News for the Week of June 28
News highlights for the week of June 28.
Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 609 positive cases reported as of July 2. DOH reported a total of 415,179 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on June 30. There have been 5,938 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.
Update on City Facility and Programs. The City is pleased to continue moving towards reopening in September while ramping up programming and additional offerings. Follow this link to learn about what is open now and what is coming next!
Washington State Reopens! Our state reopened this week, made possible by all Washingtonians. The Department of Health helps answer common questions and concerns as the state reopens. Click here to read more.
King County Mask Directive Ends. Tuesday marked two weeks since 70% of King County's eligible population (residents 16+) completed their vaccine series. With that, the Public Health Official's directive to continue wearing masks has ended. King County has a few reminders for residents and visitors. Click here for more information.
July 2 Situation Report. Highlights and information from the 70th week of the City’s response to the pandemic available here.
King County COVID-19 Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.
Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.
State issues housing stability “bridge” proclamation. Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a housing stability ‘bridge’ emergency order, Proclamation 21-09, intended to bridge the operational gap between the eviction moratorium (which will expire at 11:59 PM on June 30) enacted by prior proclamations and the protections and programs subsequently enacted by the Legislature. The bridge, which was initially announced last week, will also reduce uncertainty as the state implements post-COVID long-term housing recovery strategies contained in legislative enactments such as SB 5160.
Update from DOH. Beginning July 1, DOH will report new COVID-19 epidemiological data to the DOH COVID-19 dashboard Monday–Friday, instead of seven days a week. This transition is a milestone toward more sustainable COVID-19 reporting and a response to recent declines in COVID-19 disease activity, hospitalizations, and deaths.
Don't forget your mask after June 30 — you may still need it even if you're vaccinated. The Secretary of Health’s mask order will remain in place even after June 30, which means that people who are not fully vaccinated need to continue to wear a face mask in public indoor settings even when things start to go back to normal as the state reaches a reopening milestone. Read the full news release here.