criteria for businesses listed in each phase of the plan. Business activities are not authorized to open until a business is able to meet all safety criteria. Guidance documents will be added here as they become available.

    Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233).

    General questions from employers about the Safe Start plan can be directed to the state’s Business Response Center.

    Additional workplace safety guidance is available on our Business & Workers page. Visit our What’s Open page for more information about which personal, recreational and spiritual activities are allowed.

    Phase 1 business activity guidelines

    List of approved essential programs - issued May 7

    Phase 2 business activity guidelines