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.

  • Supporting local farms: Get fresh produce, berries, flowers, cheese and more using King County’s new Local Food Finder

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    1 day ago

    King County Executive Dow Constantine today launched Local Food Finder, an interactive map that identifies convenient ways customers can get fresh produce, berries, flowers, meat, honey, cheese, and more delivered from local farms to their doorstep, to a nearby pickup location, or picked up directly at the farm.

    The mobile-friendly map is one of several ways King County is supporting local farmers who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted farmers markets and restaurant sales. It is a product of the Local Food Initiative that Executive Constantine created in 2014 to strengthen King County’s local food economy and increase equitable access to healthy, affordable food.

    “We are making it easier than ever to get fresh food and flowers delivered directly from local farms or arrange for convenient pickup right at the farm,” said Executive Constantine. “Our new Local Food Finder is one of many ways we are supporting farmers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to mobilize resources and offer innovative solutions that connect farmers to more customers, strengthening our local food economy.” Read the full story.

    King County Executive Dow Constantine today launched Local Food Finder, an interactive map that identifies convenient ways customers can get fresh produce, berries, flowers, meat, honey, cheese, and more delivered from local farms to their doorstep, to a nearby pickup location, or picked up directly at the farm.

    The mobile-friendly map is one of several ways King County is supporting local farmers who have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted farmers markets and restaurant sales. It is a product of the Local Food Initiative that Executive Constantine created in 2014 to strengthen King County’s local food economy and increase equitable access to healthy, affordable food.

    “We are making it easier than ever to get fresh food and flowers delivered directly from local farms or arrange for convenient pickup right at the farm,” said Executive Constantine. “Our new Local Food Finder is one of many ways we are supporting farmers who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to mobilize resources and offer innovative solutions that connect farmers to more customers, strengthening our local food economy.” Read the full story.

  • Sammamish Emergency Manager's July 7 Report to Council on COVID-19

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    7 days ago

    This is the full text of the report read to City Council at their July 7, 2020 meeting:

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

    Good evening once again Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    Thank you again for allowing me with the opportunity to provide a brief situational update on COVID-19.

    The global count of coronavirus cases falls just short of 12 million confirmed positive cases, with the U.S. accounting for one quarter of that number. To make matters worse, over the past few weeks, the majority of U.S. states have seen sharp increases in positive cases...

    This is the full text of the report read to City Council at their July 7, 2020 meeting:

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

    Good evening once again Mayor, Councilmembers, and City Manager.

    Thank you again for allowing me with the opportunity to provide a brief situational update on COVID-19.

    The global count of coronavirus cases falls just short of 12 million confirmed positive cases, with the U.S. accounting for one quarter of that number. To make matters worse, over the past few weeks, the majority of U.S. states have seen sharp increases in positive cases of COVID-19, with many states, including Washington, breaking records for daily new case totals.

    We are seeing in real time the repercussions of disregarding the threat posed by this virus. States are now rolling back reopening plans and implementing new mandates and public health orders in the hope to urge compliance with COVID-19 mitigations. Yet, cases and hospitalizations continue to increase. Across the nation, hospitals and ICUs are once again strained or filled beyond capacity, and yet the simplest of tools proven to greatly slow the spread of COVID-19, a face mask, has been turned into a political argument rather than a widely embraced, invaluable resource in the fight against this pandemic.

    Nearly every day, something new is discovered by scientists and medical professionals relating to this illness. How COVID-19 can create long-term morbidity issues, how it spreads far easier than what was previously thought, or how it may result in acute medical issues for months after first becoming infected. Yet so many individuals are entirely dismissive, or worse, blatantly throwing caution to the wind. I read an article the other day about a medically vulnerable child who died from COVID-19 after her parents took her to a party with roughly 100 people. There was no social distancing or masks being worn at this event. What is so troubling is that the terrible outcome was 100% preventable. Most individuals, let alone parents, would be shocked by what happened, yet nearly every day I am witness to similar instances of unnecessary opportunities for exposure. It may be a parent lifting the caution tape on closed a playground so their kids can play with others, individuals disregarding barricades on closed docks where it is impossible to socially distance from others, or folks inviting all their friends over for a dinner party. But I said this before, we are not going to be able to enforce or regulate our way out of this crisis. It starts with personal accountability and ends when we are all working together to find common solutions. It means putting everyone’s welfare above our own personal inconveniences or wants.

    Having said that though, Sammamish continues to be a leader in fighting COVID-19. Since this outbreak began, our residents have overwhelmingly shown their support of, and compliance with, all non-pharmaceutical interventions. We continue to have one of the lowest per capita rates of confirmed cases and fatalities in the state. I also see widespread compliance with the State’s face covering mandate. In fact, last Wednesday, the City organized a free cloth mask distribution event. In just five hours, over 10,500 masks were provided to over 1,350 households. This event would have been impossible without the efforts of the Sammamish ACERT volunteers, our Parks and recreation staff and volunteers, and Sammamish PD officers and explorers. Behind the scenes, the event was also greatly assisted by the City’s amazing Comms team and Public Works personnel.

    The unbelievable turnout for this event highlights the resiliency of this community. Other jurisdictions across the county have held similar events with only a fraction of the attendees that Sammamish saw. So, a heartfelt thank you to all the residents who showed up and who will wear those masks while in public.

    With that, I will open it up to any questions you may have.

  • New Support for Puget Sound Energy Customers Affected by COVID-19 in Sammamish

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    8 days ago

    A Message from Puget Sound Energy (PSE):

    HELPING RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS:

    As a provider of an essential service, we are working to ensure we are here for our customers, our community and our employees as coronavirus impacts the region. Need financial assistance and support for your energy bill? We know some customers might be worried about paying their bills. Here are measurable actions we’ve taken on behalf of our customers:

    • We will not be disconnecting customers for non-payment during this time.
    • We received approval from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for a waiver that allows PSE to waive late fees.
    • ...

    A Message from Puget Sound Energy (PSE):

    HELPING RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS:

    As a provider of an essential service, we are working to ensure we are here for our customers, our community and our employees as coronavirus impacts the region. Need financial assistance and support for your energy bill? We know some customers might be worried about paying their bills. Here are measurable actions we’ve taken on behalf of our customers:


    HELPING SMALL BUSINESS CUSTOMERS

    We know some of our business customers might be worried about paying their bills. Here are measurable actions we’ve taken on behalf of our customers:

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

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    12 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.

  • Thank you for attending yesterday's mask distribution event, Sammamish!

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    12 days ago

    Yesterday's drive-through mask distribution event at CWU Sammamish was an incredible success! Our staff and volunteers gave away over 10,500 masks to the community -- which, considering we had fewer than 200 people RSVP for the event was an exciting surprise. We even ended up opening an hour early to accommodate the early rush.

    With this unexpected demand, we adjusted our full event and traffic plan. Public Works and the Sammamish PD helped with traffic management and to adjust the plan on very short notice, and we were able to set up a fourth distribution station to accommodate the influx of attendees. We're very grateful for the help of our ACERT volunteers, Sammamish Explorers, Parks staff and volunteers, and City Councilmembers who helped our Emergency Manager run the event. Volunteers and staff set up, adjusted traffic light schedules, held signs, directed traffic, packaged masks, passed them out, and communicated with the community. It was a tremendous group effort that will undoubtedly make a difference in keeping our residents safe and reduce transmission rates of COVID-19.

    The remaining masks are being distributed to senior and nursing care facilities in Sammamish and to organizations that serve our vulnerable residents.

    Now that you have your mask, here's how to put it on!


    Yesterday's drive-through mask distribution event at CWU Sammamish was an incredible success! Our staff and volunteers gave away over 10,500 masks to the community -- which, considering we had fewer than 200 people RSVP for the event was an exciting surprise. We even ended up opening an hour early to accommodate the early rush.

    With this unexpected demand, we adjusted our full event and traffic plan. Public Works and the Sammamish PD helped with traffic management and to adjust the plan on very short notice, and we were able to set up a fourth distribution station to accommodate the influx of attendees. We're very grateful for the help of our ACERT volunteers, Sammamish Explorers, Parks staff and volunteers, and City Councilmembers who helped our Emergency Manager run the event. Volunteers and staff set up, adjusted traffic light schedules, held signs, directed traffic, packaged masks, passed them out, and communicated with the community. It was a tremendous group effort that will undoubtedly make a difference in keeping our residents safe and reduce transmission rates of COVID-19.

    The remaining masks are being distributed to senior and nursing care facilities in Sammamish and to organizations that serve our vulnerable residents.

    Now that you have your mask, here's how to put it on!


  • Recreate Responsibly While Celebrating Independence Day

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    12 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!

  • A Message from the Mayor of Sammamish on COVID-19

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    18 days ago


    Transcript:

    MAYOR KAREN MORAN: Friends and neighbors, I’m Karen Moran, your Mayor, back to give you a few important updates!

    Today, June 26th, all Washingtonians are required to wear face masks or coverings, including children.

    I’ve asked Andrew Stevens, the Emergency Manager for Eastside Fire & Rescue, for some pointers about wearing masks. Andrew?

    EMERGENCY MANAGER ANDREW STEVENS: Thank you, Mayor. Wearing face coverings is an important step in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 when done correctly.

    · First, wash your hands before putting on your face covering

    · Holding onto the ear loops, place the face covering...


    Transcript:

    MAYOR KAREN MORAN: Friends and neighbors, I’m Karen Moran, your Mayor, back to give you a few important updates!

    Today, June 26th, all Washingtonians are required to wear face masks or coverings, including children.

    I’ve asked Andrew Stevens, the Emergency Manager for Eastside Fire & Rescue, for some pointers about wearing masks. Andrew?

    EMERGENCY MANAGER ANDREW STEVENS: Thank you, Mayor. Wearing face coverings is an important step in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 when done correctly.

    · First, wash your hands before putting on your face covering

    · Holding onto the ear loops, place the face covering over your nose and mouth, securing it under your chin.

    · Try to use a mask that fits snuggly against the sides of your face, but still allows you to breath easily.

    · Once the face covering is on, do not touch it, and if you do, wash your hands.

    · When removing the face covering, handle by the ear loops, and be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    · Cloth face coverings should be washed daily. They can be washed and dried in your standard appliances along with your regular laundry, using hot water and high heat so they can be worn safely the next day.

    MAYOR KAREN MORAN: Thanks Andrew. We are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19, and science has proven that the most effective way to stop the spread is by wearing face coverings and maintaining social distancing.

    I’m pleased to tell you that on Wednesday, July 1st, from 4-8pm, the City will be distributing free masks to our residents. These fabric masks are washable and reusable. We will be set up at Central Washington University on 228th, and residents can drive through, remaining in their vehicles, and will receive two masks per member in their household. All our staff and volunteers will be equipped with PPE. Please visit connect.sammamish.us or our Facebook page for more information.

    With summer upon us, some of you have asked about our parks, docks, and beaches. Here’s one question from the City’s Facebook page, “Why are the beaches closed and why is Pine Lake closed?”

    Thank you for that question. City parks in general are smaller parks and become congested quickly, making social distancing impossible. The Council approved the extended closure of the Pine Lake beach and dock for your COVID safety.

    Another question from Facebook asked about opening up City playgrounds for our children. We understand how tough it is – summer is here, everyone’s been cooped up inside with the Stay at Home Order. We must follow King County’s guidance on reopening, and playgrounds will not open until Phase 3. We are currently at Phase 2. It is hard for children to socially distance in a playground, and we want to avoid children, and their parents and their grandparents from getting sick.

    I’d like to touch on another topic that some of you have asked about: police policy. The City of Sammamish contracts with King County for our Sammamish police department, led by Chief Daniel Pingrey. The King County Sheriff’s Office has adopted the “8 Can’t Wait” procedures developed by Campaign Zero, a nationwide police reform program. You can read more about the Sammamish Police Department’s Polices, Training, and Resources in the Current News section of our City website.

    Lastly, it is time to say farewell to one of our most valued employees, City Clerk Melonie Anderson, who is retiring after 20 years of serving the City of Sammamish. Melonie, you’ve been an extraordinary public servant and friend to the City. Please accept our heartfelt thanks and best wishes from the City Council, City staff, and me, dear friend.

    That’s all for now…please stay well and stay healthy. And I hope to see you – from a safe distance -- at the Mask Distribution event on July 1st!

  • Drive-Thru Mask Distribution for Sammamish Residents July 1 at CWU, 4-8 PM

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    18 days ago

    On July 1, from 4-8 pm at the CWU Sammamish campus, City personnel and volunteers will be handing out reusable, washable fabric masks to Sammamish residents. Masks are now required in public throughout Washington State.

    Know before you go:

    • Masks are made of cloth and are both washable and reusable.
    • Masks are limited to 2 per member of household.
      • Members of the household do not all need to be present
    • This is a Limited-Contact Event:
      • This event is drive-through only. No walk-ups or bicyclists will be permitted.
      • Distributors will be in full PPE (personal protective equipment) for your...

    On July 1, from 4-8 pm at the CWU Sammamish campus, City personnel and volunteers will be handing out reusable, washable fabric masks to Sammamish residents. Masks are now required in public throughout Washington State.

    Know before you go:

    • Masks are made of cloth and are both washable and reusable.
    • Masks are limited to 2 per member of household.
      • Members of the household do not all need to be present
    • This is a Limited-Contact Event:
      • This event is drive-through only. No walk-ups or bicyclists will be permitted.
      • Distributors will be in full PPE (personal protective equipment) for your protection.
    • While we expect to have enough masks for everyone, this event is first-come, first-served.
      • The event ends at 8 pm, so please plan to line up before then in order to receive your face covering.
    • Access the event through CWU's Main Street entrance. (There will be signs.)

  • Governor Inslee Issues Statewide Mask Requirement

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    21 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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    22 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.