COVID-19 Information

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The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the community. These pages share the latest information, resources, and ways residents can help. Given the amount of information available, and specific needs of the community, we have created separate pages for businesses, community resources and assistance, and construction. Make sure to check out these pages for information specific to those topics.


The City of Mercer Island is committed to sharing up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with the community. These pages share the latest information, resources, and ways residents can help. Given the amount of information available, and specific needs of the community, we have created separate pages for businesses, community resources and assistance, and construction. Make sure to check out these pages for information specific to those topics.


  • Upcoming Mask Distribution Events

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    1 day ago

    City Emergency Management Volunteers continue to distribute face coverings to the Mercer Island community. Here are details for upcoming distribution events.

    Friday, July 10

    Our fantastic Mercer Island Emergency Management volunteers will be out in the City again this Friday, July 10, distributing FREE masks provided by King County. Check the City’s social media pages on Friday for event photos!

    Morning, 7:00 – 10:00 am (or until masks run out)

    • Mercerdale Park, Aubrey Davis Park, Luther Burbank Park, Pioneer Park

    Afternoon, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

    City Emergency Management Volunteers continue to distribute face coverings to the Mercer Island community. Here are details for upcoming distribution events.

    Friday, July 10

    Our fantastic Mercer Island Emergency Management volunteers will be out in the City again this Friday, July 10, distributing FREE masks provided by King County. Check the City’s social media pages on Friday for event photos!

    Morning, 7:00 – 10:00 am (or until masks run out)

    • Mercerdale Park, Aubrey Davis Park, Luther Burbank Park, Pioneer Park

    Afternoon, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

    • Aubrey Davis Park
    • Town Center, in former Tully’s parking lot (7810 SE 27th St)
      • Leap the Frog (City mascot), representatives from Police and Fire, and emergency volunteers will be handing out masks. Stop by and pick one up using walk-up or drive-thru options. Limit of 5 per vehicle.

    See you there!

  • Updated High-Risk List

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    1 day ago

    The CDC updated the high-risk list, and it’s not just older adults.

    The latest scientific studies reviewed by the CDC show that people with the following conditions, or suffer from the following, are also more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, regardless of their age:

    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • People who have had organ transplants
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • High blood pressure
    • Dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • A weakened immune system

    The latest evidence also suggests that obesity is another high risk factor, and that pregnant women and...

    The CDC updated the high-risk list, and it’s not just older adults.

    The latest scientific studies reviewed by the CDC show that people with the following conditions, or suffer from the following, are also more at risk of severe illness from COVID-19, regardless of their age:

    • Chronic kidney disease
    • Chronic lung disease
    • People who have had organ transplants
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Sickle cell disease
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • High blood pressure
    • Dementia
    • Liver disease
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • A weakened immune system

    The latest evidence also suggests that obesity is another high risk factor, and that pregnant women and smokers might be at increased risk. For the full list and more information, visit the CDC website.

    If you are in a group that the CDC has identified as high-risk or needing extra precautions, avoid contact outside the home as much as possible. Everyone should continue to:

    • Wear face coverings.
    • Stay at least six feet away from other people.
    • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly.
    • Avoid large group activities - Phase 2 only allows for gatherings of less than 5 people from outside your household.
    • When gathering, do so outside - ventilation helps.
  • Statewide Face Mask Requirements

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    16 days ago

    It's official - face coverings are now required in most public places in Washington and businesses must refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.

    On June 23, Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced an order mandating the use of cloth face coverings in most public areas. The order took effect June 26. Then on July 2, Governor Inslee announced a statewide order for businesses to refuse service to patrons who are not wearing face coverings. The order went into effect Tuesday, July 7.

    Individuals are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces...

    It's official - face coverings are now required in most public places in Washington and businesses must refuse service to anyone not wearing a mask.

    On June 23, Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced an order mandating the use of cloth face coverings in most public areas. The order took effect June 26. Then on July 2, Governor Inslee announced a statewide order for businesses to refuse service to patrons who are not wearing face coverings. The order went into effect Tuesday, July 7.

    Individuals are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces like stores, offices, and restaurants. The order also requires face coverings outdoors when individuals can't stay 6 feet apart.

    Face covering may be removed when seated at a restaurant or when recreating alone. Individuals do not need to wear a cloth face covering in their home when they are only with people in their household, alone in their car, or outdoors and people are far apart.

    Exemptions. People with certain disabilities or health conditions, are deaf or hard of hearing, and children under the age of 5 (though it's encouraged to have children ages 3-5 wear a covering if possible) are not required to wear face coverings.

    Still need a face covering? Our volunteers are almost finished creating a face covering distribution system. The City will be rolling that out soon, so stay tuned for more! If you need a face covering now, check out this very simple, 45-second video on how to make a covering out of a t-shirt or check out other DIY, no-sew face covering options.

    We're still seeing people who are not quite wearing face coverings correctly. Make sure you are following best practices. And don't forget to wash your face coverings regularly!

    Click through these links to learn more about Face Coverings and Children and the Science of Masks.

    Update: On July 2, Governor Inslee announced a statewide order for businesses to refuse service to patrons who are not wearing face coverings. The order went into effect Tuesday, July 7. Follow this link for more information.

  • King County Approved for Phase 2

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    20 days ago

    June 19: Earlier this week, King County submitted a plan to the WA Department of Health to enter Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start COVID recovery plan. This morning, the plan was approved, allowing an expansion of retail operations and dining opportunities, additional professional services, as well as other activities.

    The new phase (click for details) now allows up to 50% usage of indoor seating capacity at restaurants, and 50% of outdoor dining (both with tables at 6-foot spacing). It also allows social and recreational gatherings with up to 5 people outside your household per week...

    June 19: Earlier this week, King County submitted a plan to the WA Department of Health to enter Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start COVID recovery plan. This morning, the plan was approved, allowing an expansion of retail operations and dining opportunities, additional professional services, as well as other activities.

    The new phase (click for details) now allows up to 50% usage of indoor seating capacity at restaurants, and 50% of outdoor dining (both with tables at 6-foot spacing). It also allows social and recreational gatherings with up to 5 people outside your household per week.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County emphasizes that it will still be important to maintain the safety principles that led to the success against the outbreak, such as: continuing physical distancing, minimizing contact with others outside the home, frequent hand washing or sanitizer, and use of cloth face coverings in public.

    Each Washington County is moving through the four-phased “Safe Start” process at its own pace, depending on how much success it has had in slowing the virus. Counties must remain in each stage of Safe Start for at least three weeks, until health authorities can measure their progress towards eliminating the virus.

    Get more details from King County here.

  • Free Drive-Through Testing at Bellevue College

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    23 days ago

    Free drive-through testing is available at Bellevue College. Registration is required, symptoms are not.

    QFC and Fred Meyer have partnered with Bellevue College to offer free drive-through testing for COVID-19 at Bellevue College. People who have recently attended a large gathering can qualify for testing even without exhibiting symptoms.

    For the testing, patients remain in their cars throughout the...

    Free drive-through testing is available at Bellevue College. Registration is required, symptoms are not.

    QFC and Fred Meyer have partnered with Bellevue College to offer free drive-through testing for COVID-19 at Bellevue College. People who have recently attended a large gathering can qualify for testing even without exhibiting symptoms.

    For the testing, patients remain in their cars throughout the process, which is completed in just a few minutes using self-administered test kits. The test uses self-administered nasal swabs, which are less painful and designed to increase safety. This onsite testing is supported with laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours. The Bellevue testing site is estimated to have capacity for 250 vehicles per day.

  • Congratulations MIHS Grads!

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    about 1 month ago

    Congratulations graduates! You did it!

    We know your senior year and graduation looked very different from what you imagined, but your accomplishment is no less significant. You should be proud, we certainly are!

    From the entire staff at the City of Mercer Island, here's to a bright, bright future!

    Well done!

    Congratulations graduates! You did it!

    We know your senior year and graduation looked very different from what you imagined, but your accomplishment is no less significant. You should be proud, we certainly are!

    From the entire staff at the City of Mercer Island, here's to a bright, bright future!

    Well done!

  • Approved for Phase 1.5, King County Moves Forward

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    about 1 month ago

    The state approved King County to move into a modified Phase 1, allowing limited opening of restaurants, retail, and other business and activities.

    Effective immediately, King County has moved into a modified Phase 1 reopening. Phase 1.5 allows limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses, recreation, and personal activities in King County. Businesses will be required to follow specific state guidelines for their sector (click here for sector-specific guidance).

    One such change is that businesses will need to reduce indoor operations to 30 minutes to help limit close interactions. Here's what - and how - things...

    The state approved King County to move into a modified Phase 1, allowing limited opening of restaurants, retail, and other business and activities.

    Effective immediately, King County has moved into a modified Phase 1 reopening. Phase 1.5 allows limited and modified openings for a wide range of businesses, recreation, and personal activities in King County. Businesses will be required to follow specific state guidelines for their sector (click here for sector-specific guidance).

    One such change is that businesses will need to reduce indoor operations to 30 minutes to help limit close interactions. Here's what - and how - things will reopen in modified Phase 1:

    Restaurants Outdoor Dining
    • Allowed at 50% of capacity with all tables and chairs maintaining 6 feet of distance.
    Indoor Dining
    • Operate at 25% of capacity, provided such tables and chairs are more than 6 feet away from each other.
    In-Store Retail
    • All non-essential retail activities may operate but an establishment's occupancy may not be not be higher than 15% of capacity.
    • Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to less than 30 minutes, with face-to-face interactions limited to 30 minutes.
    • Essential retail activities may continue to operate according to the existing state regulations.
    Personal Services
    Cosmetologists, Hairstylists, Barbers, Estheticians, Manicurists, etc.
    • All activities may operate but the number of clients served will be limited to no more than 25% of capacity or one person if it is a single bed/chair studio.
    Professional Services
    Accountants, architects, attorneys, engineers, financial advisors, insurance agents, tax preparers, real estate, and other office-based occupations serving a client base
    • All activities allowed but an establishment's occupancy should not be higher than 25% of capacity.
    • Businesses are directed to provide signage encouraging indoor visits to be less than 30 minutes, with face to face interactions limited to 30 minutes.
    Construction
    • All construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume.
    Fitness
    • Indoor fitness studios may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance but is limited to one on one activities only.
    • All outdoor activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance, which limits the occupants to no more than five people outside of a household (excluding the instructor).
    Outdoor recreation
    • All activities may operate subject to Phase 2 guidance, part 1, 2 and 3.
    Social Gatherings
    • Only allowed outdoors with five or fewer people outside the household.


    Have questions? King County has put together a FAQ for modified Phase 1 reopening.

  • May 29 - Governor Inslee Updates Phased Reopening Requirements

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    about 1 month ago

    May 29, 2020 – On Friday, May 29, Governor Inslee announced that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order will expire as planned at midnight on May 31, 2020. Replacing the Stay Home Order, is an expanded Safe Start – Washington’s Phased Reopening.

    The newly expanded Safe Start gives counties more flexibility in allowing additional approved activities. A county not yet eligible for Phase 2 may move into a "modified" Phase 1, allowing for some Phase 2 activities.

    King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a proposed plan to re-open limited activity in the county, under the option to enter into...

    May 29, 2020 – On Friday, May 29, Governor Inslee announced that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order will expire as planned at midnight on May 31, 2020. Replacing the Stay Home Order, is an expanded Safe Start – Washington’s Phased Reopening.

    The newly expanded Safe Start gives counties more flexibility in allowing additional approved activities. A county not yet eligible for Phase 2 may move into a "modified" Phase 1, allowing for some Phase 2 activities.

    King County Executive Dow Constantine announced a proposed plan to re-open limited activity in the county, under the option to enter into a modified Phase 1. Pending state approval, King County is preparing to move forward to allow limited or modified opening for business sectors and activities including recreation and fitness, in-store retail, real estate, personal and professional services, and more.

    The Governor also announced that the updated target for incidence of new COVID-19 cases reported during a two-week period is now less than 25 per 100,000 residents, where the prior goal was less 10 per 100,000 residents.

    Earlier this week, King County released a key indicators data dashboard that provides a snapshot of useful indicators and metrics related to COVID-19 activity in the county. The dashboard provides data and trends for the numbers of reported cases; the growth, stabilization, or shrinking of the outbreak; testing capacity; healthcare system readiness; and more.

    Beginning June 1, any county can apply to move to the next phase. The application process will involve meeting criteria established by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) around five key areas:

    • Virus activity,
    • Healthcare system readiness,
    • Testing,
    • Contact tracing, and
    • Protecting vulnerable populations.

    Also, beginning June 8, all workers will be required to wear face coverings and employers must post signage that strongly encourages customers to wear face coverings.

    Follow this link for more information on the Safe Start - Washington's Phased Reopening by County.

  • Updates from the City Manager

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    about 1 month ago

    City Manager Jessi Bon hosted eleven live City situation briefings on Thursdays from March through May. In June, she transitioned to updates via her City Manager's Report.

    The May 28 Situation Briefing was the eleventh and final live briefing. City Manager Jessi Bon will continue to update the community on City operations and coronavirus-related information via her City Manager's Report at the beginning of each regular Council Meeting.

    Council Meetings are scheduled the first and third Tuesday of each month and are broadcast live on MITV-21 and the Council's YouTube Channel. Meetings begin at 5:00pm.

    Links to recent City...

    City Manager Jessi Bon hosted eleven live City situation briefings on Thursdays from March through May. In June, she transitioned to updates via her City Manager's Report.

    The May 28 Situation Briefing was the eleventh and final live briefing. City Manager Jessi Bon will continue to update the community on City operations and coronavirus-related information via her City Manager's Report at the beginning of each regular Council Meeting.

    Council Meetings are scheduled the first and third Tuesday of each month and are broadcast live on MITV-21 and the Council's YouTube Channel. Meetings begin at 5:00pm.

    Links to recent City Manager's Report videos and PowerPoint Presentations are available below.

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    Next meeting: July 21

    July 7 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 16 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 9 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 2 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    June 1 - Special Live Video Briefing

    May 19 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    May 5 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    April 21- Video and PowerPoint Presentation

    April 7 - Video and PowerPoint Presentation

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    Follow this link to access all eleven Thursday Situation Briefing videos and PowerPoint Presentations.

    Have questions? Please email them to: citymanager@mercergov.org we will try to address them during the presentation.


  • Easing of Restrictions on Religious Gatherings

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    about 1 month ago

    Governor Inslee announced the easing of restrictions on religious gatherings.

    May 27, 2020: Governor Jay Inslee announced the state's plan for easing certain restrictions on in-person religious services for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start reopening plan.

    Phase 1

    • Outdoor religious services on an organization’s property can be held with up to 100 individuals
    • Physical distancing and face coverings are required.

    Phase 2

    • Indoor religious services can be held at 25% capacity or with fewer than 50 individuals whichever is less.
    • Includes holiday celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.
    • In-home services or counseling at a person’s residence with 5...

    Governor Inslee announced the easing of restrictions on religious gatherings.

    May 27, 2020: Governor Jay Inslee announced the state's plan for easing certain restrictions on in-person religious services for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start reopening plan.

    Phase 1

    • Outdoor religious services on an organization’s property can be held with up to 100 individuals
    • Physical distancing and face coverings are required.

    Phase 2

    • Indoor religious services can be held at 25% capacity or with fewer than 50 individuals whichever is less.
    • Includes holiday celebrations, weddings, funerals, etc.
    • In-home services or counseling at a person’s residence with 5 total individuals or less.

    For more information or to read the guidance, click here.