COVID-19 Information

King County's coronavirus (COVID-19) case count is growing and more cases have been identified across the U.S. The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing the latest information and updates with the community. These pages are dedicated to that.

The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.

City of Mercer Island Emergency Management personnel are actively engaged with public health officials and planning ahead for any potential implications for our community.

The City of Mercer Island continues to modify operations including implementing closures, using protective equipment, and moving many services to phone or web conference.





King County's coronavirus (COVID-19) case count is growing and more cases have been identified across the U.S. The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing the latest information and updates with the community. These pages are dedicated to that.

The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.

City of Mercer Island Emergency Management personnel are actively engaged with public health officials and planning ahead for any potential implications for our community.

The City of Mercer Island continues to modify operations including implementing closures, using protective equipment, and moving many services to phone or web conference.





  • April 7 Special Video Council Meeting

    2 days ago

    On April 7, at 5:00pm the City Council will be experimenting with a whole new way of conducting its twice a month meeting using live videoconferencing. In order to hold the meeting while still following Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, staff have been testing various meeting platforms for feasibility.

    During the Council Meeting, secure video conferencing technology provided by Zoom will allow staff and Councilmembers to participate from a number of remote locations. Starting at 5:00pm, the live feed of the video conference will toggle between speakers and will be relayed on the City Council's YouTube...

    On April 7, at 5:00pm the City Council will be experimenting with a whole new way of conducting its twice a month meeting using live videoconferencing. In order to hold the meeting while still following Governor Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, staff have been testing various meeting platforms for feasibility.

    During the Council Meeting, secure video conferencing technology provided by Zoom will allow staff and Councilmembers to participate from a number of remote locations. Starting at 5:00pm, the live feed of the video conference will toggle between speakers and will be relayed on the City Council's YouTube Channel and on MITV Cable Channel 21.

    In addition to the livestream, there is also an option to simply listen to the meeting by phone by calling (253) 215-8782 and entering the Webinar ID: 509 061 969 when prompted. The Meeting Agenda is available on the City website.

    According to the Governor's Proclamation, topics on the agenda can cover areas that are necessary and routine. For this meeting, those items include accounts payable, payroll certification, minutes, and grant applications. Additional agenda items that are necessary in response to the COVID-19 outbreak include City Council Line of Succession, an ordinance providing for an extension on B&O tax payments, and a financial status report.

    Public comments will not be included in the agenda for this first meeting, but residents with feedback for Council on current issues or agenda items are invited to submit them in advance at the Let's Talk Council Connects page.

  • Governor Inslee Extends Stay Home Order to May 4

    13 days ago


    UPDATED

    Apr 2, 2020 - The Governor has extended his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order" through May 4.


    Mar 23, 2020 - Governor Inslee announced further statewide measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak across Washington State.

    Effective immediately, this new “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order legally requires all residents to curtail all social activity, and bans ALL gatherings of any size, public or private.

    Within 48 hours it also closes all businesses except those deemed essential. Essential businesses allowed to stay open (with appropriate protective measures) include emergency services, childcare, supermarkets, pharmacies, groceries, food...


    UPDATED

    Apr 2, 2020 - The Governor has extended his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order" through May 4.


    Mar 23, 2020 - Governor Inslee announced further statewide measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak across Washington State.

    Effective immediately, this new “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order legally requires all residents to curtail all social activity, and bans ALL gatherings of any size, public or private.

    Within 48 hours it also closes all businesses except those deemed essential. Essential businesses allowed to stay open (with appropriate protective measures) include emergency services, childcare, supermarkets, pharmacies, groceries, food pantries, pet supply, transportation, financial services, and local government.

    The new ban also does not limit take-out meals, food delivery, and drive-thru food/beverage services - please continue to support your favorite local restaurants.

    Exercise and other outdoor activities are considered critical for their physical and mental benefits; therefore pursuits such as walking, gardening, bicycle rides, are all permitted as long as 6 feet of social distancing is in place.

    In the coming days, the Governor’s office will provide additional clarifying information that is expected to answer many of the most frequently asked questions generated by tonight’s announcement. Please check the City’s Coronavirus website for future updates.

    The Governor’s new order builds on previous restrictions that already prohibited any gatherings of more than 50 people statewide and significantly restricted events of less than 50 people.

    "With no treatment or vaccine, the single most important thing all of us must do is to stay home and avoid all non-essential contact with others, " according to Public Health – Seattle & King County

    While staying home is challenging, we all can assume that we might be carrying the virus, and we could be spreading the infection any time we have close contact with someone. With that in mind, Public Health officials state that everyone should stay at home as much as they can (except for exercise needs) and limit shopping trips to only the most essential items.

  • New Local Health Order on Isolation and Quarantine Directive

    4 days ago

    On March 28, the King County Public Health Officer issued a new quarantine directive and isolation order.

    • Quarantine Directive: People with symptoms, with a test result pending, are directed to “remain in quarantine while waiting for the test results.”
    • Isolation Order: People who have tested positive are to “remain in isolation until no longer infectious.”

    King County is working on setting up quarantine and isolation facilities for people who are unable to quarantine at home due to more vulnerable family members or other situations. The following locations have been or are being set up:

    On March 28, the King County Public Health Officer issued a new quarantine directive and isolation order.

    • Quarantine Directive: People with symptoms, with a test result pending, are directed to “remain in quarantine while waiting for the test results.”
    • Isolation Order: People who have tested positive are to “remain in isolation until no longer infectious.”

    King County is working on setting up quarantine and isolation facilities for people who are unable to quarantine at home due to more vulnerable family members or other situations. The following locations have been or are being set up:

    • Issaquah isolation and quarantine hotel now open
    • Kent isolation and quarantine hotel now open
    • Eastgate isolation and quarantine center will open April 10
    • Seattle has one isolation and quarantine center open with another opening soon

    If you need to utilize an isolation or quarantine facility due to a positive test result, contact the King County COVID-19 call center between 8:00 AM–7:00 PM PST at 206-477-3977 for more information and to register.

    Let’s continue working together as a community to keep everyone healthy!

  • King County Data Dashboard

    11 days ago





    On March 25, Public Health—Seattle & King County launched a data dashboard that provides daily updates to COVID-19 cases and deaths. Visit www.kingcounty.gov/covid/data to see the dashboard.

    The dashboard provides data on how many people have tested positive in each city, age ranges of those who test positive or who have died, and more.

    King County will update the dashboard daily (between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.), pending the receipt of data from key sources, including the Washington State Department of Health. The dashboard includes a timestamp of the most recent updates.

    Due to delays in reporting data from various laboratories...





    On March 25, Public Health—Seattle & King County launched a data dashboard that provides daily updates to COVID-19 cases and deaths. Visit www.kingcounty.gov/covid/data to see the dashboard.

    The dashboard provides data on how many people have tested positive in each city, age ranges of those who test positive or who have died, and more.

    King County will update the dashboard daily (between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.), pending the receipt of data from key sources, including the Washington State Department of Health. The dashboard includes a timestamp of the most recent updates.

    Due to delays in reporting data from various laboratories, case totals are commonly reported two or three days later. While a graph showing the trend of COVID-19 cases may appear to be flat or declining, King County notes that we must assume that this does not actually represent a decline.

    Hover over key data points to reveal important information. A mobile version is also available.



  • Thursday Situation Briefings

    18 days ago

    Live City situation briefings are scheduled every Thursday at 3:00pm, until further notice. City Manager Jessi Bon is hosting leaders from the City and Community, in an effort to share the latest information with the community and broadcasting the presentation live on Thursdays via MITV-21 and the City's YouTube Channel. Tune in live or watch later!

    Have questions? Please email them to: citymanager@mercergov.org by 12:00pm Thursday and we will try to address them during the presentation.

    Links to the presentations and videos are below. Residents can also watch reruns of the most recent briefing on MITV-21 at 8:30am Thursday-Saturday...

    Live City situation briefings are scheduled every Thursday at 3:00pm, until further notice. City Manager Jessi Bon is hosting leaders from the City and Community, in an effort to share the latest information with the community and broadcasting the presentation live on Thursdays via MITV-21 and the City's YouTube Channel. Tune in live or watch later!

    Have questions? Please email them to: citymanager@mercergov.org by 12:00pm Thursday and we will try to address them during the presentation.

    Links to the presentations and videos are below. Residents can also watch reruns of the most recent briefing on MITV-21 at 8:30am Thursday-Saturday and 5:30pm Monday-Wednesday and Sunday.

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    April 2 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    • The fourth episode in the City's ongoing series of live video conferences featured Officer Jennifer Franklin, the City's Emergency Manager.
    • Topics covered include: Officer Franklin explained how the City’s Emergency Operations structure works, how the City executes incident coordination and procurement region-wide, emphasized social distancing mandates, and covered other timely topics.

    March 26 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    • The third episode in the City's ongoing series of live video conferences featured Dr. Hal Quinn, a board-certified physician practicing at Mercer Island Pediatrics. Dr Quinn also serves as the Medical Director on the City’s emergency response team and works closely with MIPD Emergency Manager Franklin on medical oversight and protocols for major City incidents.
    • Topics covered included: Doctor Quinn shared his observations about the regional COVID-19 outbreak and suggest appropriate measures for parents and the community to consider during this unprecedented time; the City’s response to Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home” Order and impacts to City operations; updates from MIPD and MIFD; and a Community Call to Action (what you can do to help).


    March 19 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    • The second episode in our ongoing series of live video conferences to update the community on the City's coronavirus response and continued preparations for extended impacts featured Donna Colosky (MI School District Superintendent), Laurie Givan (Exec Director of the MI Chamber of Commerce), Cindy Goodwin (Director of the City’s Youth & Family Services Dept), Ed Holmes (Police Chief), and Steve Heitman (Fire Chief), will all join the briefing to provide updates and help answer questions from the community.
    • Topics covered included: Police and Fire situation briefings; City service changes; Support for local business; New Public Health orders, and more.

    • City Manager Jessi Bon hosted a live video conference to update the community on the City's coronavirus response and ongoing preparations. The Police Chief, the Fire Chief, and the Director of Youth & Family Services joined the briefing to help answer questions from the community.


  • Police Chief's Statement Regarding "Stay Home" Order

    13 days ago

    Mar 24, 2020

    Dear Mercer Island Community,

    Your police department is working hard to ensure public safety during this difficult time. We want to emphasize education over enforcement during this "Stay at Home" order from the Governor. We have been discussing this with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and with our regional law enforcement agencies.

    Law enforcement's primary role is to help educate people about how to comply with orders to stay at home. We are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance. Rumors of strict law enforcement or "martial...

    Mar 24, 2020

    Dear Mercer Island Community,

    Your police department is working hard to ensure public safety during this difficult time. We want to emphasize education over enforcement during this "Stay at Home" order from the Governor. We have been discussing this with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and with our regional law enforcement agencies.

    Law enforcement's primary role is to help educate people about how to comply with orders to stay at home. We are not being asked to detain, arrest, ticket or establish checkpoints for compliance. Rumors of strict law enforcement or "martial law" are not true.

    We will focus on educating residents on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep their families safe and most importantly, to keep the rest of the community safe, especially our vulnerable populations.

    We understand some people need to carry out essential services such as:

    1. Safety and security
    2. Food, water, shelter
    3. Health and medical
    4. Energy (power and fuel)
    5. Communications
    6. Transportation

    Most in our community have shown they understand the severity of the situation and are doing what they can to keep themselves, their families, and neighbors safe and healthy.

    When officers encounter people not complying with an order, we will remind them, as appropriate, of the recommendations and restrictions. No law enforcement agencies have any desire to make any arrests or take anybody to jail for violations. Rumors of individuals or businesses needing "passes" or "licenses" to conduct essential services are not true.

    Rest assured we will continue to serve you every minute of every day and we will always enforce the laws that keep people safe.

    Do your part and Stay Home, Save Lives.


    Thank you,

    Mercer Island Police Chief Ed Holmes



  • Message from the City Council

    13 days ago

    Mar 23, 2020

    Dear Mercer Island Community,

    When you receive warnings or see signs restricting or limiting public gathering, please show your care for each other by complying with both the spirit and letter of them. With thoughtfulness and compassion, we will get through this crisis together.

    Life as we have known it has changed in unimaginable ways during the last few months because of the COVID-19 virus. Events are canceled. Schools are closed. Some businesses are closed. Others are struggling to stay afloat. The term “social distancing” is now part of our everyday language.

    Sadly, according...

    Mar 23, 2020

    Dear Mercer Island Community,

    When you receive warnings or see signs restricting or limiting public gathering, please show your care for each other by complying with both the spirit and letter of them. With thoughtfulness and compassion, we will get through this crisis together.

    Life as we have known it has changed in unimaginable ways during the last few months because of the COVID-19 virus. Events are canceled. Schools are closed. Some businesses are closed. Others are struggling to stay afloat. The term “social distancing” is now part of our everyday language.

    Sadly, according to our health officials it does not appear that this health crisis will end any time soon. As the City Council works alongside the City Manager and her leadership team to ensure that core services continue to be provided to our community, it is also incumbent upon each and every one of us to do more to help.

    We believe that the most important action individual Islanders can take is to follow the advice and recommendations of our public health authorities by engaging in social distancing wherever you are and by staying at home to the fullest extent that you can.

    We are all confronted daily by this serious health issue that affects all ages, and we all have a part to play in slowing the spread of the virus. That means we need to think not only about how our actions might increase our own risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus, but also how our actions might increase the risk that others will contract this virus and suffer great impact to their lives. We also encourage parents to emphasize the importance of social distancing with your children.

    Stay safe and healthy.

    Sincerely,

    Mayor Benson Wong
    Deputy Mayor Wendy Weiker
    Councilmember Lisa Anderl
    Councilmember Jake Jacobson
    Councilmember Salim Nice
    Councilmember Craig Reynolds
    Councilmember David Rosenbaum

  • Special Shopping Hours

    19 days ago

    To help Island seniors and other at-risk populations, local grocery stores and pharmacies have implemented a special shopping hour(s).

    New Seasons Market: 7:00-8:00 AM, All days

    QFC (both locations): 7:00-8:00 AM, Monday-Thursday

    Walgreens: 8:00-9:00 AM, Tuesday (offering Senior Discount)

    Rite-Aid: 9:00-10:00 AM, Monday-Friday


    Questions? Contact individual stores.

    It takes all of us to stay healthy during this pandemic. Please follow these guidelines from Public Health when you go out:


    To help Island seniors and other at-risk populations, local grocery stores and pharmacies have implemented a special shopping hour(s).

    New Seasons Market: 7:00-8:00 AM, All days

    QFC (both locations): 7:00-8:00 AM, Monday-Thursday

    Walgreens: 8:00-9:00 AM, Tuesday (offering Senior Discount)

    Rite-Aid: 9:00-10:00 AM, Monday-Friday


    Questions? Contact individual stores.

    It takes all of us to stay healthy during this pandemic. Please follow these guidelines from Public Health when you go out:


  • Support for Mercer Island BUSINESSES

    20 days ago

    The City is working closely with the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce to provide information specific to businesses. As the virus spreads, some smaller establishments will be challenged by additional cleaning needs and/or reduced staffing due to quarantine concerns.
    For more information, documents, and links to useful websites visit our BUSINESS resources page.

    Wondering what RESTAURANTS are OPEN?

    The City is working closely with the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce to provide information specific to businesses. As the virus spreads, some smaller establishments will be challenged by additional cleaning needs and/or reduced staffing due to quarantine concerns.
    For more information, documents, and links to useful websites visit our BUSINESS resources page.

    Wondering what RESTAURANTS are OPEN?
  • COMMUNITY Resources

    20 days ago

    This community has a longstanding and extensive emergency preparedness network composed of many hundreds of trained volunteers with relationships across all neighborhoods.

    While the City does not have the capacity to check in on all vulnerable populations, we encourage "neighbor to neighbor" support during this time. For example, if you are aware of an elderly resident concerned about leaving their home, you may be able to help by delivering meals or groceries - remember to follow Public Health guidelines for social distancing to prevent an unintentional exposure.

    The City’s Youth and Family Services Department provides case management and mental health services to Island seniors and these will continue during the outbreak.


    For more information, documents, and helpful links visit our COMMUNITY resources page.

    This community has a longstanding and extensive emergency preparedness network composed of many hundreds of trained volunteers with relationships across all neighborhoods.

    While the City does not have the capacity to check in on all vulnerable populations, we encourage "neighbor to neighbor" support during this time. For example, if you are aware of an elderly resident concerned about leaving their home, you may be able to help by delivering meals or groceries - remember to follow Public Health guidelines for social distancing to prevent an unintentional exposure.

    The City’s Youth and Family Services Department provides case management and mental health services to Island seniors and these will continue during the outbreak.


    For more information, documents, and helpful links visit our COMMUNITY resources page.