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.

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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.


  • News for the Week of May 24

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    News highlights for the week of May 24.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 593 positive cases reported as of May 28. DOH reported a total of 399,710 confirmed cases as of May 26. There have been 5,754 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. As of May 22, more than 6,749,266 doses of vaccine have been given across the state. More than 50% of people in Washington 16+ are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and nearly 61% of people 16+ have received at least one dose. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    May 24 Statement from the Washington State DOH. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is aware of reports of a small number of cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in some patients, post-vaccination. Further investigation is needed to determine if these cases are connected in any way to COVID-19 vaccines. Read the statement or follow this link for more information from the CDC.

    Gov. updates Healthy Washington proclamation, announces safe workers proclamation. Gov. Jay Inslee extended the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery emergency proclamation, Proclamation 20-25.13. The governor also issued new worker protections that safeguard employees who wish to get vaccinated, or who are in isolation or quarantine, from adverse action by their employer. Read the full news release here.

    Situation Reports. The City has moved to monthly Situation Reports (SitReps), available the first Friday of the month. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of June 4. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Federal grants for shuttered venue operators and restaurants still open. The U.S. Small Business Administration is currently operating two grant programs – the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. You can continue to find information about available federal and state grant and loan programs on the Washington State Department of Commerce’s business grants page at commercegrants.com.

    Let’s Get Down to Business: Business leaders weigh in on back-to-work plans. If you own a business or are involved in employer back-to-work plans, you may be thinking about how to conduct business in the future. Check out a webinar recording to learn the top tips for office transitions from Washington state business experts by clicking here.

    Mask and Distancing Requirements Are Changing: Key COVID-19 Updates for Fully Vaccinated Workers (May 21, 2021). Updated state COVID-19 workplace safety and health guidance from the Washington Department of Labor & Industries will help employers adapt masking policies to meet new CDC guidelines Gov. Jay Inslee adopted. Read the full fact sheet here.

    Vaccine News

    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.

    Resources. Find COVID-19 vaccine near you: Updated flyer with map showing no appointment needed vaccination sites. COVID-19 Vaccines: A Community Conversation: Watch a panel discussion hosted by Naisha Williams - Lead for COVID Vaccination in BIPOC Communities for Public Health - Seattle & King County and Q&A with local leaders. Questions addressed include but not limited to: Why should I trust that COVID vaccines are safe? What's the difference between the different available vaccines? Where can I get vaccinated? What can I do differently once I'm vaccinated. Black Health Matters - Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle: Resources and guide about vaccination for the Black community. COVID-19 Vaccine: Muslim FAQs - Muslim Community and Neighborhood Association: Recording of a panel with local Imams, the Washington State Secretary of Health and other public health experts answering questions about COVID-19 vaccine.

    Resources

    Updated Guidance. Weddings, Funerals, and Events - COVID-19 Requirements

    Washington Listens helps people manage stress and anxiety they may be experiencing because of COVID-19. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or their preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are available on walistens.org.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough surveillance and case information resource. This weekly report provides data and criteria on fully vaccinated people who test positive with SARS-CoV-2 but may or may not develop COVID-19 symptoms. Read the full May 26 report here.

    Last Call…

    COVID-19 Vaccines: Just the Facts! (Part 3). What's in the vaccine? The third installment in King County’s series with the real answers to real myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for the County’s responses to common questions.

  • May 24 Statement from the Washington State DOH

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    The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is aware of reports of a small number of cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in some patients, post-vaccination. Further investigation is needed to determine if these cases are connected in any way to COVID-19 vaccines.

    Health care providers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon have been notified about this issue so they can be ready to quickly identify symptoms if more cases occur.

    Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart tissue, and is usually caused by a viral infection. Symptoms include chest pain, abnormal heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Pericarditis is swelling and irritation of the thin, saclike tissue surrounding the heart.

    DOH is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local public health, and healthcare providers in our state to gather data and other information about these incidents.

    Visit the DOH Newsroom for all news releases.

  • News for the Week of May 17

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    News highlights for the week of May 17.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 587 positive cases reported as of May 21. DOH reported a total of 392,754 confirmed cases as of May 19. There have been 5,690 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. As of May 17, more than 6.4m doses of vaccine have been given across the state. More than 47% of people in Washington 16+ are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and more than 59% of people 16+ have received at least one dose. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    What You Need to Know About King County’s Mask Directive for Indoor Spaces. From King County’s Public Health Insider Blog: With local COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates decreasing but still at elevated levels, King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin has issued an updated Directive strongly urging all residents, fully vaccinated or not, to continue wearing face masks in public indoor settings. Click here to read on.

    Governor Issues Updated Healthy Washington and Safe Workers Proclamations. On Friday, the Governor issued an extension of the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery emergency proclamation (Proclamation 20-25.13). Additionally, the governor issued new worker protections that safeguard employees who wish to get vaccinated, or who are in isolation or quarantine, from adverse action by their employer (Proclamation 21-08).

    State’s vaccine outreach shifts from mass vaccination sites to mobile vaccination clinics. After a successful four-month run, DOH is transitioning the state-led mass vaccination effort from stationary sites to mobile vaccination clinics. This new phase of vaccine outreach will help the state reach people who have experienced barriers in vaccine access and help distribute life-saving shots more equitably and conveniently across the state of Washington. Read the full news release here.

    Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics this weekend. Want to get vaccinated this weekend? See a list of vaccination pop-ups happening through Sunday (5/22), no registration required! For the most up to date information and for more on getting vaccinated, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine

    Situation Reports. The City has moved to monthly Situation Reports (SitReps), available the first Friday of the month. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of June 4. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Vaccine News

    King County COVID-19 Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    Need vaccine support? The DOH has a new support line. Call 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    School News

    School testing program will now include funding for screening tests. DOH, in conjunction with Health Commons Project, is making it easier for schools across the state to do both diagnostic testing and screening testing for COVID-19. New funding will allow districts and schools the option to add screening tests to their COVID-19 testing strategy if they choose. Read the full news release here.

    Resources

    King County's Eviction Prevention Rental Assistance Program is now available for tenants. On May 18, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the next phase of the Eviction Prevention Rental Assistance Program (EPRAP). Last year, it kept more than 9,000 residents in their homes. With three times more funding this year, EPRAP will help thousands more.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    DOH will not update the Data Dashboard this weekend. Due to scheduled maintenance, we will not update the COVID-19 Data Dashboard on the weekend of May 22–May 23. We will include data from those days in total case and hospitalization counts for Monday, May 24.

  • What You Need to Know About King County’s Mask Directive for Indoor Spaces

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    Last week the CDC updated its mask guidance for fully vaccinated people, this week King County's Public Health Official issued an updated mask directive for the county. Here's what you need to know.

    From King County’s Public Health Insider Blog:

    With local COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates decreasing but still at elevated levels, King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin has issued an updated Directive strongly urging all residents, fully vaccinated or not, to continue wearing face masks in public indoor settings.

    Last week, on May 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new guidance that people who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks for most activities.

    While the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced state guidelines consistent with the CDC, both CDC and DOH highlight that mask policies should take into account local COVID-19 circumstances and requirements. Today’s Directive that applies to King County takes into account these local conditions.

    Summary of the indoor mask directive available in 35 languages

    Frequently Asked Questions on masks page updated to include information on the indoor mask directive

    We asked Dr. Duchin to weigh-in on some key questions about the Directive.

    Can you tell us more about the Directive: Why are you issuing it now?

    Public Health—Seattle & King County is issuing this Directive to help us all stay safer until our community is more protected from the virus.

    Our community has made great progress with our vaccination rates, particularly for older adults, but rates are lower in many others and vary by age, neighborhood, race and ethnicity. We want to avoid an increase in people who are unvaccinated without masks in indoor settings at a time when we have substantial COVID-19 activity in the community.

    We know the strategy of masking by everyone in indoor public spaces has been working well and can help us stay protected until disease rates are lower and more people are vaccinated.

    Why should I be wearing a mask in indoor public spaces if I’m fully vaccinated?

    We agree that COVID-19 vaccines give high protection against infection and spreading the virus to others, and unvaccinated people are the ones at risk to acquire and spread COVID-19.

    In stores and other public spaces, if we say only unvaccinated people need to wear a mask, we have no way to know who is vaccinated and who isn’t, and it’s impractical for businesses to determine that.

    If unvaccinated people do not wear masks, the risk for COVID-19 spread increases. So, from a practical and community health perspective, the most reliable way to ensure everyone is safe is for everyone to wear a face mask for a few more weeks, until we get vaccination rates higher and disease rates lower.

    What does it mean for a King County resident?

    The CDC and DOH guidance require unvaccinated people to wear masks when in indoor public spaces. This Directive, in addition, strongly urges everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – who is five years and older to continue wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces. This means that whenever someone enters a public building – including retail, grocery stores, restaurants, government buildings – they should wear a mask to protect themselves and others.

    In addition to the local Directive, Washington state continues to require everyone age five and older in schools, child care settings, public transportation, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and health care settings such as doctor’s offices, long-term care, and hospitals to also wear well-fitted masks.

    For anyone who is not fully vaccinated, the State Department of Health Order also remains in effect: People who are not fully vaccinated are required “to wear a face covering in any indoor public setting, or when outdoors and unable to maintain six feet of physical distance from others.”

    For many of us who’ve been wearing masks in public, this King County Directive should not change our behavior. It continues the guidance and policies that were working well for our community from before the CDC’s update last week.

    The Directive will remain in effect until 70% or more of King County residents 16 years of age and older are fully vaccinated. Someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot (or in the case of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, their first shot). We’re hopeful that we’ll achieve this goal in late June.

    Why are we not immediately adopting CDC guidance?

    There are a few important factors.

    Rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are falling but remain elevated in King County. When COVID-19 rates are high, it’s more likely that people will come in contact with someone who is infected who is not wearing a mask. If rates continue to go down, lower levels of COVID-19 will make it safer for everyone.

    Also, large segments of our population are not yet fully vaccinated.

    The CDC’s guidance is based on the fact that COVID-19 vaccines work incredibly well, and the science absolutely shows that vaccines provide strong protection. In fact, COVID-19 vaccines not only protect the person vaccinated, but because they decrease the risk of spreading the infection as well, they protect the community.

    However, there is no easy way to know who has been vaccinated in public spaces. This means that both unvaccinated and vaccinated people would likely have close contact, without masks, in indoor settings. With current rates of COVID-19 circulating and because large numbers of people are not vaccinated yet, including many frontline workers, the risk of COVID-19 spread in indoor settings could increase.

    This problem is made worse when considering people who are still vulnerable to getting COVID-19. This includes unvaccinated children younger than 12, many 12-15-year-olds and younger to middle-aged adults who have not had as much time to be vaccinated, and the tens of thousands of people in King County who are immuno-compromised and may not be fully protected through vaccination.

    For these reasons, I believe it is clearly in our community’s best interest to temporarily continue doing what has been working well for us, until we have higher vaccine coverage and less COVID-19 spread.

    The CDC clarified that ending indoor mask mandates should be linked to local circumstances and requirements. What do our disease and vaccination rates tell you?

    In King County, we have just recently had a fourth wave of infections and hospitalizations. Currently, we have substantial or high levels of COVID-19 transmission among many of our communities.

    While our vaccination rates are very encouraging with 70% of eligible people having received one or more doses and more than 50% being fully vaccinated, our COVID-19 vaccination rates and risks vary by age, race, ethnicity, and geography. This raises equity concerns. Because of living and working conditions, not everyone has had the same access to the vaccines. By allowing a bit more time for everyone to get vaccinated, we will have greater community protection for everyone.

    Since Washington state and King County have different mask guidance, what should I follow?

    All local jurisdictions have the authority and responsibility to implement stronger guidance based on that county’s needs. In King County, we’ve determined that ending the indoor mask mandate would likely lead to preventable COVID-19 spread primarily among the unvaccinated.

    Residents of King County and King County businesses should follow our King County guidance and comply with this directive.

    Other counties in Washington also have local mask guidance.

    Are there spaces where the Directive does not apply?

    This Directive applies only to indoor spaces that are open to the public. It does not apply to indoor spaces that are generally closed to the public, including private businesses, offices, and other places of employment.

    Employers should continue to follow current guidance and requirements from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries on worker safety.

    This Directive also does not apply to outdoor places. When outdoors, masks are not required as long as a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not from the same household. Please follow current Washington state guidance on the use of masks outdoors.

    What should businesses and employees know about this directive?

    I strongly encourage all businesses that are open to the public, including grocery stores and other retail settings, to continue implementing policies and practices to ensure that their customers and employees wear face coverings. Businesses have the authority to continue to require people to wear masks in their establishments. If you need signage, you can find some on our King County webpages, along with tips for getting a snug fit.

    It is also a good idea to take steps to improve indoor ventilation & air quality to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 in indoor settings.

    Washington state issues guidance that governs how employers are required to protect employees’ health. Employees with disabilities or other underlying medical conditions that make masks necessary for their health can request accommodations.

    What is the difference between a Directive and an Order?

    A Directive calls for voluntary compliance, which has been our main strategy to contain COVID-19. An Order would require enforcement or penalties. This Directive is consistent with the education-based approach we’ve taken throughout the pandemic and which has worked well thanks to the support of our residents and businesses.

    In addition to complying with the Directive, how can individuals help slow the spread of COVID-19?

    It is critical we recognize that the pandemic is not over. There is a real possibility that we could see increases in COVID-19 activity in the coming months, particularly in areas where fewer people have been vaccinated.

    So now, the most important thing you can do for yourself and for your community is to get vaccinated and continue wearing a mask in public spaces for just a while longer. I know it’s tough and we all desperately want to return to something resembling normal. Let’s not give up yet!

    Originally published May 20, 2021

  • Mask Guidance Update for King County

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    There's a bit of confusion about mask guidance. Not to worry, King County has you covered! Here's a May 18 update directly from them:

    Public Health – Seattle and King County is continuing to work with Washington state about implementation of the CDC's new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people.

    In addition, over the weekend, the CDC Director and the Washington state Department of Health clarified that ending indoor mask mandates should be linked to local COVID-19 rates and vaccination coverage rates. King County's COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates are elevated, and Public Health is considering whether ending the indoor mask mandate is the best option in King County at this time.

    We will provide an update later this week.

    Here is what you should know for now:

    • Evidence suggests that the vaccines are highly effective at protecting fully vaccinated people from getting sick and reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19.
    • Everyone should continue to wear masks in health-care settings like hospitals, long-term care, or doctor's offices; in correctional facilities; in homeless shelters; in schools; and on public transportation.
    • Businesses may continue to require people to wear masks in their establishments and to ask for proof of vaccination.
    • When unvaccinated people gather indoors, especially without wearing masks, they are at risk of getting COVID-19 themselves as well as spreading it to others.

    Read this update at KingCounty.gov.

  • News for the Week of May 10

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    News highlights for the week of May 10.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 537 positive cases reported as of April 23. DOH reported a total of 386,903 confirmed cases as of May 12. There have been 5,626 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Vaccination Pop-Up Event This Saturday at MIHS. MI School District has announced a pop-up Pfizer clinic for students in partnership with Costco Pharmacies, to be held this Saturday, May 15, at the MIHS Gym from 8am-Noon. Pre-registration and a parental consent form are required. Learn more here: tinyurl.com/MISD-Pfizer.

    State to lift COVID restrictions on June 30. On Thursday, the state announced that pandemic related restrictions will be lifted by June 30 – earlier if 70% of Washington adults 16 and older have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently 57% of Washington residents 16 and over have initiated vaccinations. Next Tuesday, May 18, all counties will move to Phase 3, noting a move to statewide phase movement. Click here for more information.

    Washington Adopts Updated CDC Mask Guidance – No Masks for Vaccinated. Effective immediately, fully vaccinated adults no longer need to wear a mask in Washington State. Businesses will retain the right to require masks and masks will be required on public transportation. Click here for the full guidance.

    Everyone 12 and older now eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) amendment to expand the Pfizer vaccine to people 12 years and older. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup voted to recommend the vaccine for immediate use on Tuesday, May 11. The State DOH has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to everyone 12 and older. Those under age 18 may need consent from a parent or guardian to get the vaccine, unless they are legally emancipated. Click here for more.

    Situation Reports. The City has moved to monthly Situation Reports (SitReps), available the first Friday of the month. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of June 4. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Vaccine News

    What parents should know about vaccination for 12-15 year olds. Youth age 12-15 can now get COVID-19 vaccination. Our immunizations manager answers questions, including about what teens can do after vaccination, testing of the vaccine, and how this age group can get vaccinated in King County.

    King County COVID-19 Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here.

    "Vax to the Future" events at COVID-19 vaccination centers. Launching on May 15, Public Health is partnering with 4Culture to start a new pilot program at vaccination sites called "Vax to the Future" which will include live music performances, "I got vaccinated" buttons designed by local artists, and a photobooth for people to take selfies to enhance the experience of getting vaccinated. We will post additional information soon on where to find us.

    Need vaccine support? The DOH has a new support line. Call 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    School News

    2021-2022 School Guidance. On May 13, the State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the 2021 summer school session and 2021-2022 school year. Under the updated guidance, schools must plan to provide full time in-person education for all interested students for the 2021-2022 school year with mitigation efforts including: all students, school personnel, volunteers, andxl visitors must wear at least a cloth face covering or an acceptable alternative when indoors; must have basic ventilation; schools should prepare to provide instruction for students who are excluded from school due to illness or quarantine; and others. Click here to read the full guidance.

    Last Call…

    Check out the DOH’s new www.LifeAfterVaccine.org site.

  • State to Lift COVID Restrictions by June 30

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    On Thursday, May 13 the state announced that pandemic related restrictions will be lifted by June 30 – earlier if 70% of Washington adults 16 and older have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

    Currently 57% of Washington residents 16 and over have initiated vaccinations.

    Next Tuesday, May 18, all counties will move to Phase 3, noting a move to statewide phase movement. Then, on June 30, the state will remove all restrictions on businesses and activities, fully reopening the state. However, if the statewide hospital bed count ever reaches 90%, the state will reinstitute restrictions.

    Effective immediately, restrictions on indoor and outdoor spectator events have also been relaxed, lifting any limits on the number of vaccinated attendees.

    Local health officials will have the authority to institute localized restrictions if they deem necessary.

    The Governor also issued updated guidance for schools for the fall.

    Click here for more information.

  • Washington Adopts Updated CDC Mask Guidance – No Masks for Vaccinated

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    "The vaccine is your ticket to freedom." Gov. Jay Inslee

    Effective immediately, fully vaccinated adults no longer need to wear a mask in Washington State. Following the announcement earlier today by the CDC, Gov. Inslee announced that Washington will fully adopt the CDC's updated masking guidance.

    Businesses will retain the right to require masks and masks will be required on public transportation. The updated guidance does not apply to health care settings like hospitals, long-term care, or doctor’s offices; correctional facilities, homeless shelters, or schools.

    Click here for the CDC's updated guidance.

  • News for the Week of May 3

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    News highlights for the week of May 3.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 579 positive cases reported as of May 6. DOH reported a total of 380,109 confirmed cases as of May 5. There have been 5,553 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. As of May 3, more than 5,642,156 doses of vaccine have been given across the state. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Growing List of Local Universities Requiring Students to Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19. On May 3, the University of Washington joined Pacific Lutheran University and Washington State University in requiring students to be vaccinated before starting school in the fall. Other universities are in the process of deciding about requiring the COVID-19 vaccine. Check specific universities for more information.

    Spectator event and religious organization guidance adds vaccinated sections to increase capacity. Gov. Jay Inslee approved an update to guidance documents for spectator events and religious and faith-based organizations that allows facilities to increase capacity by adding sections for vaccinated attendees. Read the full news release here.

    Getting vaccinated just got easier (at last!). Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open across King County. Kent and Auburn sites now offer walk-in vaccination and additional hours. To find a vaccine provider near you, visit kingcounty.gov/vaccine.

    Need a Lift to Your Appointment? The Vaccine Action Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center has partnered with Lyft, Uber, United Way Worldwide, Washington 211 and Sea Mar Community Health Centers to provide access to free and discounted rides to vaccine appointments for people with transportation challenges. Beginning May 10, people who face transportation barriers and need a ride to get a vaccine can call the state COVID-19 information hotline at 833-VAX-HELP or in King County call the Coordinated Vaccine Transportation Helpline at 425-943-6706 to find the ride that best fits your needs.

    May 7 Situation Report. Click here for highlights and information from the 61st week of the City’s response to the pandemic. Available here.

    Information for Businesses

    Three ways you can improve your building’s indoor air quality. Public Health—Seattle & King County recommends that business owners and building operators implement strategies to improve indoor air quality. Along with wearing masks, keeping physical distance, and limiting the number of people who are indoors together, this is an important way to decrease people’s risk for COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

    Restaurant Revitalization Fund. SBA has announced emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars, and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portal(External link) on Monday, May 3 at 9 a.m. PDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted. Click here to learn more.

    Vaccine News

    Vaccine allocation strategy moving to provider need-based approach. DOH is adjusting the way COVID-19 vaccines are allocated in an effort to quickly and equitably reach more people statewide and get vaccine where it’s needed most. Read the full news release here.

    King County COVID-19 Vaccine Data At-a-Glance. Page updated daily here. As of May 6, for the Mercer Island zip code, 84.5% or 16,840 people have started vaccinations and 61.1% or 11,906 people have completed the series.

    Need vaccine support? The DOH has a new support line. Call 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    Why Now is the Right Time for Your COVID-19 Vaccine. King County Public Health – The COVID-19 vaccine is available for everyone over 16 who lives or works in Washington. But now that you’re eligible, should you rush to get one? We chatted with Danielle Koenig, Health Promotion Supervisor and immunization education expert for The Washington State Department of Health, to learn why you should get the vaccine as soon as possible. Click here to learn more.

    Resources

    King County Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program. Landlords with 5 units behind on rent can now sign up to receive rent assistance for eviction prevention. For tenants needing rental assistance, King County is scheduled to make applications for tenants starting on May 17th. See the EPRAP homepage for details at https://kingcounty.gov/eprap

    Coping with COVID-19: Vaccine Envy. Waiting can be difficult. Waiting can include feelings of frustration, jealousy, and resentment towards those who already got the vaccine. This can add extra pain to what has already been a difficult year. But the good news is that there are things we can do to cope while we wait for our shot. Learn more here.

    Updated Spanish-language guidance from DOH. Child Care, Youth Development, and Day Camps During COVID-19 is available in Spanish and reflects all guidance updates for these areas as of April 14.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    Vaccine Data: State now publishing county vaccination data by race and ethnicity to improve local equity efforts. If data is your thing, does the state have exciting news for you! The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 data dashboard now includes county-level data on the race and ethnicity of people who have been vaccinated. The newly available data will help counties, local partners and the public understand where there are inequities in order to address them more intentionally. The county-level data were first released in a report on April 23 and include a race and ethnicity breakdown for people with at least one dose of vaccine and people who are fully vaccinated.

    Last Call…

    Choosing Safer Activities. If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events with little risk. Fully vaccinated people can attend a small, outdoor gathering with fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people, as well as eat at outdoor restaurants with friends from multiple households. Read more here.

    And one more.

    Check out the DOH’s new www.LifeAfterVaccine.org site!

  • King County Stays in Phase 3 as Governor Announces Pause in Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery Evaluation Process

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    On Tuesday, May 4, Governor Inslee announced a two-week pause in rollbacks and advances in the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery.

    King County will remain in Phase 3.

    Under the pause, every county will remain in its current phase. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated.

    According to health officials, current data suggests that the fourth wave has hit a plateau. The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Health (DOH).

    Click here to read the statement from the Governor’s Office.