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 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.

  • News for the Week of March 22

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    News highlights for the week of March 22.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 490 positive cases reported as of March 19. DOH reported a total of 334,841 confirmed cases as of March 22. There have been 5,186 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    New Household Assistance Request Program. Do you and your family need financial support to successfully isolate or quarantine? Anyone living in King County who tests positive or is exposed to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a one-time household bill payment of up to $1,500 to help pay their current rent, mortgage, utility, water, phone and internet bills. Click here for more.

    Inslee rescinds state travel advisory to align with CDC travel advisory guidance. The Governor has rescinded his November 2020 Travel Advisory and is advising Washingtonians and visitors to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. Read the full news release here.

    King County Executive proposes $600 million American Rescue Plan budget. This week, King County Executive Dow Constantine transmitted a $600 million spending plan to the King County Council, funded in part by the American Rescue Plan. The plan includes $253 million for Public Health Response/Vaccinations & COVID operations (ex. $116 million for stepped-up vaccination program), $199 million for Community Supports-rental assistance, childcare, behavioral health (ex. $100 million for rental assistance and $62.5 million emergency homeless response), $92 million towards Economic Recovery (ex. $25.6 million for BIPOC business and economic resiliency fund), and $40 million for the King County Jobs Program. Click here to read the full press release.

    Statewide data show some signs of increasing activity. The latest report from the WA DOH shows trends which are cause for concern. The report found: (1) transmission may be increasing, (2) daily case counts have flattened at a relatively high level of around 654 new cases per day as of mid-March, (3) number of hospital beds occupied by confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients began increasing in mid-March after steady declines since January, and (4) the percentage of people with active COVID-19 infections) has plateaued since early February, following declines in January. Click here for details from the full report.

    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 April 2. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Vaccine News

    Vaccination cards: What’s a COVID-19 vaccination card and why should I keep it? When you get a vaccination, you should receive a vaccination record card. This card is not only proof that you got your shot, but it can also help you keep track of your vaccine information. This information is important to ensure you get the correct second dose — at the right time. You might want to keep it in your wallet so that it is always with you. Learn more about what to do (or not to do) with your vaccine card here.

    Fully Vaccinated. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated: (1) two-weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or (2) two-weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If it has been less than two-weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, health officials remind you that you are not fully protected. Learn more about what the health officials recommend before and after being fully vaccinated.

    Current progress of COVID-19 vaccination in King County. As of March 24, 31% of King County residents ages 16+ have started the vaccine series (received their first dose) and 16.5% of King County residents ages 16+ are now fully vaccinated. Click here for details.

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

    Resources

    Coping with COVID-19: Suicide Prevention. Most of us have experienced feeling burnt out, exhausted, and overwhelmed as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19. The risk of suicide, depression, hopelessness, and substance use is typically highest during the disillusionment phase of a disaster, and it’s what we’re seeing right now. Contrary to common belief, the greatest risk of suicide is during the spring, not winter. It’s important we learn how to talk about suicide and suicide prevention when people in our lives may be struggling. Click here for more.

    DOH updates guidance documents regarding masking, quarantining, and recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. These updates are in line with recent CDC announcements and include information on Phase 3 of Gov. Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery plan where appropriate.

    The DOH Resources and Recommendations page contains a full list of COVID-19 public health guidance documents. Send questions to COVIDExternalAffairs@doh.wa.gov.

    School News

    Schools May Immediately Implement New CDC Distancing Guidelines. On March 25, the state announced that schools may immediately begin implementing the CDC's new 3-feet distancing guidelines for students. Watch the press conference here and learn more about the CDC's new guidelines here.

    Last Call…

    The Latest on Masks: Layered and Snug. King County Public Health – We are no longer strangers to wearing masks in Washington. They’ve been a daily part of our lives for most of the past year. Even though vaccination rates are improving in Washington, we still need to be careful. There are new COVID-19 variants showing up now that remind us we cannot drop our guard yet. In light of this, and with new guidance from the CDC, we thought we should take a moment to talk about masks again. Follow this link to continue reading King County Public Health’s article on masks.

  • When You Are Fully Vaccinated

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    Health officials detail what it means to be fully vaccinated and recommendations for what to do before and after you are fully vaccinated.

    Who is Considered Fully Vaccinated

    According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

    • 2-weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
    • 2-weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

    If it has been less than two-weeks since your 1-dose shot, or if you still need to get your second dose of a 2-dose vaccine, health officials remind you that you are not fully protected and recommend that you continue to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

    What to Do One Fully Vaccinated

    Here are the recommendations from health officials on what to do after you’ve been vaccinated.

    • You can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
    • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
    • If you’ve been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms.
      • However, if you live in a group setting and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don’t have symptoms.
    • You should still take steps to protect yourself and others in many situations, like wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. Take these precautions whenever you are:
    • You should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings.
    • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do travel, you’ll still need to follow CDC requirements and recommendations.
    • You should still watch out for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested and stay home and away from others.
    • You will still need to follow guidance at your workplace.

    Also see this visual guide from King County.

    Source: CDC's "When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated”

  • Washington Now in Phase 3

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    On March 22, the state moved into Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery Phase 3. Here's what is allowed under Phase 3:

    50% Indoor Capacity

    Under Phase 3, indoor activities at restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, etc. can operate at 50% occupancy with a 400 person maximum. Phase 3 also permits alcohol service until midnight (previously 11 p.m.). Click here for industry specific guidelines.

    50% Outdoor Capacity for Smaller Locations; 25% for Larger Locations

    The new phase also allows for up to 400 people maximum to attend outdoor activities, as well as events in indoor facilities — so long as 400 people does not exceed 50% capacity for the location, and physical distancing and masking protocols are enforced. Larger venue events are capped at 25% occupancy, or up to 9,000 people, whichever is less, and must follow spectator guidelines.

    Spectators Can Attend Sporting Events

    In-person spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues for both professional and high school sporting events (with permanent seating). Capacity capped at 25%. This includes motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.

    Meeting New Metrics

    Under Phase 3, the state is returning to evaluating counties individually every three weeks. The evaluations will occur on Mondays with the first evaluation scheduled for April 12. Any possible changes would take effect the following Friday.

    In Phase 3, King County must keep a 14-day average of new COVID cases at or below 200 per 100,000 residents, and a seven-day average of new hospitalizations per 100,000 at 5 or fewer.

    Additionally, if at any point the statewide ICU capacity reaches greater than 90%, all counties will move down one Phase.

    The Department of Health always maintains the ability to move a county forward or backward at their discretion.

  • Mercer Island Mobile Vaccine Teams

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    Last week, the Mercer Island Fire Department EMT’s started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Island residents.

    MIFD Mobile Vaccine Teams are assisting mobility-challenged residents or those who have experienced difficulties in securing appointments. This program was made possible with approval by the WA Dept of Health, and supplies and specialized training from Bellevue Fire Department's Paramedics.

    Emergency Management staff have reached out to local long-term care facilities and adult family homes so that they are aware of the availability of this service.

    If you or a loved one (a resident over the age of 65) needs assistance scheduling vaccine appointment, YFS Geriatric Specialist, Marjorie Carlson may be able to help. She can be reached at (206) 275-7752 or marjorie.carlson@mercerisland.gov.

  • News for the Week of March 15

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    News highlights for the week of March 15.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 486 positive cases reported as of March 19. DOH reported a total of 331,820 confirmed cases as of March 17. There have been 5,168 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Mercer Island Mobile Vaccine Teams. Last week, the Mercer Island Fire Department EMT’s started administering the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Island residents. MIFD Mobile Vaccine Teams are assisting mobility-challenged residents or those who have experienced difficulties in securing appointments. Emergency Management staff have reached out to local long-term care facilities and adult family homes, but if you or a loved one (a resident over the age of 65) needs assistance scheduling a vaccine appointment, YFS Geriatric Specialist, Marjorie Carlson may be able to help. She can be reached at (206) 275-7752 or marjorie.carlson@mercerisland.gov.

    State Advances Phase 1B2 Vaccine Eligibility; Next Two Vaccine Eligibility Tiers Open March 31. On Wednesday, Washington moved into Phase 1B2. People in Phase 1A, 1B1, and 1B2 can now get vaccinated. For information on who falls into this new phase, the state's new vaccine locator website, and next phases, follow this link. Additionally, people in Phase 1B3 and 1B4 will be eligible for the vaccine beginning March 31. Vaccination appointments will open to anyone age 60 and older, as well as to many workers in congregate settings such as foodservice, manufacturing, and construction. Follow this link for information about these upcoming tiers.

    Phase 3. This coming Monday, March 22, the entire state will move into Phase 3. Phase 3 will allow 50% occupancy in most indoor venues including gyms, restaurants, retail, and theaters. Click here for details from the Governor’s office.

    City Facilities Closed Through June 1. During Tuesday’s City Manager’s Report, Jessi Bon announced that City facilities will remain closed through at least June 1. Those facilities include City Hall, Mercer Island Community and Event Center (MICEC), and the Luther Burbank Admin Building (Municipal court is open for scheduled cases and hearings and following COVID protocols). Staff will re-evaluate as we get closer to June and can assess vaccine eligibility and distribution. Click here for the full City Manager’s report.

    Long-Term Care Visits Now Allowed. Visits at long-term care and nursing home facilities have now resumed. The state eliminated visitation phases, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the CDC. Outdoor visitation remains the safest, preferred option, but indoor visitation will be permitted for visitors or residents who are fully vaccinated. Compassionate care visits will still be permitted, regardless of vaccination of either party. Click here for the announcement.

    March 19 Situation Report. Given the significant updates to vaccine eligibility, mandate to provide in-person learning at public schools by April, and the statewide move into Phase 3 on March 22, the City is issuing a special SitRep. Click here for highlights and information from the 54th week of the City’s response to the pandemic.

    Information for Businesses

    How to create a COVID-safe work environment. Employers are responsible for reducing the risk of COVID-19 in the workplace. See the new flyer with information for businesses and workers on how to make your workspace safer. Flyer is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Dari, English, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Oromo, Farsi, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese. This flyer also shares information on how to make a safer breakroom. The place workers go to relax on the job can be a high-risk location for transmission of the coronavirus, but these tips can reduce risk.

    Vaccine News

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

    School News

    CDC Updates Guidance on Physical Distancing for Students. New guidance from the CDC revises physical distancing recommendations to reflect at least 3 feet between students in classrooms and 6 feet between adults (teachers and staff), and between adults and students. Follow this link to the CDC's updated operational strategy for schools.

    Resources

    Need a ride to get the vaccine? The vaccine is an important part of ending the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re eligible in Phase 1B1, you should get yours now! And if you have Apple Health (or Medicaid), you might even be able to get a ride there. Transportation barriers shouldn’t keep you from getting protected from COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

    King County Household Assistance Request program updated. Do you and your family need financial support to successfully isolate or quarantine? Anyone living in King County who tests positive or is exposed to COVID-19 may be eligible to receive a one-time household bill payment of up to $1500 to help pay their current rent, mortgage, utility, water, phone and internet bills. See updates to eligibility to the program and how it works by clicking here.

    Inslee announces extension of eviction moratorium. Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the statewide eviction moratorium will be extended through June 30. Read the full news release here.

  • State Advances Phase 1B2 Vaccine Eligibility

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    On Wednesday, Washington moved into Phase 1B2.

    People in Phase 1A, 1B1, and 1B2 are eligible to get vaccinated. This includes:

    • All people over 65 years-old
    • All people over 50 years-old who live in a multigenerational household
    • Residents of long-term care facilities
    • Health care workers
    • High-risk first responders
    • Educators and staff for pre-K through 12th grade
    • Childcare providers
    • People 16+ who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high risk.
    • High-risk critical workers:
      • First Responders
      • Court of Law
      • Public Transit
      • Grocery Store/Food Bank
      • Agriculture/Fishing Vessel/Food Processing
      • Corrections

    As of March 17, an estimated 244,000 King County residents are now eligible under Phase 1B2. This is on top of nearly 105,000 recently eligible K-12 staff/childcare workers and the over 82,000 adults aged 65 and older who have not yet received a first dose. The county is asking residents for continued patience as vaccine supplies continue to ramp up and to not try to schedule an appointment until they are eligible.

    Next Vaccine Phases

    On Thursday, the Governor announced an expansion of vaccine eligibility, adding another two million Washingtonians to upcoming tiers. On March 31, vaccination appointments will open to anyone age 60 and older, as well as to many workers in congregate settings such as foodservice, manufacturing, and construction. All those who are eligible today will remain eligible. Learn more about eligibility phases here.

    Where to Get the Vaccine

    The state Department of Health (DOH) launched a new vaccine locator website that uses current data to identify doses near you: www.vaccinelocator.doh.wa.gov.

    Seattle Mass Vaccination Site at Lumen Field Now Open. A mass vaccination site at Lumen Field (formerly Century Link Field) is open and operating. The site is open to the entire region. Appointments can be scheduled at www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19/vaccinations. Current site vaccination levels: 5,000 doses over 2-3 days. Once vaccine supplies increase, the site could administer 20,000 vaccinations daily.

  • News for the Week of March 8

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    News highlights for the week of March 8.

    Latest Numbers. In Mercer Island, there have been 482 positive cases reported as of March 12. DOH reported a total of 327,672 confirmed cases as of March 10. There have been 5,107 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the latest city and county data, click here.

    Seattle Mass Vaccination Site Opens this Weekend. Preparations for a mass vaccination site at Lumen Field (formerly Century Link Field) are just about buttoned up with plans to open on Saturday, March 13. The site will be open to the entire region and officials anticipate that once vaccine supplies increase, the site could administer 20,000 vaccinations daily (current levels hold vaccinations at 5,000 doses over 2-3 days). Appointments will be open to all eligible WA adults and can be scheduled online. Click here for the Patch News article.

    Statewide Move into Phase 3 on March 22. Effective March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3, a new third phase of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery, allowing up to 50% occupancy or 400 people maximum, whichever is lower, for all indoor spaces. Phase 3 includes a return for in-person spectators for professional and high school sports. Additionally, the state will be transitioning from a regional approach back to a county-by-county evaluation process. Click here for more info.

    State Prepares to Move to Phase 1B2 on March 17. On March 11, the state announced that will advance to Phase 1B-Tier2 (1B2) on March 17, earlier than anticipated. Phase 1B2 includes essential workers in the following groups: (1) First responders, law enforcement, and firefighters, (2) Grocery store workers, (3) Workers in agriculture and food processing, (4) Public transit employees, and (5) Corrections employees at jails and detention centers. Phase 1B2 also includes anyone 16 and older who is either pregnant or has a disability that puts them at higher risk. Click here to learn more.

    Governor Orders All Public Schools to Provide Some In-Person Learning. Effective next week, an Emergency Proclamation requires schools to offer some in-person learning at least 2 days/week, under hybrid models. By April 5 for K-6th grade and April 19 for K-12 30% of weekly teaching hours must be in-person. Existing safety protocols (masks, cohorts, ventilation, etc) will continue.

    WA State and CDC guidance on safe behaviors post-vaccine. If someone has been fully vaccinated, they can: (1) Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people in private residences without wearing a mask, and (2) Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household in private residences (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Vaccinated people should continue to wear masks when they're in public, avoid crowds and take other precautions when gathering with unvaccinated people who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19. 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 April 2. Click here to catch up on the latest information and reports.

    Information for Businesses

    Small Business virtual webinars support Washington's business comeback efforts. The monthly SBRR COVID-19 Impact Webinar, a free one-hour webinar, supports Washington's business comeback efforts. It provides an overview of resources, updates, emergency rule changes, and other impacts affecting small businesses to create a new successful path forward. Register for upcoming webinars in English or Spanish.

    New "How to create a more COVID-safe workplace" poster available in multiple languages. Check the in-language directory to find this poster available in most languages.

    Vaccine News

    You’ve Been Vaccinated or Have an Appointment, Now What? Make sure to sign up for V-Safe the smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. V-safe will also remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Click here for more info or to register for V-Safe.

    More than 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in Washington. DOH announced that health care providers have given more than two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since rollout began in mid-December. This milestone follows several major achievements in the past week, including reaching the state’s goal of giving 45,000 doses of vaccine per day and approaching 100,000 doses of vaccine administered at four state-led mass vaccination sites in just six weeks. Read the full news release here.

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

    King County COVID Vaccine Delivery Progress Report updated. Vaccine supply continues to be the key constraint. For the week of March 1, the latest estimate is that 45,490 doses were allocated to providers in King County, including 39,730 first doses. This is a decrease in number of doses over the previous week, and both demand and provider capacity remain much greater than the number of doses allocated to our county. Read the report.

    Last Call…

    No nursing home visits yet in Washington state, but a new plan is coming. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services says it is working on changes to the state's reopening plan for long-term care facilities following federal guidance issued Wednesday that nursing homes should resume visits for all residents. Click here to read the Seattle Times article (possible paywall restrictions).

    Another strain of the coronavirus is in our community. Viruses mutate all the time, and numerous strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that cause COVID-19 have been identified around the world. When mutations change the virus in ways that matter to human health, it's called a variant of concern (VOC). Three VOCs present in the United States have been singled out as worrisome, and now all three have turned up in our community. Click here for the full article.

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