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.

Questions from the Community

If you have a question or comment regarding the Community's response to COVID-19, need assistance in finding resources, or would like clarification on current public health recommendations, submit your question below.  We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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    Are park facilities available to rent since we are now in Phase 3?

    Sara asked 4 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your question. The City plans to re-open the online reservation system on April 1, 2021 for shelters and the Pavilion with limited capacities for rentals starting on May 1, 2021. There is not yet an opening date for the Lodge. For more information, you can check back here, or reach out to the Rental and Systems Coordinator at adiers@sammamish.us. Thanks!

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    what are the hours of operation for the City Of Sammamish Mobile Vaccination Team - Eastside Fire And Rescue??

    kmorgan asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for the question. The EF&R Mobile Vaccination Unit can only administer vaccines to the populations identified by King County Public Health, e.g. low-income senior citizens. Hence, they do not have any hours that are open to the public for vaccinations. We will be updating the public soon about the planned mass vaccination site at Lake Sammamish State Park. Please check back for updates.

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    When there is a mass vaccination site such as Lumen Field, can anyone go even if your group isn't up yet?

    Debbi asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Please be aware that every mass vaccination site follows the WA State Phase Finder guidance, or is even more restrictive. You would need to be phase eligible to schedule an appointment. And, please watch for news of the mass vaccination site that is planned for the Eastside at Lake Sammamish State Park. Good luck!

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    can I get the vaccine if I am not an American Citizen

    maria asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question. There is no citizenship question at any of the vaccine sites. The only requirement is that you meet the Washington Phase eligibility tiers provided. Currently, we are in Phase 1B, Tier 2. We hope this helps answer your question.

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    Who is supplying the Registered Nurses for the Lake Sammamish State Park Covid 19 Vaccination site? I'd like to apply.

    Maureen Vincent asked 5 months ago

    Hello and thank you for your question! At this time, the clinical positions will be filled by Eastside Fire and Rescue personnel. Non-clinical positions will likely be staffed by volunteers. We don’t have a start date for non-clinical volunteers finalized, but we will share that information when available.

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    Why is it so hard to get the vaccine in Sammamish, will a mass vaccine site open in north King county soon?

    frustrated asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Vaccine supply is allocated by King County, and the supply is very limited. We have been able to provide vaccines to seniors in adult family homes using Eastside Fire & Rescue's mobile vaccination units, but we are not able to use what little supply we get outside of this vulnerable population. We are working with the city of Issaquah and others in a public / private partnership to open a mass vaccination drive-thru site, but cannot move forward until we get adequate vaccine supply. Please keep on checking back here for any updates, we are also anxious to get Sammamish residents vaccinated!

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    Will EF & R in Sammamish be offering 1st vaccines for individuals? My husband is 73 and it is hard to find available appointments.

    William asked 5 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Eastside Fire & Rescue was allocated vaccines from King County Public Health to use strictly within adult family homes. We are now awaiting more vaccine supply, and permission to deliver vaccines outside of adult family homes. The Emergency Manager provided a report on this to City Council last night discussing the vaccine supply shortage, which you can read here. Please continue to look for vaccines using the Vaccine Locator tool from the WA State Department of Health. We understand how frustrating this is for everyone. Please continue to check back here for updates.

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    This question was originally asked on the "About" page by John Donnelly on 2/4/21 and is reposted here: When will COVID 19 vaccinations be available through Eastside Fire and/or mobile sites?

    6 months ago

    Currently, EF&R is focused on delivering vaccines to senior living homes where residents cannot get to a pharmacy or dispensary. EF&R is coordinating these efforts with the City's Human Services to best identify the most vulnerable in our communities. They are also working with very limited vaccine supply.

    As we get more vaccine supply, we will be expanding our area of coverage. Please keep on checking back here on Connect Sammamish COVID-19 Information & Resources page for updates.

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    As of Sunday 01-24-2021 there are zero COVID-19 vaccination sites listed for Sammamish, Redmond and Issaquah. This is a huge suburban area to be overlooked. What is the city of Sammamish doing to bring easy accessibility of the COVID-19 vaccine to the residents of Sammamish?

    Ms Lewis asked 6 months ago

    The City has joined the Issaquah Vaccine Community Partnership, please see our announcement here. While it is our hope through this partnership to facilitate vaccinations for residents in our two cities, vaccine supply remains an ongoing issue. We will continue to update this page as we get new information.

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    Why are there no vaccine locations in Sammamish, Redmond or Issaquah? It is almost impossible to get an appointment for the first vaccine. Are you trying to get a pop up location set up? This is deeply disturbing that there are no close locations for the elderly population to get to. My mother in law lives with us and we have been trying to get her an appointment but all the hospitals and pharmacies show nothing available. She is not comfortable driving long distances.

    shiner asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The City has joined the Issaquah Vaccine Community Partnership, please see our announcement here. While it is our hope through this partnership to facilitate vaccinations for residents in our two cities, vaccine supply remains an ongoing issue.