COVID-19 Community Resources

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This page is dedicated to the many resources available to the Mercer Island Community.



This page is dedicated to the many resources available to the Mercer Island Community.


  • We Need Your Help!

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    9 days ago

    Please enjoy the parks responsibly.

    The sunny days and warm weather are perfect for enjoying one of the Island's many parks. A lot of folks have the same idea which has led to crowded parks, beaches, and overflowing garbage cans.

    We need your help!

    On July 30, the City made the difficult decision to close Groveland Beach Park in an effort to minimize the frequent large gatherings that have been occurring at the park for several weeks. The City of Kirkland had to take the same action. If you arrive at a crowded park, please find an alternate location. Plan ahead.

    Additionally, significant amounts of trash are straining very limited parks maintenance staffing. Staff spent 16 hours cleaning up garbage in Luther Burbank Park on one weekday. Please pack out your garbage!

    Most park amenities elsewhere on Mercer Island continue to remain open. The City asks all park patrons to comply with social distancing and mask rules, pack out picnic garbage, and consider exploring our lesser-known park locations.

    Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the outdoors safely:

    1. Plan ahead.
      • It might not be what you planned, or convenient, but be prepared to go somewhere else if your destination is crowded.
    2. Keep your distance.
      • Recreate with those in your household and up to 5 others.
      • Give others plenty of room.
    3. Pack it in, Pack it out!
      • Take all garbage with you including disposable face masks and gloves.
      • If you are so inclined, bring an extra garbage bag and help pick up any extra trash you find that someone else left behind.

    Make sure to add hand sanitizer and extra masks to your 10 Essentials and check out this helpful article about wearing your face covering properly.

    Details on what’s open can be found at: www.mercerisland.gov/PlaySafe

  • Enjoying The Great Outdoors

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    3 months ago

    Summer is here! Time to get outside and play - safely.

    Updated July 17: Mercer Island parks and trails, athletic fields and courts, the boat launch, P-Patch, dog park, skate park, and beaches are open for non-organized recreation!

    Continue to practice physical distancing in parks, on trails, and while boating.

    Remember, King County is in Phase 2 which only allows for gatherings of up to 5 people. Please keep your distance from others and avoid gatherings. Wear a mask when you can't maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.

    Consider visiting early in the morning when parks are much less crowded.

    With our limited staffing, City parks won’t look as maintained as you may be used to. You can help by following “pack it in, pack it out” practices.

    Remember, Safety First when playing in and around water.

    The MI Boat Launch and beaches are open. As you make your plans to get out on the water, please remember your water safety. Lake Washington is still COLD, and all swimmers and boaters should always wear a life jacket. (See below for more information.)

    Mercer Island beaches are not staffed with lifeguards.

    Many Federal, State, and County parks and trails are open.

    Here are a just few tips to help you and your family stay healthy while enjoying the outdoors:

    1. Plan ahead.
    2. Keep your distance.
      • Recreate with those in your household and up to 5 others.
      • Give others plenty of room, communicate who will step aside on the trail, and don’t forget that trail etiquette gives hikers coming uphill the right of way.
    3. Stay local.
      • Don’t stray too far from home when recreating.
      • Help keep rural communities safe by minimizing stops and bringing all that you’ll need for your outing.
    4. Play it safe.
      • Keep your activities within your comfort and skill level to reduce the risk of injury and adding to the strain on our health care and emergency services.
    5. Leave no trace.

    Some of the ways we recreate have changed in the era of COVID-19, but don't worry - there are plenty of resources to help you navigate you favorite pastimes. Check out the links below:


  • Disaster Ready Washington Webinar on July 21

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    22 days ago

    Disasters don't wait. You shouldn't either.

    Disasters don't wait just because we're in the middle of one. We need to be prepared for anything, at all times. The Washington Emergency Management Division is hosting a public preparedness webinar on July 21 to talk about how to prepare for all hazards during COVID-19.

    The event is free, taking place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, July 21.

    Topics include financial preparedness, mental health support, online safety and about strategically shopping, not over-buying.

    Follow this link for more information.

  • Reopening on Mercer Island

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    about 2 months ago

    As shops and services reopen in the coming weeks, don’t forget to support your local Mercer Island businesses!

    Whether you need to fill up the tank, go for that long-awaited haircut, buy a gift for your grad, or pick up a few grilling tools for your summer BBQ, shop local and help your Island businesses recover.

    Not sure where to start? Browse the Mercer Island Business Guide, which includes hours of operation, websites, delivery information, and more for more than 250 Island businesses.

    Many thanks to Jim Eanes, Lisa Sharples & Fexy Media, and the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce for compiling this free digital resource.

    Shop local and spend like it matters!

  • Summer Meals and Resources for Families in Need

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    about 1 month ago
    • MIYFS Food Pantry

    Open Wednesdays, 10:00am - 3:00pm, at the Mercer Island Community and Event Center, for eligible Island residents only.

    • MIYFS Emergency Assistance Program

    If you are a resident facing food-insecurity or significant financial hardship, please contact Emergency Assistance Coordinator, Cheryl Manriquez, at Cheryl.Manriquez@mercergov.org

    Families with children who are newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals must fill out a meal application with their school district before June 30 and before they apply for P-EBT.

    Families with children who are eligible and approved by their school district for free or reduced-price meals and who do not currently get Basic Food benefits, must apply online at washingtonconnection.org for P-EBT before August 31 or the start of the 2020-2021 school year—whichever is later. The website is available in English and Spanish.

    • King County Map of Free Food Resources

    Public Health – Seattle & King County and the City of Seattle recently released a map of free food resources, which will be updated weekly. This new tool includes information about resources across King County in order to provide emergency food during COVID-19. At the top of the map, use the drop down menu to filter options based on operational status. Select to highlight the type of food resource (food bank, food bank & meal, meal, and student to-go meals) using the colored legend. Hover over a resource to learn more about the services offered at that location.

    • Healthcare and Food Security Learning Network

    The King County Healthcare and Food Security Learning Network is an existing coalition of healthcare providers, retailers, advocates, food distributors, educators, service navigators, program managers, and funders working together to increase food security. The map can be used to find food resources as well as support your local food organizations by donating and volunteering.

  • How to Help

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    3 months ago

    Want to help but not sure how? Here are a few ways you can help your neighbors nearby and within the region:

  • You Have A Mask But Are You Wearing It Properly?

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    3 months ago

    Getting a mask was half the battle, now we need to make sure we're wearing them properly.

    We've all seen it. Someone is out in public, they have their mask on, but not "on." The mask covers their mouth but not their nose, is pushed down under their chin, or has gapping issues (gaposis central)! Here are a few tips to help make sure we're all wearing our masks for the best possible protection.

    • Before putting on a mask, clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • Cover mouth and nose with mask and make sure there are no gaps between your face and the mask.
    • Avoid touching the mask while using it; if you do, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
    • Replace the mask with a new one as soon as it is damp and do not re-use single-use masks.
    • To remove the mask: remove it from behind – do not touch the front of mask; discard immediately in a closed bin; clean hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

    Remember, even with a mask, make sure to maintain a distance of 6-feet from others.

    As of May 18, King County residents have been directed to wear face coverings in public when social distancing is not possible. In June, Governor Inslee followed suit, issuing a statewide directive requiring all Washingtonians to wear face coverings in most public settings. That order went into effect on June 26.

    Face Covering Exemptions: Some people (and children) may not be able to wear face coverings due to health and safety reasons. For more information about exemptions, visit this information page.

  • Soil and Produce Delivered to Your Door

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    3 months ago

    Contactless delivery of bulk and bagged soil and organic produce delivered straight to your door.

    Cedar Grove (the City's organics recycling processor) and Sound Sustainable Farms (a Redmond farm utilizing compost generated from Mercer Island yard and food scrap collection) have teamed up to provide contactless delivery of bagged soil and produce.

    Contactless Soil Delivery

    Cedar Grove is offering contactless delivery of bulk and bagged soil. This enables residents of Mercer Island to get in their gardens safely while enjoying the significant mental and physical health benefits of gardening. To order your supplies, visit: https://cedar-grove.com/featured/contactless-product-delivery

    Contactless Organic Produce Delivered from Sound Sustainable Farms to Your Door

    Sound Sustainable Farms is offering contactless home delivery of organic produce, grown in compost from the City of Mercer Island’s organics collection program to residents of Mercer Island. This program will also include some specialty food items from local restaurants including El Gaucho and others. This program will begin shortly with the bulk of the produce becoming available by early June. For more info and if people want to sign up to receive information when the program launches, they can visit: https://www.soundsfarms.com/contactlessdelivery


  • Financial Assistance Programs

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    3 months ago

    There are a number of financial assistance programs to help Islanders navigate these challenging times.

    This page serves as a clearinghouse for the information we’ve collected on various financial assistance programs. If we’ve missed something, please let us know using the comments section below.


    Disaster Cash Assistance

    Utility Assistance

    Emergency Assistance including Rental Help

    Food Pantry

    City B&O Tax Deadline Extension

    Credit Score Protections

    Federal and County Tax Extensions

    Moratorium on Evictions

  • Credit Score Protections During The Pandemic

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    3 months ago

    A new federal protection that applies to how insurance companies use a consumer’s credit history.

    The federal CARES Act amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act and protects consumers during the coronavirus pandemic from any negative credit reporting as long as their accounts were in good standing before the pandemic started.

    This protection also applies to how insurers use credit history to calculate how much consumers pay for auto and homeowners insurance.

    The CARES Act:

    • Prohibits a creditor from reporting an individual’s delinquent payments to a credit reporting agency if the individual was up-to-date on their payments before the pandemic started.
    • If asked, a creditor may also allow an individual to defer one or more payments, make a partial payment, or modify a loan or contract.

    The 120-day duration of the moratorium took effect March 27. It is likely to be extended until the federal administration declares an end to the current national emergency.

    “The initial focus of the act was on stimulus payments, but it’s also important to alert people to new protections regarding credit scoring,” said WA Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “Millions of people have lost their jobs and are likely struggling to pay their bills during this pandemic. It’s critical that we do what we can to make sure they’re not further harmed during these financially devastating times.”