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 August 2

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    News highlights for the week of August 2.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 658 positive cases reported as of August 5. DOH reported a total of 443,230 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on August 4. There have been 6,155 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. As of July 24, 2021, 61% of those in Washington state who are eligible to receive vaccines have completed an approved vaccination series. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Situation Reports. The City will be concluding its monthly Situation Reports (SitReps). The final SitRep will be available later today. 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? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    COVID-19 long-term care report. As of August 2, a total of 21,005 COVID-19 cases and 2,693 deaths (44% of COVID-19 deaths statewide) have been identified as associated or likely associated with a long-term care facility (such as nursing home, assisted living facility, or adult family home). These cases include residents as well as employees and visitors. Read the full Aug. 3 report here.

  • News for the Week of July 26

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    News highlights for the week of July 26.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 633 positive cases reported as of July 26. DOH reported a total of 431,743 confirmed cases as of July 28. There have been 6,119 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. As of July 24, 61% of those eligible to receive vaccines have completed an approved vaccination series in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Masks required for all K-12 students and staff heading back to the classroom. DOH released updated guidance for the 2021-2022 school year. The guidance aims to minimize transmission and maximize in-person instruction and is informed by the latest science, recently released CDC guidance, and recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read the full news release here.

    Region's top health officials issue unified advice: Everyone should mask up in indoor public spaces. Wear a mask in indoor, public spaces. This unified recommendation comes as case counts in our region are rising again, driven largely by the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19.

    Situation Reports. The City will be concluding its monthly Situation Reports (SitReps). The final SitRep will be available the afternoon of August 6. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Safe Reopening page update: Information for businesses and organizations. Clarified guidance for employers to report COVID-19 cases; shared resources including tax credits for COVID-related employee PTO, loans, grants, and culturally and linguistically relevant help available to small and midsize employers.

    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.

  • News for the Week of July 19

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    News highlights for the week of July 19.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 625 positive cases reported as of July 26. DOH reported a total of 426,758 confirmed cases as of July 21. There have been 6,066 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Situation Reports. The City will be concluding its monthly Situation Reports (SitReps). The final SitRep will be available the afternoon of August 6. 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? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

  • News for the Week of July 12

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    News highlights for the week of July 12.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 615 positive cases reported as of July 16. DOH reported a total of 420,921 confirmed cases as of July 14. There have been 6,036 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    FDA adds warning to J&J vaccine label about rare Guillain-Barré syndrome. On July 12, the Food and Drug Administration announced it is adding a warning label to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, noting increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). The FDA and CDC take vaccine safety very seriously, which is why they closely monitor all vaccines. The identification of any possible risks, like the low risks associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, is a sign that the nation's safety monitoring system for COVID vaccines is working.

    Situation Reports. The City will be concluding its monthly Situation Reports (SitReps). The final SitRep will be available the afternoon of August 6. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    State launches SmartWA dashboard to help small businesses reopen safely. To help small business owners identify the safety protocols most likely to be important to customers, the state Department of Commerce recently launched a new SmartWA business decision support system and COVID-19 dashboard. Watch this short online demo.

    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.


    Last Call…

    Washington reaches 70% vaccination initiation milestone. As of July 12, 70% of people 16 and older have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This percentage includes vaccination rates from the Washington State Immunization Information System and aggregate data from the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the full news release here.

  • News for the Week of July 5

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    News highlights for the week of July 5.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 610 positive cases reported as of July 8. DOH reported a total of 417,318 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on July 7. There have been 5,986 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Governor issues final utility moratorium extension. The Governor issued an extension of the utility moratorium proclamation, which will now expire on September 30, 2021. This will be the final extension of the proclamation and the extension will align with the end date of the tenancy preservation bridge (21-09) to give Washingtonians struggling with housing payments time to prepare and seek assistance before both proclamations expire.

    Situation Reports. The City will be concluding its monthly Situation Reports (SitReps). The final SitRep will be available the afternoon of August 6. 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? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

  • News for the Week of June 28

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    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.

    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

    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.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    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.

    Last Call…

    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.

  • Washington State Reopens Today!

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    Today, our state reopens: a new beginning made possible by all who did their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Washington.

    From the Washington State Department of Health:

    As we celebrate this milestone, we know there are still questions about what reopening actually means. How is the Washington of today different than yesterday? Will mask wearing and physical distancing remain?

    Here are some of the basics to know about reopening — and how it may impact your plans for this summer, and beyond.

    What exactly does reopening mean?

    You can think of reopening as a return to “business as usual.” Most businesses — including restaurants, bars, movie theaters, grocery stores and offices — get to operate like they did before the pandemic. That means no capacity or occupancy limits, so long as they’re following the workplace safety requirements set by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I).

    There are no capacity limits for outdoor events or most indoor gatherings. The only exception is for very large indoor events (10,000+ attendees). Those events will stay at 75% capacity, for now.

    Do I need to wear a mask or physical distance?

    That depends largely upon your vaccination status.

    There is still a mask order in place for unvaccinated people ages 2 and older. This helps protect not only those who are unvaccinated, but also vulnerable people with auto-immune or other conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.

    People who are not vaccinated should continue to keep 6 feet of distance in public and keep gatherings small.

    Fully vaccinated people generally do not need to wear masks in public and do not need to distance from others. However, masks are still needed for travel and public transportation, at schools, in health care settings, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters.

    Even though that’s state policy, counties and businesses have the right to enforce masking and distancing, regardless of vaccination status. That’s why our mantra is to “respect the room you’re in.”

    Why is the reopening happening now? Isn’t COVID-19 still spreading?

    Washington’s reopening was based on either reaching 70% of people ages 16 and older getting their first dose of the vaccine; or by hitting June 30, whichever happened first. Well, we hit June 30th and 68.8% of people 16 and older in Washington have had their first vaccine.

    We can all give ourselves a pat on the back for reaching this milestone. Washingtonians have been cautious in reopening, and it’s paid off.

    Just remember, COVID-19 will stay with us as long as new variants keep showing up. And the best way to stop the new variants is through vaccination. That’s why it’s so important to get your vaccine as soon as you’re ready. Unvaccinated people should continue to get tested for COVID-19 if they have any symptoms or had any known exposures.

    We encourage everyone to sign up for WA Notify as an added layer of protection for yourself and your community. This free tool alerts you if you’ve been near another user who tested positive for COVID-19 without sharing any personal information.

    Can my friends and family visit Washington?

    Yes, we can welcome back our loved ones! Vaccinated family and friends can visit Washington with ease. The CDC recommends that unvaccinated individuals hold off on travel, for now. If they do travel, remind them to follow CDC recommendations for testing and quarantining.

    Is it OK to be anxious or have concerns?

    Absolutely. Hesitation and uncertainty about the “new normal” are to be expected. The last 18+ months have been taxing on our mental and emotional wellbeing.

    Some of us may have become used to a slower pace of life. Others may feel uneasy about being in crowded spaces again. All of these feelings are normal.

    In a recent series, we shared the four R’s of healing: Reflect, Release, Restore and Rise. These posts include tips for easing the transition.

    If you need someone to talk to about stress due to COVID-19, call Washington Listens at 1–833–681–0211 for support. You can also contact your healthcare provider.

    So, get out there and celebrate Washington’s reopening. And enjoy the summer, you earned it!

    Published by the Washington State Department of Health

  • King County Mask Directive Ends

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    Today marks 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 reminds residents and visitors that:

    • Vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask in most public settings but may choose to do so based on personal considerations.
    • Everyone, vaccinated or not, should continue to keep a mask with them when they go out. Masks will be needed in some indoor spaces.
    • People who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must continue to wear face coverings when they enter indoor public spaces, according to state guidance. This helps protect not only adults who are unvaccinated, particularly as more contagious variants are spreading, but also children and those with medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated or from being fully protected by vaccines.
    • Businesses are allowed to request or require their customers and employees to wear masks regardless of vaccination status.
    • If there is a surge in COVID-19, masks will be an important tool. Don't throw away those masks!

    Follow this link to read King County's press release or for:

    • Questions and answers about re-opening, including more information about mask wearing for workplaces, visit Frequently Asked Questions: kingcounty.gov/safereopen
    • More information about the COVID-19 vaccine, including a full list of vaccination sites and appointment options, visit: kingcounty.gov/vaccine
  • News for the Week of June 21

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    News highlights for the week of June 21.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 607 positive cases reported as of June 24. DOH reported a total of 413,046 confirmed cases as of June 23. There have been 5,898 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Washington is getting ready for reopening. What will that mean for workers? Soon, businesses will be able to resume operating at their full capacities again. This is welcome news for Washington businesses, workers, and customers. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks indoors or outdoors. As a result, many businesses dropped their mask requirements for customers. But what about their workers? Continue reading here

    Situation Reports. The City will be issuing two more Situation Reports (SitReps), available the first Friday of the month. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of July 2. 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? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    How to get your vaccine records. MyIR (“My Immunization Records”) is Washington’s online portal for vaccine records. MyIR updates your information from healthcare records in the state’s immunization registry. Visit www.MyIRmobile.com to retrieve your records. You can also ask your doctor or pharmacist for complete immunization records for you or your child.

    Resources

    Inslee announces eviction moratorium "bridge." Gov. Jay Inslee announced a "bridge" proclamation between the eviction moratorium and the housing stability programs put in place by the Legislature. The bridge is in effect July 1 through Sept. 30. Read the full news release here.

    COVID-19 Reporting

    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.

    Last Call...

    New safe reopening webpage. Starting June 30, the State of Washington is removing most COVID-19 restrictions. This means that most businesses and organizations may choose to operate as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic with no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements. Learn what this means for individuals and businesses.

  • News for the Week of June 14

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    News highlights for the week of June 14.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 606 positive cases reported as of June 21. DOH reported a total of 410,195 confirmed cases as of June 16. There have been 5,810 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    King County completes 70 percent vaccination; mask directive to end June 29. King County has crossed the 70 percent threshold for residents age 16+ to complete the COVID-19 vaccine series. The County’s directive on mask use will end on June 29. Follow this link to read the press release.

    State moves closer to reopening as 67.8 percent of people 16+ initiate vaccination. As of June 14, more than 7,528,340 doses of vaccine have been given across the state and more than 4.1 million people have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Washington is getting closer to its 70 percent initiation goal. Read the full news release here.

    Situation Reports. The City issues monthly Situation Reports (SitReps), available the first Friday of the month. The next SitRep will be available the afternoon of July 2. 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? Call the DOH support line 1-833-VAX-HELP for assistance.

    Updates to vaccine and testing sites. Vaccine and testing site days and hours continue to change and be updated on King County's Getting Vaccinated and COVID Testing pages. Check back often to make sure the site you want to go to for vaccines or testing is open.

    Last Call...

    City moves towards September opening, summer camps start and Mostly Music In the Park set to return in August. As announced by City Manager Bon at the May 18 City Council meeting, City Hall is on track to re-open in September. This week, summer campers returned to the MICEC for the summer. The Thrift Shop is also set to expand hours in July. Finally, the City is pleased to announce that Mostly Music in the Park will return later this summer. Stay tuned for details!

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