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

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.

  • King County Enters Phase 2

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    25 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 .

  • Sammamish Emergency Manager's 6/16 Report to City Council on COVID-19

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    26 days ago

    Andrew Stevens, CEM – Emergency Manager, Eastside Fire & Rescue

    Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    Thank you again for providing me with the opportunity to discuss the current state of emergency management here in Sammamish.

    Across the globe, Coronavirus numbers continue to rise. Since my last report two weeks ago, the world has seen an increase in roughly 1.75 million cases and 60,000 more fatalities. Please allow me to put that into context. The world has been dealing with COVID-19 since January. It took until mid-April to hit 1.75 million cases globally. We hit that number in the...

    Andrew Stevens, CEM – Emergency Manager, Eastside Fire & Rescue

    Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    Thank you again for providing me with the opportunity to discuss the current state of emergency management here in Sammamish.

    Across the globe, Coronavirus numbers continue to rise. Since my last report two weeks ago, the world has seen an increase in roughly 1.75 million cases and 60,000 more fatalities. Please allow me to put that into context. The world has been dealing with COVID-19 since January. It took until mid-April to hit 1.75 million cases globally. We hit that number in the past two weeks.

    That is a nearly 1/5 increase in total cases in the past two weeks alone.

    In the past two weeks, the U.S. has seen an additional 320,000 cases and 10,000 deaths, and as states continue to lift stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 mitigations, surges in new infections are again on the rise.

    Locally, King County has requested to move into Phase 2 of the Washington Safe Start plan, loosening restrictions on non-essential businesses, retail establishments, and limited social gatherings. If these restrictions are lifted and individuals choose to participate in these various activities in unsafe manners, ignoring public health recommendations on facial coverings or social distancing, then we too can expect an increase in infected individuals in our City.

    I want to make it extremely clear to everyone listening. Nothing has changed as far as COVID is concerned. There is no vaccine, and there is no effective treatment. The risks posed are still very much a reality, with the only advantage we have now is better knowledge of how the disease spreads and a far greater availability of protective mitigations like PPE. You cannot gaslight your way out of a pandemic, pretending as if the threat no longer exists. Understanding that people need to return to work and businesses need to reopen their doors or risk closing them forever, it is then all our responsibility to ensure that they can do so safely. If you can physically wear a face covering when in public, then you need to. If you can socialize or conduct meetings remotely, then continue to do that. Knowing that the threat is still here, we all need to do everything to minimize our own risk and the risk to others. I think it is important to recognize that while some businesses are resuming operations, those employees are there to earn a living and not to place themselves at unnecessary risk from those they serve.

    The past several weeks have brought additional challenges to communities across the nation, as protests against systematic racism, inequality, and instances of police brutality are organizing in nearly every community. While the vast majority of these incidents have been conducted peacefully, some have resulted in civil unrest or violence. On June 4th a peaceful protest of roughly 500 individuals took place in Sammamish, beginning here at the Sammamish Commons, then transitioning to a march northward looping back down through 228th. I would like to express my personal appreciation to Sammamish PD for the time and effort they spent preparing for the event and all the work done to ensure that those attending the peaceful protest were able to so in a safe environment. In addition to the fantastic work of our police department, nearly every city department and numerous external stakeholders assisted in the preparation and coordinated management of the event.

    While this year has certainly been challenging, it has highlighted many successes. I’m proud of the way Sammamish has approached each of these incidents. Since 2017, Sammamish has implemented an all-hazard emergency management program focusing on strengthening inter-agency coordination, equity in assistance, and whole-community disaster resiliency. This has provided us with the confidence and ability to respond effectively to any range of disaster or emergency. From severe weather and floods, to pandemics and civil unrest, the City of Sammamish and its residents continue to lead the way in preparing for, mitigating against, responding to, and recovering from whatever seems come our way, and we're only halfway through the year.

    Thank you.




  • Free Summer Meals for Children from LWSD

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    28 days ago

    To help support families during the school closure due to the coronavirus, Lake Washington School District is committed to providing FREE healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch to children ages 1-18. Learn more.

    To help support families during the school closure due to the coronavirus, Lake Washington School District is committed to providing FREE healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch to children ages 1-18. Learn more.

  • Summer Lifeguard Program Canceled at Pine Lake Park

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    about 1 month ago

    On Tuesday, June 2, the Sammamish City Council reviewed and approved a phasing plan to begin re-opening park amenities throughout the City.

    In line with King County, the City of Sammamish’s Phase 1B does not allow for the use of docks or swimming, and aquatic facilities in Western Washington remain closed. This condition, combined with many other factors, including staffing shortage, additional risk of COVID transmission when performing resuscitation, and the multiple challenges social distancing poses, does not support the city’s efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, forcing the City of Sammamish to cease the lifeguard program this summer at Pine Lake Park.

    In the absence of lifeguards, City officials want to remind the public that they swim at their own risk and to be extra cautious. This advisory applies to any water recreation at Beaver Lake and Sammamish Landing as well.

    It is recommended that all people, especially children, use life jackets or flotation devices when they are near or in the water. Other safety tips include:

    - Be wary of the risk of cold shock due to frigid spring water temperatures;

    - Look for hazards in the water like swift currents and debris;

    - Read and follow all signage.

    The City will be issuing drowning prevention information and water safety tips on social media.

    On Tuesday, June 2, the Sammamish City Council reviewed and approved a phasing plan to begin re-opening park amenities throughout the City.

    In line with King County, the City of Sammamish’s Phase 1B does not allow for the use of docks or swimming, and aquatic facilities in Western Washington remain closed. This condition, combined with many other factors, including staffing shortage, additional risk of COVID transmission when performing resuscitation, and the multiple challenges social distancing poses, does not support the city’s efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, forcing the City of Sammamish to cease the lifeguard program this summer at Pine Lake Park.

    In the absence of lifeguards, City officials want to remind the public that they swim at their own risk and to be extra cautious. This advisory applies to any water recreation at Beaver Lake and Sammamish Landing as well.

    It is recommended that all people, especially children, use life jackets or flotation devices when they are near or in the water. Other safety tips include:

    - Be wary of the risk of cold shock due to frigid spring water temperatures;

    - Look for hazards in the water like swift currents and debris;

    - Read and follow all signage.

    The City will be issuing drowning prevention information and water safety tips on social media.

  • Emergency Manager's 6/2/20 Report to Council on COVID-19

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    about 1 month ago

    In case you missed it at last week's City Council Regular Meeting, below is the full text of the Sammamish Emergency Manager's Report to City Council on COVID-19. This full recorded meeting can also be viewed at on our YouTube page.

    Report to Sammamish City Council on Covid-19

    June 2, 2020

    Andrew Stevens, CEM – Emergency Manager, Eastside Fire & Rescue

    Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    Across the world, Coronavrius numbers continue to increase. Globally, there are roughly 6.4 million positive cases and nearly 380,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The U.S continues to be the global leader...

    In case you missed it at last week's City Council Regular Meeting, below is the full text of the Sammamish Emergency Manager's Report to City Council on COVID-19. This full recorded meeting can also be viewed at on our YouTube page.

    Report to Sammamish City Council on Covid-19

    June 2, 2020

    Andrew Stevens, CEM – Emergency Manager, Eastside Fire & Rescue

    Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    Across the world, Coronavrius numbers continue to increase. Globally, there are roughly 6.4 million positive cases and nearly 380,000 deaths due to COVID-19. The U.S continues to be the global leader in both confirmed cases at over 1.8 million, and fatalities, with over 106,000 deaths. This is a tragic milestone and the speed in which this number was reached, in just 3 short months, is a stark reminder as to the severity of this crisis.

    Washington State is reporting 22,157 positive cases of COVID-19 and 1,128 deaths. King County is reporting 8,235 cases. The City of Sammamish is shown to have 78 positive cases of coronavirus, and five fatalities. [Editor's note: The newly updated King County COVID-19 Data Dashboard now shows revised, slightly reduced case numbers for Sammamish.]

    Last week, the Governor announced his updated plan for safely resuming some recreational, social, and business activities. While some activities have already resumed under this approach, and counties across the state move into higher phases of reopening, it is important to note that although the threat of COVID-19 may seem to be declining, steps to prevent exposure still need to be made by all members of our community. This includes complying with all non-pharmaceutical interventions, maintaining social distancing, and wearing face coverings while in public. Sammamish residents have done an amazing job of reducing our whole community’s risk to this virus, through purposeful, preventative measures and support of one another. Now is not the time to let your guard down.

    Turning on the news it may be easy to forget that the U.S. is still very actively engaged in fighting a pandemic, and that the virus is still very much present throughout our communities. Crises can occur simultaneously, often compounding the effects of both. During these times, viral outbreaks are especially opportunistic. The traditional methods of non-violent civil resistance, such as the congregation of people gathering to peacefully protest an injustice or to hold a vigil, all provide opportunities for a resurgence of this disease.

    As you are aware, the City Manager has drafted a Proclamation of Emergency in response to the numerous incidents of civil unrest we are witnessing across the region, which is being presented for your ratification this evening. Please know, that we have been actively monitoring and assessing these incidents and coordinating with multiple agencies to reduce our community’s risk and vulnerability and to take measurable steps to ensure public safety and property protection.

  • Health Officials Stress Continued Vigilance as Limited Reopening Begins

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    about 1 month 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.

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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.


  • Announcing "What's Open Eastside"

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    about 2 months ago

    The City of Sammamish is proud to partner with the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, and Renton on the new map-based tool to support our local businesses, What's Open Eastside. This free application was designed for local businesses to publicize what services they offer, to advertise promotions, to provide updates on operation status, and to share details on how services can be accessed.

    Not only will this app help Sammamish residents see which businesses are providing what level of service as Washington State phases through its Safe Start plans, but it will last well after the COVID crisis has passed as a valuable tool to help our community support each other and shop local.

    Check out the app today to support your neighborhood businesses!

    The City of Sammamish is proud to partner with the cities of Bellevue, Bothell, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond, and Renton on the new map-based tool to support our local businesses, What's Open Eastside. This free application was designed for local businesses to publicize what services they offer, to advertise promotions, to provide updates on operation status, and to share details on how services can be accessed.

    Not only will this app help Sammamish residents see which businesses are providing what level of service as Washington State phases through its Safe Start plans, but it will last well after the COVID crisis has passed as a valuable tool to help our community support each other and shop local.

    Check out the app today to support your neighborhood businesses!

  • City of Sammamish Statement on Sammamish Farmers Market

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    about 2 months ago

    The City of Sammamish is issuing this statement to underscore the City’s position on summer events. There is some confusion around the Sammamish Farmers Market that this statement is intended to clarify.

    • At a City Council Special Meeting on April 14, 2020, the City Council voted to cancel all City of Sammamish sponsored events, including the City’s Farmers Market, through the end of August in order to protect the community and mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. The safety of our residents is our first priority.
    • Events canceled include popular gatherings such as the Farmers Market, Fourth on the Plateau,...

    The City of Sammamish is issuing this statement to underscore the City’s position on summer events. There is some confusion around the Sammamish Farmers Market that this statement is intended to clarify.

    • At a City Council Special Meeting on April 14, 2020, the City Council voted to cancel all City of Sammamish sponsored events, including the City’s Farmers Market, through the end of August in order to protect the community and mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. The safety of our residents is our first priority.
    • Events canceled include popular gatherings such as the Farmers Market, Fourth on the Plateau, and Concerts in the Park.
    • The City of Sammamish has not received any permit applications for a 2020 Farmers Market; however, any such applications would have to go through our permitting process like any other Temporary Use Permit.
    • The City of Sammamish has observed how other cities are handling farmers markets. For instance, the Redmond Farmers Market has moved from their original location of 35 years.
    • Though the City of Sammamish has no involvement with the farmers market being organized by the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce, the City of Sammamish is glad they have found a place to conduct their farmers market.