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.

  • Social Distancing 101

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    5 months ago

    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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    5 months ago

    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


  • What's the Current Protocol for Building Inspections? FAQs

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    5 months ago

    The City of Sammamish is in the process analyzing the way we conduct our building inspections as the community contends with the COVID-19 outbreak. Though this process will be updated, we wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our procedures as they currently stand.

    Q: Are residential and electrical inspections continuing?

    A: Yes, when social distancing can be met, except for Occupied Heated Space Inspections (OHSI), which are currently on hold pending launch of new program for video/virtual inspection.

    Q: Are they continuing on the exterior and interior of buildings?

    A: Yes, inspections for exteriors and for interiors of new construction (not occupied space) or open garage inspections continue, except OHSI, which are currently on hold. All inspections must maintain social distances.

    Q: Are inspections of remodels taking place?

    A: Yes, unless they are OHSI, and as long as social distance can be maintained.

    Q: How are inspections proceeding? Any special COVID-19 precautions our members should anticipate?

    A: For now, people requesting inspections should consider where they will place themselves during the inspection, so that we can maintain social distances. We are working hard to set up a new program while still serving customers, and we ask for patience during this unprecedented scenario.

    Q: Does anyone even want an inspection right now?

    A: We've actually seen a slight increase in inspection activity, and we're glad to be able to continue meeting the needs of our residents during this time.

    If you have any questions not covered here, please call the Front Desk at 425-295-0500.​

  • Sammamish Spring Recycling Events Postponed

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    5 months ago

    In order to comply with the latest guidelines from King County Public Health and the State of Washington, the City is postponing the Spring Recycling Events. This includes:

    • Sunday, April 19, 2020: The Spring Recycling Collection Event and Bin Sale
    • Saturday, April 25, 2020: Styrofoam & Latex Paint Collection Event

    We will share new dates for these events as soon as they become available. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!


  • Sammamish Closing Park Playgrounds and Skate Park, Effective 3/20

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    5 months ago

    Beginning tomorrow, March 20, 2020, the City of Sammamish will begin closing the Sammamish Commons Skate Park and all park playgrounds until further notice in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, with all playgrounds being closed by mid-day.

    Though our parks and trails remain open for general use, please avoid congregating in them. Residents must practice social distancing while enjoying our parks by maintaining 6 feet of separation from other people.

    Remember to thoroughly wash or sanitize your hands after touching any surfaces.

    Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!

  • Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak

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    5 months ago

    Today, Gov. Jay Inslee announced substantial measures for Washington state businesses and workers, as well as renters and other residents who may struggle financially to pay utility bills while dealing with loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Early Hours for Seniors & Higher-Risk Shoppers at Sammamish Safeway

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    5 months ago

    We have confirmed that our Sammamish Safeway will be reserving hours for higher-risk populations from 7 am - 9 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays. (Thank you, Sammamish Safeway!)

  • What's the Current Protocol for Building Inspections? FAQs

    Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link
    5 months ago

    The City of Sammamish is in the process analyzing the way we conduct our building inspections as the community contends with the COVID-19 outbreak. Though this process will be updated, we wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about our procedures as they currently stand.

    Q: Are residential and electrical inspections continuing?

    A: Yes, when social distancing can be met, except for Occupied Heated Space Inspections (OHSI), which are currently on hold pending launch of new program for video/virtual inspection.

    Q: Are they continuing on the exterior and interior of buildings?

    A: Yes, inspections for exteriors and for interiors of new construction (not occupied space) or open garage inspections continue, except OHSI, which are currently on hold. All inspections must maintain social distances.

    Q: Are inspections of remodels taking place?

    A: Yes, unless they are OSHI, and as long as social distance can be maintained.

    Q: How are inspections proceeding? Any special COVID-19 precautions our members should anticipate?

    A: For now, people requesting inspections should consider where they will place themselves during the inspection, so that we can maintain social distances. We are working hard to set up a new program while still serving customers, and we ask for patience during this unprecedented scenario.

    Q: Does anyone even want an inspection right now?

    A: We've actually seen a slight increase in inspection activity, and we're glad to be able to continue meeting the needs of our residents during this time.


  • Updated COVID-19 Public Health Recommendations: Implications for child care

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    5 months ago

    Childcares are not required to close, but there are considerations for childcares to make about whether they should close or not. Child care and early learning serve a vitally important function in allowing parents to continue working, which has positive public health, economic and social impacts. Public Health suggests that decisions about whether and for how long to close a child care, are made that weigh the potential benefits gained by reducing the potential for COVID-19 transmission in the child care with the impacts of closing.

  • New Local Health Orders issued by King County

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    5 months ago

    To limit the spread of COVID-19, King County Executive Dow Constantine and Health Officer Jeff Duchin announced a new Local Health Order that directed public health actions effective Monday, March 16.

    • All events with more than 50 people are prohibited until further notice
    • All events with fewer than 50 people are discouraged and prohibited unless organizers observe COVID-19 prevention measure.
    • All bars, dance clubs, fitness and health clubs, movie theaters, nightclubs, and other social and recreational establishments until at least March 31.
    • All restaurants and food service establishments cannot provide dining room service. They may remain open for drive-through, takeout and delivery.
    • All other retail – including banks, grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies – should and may remain open, provided they observe COVID-19 prevention measures.

    Under the order, events include: community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.

    For more information on these new restrictions click here.