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Inslee announces statewide restrictions for four-weeks. The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 PM and will remain in effect until Monday, December 14. The modified restrictions of restaurants, however, will take effect Wednesday, November 18 at 12:01 AM.
Effecting (please read the full details linked above from the Governor’s Office):
- Long-term facilities
- Restaurants and bars
- In-store retail, grocery and personal services
- Religious services, weddings, funerals
- Fitness facilities and gyms
- Bowling alleys, museums, zoos, aquariums, and movie theaters will be closed for indoor services.
The religious and faith-based guidance is updated to:
- Clarify that physical distancing between non-household members must be 6 feet in all directions; and
- Permit brief physical contact among up to five individuals, excluding religious leaders, if the brief contact is a critical component to the organization’s religious service, so long as masks are worn and hands are sanitized immediately before and after the contact.
WA State: Where you can get tested:
You may make an appointment through your medical provider. If you need help finding a testing site near you, check with your local health department or district. You may also call 211 for more resources.
- Testing Site Online Resources by Health Jurisdiction (PDF)
- HHS List of Community-Based Test Sites
- HRSA Map of Community-Based Test Sites
Inslee announces education recommendations for 2020–2021 school year-The plan includes several different considerations for deciding whether or not to return to in-person learning, but no matter the county, when COVID-19 infection rates are high, the state strongly recommends school districts move to mostly online or remote learning.
City of Kirkland to close Houghton Beach Parking Lot and selected docks to discourage large gatherings, illicit activities and continued non-compliance with the Governor’s mask mandate. At Houghton Beach Park, 5811 Lake Washington Blvd. the parking lot will be locked and access to the dock will be blocked. At David Brink Park, 555 Lake Street South, the access to the dock will be blocked.
Washington State Department of Health,
Public Health – Seattle & King County,
Institute for Disease Modeling: Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Public Health – Seattle & King County and Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) released a new report that shows reopening schools without taking preventative measures may lead to a significant increase of COVID-19 in the population.
Public Health, Seattle & King County. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Most children who are sick with COVID-19 will have mild cases. However, some children and youth may develop a rare complication that can impact young people who have had COVID-19.
It is called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Children/youth who develop this will need to be hospitalized for treatment. Not all children who develop MIS-C will have had symptoms of COVID-19, and some may have had symptoms weeks earlier. To read in Amharic, Chinese-Traditional, Hindi, Khmer, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese, visit this page >.
Outdoor Recreation Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2: Staffed outdoor tennis facilities public and private, Guided ATV, Paddle sports, and horseback riding, Guided fishing, Go-cart tracks, ORV/motocross facilities, and participant-only motorsports, Gondolas, Zoos, and all other activities substantially similar in operation and equally able to meet the requirements mandated by this memorandum.
Washington State Department of Commerce: Imposter Fraud Slowing Unemployment Payments; State Agencies Address Common Return-to-Work Questions; Safe Start County Variances Expanded; Working Washington grants awarded to small businesses in 20 counties…..
The grants ranged from $566 to $10,000 and may be applied to rent, utilities, supplies, and other operating expenses. Recipients comprised restaurants, childcare centers, health care centers, manufacturers, salons, fitness centers, and other sectors affected by the pandemic….more
Guidance Sporting Activities in Phases 2 and 3: Professional Sporting Activities, and Phase 2 and 3 Recreational Sporting Activities
Washington State Parks announce limited opening for day use AND CAMPINGGov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan.
City of Kirkland Council on Summer Parks, Activities and Facilities; Virtual Ground Breaking at Totem Lake Park; COVID-19 Business Impact Survey by May 21; Ismaili Muslim Community donates PPE to Kirkland PD; Traffic Alerts and other Virtual Events.
Governor Inslee Outdoor Recreation, Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 Requirements – Gondola operations; Outdoor guided activities, including guided hikes, climbs, and bicycling and rafting tours; Charterboat excursions; Zoos.
Latest data shows the COVID-19 transmission rate could be rising across King County and the rest of western Washington after previous indications the transmission rate had fallen below a critical threshold.Inslee announces three Safe Start advisory groups
Inslee issues additional guidance for golf In Phase 2
- Memo: Golf Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 Requirements
- Phase 1 Golf Restart Clarifications to COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations
- Phase 2 Golf Restart COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations
Public Health – Seattle & King County Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin, along with King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, announced a new Health Officer Directive strongly urging face coverings in all indoor public places including grocery stores and other businesses, as well as outside settings where maintaining six feet of social distancing is difficult. This directive will go into effect May 18, 2020.
The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) are making sure residents don’t face financial barriers to COVID-19 testing when they need it. Insurance Commissioner Kreidler issued an emergency order to state-regulated health plans on March 5 to:
- Cover testing (including any lab fees) and the related visit for COVID-19 without copays or deductibles.
- Suspend any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.
- Allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost if there are not enough in-network providers.
WA Department of Health (DOH): Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood amid COVID-19 concerns. IMPORTANT from the CDC: Arrivals from countries with widespread sustained transmission arriving in the United States.
WA DOH: Symptoms and Testing, Resources and Recommendations. DOH: 1-800-525-0127
King Country Updates March 13, 2020: Testing; Childcare Guidance during schools closures; Gathering of Youth during school closures; Emergency Precautions at Correctional Facilities; Isolation and Quarantine update; Other Information
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