AS OF JUNE 30, 2021, OUR COUNTY HAS REOPENED MOST SECTORS
On June 30, 2021, Washington state fully reopened and all industry sectors previously covered by the Roadmap to Recovery Phased Reopening (with limited exceptions for large indoor events) returned to usual capacity and operations. This does not include masking, which will continue under current guidance. Learn more at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know.
STATEWIDE FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS - Effective August 23, 2021
The Secretary of Health has updated the Statewide Masking Order to become effective August 23, 2021. The update requires individuals to wear face masks in all indoor public spaces, regardless of vaccination status. The order also encourages individuals to wear face masks when in outside group settings. View the updated masking order by clicking here. For more masking information, please visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/ClothFaceCoveringsandMasks. More details about masks and the myths regarding wearing masks can be found by clicking Masks and the Myths.
For anyone who is unable to get access to a healthcare provider for COVID-19 testing, the county has several drive-up or walk-in locations for free testing. Click here to view the testing sites available.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available in our state. The vaccine is being rolled out in phases starting with those most at risk for COVID-19 infection. Eventually there will be enough vaccine for everyone in Washington who wants it. For more information about the vaccine, to see which phase we are in, and to find locations to get the vaccine, visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine.
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WAYS TO HELP IN YOUR COMMUNITY:
In this challenging time, many members of the community are struggling. There is still a need for donations to the food bank, blood donors and more. Interested in helping?
- The Storehouse - Covington's sole food bank is looking for monetary and food donations.
- Cascade Regional Blood Services - CRBS is the sole blood products provider to MultiCare hospitals including Covington.
- Vine Maple Place - Provides services to homeless families in the Covington/Maple Valley area, looking for help adopting families and donating goods in this time of crisis.
- King County Regional Donations Connector - Link up with services, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate related to COVID-19.
CURRENT CITY CLOSURES:
Covington City Hall - Now open.
Council and Commission Meetings - currently City Council meetings are still on as scheduled but are taking place virtually, however, some City commission meetings are now being done virtually, others have been canceled. View the city's calendar for details on upcoming meetings.
PARKS & RECREATION:
Aquatics: Per the King County Local Health Officer Order: Vaccine Verification, effective Monday, October 25, 2021, the Covington Aquatic Center will require all program participants and spectators that are 12 years of age or older to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test completed in the last 72 hours. All individuals over five years of age, must wear a mask at all times while inside our facility (unless in the pool or in the shower) per Washington State Department of Health. Learn more details at https://www.covingtonwa.gov/aquatics/events_aquatic/generalinfoindex.php
Our youth athletics programs will follow best practices for COVID-19 safety established by the Kent School District, King County, and the State of Washington. We will maintain those standards and follow established guidelines. Masks are currently required for all players, coaches, and spectators age five and older. Youth athletics, located in an indoor school facility are exempt from the King County Local Health Officer Order: Vaccine Verification.
Events: To view a list of 2021 Special Events, click here. We are excited to resume some of our smaller in-person summer events. Please note that the Covington Days Festival, Covington KidsFest and Covington CiderFest will not be held in 2021.
Recreation Classes: Fall programs are available for registration. REGISTER NOW
Per the King County Local Health Officer Order: Vaccine Verification, effective Monday, October 25, 2021, indoor recreation classes, not located on school property, will require participants and spectators, that are 12 years of age or older, to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test completed in the last 72 hours. Face coverings are required for all people in indoor facilities, regardless of their vaccination status.
Rental Facilities: Click here for more details. Community Room rentals are now open.
Per the King County Local Health Officer Order: Vaccine Verification, effective Monday, October 25, 2021, all Covington Parks & Recreation indoor Recreation Facility renters, and their guests, that are 12 years of age or older, are required to provide verification of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test completed in the last 72 hours. Face coverings are required for all people in indoor facilities, regardless of their vaccination status.
Parks and Trails: All parks and trails are open at this time. People who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are encouraged to wear face coverings in crowded outdoor settings (honor system).
On January 11, the new Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery began. King County is currently in Phase 1 of this new plan. For more specific business guidance, visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/business on the state's website.
REBOUND AND RECOVERY
The Association of Washington Business has launched their Rebound and Recovery website which features tons of tools for businesses to use when working to restart and comply with state orders. Visit the site at www.reboundandrecovery.org. They also offer a business toolkit to help with reopening and following state guidelines.
We understand businesses may be struggling during this crisis and have gathered important information for businesses on the city's COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a very detailed list of financial resources for residents to consider during this difficult time.
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION:
The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in King County can be found on the Public Health - Seattle & King County website. They have launched a new COVID-19 Outbreak Dashboard to track cases in the county.
The COVID-19 vaccine is now available in our state. The vaccine is being rolled out in phases starting with those most at risk for COVID-19 infection. Eventually there will be enough vaccine for everyone in Washington who wants it.For more information about the vaccine, to see which phase we are in, and to find locations to get the vaccine, visit https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine.
CDC (CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION):
For more information about COVID-19 around the country and detailed information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick, visit the CDC COVID-19 Website.
HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:
It is imperative that the public helps minimize potential risks by practicing safety measures. Here are some ways that King County Public Health recommends we help:
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
- Stay home when sick.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
- Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com). Information can also be found on the CDC's website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the Washington State Department of Health website (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus)
WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE COVID-19?
- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977.
- The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST.
- For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State's response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.