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.

  • King County Enters Modified Phase 1

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    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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    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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    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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    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.
  • Sammamish Emergency Manager's 5/19 Report to Council on COVID-19

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    This report was presented verbally at the City Council Regular Meeting on May 19, 2020.

    Report to Sammamish City Council on COVID-19

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

    Good evening Mayor, Council members, and City Manager. Thank you again for inviting me to discuss the City of Sammamish’s COVID-19 response and recovery operations.

    As of today, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus globally was nearly 4.9 million. The U.S. has reported roughly 1.5 million cases of COVID-19, resulting in over 91,000 fatalities. The number of cases in the U.S. is now roughly than the same as the next seven highest countries combined.

    Washington State is reporting 18,811 positive cases of COVID-19 and over 1,000 deaths. King County is reporting 7,582 cases. The City of Sammamish is shown to have 76 positive cases of coronavirus, and now five fatalities. This is an increase of roughly 17% in new confirmed cases and a 66% increase in fatalities in the past two weeks. I believe that these numbers should strike home the fact that COVID-19 is still a considerable threat as we are still tragically seeing lives lost within our community.

    Yesterday, King County enacted a directive requiring all residents to wear a face covering in most public settings. This includes any indoor or outdoor space where you may possibly come within six feet of others, including grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, or any other retail facilities. Face covering helps to prevent the inadvertent spread of COVID-19 and, therefore, I urge all residents to comply with this directive. Similarly, private businesses may further require that all customers entering their facility be required to wear a face covering. Also note that although the wearing of a face covering or mask is an extremely important step in slowing disease transmission, it is not a substitute for other COVID-19 mitigations such as social distancing or washing your hands.

    Internally, the City continues to assess and monitor COVID-19 threat mitigation strategies as they relate to Washington’s phased Safe Start plan and adjust accordingly. This includes assessing the use of public facilities and our own internal policies and procedures. We have established an internal steering committee comprised of numerous department stakeholders whose focus will be to assess the various funding sources available to support the COVID-19 response and recovery, and to provide those recommendations to City leadership. Understanding that the recovery of large-scale incidents, such as COVID-19, can create numerous challenges for any organization, the City is holding a virtual Disaster Cost Recovery workshop paid for through a grant obtained by the City’s Office of Emergency Management. And, to assist in the overall regional recovery process, we have invited our neighboring jurisdictions and external stakeholders, such as our public utilities and school districts, to participate in this valuable training at no expense.

    Lastly, although some parts of Washington are moving into Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan, it does not appear that King County will meet those required health metrics soon. So, I would like to remind all who may be struggling or in need of assistance that there are numerous resources available which may be able to assist you or your family through these difficult times. King County Pubic Health recently shared on interactive map highlighting where emergency food may be accessed, 211 is a valuable resource for connecting with human service organizations across the region, and our own Connect Sammamish COVID-19 portal provides links to numerous other resources. Many of these programs were established with the understanding that the steps necessary to combat this virus places an extraordinary hardship on many, so please do not hesitate to use them if needed.

    That is all I have to report on this evening. Thank you and stay safe.

  • 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.

  • New Hazardous Waste Info from King County

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    Haz Waste Collections Reopening: Website Updates for the week of May 11, 2020 and beyond

    Residents

    North and South Seattle drop-off sites are open with reduced hours, but only visit if necessary
    Starting May 15, Seattle collection sites will be open and operating on the following schedule:

    • The South Seattle collection site, located at 8100 2nd Ave. S. in Seattle will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday only.
    • The North Seattle collection site, located at 12550 Stone Ave. N. in Seattle will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday only.

    These hours of operation will remain in place until further notice. If you would like to receive service updates, please contact us at haz.waste@kingcounty.gov or 206-296-4692.

    Factoria and Auburn drop-off locations are open, but only visit if necessary
    The Factoria facility and the year-round Wastemobile in Auburn are open. However, we encourage you to postpone your trip unless necessary. If you are unable to delay your visit, we recommend you do the following:

    • Practice social/physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
    • If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or if someone in your household is, we ask that you do not visit a drop-off site.
    • At the Factoria facility, bring proof of your residency in King County. Means of verifying residence include: government-issued ID, vehicle registration, utility bill, or rental agreement. Learn more about this policy on the King County Solid Waste Division website.


    We encourage you to postpone non-essential visits

    The Hazardous Waste Management Program urges customers to follow Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and to hold on to hazardous waste items that don't require immediate disposal. If you delay your visit, please follow this guide for tips on safely storing your hazardous waste (pdf) until you can properly dispose of it.

    Businesses

    North and South Seattle drop-off sites are open with reduced hours, but only visit if necessary
    Starting May 15, Seattle collection sites will be open and operating on the following schedule:

    • The South Seattle collection site, located at 8100 2nd Ave. S. in Seattle will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday only.
    • The North Seattle collection site, located at 12550 Stone Ave. N. in Seattle will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday only.

    These hours of operation will remain in place until further notice. If you would like to receive service updates, please contact us at business.waste@kingcounty.gov or 206-
    263-8899
    .

    Factoria drop-off site and year-round Wastemobile in Auburn are open, but only visit if necessary
    The Factoria facility and the year-round Wastemobile in Auburn are open for households and Small Quantity Generators (SQGs). However, we encourage you to postpone non-essential visits. If you are unable to delay your visit, we recommend you do the following:

    • As an SQG, it is mandatory to bring a disposal form pre-filled out with you. Click here to fill out the SQG disposal form.
    • Practice social/physical distancing by keeping at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others.
    • We ask that you do not visit a drop-off site if someone in your household or workplace is sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
    • At the Factoria facility, bring proof of your personal or business residence in King County. Means of verifying residence include: government-issued ID, vehicle registration, utility bill, or rental agreement. Learn more about this policy on the King County Solid Waste Division website.

    If you plan to delay your trip, please follow this guide for businesses on safely storing your hazardous waste (pdf) until you can properly dispose of it.


  • Safe Start Plans & Guidance for Reopening from Washington State

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    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

  • 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

  • Sammamish Emergency Manager's 5/5 Report to Council on COVID-19

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    Report to Sammamish City Council on COVID-19

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

    Good evening Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager. Thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to provide an update regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and City of Sammamish’s response and recovery operations.

    As of today, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus globally was over 3.6 million, an increase of over one million since my last briefing. The US has reported roughly 1.2 million cases of COVID-19, resulting in over 70,000 fatalities. The number of cases in the U.S. is greater than the number of the next four highest countries combined. To put that into further perspective, more than a month has passed since the U.S. has had a day where fewer than 1000 individuals died from coronavirus.

    Washington State is reporting 15,594 positive cases of COVID-19 and King County is reporting 6,621. The City of Sammamish is shown to have 65 positive cases of coronavirus and three fatalities. Sammamish still has one of the lowest per capita rates of infection in the county, and due to the robust mitigation measures the City enacted early in this event, we can proudly say that we have been able to maintain the continuity of nearly all government functions without a single instance of employee contraction of COVID-19.

    Across the nation, state, and even locally, people are growing restless with the measures required to combat this virus. So please allow me to remind everyone that this outbreak is far from over. While some states that have issued public health orders, such as Washington’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, are seeing a slight decline in case volume, 25 states are still seeing daily increases in positive cases. The total case count across the nation is still expanding, growing each day by 2-4%. In many areas, where social distancing restrictions have been lifted entirely, we are seeing a resurgence of the virus. Rural counties who did not even have a single reported case until mid-April are now experiencing explosive community transmission and are now hot spots for several new cases.

    Last week, the Governor extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through the end of May. He also outlined a phased process for reopening aspects of the community, such as outdoor recreation and some businesses. The process outlined in the Governor’s Safe Start plan assesses our community’s resiliency against the virus through analyzing the readiness of our health care systems, testing availability, ability to conduct widespread contract tracing, and the level of risk to vulnerable populations. The Governor also stated that there would be a period of at least three weeks in between the phases of reopening to allow for time to assess their success.

    While we are beginning to see these measures already take effect, through the reopening of some outdoor recreation like state parks, fishing, and golf, I urge Sammamish residents to approach this transition slowly. Please do not look for the exceptions for what is allowed and rush out to meet them. This virus is still very much present in or community and county and these activities are not worth yours or anyone else’s health and safety. The City has always taken a proactive stance to ensure the protection of its residents and employees. For example, in last week’s public address, the Mayor outlined why some restrictions to City parks use and access would still be enforced, even as State Parks reopened.

    Understanding that the threat of COVID-19 will last for many more months and that the recovery will last much longer, we have been focusing on steps to facilitate that recovery process. We are in constant communication with State and County partners concerning funding to support costs associated with the COVID-19 response, as well as the long-term recovery of our community. Understanding the various funding streams that the City may access, what costs are eligible for reimbursement, and ensuring all those expenses are properly documented throughout the duration of this incident is one of our top priorities. Other measures being taken include the continued support of businesses within the City, through tools like the Puget Sound Small Business Map, and the efforts you all are taking this evening to support community organizations active in supporting those impacted by the outbreak.

    I want to thank everyone for their continued support and compliance with all public health recommendations. It truly is making a critical difference to so many.

    Thank you.