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 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.

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.

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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    Is Beaver Lake still closed for swimming?

    US Master Swimmers asked 16 days ago

    Yes, Beaver Lake remains closed for swimming throughout Phase 2. For more information on what's open and what's closed, visit https://connect.sammamish.us/covid-19-updates/news_feed/whats-open-whats-closed-sammamish-city-parks-in-phase-2

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    We visited pine lake and beaver lake park on Monday 11th of May. Signs in both parks say park is closed to fishing and swimming. Your web pages mention only fishing. Are these park closed to swimming too? And if yes, when will be swimming allowed?

    Swimmer Family asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for checking! Yes, these parks are currently closed for swimming as well. We don't yet know when we'll be able to open back up for swimming, but we'll announce as soon as we know more. 

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    This question was asked on the "About" Page on May 2, 2020. Will the city open Beaver lake boat ramp and Pine Lake boat ramp on May 5, 2021 so that fishing can occur in accordance with the Governors orders?

    2 months ago

    Though many State-run parks in Washington will re-open tomorrow, May 5, City Parks will continue to have modified levels of public access. Because our Parks generally have a smaller capacity than State Parks. To learn more please visit here: https://connect.sammamish.us/covid-19-updates/news_feed/sammamish-city-parks-closure-updates-for-may-4-2020 

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    Hi, I hope everyone is safe! As of today, what is the recommendation for taking toddlers to child care? My wife is a stay home mom so we have the possibility to keep our 2 yr old toddler in our house if needed. We are doubtful if it is safe for him to go back right now but are also concerned that he may fall back on his development. The childcare is taking all precautions but we want to do the right thing... If it's not safe, with what we know right now, when would be an approximate date to have him back? Thank you for your help!

    Marvin asked 2 months ago

    Good afternoon Marvin,

    Thank you for your question. Childcare services have been deemed essential as many are supporting their communities by providing temporary or emergency child care services for the children of essential service providers such as first responders, healthcare workers, transit or food retail workers, and persons who do not have paid leave, cannot work from home, or do not have a family caregiver at home. 

    However, those that are offering these services are required to comply with current public health recommendations, such as social distancing, health screenings, and personal & environmental hygiene. 

    While your family's daycare may be complying with all of these recommendations, any social connection outside of your own family and household will increase the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19, especially when young children can be infected with the virus but asymptomatic.  

    Unfortunately, we cannot provide you an estimated date as to when the overall risk of COVID-19 will decrease, or when the non-pharmaceutical interventions like social distancing will no longer be required, as there are simply too many unknowns relating to this pandemic. 

    For more information, please refer to the CDC guidance for childcare facilities found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html to assist you in discussing what is right for your family. 

    Thank you.


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    Are the City Parks open or closed. And is there a listing of what is open or closed somewhere? I can’t find any info on your website about current closures.

    Emily Snyder asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for checking! Yes, Sammamish City Parks remain open to the public, with a few modifications to facilitate social distancing. For example, most parks are now closed to vehicular access but are open for pedestrian and bike access for general use.  You can learn more here.

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    Is it ok for kids to play with a shared object like playing catch with a ball, even if they are otherwise distancing?

    Tim S. asked 4 months ago

    Great question! Yes, it would be safe, IF:

    - The ball were wiped down with a disinfectant wipe or washed first,

    - Everyone playing thoroughly washed their hands before play,

    - Everyone remembered not to touch their face during play, and

    - Everyone thoroughly washed their hands after play.

    The unfortunate reality is that we have to behave as though every surface is contaminated at the moment. So play might look a little different than it has, but time outside can still be safe and enjoyable.

    Thank you for writing!

    -Kate-

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    Playgrounds should be caution taped off as community members are still playing on them in large numbers. City of Snoqualmie taped theirs off yesterday with a sign (and for their size, they have a lot of parks) because they were noticing the same.

    Amanda asked 4 months ago

    The City of Sammamish is continually assessing ways we can proactively reduce the risk of exposure to coronavirus. Two days ago, the Emergency Manager requested staff to prepare for the closure, or restricted use, of City owned parks and playground equipment, understanding that young children may be less likely to comply with social distancing recommendations in social settings. Staff have been developing that plan in a phased approach and are gathering the logistics needed to implement closures in the near future. 

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    Question about residential construction. Our house is currently going through renovations and it is gutted right now. We are in temporary accommodation till May, but contractors have had to stop construction to comply with the order. As it currently stands, we will have no safe place to live in May if construction does not continue. My question is, is construction allowed to continue on our house in order to create safe conditions for us to live in under the following part of the order: " To prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions"

    Mary2020 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for writing!

    In cases like these, the initial judgment call is yours, though the State may require you to cease activity if you decide to go ahead with construction and they receive a reasonable complaint indicating that the project is a violation of the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order. 

    We believe that each private property owner on each construction project in the City has the best information on what their own limitations are against protecting their property from spoliation, if their project is an emergency, if their project is essential, or if the actions they are taking in winding down construction are appropriate. We are asking residents to self-regulate (as per Governor’s Order) and complete an affidavit if they want a City inspection. We have set up our Permit Center website to reflect this approach - https://www.sammamish.us/permits-regulations/permit-center/ .

    To address the areas of uncertainty, we have developed an inspection request form asking permittees to provide us information on the project, which asks for information allowing a property owner to self-identify if their continued construction activity is for the purpose of closure of a construction site, is an emergency repair of a non-essential structure, or is reasonably acceptable to properly prevent spoliation of a an already permitted construction project that is currently underway and must be brought to a point of appropriate preservation. The form also includes a request for information to determine if a project is essential based on the Governor’s Order and accompanying Clarifications. We will conduct inspections, issue permits, issue notices to proceed, etc. based on that information.

    When the applicant provides the form and signs the affidavit, we will then respond by performing the requested inspection. The City has a responsibility to inspect projects that are under construction to ensure compliance with life safety codes.

    I know that's a lot of information to consider, but the short answer is that construction may be allowed to continue under the governor's orders. It would ultimately be up to you and your construction team to make the case that continuance of the project is truly an essential need.

    -Kate-

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    When is new housing construction going to stop? (Meadowleaf)

    Concerned citizen asked 3 months ago

    All non-essential construction should be halted per the Governor's orders. However, some projects may not yet have gotten to a safe stopping point yet, and they're permitted to continue to prevent spoliation and avoid damage or unsafe conditions. Read the Governor's full guidance on construction. If you believe a business is violating the order, you may report it to the State here: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/09349a1c56844b539fea1c2cabd16d56 

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    Hello, Are vacation rentals in Sammamish considered an essential service or are they required to pause for the length of the quarantine?

    Anabel asked 3 months ago

    Good morning. Vacation rentals are not specifically mentioned in the list of essential businesses identified by the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy order; however, there may be exceptions if that dwelling was being used to support the housing of essential personnel or to support an essential business sector. For example, a rental may be temporarily utilized to house healthcare workers or first responders if needed. Since vacation rentals are not specifically identified as an essential business in the order, it is recommended that the vacation rental owner utilize the Essential Business Inquiry form found here https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/d4c155fa930f4b848f95774d610c9708 to seek clarification as to whether or not their business could be considered essential before they continue operating.

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    Hi, I have the following situation: My wife is a stay home mom and is currently studying as well. I am working from home "business as usual." To this extend, we try to balance taking care of our toddler so when I have a bit of down time I take care my toddler while my wife studies ir rests so it is a juggling act in the end...With this context this is my question: 1. Should we have our 2 year old toddler go to child care (we continue to pay for it but he's not going) or would it be better to keep him home if possible? I know they can be COVID-19 carriers with very little symptoms and our concern is that it's only me and my wife; if we both get sick we don't have anyone that can care for our son while we recover.

    Marvin asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Although child care facilities continue to provide services through the Stay Home - Stay Healthy order, as they are essential to allow the continued work of essential personnel, my recommendation would be to not use this service if both you, or your wife, can maintain caring for your child at home. Every time you, or you child, leaves the house and interacts with others, it provides opportunities for the transmission of the virus. That is why even allowable, essential trips outside of your home should be limited to as few as possible, with as few interactions as possible.  While home isolation is difficult and presents many unique challenges, please remember that it is critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and assists in the protection of the entire community.

    For more information, WA Public Health has consolidated several resources for parents and caregivers which may assist you through this time which can be found here: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/NovelCoronavirusOutbreak2020COVID19/ParentsCaregivers 

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    What are the statistics fro Sammamish as far as cases of COVID-19? How many? Any deaths?

    David Steele asked 3 months ago

    Public Health -- Seattle & King County tracks and reports all cases and fatalities on their data dashboard, where you can sort either by zip code or by city: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus/data-dashboard.aspx 

    As of this morning, they are reporting 54 positive test results for COVID-19 for the City of Sammamish, which, unfortunately, includes two deaths due to the illness.

    King County updates this dashboard daily, usually in the late afternoon.