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 check out their COVID-19 Data Dashboards for the latest statistics. To see recent news on this page, click here.

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

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

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.

  • Travel Only for Essential Needs

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    With the new "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, we must all stay home and not travel, unless it's for an "essential need." What does that mean for Sammamish residents?

    o Do your part. Sammamish residents must stay at home, except for emergency travel or essential needs. This also means not having friends or family over for dinner parties or get-togethers.

    o Essential needs may include travel to grocery stores and food banks, pharmacies, gas stations, urgent or emergency medical care, caring for an elderly or sick family member, and travel to work for essential staff as defined by state or local authorities.

    o Law enforcement’s primary role is education and engagement with the community. The Sammamish Police Department and the King County Sheriff's Office will work to educate the public about how to best comply with stay-at-home orders and keep themselves safe. Sammamish residents, with a few exceptions, understand the severity of the situation are doing all they can already to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy. No law enforcement agencies have any desire to make any arrests or take anybody to jail for violations. That said, please do not call 911 to report social distancing violations. Instead, call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.

    o Freight travel with supplies for grocery stores will continue -- Please don't overstock. When people buy more than they need, the people who need supplies most – such as health workers and seniors – are forced to go without. Grocery shelves will remain stocked if everyone sticks to their normal buying habits. Please try to limit your trips to the store to once per week to limit your exposure to others.

    o Discretionary travel is limited to managing urgent needs such as helping an elderly neighbor purchase groceries or providing care or support to a sick family member, for example.

    o Maintain social distancing at all times when in public. Staying six feet apart from one another is absolutely crucial to preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

  • No Vehicular Access to Sammamish City Parks Beginning March 25

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    Starting tomorrow, March 25, 2020, the City of Sammamish will take additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in accordance with the Governor's recent orders and to ensure that social distancing measures (six feet of space between people) can be adhered to.

    1. All parks and preserves will remain open to pedestrian access.
    2. Gates to parking lots will NOT be opened for parks, so they will have no vehicular access. Parks affected include Beaver Lake Park, East Sammamish Park, Pine Lake Park, Ebright Creek Park, Sammamish Landing. Please note that there are parks that do not have gates to their parking lots (Klahanie Park, NE Sammamish Park, Big Rock Park), so these lots will remain open.
    3. Gates to parking lots of preserves will remain open. This includes Evans Creek Preserve and Beaver Lake Preserve. Gates to the Lower Sammamish Commons park will remain open to allow access for the SE 4th Street contractor and CrossPath Counseling.
    4. Restrooms and sani-cans will remain open.
    5. The Dog Park (at Beaver Lake Park) and ball fields/sports courts at all parks will be locked.
    6. Playgrounds will remain closed.

    These measures are being taken to prevent any of our City parks from becoming "destinations" for large groups of people. While outdoor exercise is considered an essential activity under the Governor's most recent order, we urge people to stay in their homes as much as possible. If you do go outside, we recommend that residents walk in their neighborhoods and explore their closest parks, so that no one park becomes overcrowded.

    Thank you, and stay healthy!


  • What's an "Essential Business?"

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    With the order from Governor Inslee on March 23, all except for "essential businesses" must close starting March 25, for a period of at least two weeks. But what businesses are defined as essential? In Sammamish, this means our grocery stores will stay open; restaurants can continue offering delivery, drive-through, and take-out; police and fire departments will be fully staffed, utility workers will continue to provide services to residents, and City Hall will remain operational (with some modifications).

    Visit this resource from the Washington State COVID-19 page to learn more about what sort of business operations are and are not allowed at this time.

  • Governor Inslee announces “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order

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    Under a new order from the Governor's Office, Washington State is now under a "Stay Home" order starting immediately and lasting for a minimum of two weeks.

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


  • More Grocers with Special Hours for Seniors and At-Risk Populations

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    Partial list of stores that have announced hours for Elderly or At-risk Shoppers

    • Safeway/Albertsons (Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah): At-risk shoppers (seniors, pregnant women, people who have compromised immune systems). Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-9 a.m.
    • Target (Redmond): Senior shoppers and those with compromised immune systems. The first hour of each day. Check Target’s website for specific opening hours at locations throughout the Greater Seattle area.
    • Whole Foods (Redmond): Senior Shopper hours. One hour before the store opens to the public. Check Whole Foods’ website for specific opening hours at locations throughout the Greater Seattle area.
    • PCC Markets (Redmond, Issaquah): Senior and at-risk shoppers will have a reserved shopping hour from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every day.
    • Costco (Redmond, Issaquah): Senior and at-risk shoppers will have a reserved shopping hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • New Seasons Markets: Senior and at-risk shoppers will have a reserved shopping hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday - Friday
    • QFC: Seniors over 60 from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday - Thursday.
    • Metropolitan Markets (Sammamish): 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Monday - Friday.
    • Trader Joe's (Sammamish, Redmond, Issaquah): Separate, expedited line for seniors from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Walgreens (Issaquah): 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesdays
    • Walmart (Bellevue): Tuesdays, one hour before open.
    • Fred Meyer (Sammamish, Issaquah, Redmond): Seniors 60 & Older: 7am – 8am, Monday - Thursday

    Partial list of stores that have reduced hours:

    • Fred Meyer: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Metropolitan Markets: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
    • PCC Markets: All stores now close at 10 p.m.
    • QFC: 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.
    See the King County list of Grocery Store Operating Hours for more stores in the region.

    Know of another local store with special hours or accommodations? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Metro and Sound Transit temporarily reducing service and suspending fares to support the health of the community

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    Three important pieces of news for Sammamish transit riders:

    1. Sound Transit and King County Metro have suspended fares on all transit modes until further notice. To protect operators, all passengers are asked to board and exit buses through rear doors whenever possible. See the King County Metro announcement or the Sound Transit announcement for full details.
    2. Metro’s routes 216, 219, and 269 operating through the City will be impacted by either fewer trips and/or reduced hours of operation. Community Ride will not be operating, and Community Van (which has not launched in Sammamish yet) will continue as a work in progress.
    3. As of this update, Sound Transit’s route 554 through Sammamish will not experience any reduced service hours.

    These changes went into effect on Monday, March 23rd. For more information about all service changes in King County and other traveling alternatives, please visit https://kingcountymetro.blog/2020/03/19/reducedschedule/. Sound Transit’s updates can be found at https://www.soundtransit.org/get-to-know-us/news-events/news-releases.


  • Waste Pickup Update from Republic Services

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    An important update from Republic Services, the trash, recycling, and yard waste service within the City of Sammamish:

    "With the onset of COVID–19 and the health concerns that are taking place in our communities, we want to keep you updated as to what we are doing at Republic Services.

    We are still running all of our collection routes at this time. We do have some concerns with loose materials around the carts and containers. That being said, for all those involved, we are implementing some temporary guidelines to protect our customers, our drivers and our communities. Effective Tuesday, March 24:

    Residential:

    Due to health concerns for the Public and our Drivers, until further notice we will only collect trash that is stored in Republic Carts or personal owned cans. Extra trash must be bagged or stored in an additional cart or can.

    If you have extra Recycle or Yard waste, it must be in an cart or can. We will not pick up any loose/bundled/bagged material outside a cart or can.

    In addition, we are suspending all bulky waste collections until further notice.

    Commercial:

    Due to health concerns for the Public and our Drivers, until further notice we will only pick up trash that is in your container unless it is bagged. Anything outside the container that is not bagged will not be collected.

    If you have recycle, our drivers will only pick up recycle that is stored inside your container. We will not pick up anything outside your container."


  • How to Donate Personal Protective Equipment & Cleaning Products

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    Many Sammamish residents and businesses have offered to support the medical professionals on the front line of the COVID-19 response through donations.

    The State of Washington is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products.

    The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is working to purchase and also to arrange bulk donations of specific PPE and infection-control products identified by the Department of Health. DES is also working with Impact Washington to partner with manufacturing companies.

    DES is seeking:

    • Disposable gowns
    • Coveralls
    • N95 masks
    • Surgical Procedure Masks
    • Face shields
    • Gloves
    • Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR)
    • PAPR hoods
    • PAPR filters
    • Comfort Strips (Max Ari 2000-201)
    • Li-Ion Battery
    • Small (Max Ari 200-36T)
    • Impermeable Barriers
    • Sanitizing/Disinfectant Wipes
    • Hand Sanitizer Bottles
    • Hand Sanitizer Refills
    • Cleaning Solution Spray
    • Digital thermometers (forehead)
    • Disposable Thermometers
    • Disposable Stethoscopes

    Donate

    The state is focusing on bulk donations to fill the highest needs first. To arrange bulk donations of specified items please fill out this form and send it to PPEDonation@des.wa.gov.

    To donate small quantities of items, or other items, contact your local emergency management agency.

    Purchasing

    If you have any of the specified products in stock, please fill out this form and return it to the Department of Enterprise Services at DESContractsStrategy@des.wa.gov.

    Manufacturers

    The state is partnering with Impact Washington to work with companies willing to shift gears and re-purpose their manufacturing operations. Companies should contact Impact Washington Center Director Deloit Wolfe, dwolfe@impactwashington.org, 425-681-6798.

    Other offers and inquiries

    Inquiries regarding other items, including the following, should be directed to covidhelp@mil.wa.gov.

    • Offers of PPE that are not on the list specified above
    • Offers for other equipment or technology
    • Ideas for involving community organizations in gathering or making items
    • Ideas from non-manufacturers on how to produce additional items

  • Social Distancing 101

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    With our wonderful weather, many of us are feeling cooped up and ready to get outside. And we can! Remember social distancing practices for you and your family as you enjoy this weekend.

    You can: Take a walk, ride your bike, and enjoy nature by yourself or with your family; walk your pets or take them to the vet for care; get food at the grocery store or as takeout from a restaurant; go to the pharmacy; go to medical appointments after first checking with your doctor; help someone else get necessary supplies; and remember that these changes are temporary and necessary to help our community stay healthy!

    You should not: Go into work unless you absolutely must be there in person; make social visits to friends or family; get closer than six feet from others when you go out; travel for vacation; visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, or residential care facility; or let your kids play with other kids who aren't maintaining six feet of distance.

    Thank you all for your cooperation as we manage the COVID-19 health challenge together!

  • Sammamish Parks & Recreation Closures for April

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    After careful consideration and with additional information from the Governor’s Office and King County Health Department this past week, the City will be canceling the following listed below. We apologize for the inconvenience, however the health and safety of our community is our highest priority.

    All rentals canceled through April 24th at the following sites (renters will be issued a full refund):

    • Beaver Lake Lodge
    • Beaver Lake Pavilion
    • Picnic Shelters at Pine Lake Park, Ebright Park, East Sammamish Park, Beaver Lake Park and Lower Commons Park
    • Athletic Fields at Eastlake Community Fields, Pine Lake Park, Beaver Lake Park, Klahanie Park and East Sammamish Park

    All parks and trails will remain open for general use with the exception of playgrounds and the skate park.

    Community events canceled:

    • April 11th – Eggstravangza (Coordinated by the YMCA)
    • April 25th – Earth Day (Coordinated by the City)
    • May 16th – Rig-A-Palooza (Coordinated by the City)

    Meetings canceled:

    • April 1st – Parks Commission Meeting
    • April 27th - Arts Commission Meeting
    • April 29th – Youth Board Meeting

    All volunteer work events canceled through April 24th.

    For more information about COVID-19 in King County, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx