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 more.

Click on the shortcut buttons below to access the most requested information.



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 more.

Click on the shortcut buttons below to access the most requested information.


  • CDC Issues EUA for Pfizer Vaccine for Pediatric Population, Ages 5-11

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    On November 2, the CDC issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for the pediatric population ages 5-11 years.

    The EUA comes after the FDA's review of Pfizer's vaccine trial and EUA authorization . The vaccine trial consisted of 2,268 child participants and used Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine regimen. Of the total pediatric participants, 1,518 received the vaccine and 750 received the placebo (saline).

    The pediatric vaccine trial included a follow-up at or near 2 months after the participant’s second dose (data cutoff was October 8, 2021). Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials are still ongoing, click here to learn more about the pediatric vaccine clinical trials.

    The Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup also reviewed the data and endorsed the vaccine.

    The Washington State DOH is updating Vaccine Locator and will add an option for “Pfizer-BioNTech Pediatric” vaccine in the coming days. If you have questions or need help scheduling an appointment, call the state’s COVID-19 hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available.

    Children ages 5-11 represent around 9% of all reported coronavirus cases in the country, according to data presented to the FDA advisory panel and recently released State data show COVID-19 infections among children and youth are slowing.

    To learn how to submit reports of adverse events following vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), a vaccine safety monitoring system managed by CDC and FDA, visit the VAERS website, call the VAERS toll-free information line at 1-800-822-7967, or send an email to info@vaers.org.

  • News for the Week of October 25

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    News highlights for the week of October 25.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 967 positive cases reported as of October 29. DOH reported a total of 638,191 confirmed cases as of October 27. There have been 8,585 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    FDA Authorizes EUA for Pfizer Vaccine for Children. On October 29, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11. The vaccine trial consisted of 2,268 child participants and used Pfizer’s two-dose vaccine regimen, with shots administered twenty-one days apart. Of the total pediatric participants, 1,518 received the vaccine and 750 received the placebo (saline).

    The pediatric vaccine trial included a safety follow-up at or near 2 months after the participant’s second dose (data cutoff was October 8, 2021).

    Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials continue. Click here to learn more about the pediatric vaccine clinical trials.

    Children ages 5-11 represent around 9% of all reported coronavirus cases in the country, according to data presented to the FDA advisory panel Tuesday. Anticipated CDC approval could come as early as next Tuesday. Read the FDA press release here.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – October 16, DOH officials have identified 59,543 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 88% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 568 people died. Read the latest report.

    King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    New data dashboard provides information on COVID-19 among youth and provides clues for the trajectory ahead. A new data dashboard provides information on youth cases, hospitalizations, and vaccination rates in King County. View the dashboard here.

    Last Call…

    Situation Reports. The SitRep is issued monthly. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

  • News for the Week of October 18

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    News highlights for the week of October 18.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 943 positive cases reported as of October 21. DOH reported a total of 625,677 confirmed cases as of October 20. There have been 8,417 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Cases, hospital admissions, and hospital occupancy have declined in King County and Statewide. DOH's latest COVID-19 modeling and surveillance situation report shows case counts, hospital admissions, and hospital occupancy have declined, yet these levels remain high. Hospitals across the state are operating at full capacity, and projections suggest high levels of occupancy are likely to continue through the fall months. Read the full news release or check-out the latest County and State data dashboards.

    King County’s vaccine verification mandate begins Monday. Learn more about acceptable COVID-19 tests and other information needed to follow the mandate. Learn more here.

    Situation Reports. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of October 22. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    For King County businesses: How to request technical assistance to improve indoor ventilation and air quality. King County businesses can request technical assistance from Public Health to improve your business's ventilation and indoor air quality. You may also qualify for a HEPA air filtration unit by completing a request form found on the page linked above.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – October 9, DOH officials have identified 55,518 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 89% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 527 people died. Read the latest report.

    Booster doses now available for all three COVID-19 vaccine types for certain individuals. DOH is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the FDA, CDC, and Western States Safety Review Group. While not fully approved, providers can now offer booster doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines to those who are eligible including: those 65 and older, those 18 – 64 who live in long-term care settings, those 18 – 64 who have underlying medical conditions or those at increased risk of social inequities, and those 18 – 64 who work or live in high-risk settings. Learn more here.

    King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

  • News for the Week of October 11

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    News highlights for the week of October 11.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 933 positive cases reported as of October 15. DOH reported a total of 612,757 confirmed cases as of October 13. There have been 8,198 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    New Statewide Vaccine Mandate Will Require Proof to Attend Large Events. On Thursday, the Governor announced the new mandate requiring attendees of indoor events with 1,000+ or outdoor events with 10,000+ will need to provide proof of vaccination or negative test. He also announced that the state employee and healthcare and education professionals vaccine mandate will not be extended. Click here to watch the press conference.

    Situation Reports. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of October 22. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Vaccination verification posters for businesses and other organizations available in multiple languages. Businesses and events included in the vaccine verification requirements must display this signage at all public entrances. See also: How to Verify Vaccination (PDF): Post this sign in a place where staff can see it to show how to verify vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Other languages coming soon.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – October 2, DOH officials have identified 51,304 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 89% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 493 people died. Read the latest report.

    King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    Resources

    For King County health care facilities: Monoclonal antibody therapy request process. Information for health care facilities interested in obtaining and administering monoclonal antibody therapy and other COVID-19 therapeutics.

  • News for the Week of October 4

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    News highlights for the week of October 4.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 908 positive cases reported as of October 7. DOH reported a total of 598,823 confirmed cases as of October 6. There have been 7,972 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Situation Reports. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of October 22. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Vaccine Verification Toolkit for Businesses. In preparation for King County’s October 25 proof of vaccination or negative test mandate, the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce has created a toolkit for businesses that provides them with resources to comply with King County’s new vaccine verification order. Follow this link to the toolkit.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Report. Between January 17, 2021 – September 25, DOH officials have identified 46,667 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 89% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 442 people died. Read the full October 6 report.

    King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    Last Call…

    Finland, Sweden, and Denmark Pause Moderna Vaccine for Young Men. A Nordic study involving Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark found that men under the age of 30 who received the Moderna vaccine had a slightly higher risk than others of developing myocarditis. Read more about the study and pause here.

  • News for the Week of September 27

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    News highlights for the week of September 27.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 885 positive cases reported as of September 30. DOH reported a total of 584,023 confirmed cases as of September 29. There have been 7,726 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Situation Reports. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of October 22. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. Between January 17, 2021 – September 18, DOH officials have identified 41,721 vaccine breakthrough cases in the state. Of the cases that have data available (about half), 89% reported symptoms, 9% were hospitalized, and 386 people died. Read the full September 29 report.

    80% of people ages 12+ fully vaccinated in King County and 86% have received at least one dose.

    King County Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Need vaccine support? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    COVID-19 pop-up vaccination events in October. Upcoming COVID-19 vaccination pop-up events.

  • News for the Week of September 20

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    News highlights for the week of September 20.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 854 positive cases reported as of September 24. DOH reported a total of 567,011 confirmed cases as of September 22. There have been 7,434 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    City Adjusts COVID-19 Emergency Operations, Updates Reopening Plans. In response to changing COVID-19 conditions, the City of Mercer Island has adjusted operations and reallocated resources to best support City services and protect the community’s health. Read the full update here.

    Video Update from the City Manager. Click here to watch City Manager Jessi Bon’s September 21 update on the City’s response to the pandemic and City services.

    Situation Reports. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Free technical assistance and other resources for King County businesses. You can request free technical assistance on how to improve the ventilation and indoor air quality of your business by completing the form to request Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Assistance. The form is available in 11 languages. Click here to learn more.

    Help for Businesses Navigating New King County Vaccine Verification Requirement. Beginning October 25, the County will require that businesses verify customers and attendees have shown proof of vaccination. Follow this link for resources to navigate the new business requirement.

    New Funding Resources for King County Organizations. Three new funding resources are available for local businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more.

    Vaccine News

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. DOH provides data and criteria on fully vaccinated people who test positive with COVID-19 and may or may not develop symptoms. Between January 17, 2021 – September 11, 2021, DOH officials have identified 36,919 vaccine breakthrough cases in Washington State. Read the full September 22 report.

    CDC Director Issues Statement after Expanding Pfizer Booster Recommendations Beyond the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommendations. Click here for the recommendations and full statement.

    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.

    Ways to Help

    Request for medical volunteers and other resources to support hospital surge efforts in Washington. Like most health care systems nationwide, Washington hospitals and health care workers are under tremendous strain as a result of staffing shortages and increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients. DOH has sent out notice seeking licensed healthcare practitioners and retired medical professionals to consider volunteering to support hospital surge and COVID-19 vaccination efforts. Licensed healthcare practitioners, from either in or out-of-state, can register in Washington as emergency volunteers. Retired medical professionals can volunteer to administer COVID-19 vaccines under the PREP Act. DOH is currently working to fill more than 900 requests for volunteers in 15 counties. Visit the DOH emergency volunteer page to learn more and register as a volunteer.

  • City Adjusts COVID-19 Emergency Operations, Updates Reopening Plans

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    September 22, 2021 – In response to changing COVID-19 conditions, the City of Mercer Island has adjusted operations and reallocated resources to best support City services and protect the community’s health. Here’s what’s changed:

    • The City’s Emergency Operations Center, which is responsible for the citywide response to COVID-19, has been re-elevated to Level 2 status. A Level 2 activation is a moderate response, which organizes staffing and resources during a community emergency. In this case, the City’s response team is closely monitoring changing pandemic conditions, staying in direct contact with King County Public Health officials, and working closely with personnel from partner cities, agencies, and organizations. Weekly reports and meetings are held to ensure the City can respond quickly to community needs and changing health and safety guidance, and citywide operations are adjusted to ensure essential services can be maintained. The City was previously operating at a Level 3 response, which is the lowest-level of emergency operations.
    • Reopening plans for City facilities have been adjusted to protect staff and community members. City Hall will remain closed to the public and Council, board, and commission meetings will remain virtual. City leadership will evaluate new target dates and conditions for reopening over the coming months.
    • Expanded COVID-19 protocols have been implemented at all City facilities. Essential personnel who must work in City Hall or other City locations are required to wear a mask covering their face and nose at all times, whenever indoors or where a distance of six feet or more cannot be maintained. The Mercer Island Community and Event Center is also adjusting operations to protect staff and patrons – updated operation and safety protocols will be posted on the MICEC's webpage once available.
    • The City has extended payment flexibility options for utility customers financially impacted by the pandemic through a new COVID-19 Flexible Payment Program. The City will also continue to waive late fees and service disconnects due to non-payment for an additional 120 days after the end of the Statewide utility moratorium, set to expire on September 30, 2021.

    These changes have been implemented after careful evaluation of public health data, risk metrics and the specific needs of the City and community.

    Increased COVID-19 transmission and breakthrough cases pose specific challenges to essential City operations, including personnel shortages due to exposure or infection. The Level 2 activation of the Emergency Operations Center allows City leadership to efficiently adjust staff priorities and shift resources to ensure critical services, including police, fire, water and sewer, are maintained. Because of this, some non-essential services, such as park lawn mowing, are placed on hold when staff shortages or safety risks occur.

    “We are doing everything we can to proactively respond to the latest impacts of the pandemic,” Mercer Island City Manager, Jessi Bon, said. “We are prioritizing the most important services for our community and making these changes to keep our teams distanced, safe and operating.”

    The City thanks the community for their continued understanding as operations change. All community members are encouraged to stay up to date with the City on social media and follow the latest guidance from King County Public Health. For more information on the City’s Emergency Management operations, visit the division's webpage.

  • News for the Week of September 13

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    News highlights for the week of September 13.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 837 positive cases reported as of September 17. DOH reported a total of 550,093 confirmed cases as of Sept. 15. There have been 7,145 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Starting in October, proof of vaccination or negative test will be required in King County to participate in most indoor and outdoor activities and establishments. King County’s Public Health Officer issued a Health Order requiring verification of full vaccination or a negative test to enter certain indoor and outdoor activities and establishments. The Health Order will go into effect October 25. Click here to learn more.

    Situation Reports. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    New COVID-19 Vaccine Verification Requirement. Beginning October 25, King County will require customers and attendees to show proof that they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Help is available for businesses as they navigate how to implement this new requirement including Frequently Asked Questions and more details on the new policy, such as which businesses are impacted, what qualifies as proof of vaccination, and plans for enforcement. Click here for more information.

    Vaccine News

    King County vaccination pop-ups schedule. No appointment necessary. Vaccines are free to everyone ages 12 and up, regardless of your income, insurance, citizenship, or immigration status. Visit the link above for event times and other details.

    COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough report. DOH provides data and criteria on fully vaccinated people who test positive with COVID-19 and may or may not develop symptoms. between January 17, 2021 – September 4, 2021, DOH officials have identified 31,708 vaccine breakthrough cases in Washington State. Read the full September 15 report.

    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.

  • Starting in October, proof of vaccination or negative test will be required in King County to participate in most indoor and outdoor activities and establishments

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    After conducting a week’s worth of outreach with business and community organizations, King County’s Public Health Officer issued a Health Order requiring verification of full vaccination or a negative test to enter certain indoor and outdoor activities and establishments.

    The Health Order will be effective October 25 and will apply to:

    • Indoor entertainment and recreational events or establishments
      • professional and collegiate sports
      • entertainment
      • performing arts
      • museums
      • theatre
      • live music
      • gyms
      • conferences/conventions
    • Restaurants and bars (including indoor dining)
      • does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers, and places that aren't primarily used as a restaurant, such as grocery stores
    • Outdoor events with 500 people or more – such as professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events

    The order gives the option for a longer preparation period for smaller restaurants and bars with a seating capacity of 12 or less, with an implementation date of December 6. The entire order is not expected to be permanent. It will be reviewed no later than six months after the October 25th implementation date to assess its continued need based on future outbreak conditions.

    For people who are unvaccinated or cannot prove vaccine status, they will be required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test in the last 72 hours, or a negative rapid test result from a testing provider conducted on site at an event or establishment just prior to entry. Individuals under 12 years of age, who are not eligible to be vaccinated, are not required to be tested for entry.

    Establishments will be responsible for checking vaccination proof or negative test status.

    Public Health, King County, and City of Seattle will be working with partners to provide technical support and educational materials to businesses and organizations implementing the order.

    Several forms of vaccination proof will be permitted under the order. Click here for more from King County. No personal identification with proof of vaccination will be required.

Page last updated: 03 November 2021, 16:01