COVID-19 INFORMATION & UPDATES

STAY CALM. STAY KIND. STAY SIX FEET APART!

AS OF MARCH 22, 2021, OUR COUNTY IS CURRENTLY IN PHASE 3
In the State's new Roadmap to Recovery Plan, King County is currently in Phase 3. Get more details about the new plan at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know

STATEWIDE FACE MASK REQUIREMENT STILL IN EFFECT
Effective June 26, 2020 - 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, 2020 - all businesses must require customers to wear face masks or must refuse them service. CLICK HERE for more details about the mask requirement. More details about masks and the myths regarding wearing masks can be found by clicking Masks and the Myths.

TESTING INFORMATION
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.

VACCINE INFORMATION
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.

COVID SCAM Brochure-1COVID SCAMS
We are seeing a handful of different scams emerge during this time of pandemic -- from insurance to financial scams, to emotional and health care scams. Learn more about these types of scams by clicking here.

(*Last updated 03/22/21)


                
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  FINANCIAL RESOURCES 

    PUBLIC HEALTH INFO
          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:

Covington City Hall - currently closed to the public and most employees are working from home. A small number of essential staff 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. Many schools remained in remote learning since school resumed in September for the 2020-2021 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 www.kent.k12.wa.us.



PARKS & RECREATION:


Aquatics
: The Covington Aquatic Center has reopened with limited, by-appointment-only and pre-registration required programming. Opening is an incremental process, adding programs as state restrictions allow. Learn more about the details at https://www.covingtonwa.gov/aquatics/events_aquatic/covid19index.php.

Athletics: According to local and state guidelines, we are happy to offer our youth sports leagues. Register today at https://www.covingtonwa.gov/athletics.

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:  Spring and Summer programs are available for registration with limited capacity. REGISTER NOW

Rental Facilities: Covington Community Park Shelter Reservations are NOW OPEN for rentals in May-September. Community Room rentals are NOW OPEN. Click here for more details. 

Parks and Trails: All parks and trails are open at this time, but to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep everyone safe there are special park rules in place - see below.

SPECIAL PARK RULES (for all city-owned parks and trails)
  • Enjoy activities following Healthy Washington - Road Map to Recovery plan
  • Wear a mask when in close proximity with others, unless vaccinated (honor system applies)
  • Stay clear from areas designated as “Off-Limits” or “Closed”
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Take all belongings and trash home (“pack it in, pack it out”)



BUSINESSES:

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.




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.

CovidFinancialResources




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.

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VACCINE INFORMATION
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:

      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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