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 April 19

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    News highlights for the week of April 19.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 537 positive cases reported as of April 23. DOH reported a total of 363,840 confirmed cases as of April 21. There have been 5,428 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Public Alert: Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or exposure, but avoid unusual testing operations. Recently, Public Health – Seattle & King County became aware of a small number of unusual COVID testing operations in King County that the public should avoid. Their practices raise several concerns, including providing potentially inaccurate results. Click here for information about how to identify official (and unofficial) testing locations.

    COVID-19 immunity increasing, but not enough to slow transmission. All Washingtonians, including those who are fully vaccinated, still need to take steps to slow the spread while more people are being vaccinated. Read the full news release here.

    Many new COVID-19 vaccine appointments available in South King County. A large number of new COVID-19 vaccine appointments are open now at King County’s Auburn Outlet Mall and Kent ShoWare clinics for King County residents, ages 16+. Appointments are open from today through Monday, April 26. Registration required at CovidVaccine.KingCounty.gov. For assistance by phone (interpretation available), call 206-477-3977 any day 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

    New ventilation guidance is now available. 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 May 7. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Financial Relief Programs Available for Businesses. Programs are available to help businesses. Here are a few of the latest resources:

    • The American Rescue Plan Act Restaurant Revitalization Fund has made $28.6b in federal grants for eating & drinking establishments is available. We’re still awaiting application guidelines but know the program will be administered by the SBA. Learn more from the National Restaurant Association’s FAQs factsheet: https://restaurant.org/downloads/pdfs/business/faq_revitalization_grants
    • The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application opened on April 8 via the SBA. This program provides $16b in grants to support organizations like theaters, museums, concert venues, and more that had to close during the pandemic. Learn more and apply here: https://www.svograntportal.sba.gov/s/
    • Did you receive a PPP loan and need assistance with the loan forgiveness process? REACH and Business Health Trust partnered to provide FREE CPA assistance to small businesses in the region. E-mail leighj@seattlechamber.com to get connected with CPA services from Clark Nuber.

    Vaccine News

    Allocation update. The State’s three-week vaccine forecast shows allocations for Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna will remain fairly consistent. The forecast is an estimate that helps with planning at the state and local level. The numbers are subject to change as vaccine availability from the federal government may change.

    • Week of April 25: 370,340 total doses (191,680 first doses, 178,660 second doses)
      • This includes 212,940 doses of Pfizer and 157,400 doses of Moderna
    • Week of May 2: 377,360 total doses (191,680 first doses, 185,680 second doses)
      • This includes 219,960 doses of Pfizer and 157,400 doses of Moderna
    • Week of May 9: 383,360 total doses (191,680 first doses, 191,680 second doses)
      • This includes 219,960 doses of Pfizer and 163,400 doses of Moderna

    In addition to Pfizer and Moderna, the forecast shows Washington will receive 4,300 doses of the J&J vaccine in early May. We hope to learn more from our federal partners about the J&J vaccine at the end of the week.

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

    COVID-19 Vaccines: Just the Facts! (Part 2). As part of King County Public Health’s ongoing efforts to dispel rumors and provide factual information, they are answering frequently asked questions. Click here for the latest installation. (Missed COVID-19 Vaccines: Just the Facts! (Part 1)? Not to worry – just click here for the post!)

    Resources

    Coping with COVID: Mindfulness and Self-Care. In this episode of DOH's behavioral health podcast on coping with COVID-19, Kira Mauseth, Ph.D., and Doug Dicharry, M.D., discuss how we can practice mindfulness and self-care to reduce stress and anxiety. Listen to the episode here.

    Last Call…

    Online presentation requests via King County COVID-19 Speakers' Bureau. Is your community group looking for a presentation on COVID-19? Public Health offers free customized presentations. Their professional speakers offer presentations with the latest information, resources, and guidance on COVID-19 to communities in King County. They are also able to provide presentations in various languages including Arabic, English, Spanish, and more. They can provide fully accessible webinars, including live captioning, ASL interpreters, materials available in advance, and translation of materials into Braille. Click here for more information.

  • News for the Week of April 12

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    News highlights for the week of April 12.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 529 positive cases reported as of April 15. DOH reported a total of 355,387 confirmed cases as of April 14. There have been 5,362 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Statement on pausing J&J vaccine. DOH will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine statewide starting immediately, following the guidance of the FDA/CDC. Use of that vaccine will be put on hold until we receive further recommendations from our federal partners about how best to move forward. Read the full statement here.

    Inslee announces three counties to roll back to Phase 2. Cowlitz, Pierce, and Whitman counties do not meet the Phase 3 Healthy Washington metrics for reopening activities. 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 May 7. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    New "SSTAR Phase 3 update webinar" video for King County food establishments. This is an information-sharing webinar for food establishments to operate safety in King County. Click this link to watch the video.

    Vaccine News

    Everyone over 16 is becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, but supply is still catching up. Public Health Insider blog – Starting April 15, all people in Washington age 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. However, limited vaccine supply continues to be our number one challenge to vaccinating everyone who is eligible and who wants to be vaccinated. Click here to read the post.

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

    COVID-19 vaccine distribution update. As of April 10, more than 4,189,884 doses of vaccine have been given across the state, which is more than 82 percent of the 5,094,380 doses that have been delivered to our providers and long-term care programs. We're currently averaging 57,577 vaccine doses given each day, and more than 22 percent of people in Washington are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read the full news release here.

    Resources

    Inslee issues proclamation on the Family Emergency Assistance Program (FEAP). The proclamation allows for the expansion of the FEAP to assist families who continue to suffer economic hardship during the pandemic. Read the full news release here.

  • All Washingtonians Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

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    Today, April 15, all Washingtonians age 16 and up become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Over the past four months since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death.

    Today’s open eligibility is driven in part by concerns over the trends emerging across the state and the possibility of a fourth wave of infections that may see greater numbers of more powerful virus variants, according to the Department of Health (WADOH).

    Approximately 4.25 million doses have been administered in Washington to date, and about 24% of residents have been fully vaccinated. Washingtonians are advised to use the state’s online Vaccine Locator tool to register for an appointment or call the Vaccine Hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press # (language assistance is available). On Tuesday, in accordance with CDC guidance, WADOH announced a temporary pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 6 patients nationwide appeared to experience blood clots. Only about 160,000 doses of this vaccine brand have been administered in Washington to date.

    Earlier this week, Governor Inslee announced that Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties are not meeting the metrics to stay in Phase 3 of his Healthy Washington Recovery Plan, and will roll back to Phase 2 on April 16. The two metrics used are case counts and hospitalizations. King County remains in Phase 3.

  • Statement on Pausing J & J Vaccine from the Washington DOH

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    For immediate release: April 13, 2021

    The Washington State Department of Health will pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson (J & J) vaccine statewide starting immediately, following the guidance of the FDA/CDC. Use of that vaccine will be put on hold until we receive further recommendations from our federal partners about how best to move forward. Safety is the highest priority when it comes to all COVID-19 vaccines.

    This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution based on the appearance of a rare but serious side effect including serious brain blood clots (CVST) combined with low platelet counts in six patients, all women under 50. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will review these cases in the days ahead and will recommend guidance going forward.

    About 149,000 doses of J & J vaccine have been administered in Washington so far, out of more than four million doses total. At this time, we have no knowledge of the six patients who experienced these blood clots being Washington residents.

    For those who got the vaccine more than a month ago, the risk of this complication is very low at this time. People who have received the J & J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. It also demonstrates how well the robust vaccine safety monitoring systems work, since this potential safety concern was identified quickly and vaccines were paused to allow for further investigation.

    No definitive cause has been identified yet, but the FDA said today that a probable cause is a rare immune response generated by an individual after receiving the vaccine.

    DOH will continue to monitor the situation related to J & J vaccine and update on its use as the pause is reviewed and once it is lifted.

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  • King County Continues in Phase 3 Until May 6

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    Today, state officials undertook the first three-week review of Healthy Washington metrics. The county-by-county review of case count and hospitalization trends found King County within the required metrics.

    The next review will take place on Monday, May 3 with any changes to Phases taking effect Friday, May 7. As such, King County will remain in Phase 3 through May 6. For King County COVID-19 case information and other data, check out the county’s data dashboards.

    Last Friday, the governor announced an update to the Healthy Washington criteria, determining that “In order to move down one phase, a county must fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations. Under the previous plan, a county only needed to fail one metric to move back a phase.”

    The review did see three counties roll back to Phase 2 (Pierce, Cowlitz, and Whitman). See this post for more on today’s county-by-county review and rollbacks.

  • News for the Week of April 5

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    News highlights for the week of April 5.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 518 positive cases reported as of April 9. DOH reported a total of 348,431 confirmed cases as of April 7. There have been 5,316 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Cases of COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough confirmed in Washington state. DOH is investigating reports of people who tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after being fully vaccinated. Scientists call these "vaccine breakthrough" cases, which are expected with any vaccine. Read the full news release here.

    Governor updates Healthy Washington criteria for county phases. On April 9, the Governor updated and clarified the criteria for counties to stay in Phase 3 of the state's Healthy Washington pandemic reopening plan. Under the plan that took effect in March, counties are individually evaluated every three weeks. The first evaluation occurs this Monday, and changes to a county's phase status take effect Friday, April 16. In advance of each county's evaluation, the governor established that: In order to move down one phase a county must fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations (under the previous plan, a county only needed to fail one metric to move back one phase). Click this link to learn more.

    COVID-19 data show concerning increases in disease activity. DOH released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19, which shows increasing transmission and daily case counts. At the Governor’s April 8 press conference, he strongly suggested that some counties will revert back to Phase 2 at Monday’s check-in. Watch the press conference 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 May 7. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Small Business Administration's Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program launches this week. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance. The application portal opened April 8. Get more information here.

    Vaccine News

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

    COVID-19 vaccine distribution update from DOH. As of April 5, more than 3.7M doses of vaccine have been given across the state. Washington is currently averaging 59,592 vaccine doses given each day. Read the full update here.

    School News

    Guidance for graduation and other school ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic updated. Guidance for Graduation Ceremonies during the COVID-19 Pandemic outlines graduation models. It leaves decisions to school boards and superintendents to ensure safety and physical distancing. Ceremonies must align with the Governor's Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery guidance.

    COVID-19 outbreaks in Washington state K-12 schools. Between Aug. 1, 2020, and Feb. 28, 2021, 134 COVID-19 outbreaks and 526 COVID-19 cases in K-12 schools were reported to DOH. Read the full March 31 report here.

    Resources

    FEMA to provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses. Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted beginning April 12. Read more details here.

    Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home: Guidelines from the CDC. Cleaning with a household cleaner that contains soap or detergent reduces the amount of germs on surfaces and decreases risk of infection from surfaces. Disinfection to reduce transmission of COVID-19 at home is likely not needed unless someone in your home is sick or if someone who is positive for COVID-19 has been in your home within the last 24 hours. Learn more about how to follow recommended steps for cleaning and disinfecting your home when someone is sick here.

    Supporting your child’s transition back into the classroom. As children make the trek back to school, King County Public Health reminds us that it’s important to be mindful of how the transition will affect them. While getting students back into the classroom is certainly progress in reopening our state, and good news for many parents, kids may react in all sorts of ways. Click here for the article.

    Last Call…

    Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17. It’s okay, you can breathe a temporary sigh of relief! The IRS has extended the filing deadline to May 17. Individual taxpayers can also postpone federal income tax payments for the 2020 tax year due on April 15, 2021, to May 17, 2021, without penalties and interest, regardless of the amount owed. This postponement applies to individual taxpayers, including individuals who pay self-employment tax. Penalties, interest and additions to tax will begin to accrue on any remaining unpaid balances as of May 17, 2021. Visit the IRS newsroom for more information.

  • Eligibility Opens to All Adults Next Week But Appointment Registration is Open Now

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    All Washington adults 16+ will be eligible for the vaccine starting next Thursday, April 15.

    Early registration is now available for anyone 16+, lives or works in King County, and would like to be vaccinated at one of four Seattle locations:

    • Lumen Field Event Center (330 S Royal Brougham Way, Seattle)
    • North Seattle College Community Vaccination Hub (9600 College Way N, Seattle)
    • Rainier Beach Community Vaccination Hub (8702 Seward Park Ave S, Seattle)
    • West Seattle Community Vaccination Hub (2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle)

    King County residents or anyone who works in the county can fill out a form, processed through the City of Seattle, to receive notification when an appointment opens up at one of these locations or use the Seattle vaccination appointment finder.

  • News for the Week of March 29

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    News highlights for the week of March 29.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 498 positive cases reported as of April 1. DOH reported a total of 340,371 confirmed cases as of March 29. There have been 5,237 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    All Washington Adults Eligible for the Vaccine Beginning April 15. On March 31, the Governor announced that beginning April 15, all adults (16+) will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information.

    Vaccine Eligibility Now Open to Phase 1B3 and 1B4. On March 31, the state opened eligibility for people in Phase 1B3 and 1B4 which includes:

    • Anyone 16 years or older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
    • All people 60 years and older
    • Anyone who lives, works, or volunteers in certain congregate living settings (Group homes for people with disabilities, Settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services, Correctional facilities)
    • Anyone who works in certain congregate settings (Restaurants, Food services, Construction and manufacturing)

    APPLY NOW: Round Four of Working Washington Business Grants Open. On Monday, March 29, the Washington State Department of Commerce opened applications for the 4th round of Working Washington Grants. Applications are due April 9. This latest grant round focuses on brick-and-mortar businesses most directly impacted by COVID-19 public health measures. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at commercegrants.com.

    April 2 Situation Report. Click here for highlights and information from the 56th week of the City’s response to the pandemic. Available here.

    Vaccine News

    State's online eligibility tool no longer required starting March 31. Phase Finder will no longer be required to verify COVID-19 vaccine eligibility. Instead, people who want a vaccine should check DOH's priority guidance webpage and, if eligible, use the Vaccine Locator to find an appointment. Read the full news release here.

    Pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine. As of March 17, pregnant people in Washington state are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are pregnant or considering a future pregnancy, you probably have lots of questions around risks and benefits of the vaccine. We've provided answers to some of the questions you might have surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more.

    Bringing vaccination to communities that need access (and trust). Tsegar Berthe knew that members of Seattle's Eritrean community would only be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from someone they trusted. And he knew the perfect place to hold a clinic: The Eritrean Holy Trinity Orthodox Church. Follow this link for more info.

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

    The COVID-19 vaccine is free to you. What does that mean? King County Public Health - Since the COVID-19 vaccine’s arrival, we’ve had many things to celebrate. As more people across the state prepare for their appointments, we want to remind you of one more piece of good news: the vaccine is free to all who want one. Click here to learn what this means.

    Resources

    Q&A discussion on COVID-19 vaccine in Korean on March 31 Public Health will be partnering with the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs to host a workshop in Korean about the COVID-19 vaccine, so that those who speak Korean will be able to confidently talk to your community about the vaccination process and accurately respond to common vaccine questions. Click here for information.

    Last Call…

    We just hit a *huge* milestone - 1 million COVID-19 doses administered in King County! Or to be exact, at least 1,071,586 total doses administered according to the King County COVID-19 data dashboard updated March 31 and linked here.

  • All Washington Adults Eligible for the Vaccine Beginning April 15

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    On March 31, the Governor announced that beginning April 15, all adults (16+) will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. See full news release below.

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    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

    Over the past four months since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system, beginning with those most at risk of hospitalization and death.

    The governor and the state Department of Health (DOH) have also prioritized equity issues in each phase to ensure vaccine access to populations disproportionately affected by the virus, including communities of color and low-income communities.

    The expansion of eligibility comes, in part, in response to a recent uptick in COVID cases in the state.

    “We must do everything possible to ensure that we can keep cases down," Inslee said during a press conference Wednesday. "We have concerns about the trends we are seeing across the state and we must be cautious. Opening up full eligibility will be one tool to help in the fight against the virus.

    "If we get vaccinated and continue the health practices that keep those around us healthy – masks, distancing and basic hygiene – we’re going to knock this virus down. But we cannot get complacent. We feel like we are done with COVID, but this virus is not done with us yet."

    Roughly 3.3 million doses have been administered in Washington to date, and more than one million residents have been fully vaccinated.

    Resources

    Find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine here.

    Use the Vaccine Locator tool to register for a vaccination appointment here.

    For DOH's COVID-19 Information Hotline, dial 1.800.525.0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.

    Reposted March 31, 2021 News Release

  • Vaccine Eligibility Now Open to Phase 1B3 and 1B4

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    On March 31, the state opened eligibility for people in Phase 1B3 and 1B4.

    Phase 1B3 and 1B4 includes the following Washingtonians:

    • Anyone 16 years or older with 2 or more co-morbidities or underlying conditions
    • All people 60 years and older
    • Anyone who lives, works, or volunteers in certain congregate living settings
      • Group homes for people with disabilities
      • Settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services
      • Correctional facilities
    • Anyone who works in certain congregate settings
      • Restaurants
      • Food services
      • Construction and manufacturing
    • Anyone in Phase 1A, 1B1, or 1B2.

    Also beginning March 31, the state is no longer requiring the online eligibility tool, Phase Finder. People who want a vaccine should check DOH's priority guidance webpage and, if eligible, use the Vaccine Locator to find an appointment.

    Read the full news release here.