COVID-19 INFORMATION & UPDATES

STAY CALM. STAY KIND. STAY SIX FEET APART!

Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order on March 23 to take effect immediately. The Stay Home Order ended on May 31 and the Governor announced a phased approach to reopening with a county-by-county based “Safe Start” reopening plan for resuming recreational, social and business activities.   This plan builds off the 4-phase plan he announced May 4.

KING COUNTY IS CURRENTLY IN PHASE 2
On Friday, June 19, the state approved King County to advance into a modified phase one and King County is now observing Phase 2. More details about what is allowed in Phase 2 can be found at www.kingcounty.gov/Safe-Start.

STATEWIDE FACE MASK REQUIREMENT

Effective June 26 - state wide order mandating face coverings be worn by all individuals in indoor public spaces and outdoors where social distancing is not possible. Effective July 7 - all businesses must require customers to wear face masks or must refuse them service. CLICK HERE for more details.

COVINGTON RAPID RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM - APPLICATION PERIOD NOW CLOSED
At their June 23 meeting, the Covington City Council approved the administration of a new grant program utilizing $130,000 of CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) dollars to assist Covington small businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Applications for this Covington Rapid Relief Program are being accepted now through July 27. CLICK HERE for more details and the grant application.

(*Last updated 08/17/20)

                
      CURRENT CLOSURES        
  
                     PARKS & RECREATION                           BUSINESSES       
           
    
  FINANCIAL RESOURCES 

    PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT.            CDC INFORMATION         



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:

On March 12, Covington City Manager Regan Bolli issued a proclamation declaring an emergency in Covington due to COVID-19. The purpose of the emergency proclamation is to allow the city to better manage and coordinate emergency efforts if needed and to continue functioning with essential city services. This emergency declaration prompted the closing of the Covington Aquatic Center effective March 13 and the closing of City Hall to public walk-ins. Since the Governor's Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order, additional closures have been added. These are our current closures:

Covington City Hall - currently closed to the public and most employees are working from home. A small number of Essential Staff will remain in the building to conduct basic operations including answering the phones, accepting deliveries, processing payroll, maintenance work, etc.

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ouncil 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.

Schools - on April 6, 2020, Governor Inslee announced that all schools in the state would close for in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. For more details on what the Kent School District is doing, their plans for any distance learning and other details, visit their website at https://www.kent.k12.wa.us/Page/12170.

If you have Covington specific questions, please contact kslate@covingtonwa.gov or visit the city's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofcovington) and send us a message.



PARKS & RECREATION:


Aquatics
: The Covington Aquatic Center reopened on August 3 with limited, by-appointment-only programming. Opening is an incremental opening process, adding programs as governmental restrictions allow. Learn more about the details at https://www.covingtonwa.gov/aquatics/events_aquatic/covid19index.php.

Athletics: Due to COVID-19 restictions we are unable to offer our regular Fall Soccer League. Instead we will be offering our Fall Soccer Skills Co-Ed Clinic. Register today at https://www.covingtonwa.gov/athletics.

Events: All Spring and summer events through August have been cancelled. For a list of cancelled events, click here.

Recreation:  Fall programs are available for registration with limited capacity. REGISTER NOW

Rental Facilities: Reservations for park shelter rentals will resume in the spring of 2021. Community room rentals are “on-hold” until further notice, but we are planning and preparing for when we can resume taking reservations. More detailed information will be shared online on Thursday, October 29.

Parks and Trails: All parks and trails have re-opened, but to help prevent the spread the transmission of COVID-19 and to keep everyone safe we have had to modify how the parks can be used. While enjoying the parks, please follow these COVID-19 related rules.

SPECIAL PARK RULES (apply to all parks that are open)
  • Enjoy activities following Safe Start Washington requirements (e.g. group size requirements)
  • Stay clear from areas designated as “Off-Limits” or “Closed”
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Practice social distancing (6 ft distance from others)
  • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Equipment/surfaces are not sanitized - use at your own risk
  • Take all belongings and trash home (“pack it in, pack it out”)
  • Practice good hygiene (wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, and wear a mask when in close proximity with others)

SUPPLEMENTAL RULES/INFORMATION
  • Athletic Field
    • Not Allowed: Team, group or pick-up games.
    • Practice social distancing

  • Basketball Court
    • Practice social distancing
    • Not Allowed: Team, group or pick-up games.
    • USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

  • Drinking Fountains
    • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Drinking fountains are cleaned regularly, but should not be considered sanitized – USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
    • Practice social distancing
    • Please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using

  • Outdoor Fitness Area
    • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Play Equipment is NOT Sanitized
    • Practice social distancing
    • Please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using
    • USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

  • Park Shelters
    • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Park shelters are cleaned regularly, but should not be considered sanitized – USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
    • Practice social distancing
    • Please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using
    • Park shelters are not yet available for reservations

  • Playground Area
    • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Play Equipment is NOT Sanitized
    • Practice social distancing
    • If this playground is crowded, please enjoy another area of the park or visit another playground
    • Enjoy your time, but please limit your stay so others may enjoy the playgrounds as well
    • Please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after playing on playground equipment
    • USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

  • Restrooms
    • PLEASE BE ADVISED: Restrooms are cleaned regularly, but should not be considered sanitized – USE AT YOUR OWN RISK
    • Practice social distancing
    • Please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using

  • Skate park
    • PLEASE BE covid19-urban-parks-1000ADVISED: Skate equipment/surfaces are not sanitized
    • Practice social distancing
    • Please wash hands or use hand sanitizer before and after using
    • USE AT YOUR OWN RISK

  • Tennis Court
    • Practice social distancing before and after play
    • USE AT YOUR OWN RISK



BUSINESSES:

On June 1, the new Safe Start program for safely reopening businesses began. To learn more about the Safe Start program, click here. King County is currently in Phase 2 which allows some business activity (restaurants, retail, professional services, real estate, construciton, manufacturing and others) to resume with restrictions.

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

COVINGTON RAPID RELIEF GRANT PROGRAM (Application period is now closed)

At their June 23 meeting, the Covington City Council approved the administration of a new grant program utilizing $130,000 of CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) dollars to assist Covington small businesses that have been adversely impacted by COVID-19. Applications for this Covington Rapid Relief Program are being accepted now through July 27, click here for more details and application.

Here are some helpful links:

We understand businesses may be struggling during this crisis and have gathered important information for businesses on our COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.





FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a very detailed list of financial resources for residents to consider during this difficult time.

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PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

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.

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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.

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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:

      1. 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.
      2. Stay home when sick.
      3. Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
      4. 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.
      5. 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.



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