• COVID-19 Updates

    With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting Bellevue for an extended time, local information about Bellevue's response to the virus is posted on a dedicated COVID-19 page.

    For information about how to receive help or offer help during the pandemic, visit our Business Resources and Community Resources pages.

    We will continue to post summary updates on the thread below as meaningful changes to the situation arise. 

    Aug. 5

    Gov. Inslee announced new recommendations from the state Department of Health regarding public and private schooling. If the total number of new cases over a 14-day period is 75 or more, state health officials strongly recommend distance learning for most students and cancellation or postponement of in-person extracurricular activities.  In King County, there were 91 new cases in the 14 days preceding Aug. 5.

    The Bellevue School District already had a fall planning forum scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6.

    Aug. 4

    The reopening of the Bellevue Aquatic Center for visits by appointment on Wednesday, Aug. 5 is announced.

    July 30

    The city expanded its website chatbot, so the AI assistant has answers in multiple languages. Located on the home page, the chatbot quickly directs users to COVID-19-related information and resources. It has seen significant use since it was launched in May.

    As of July 29, 682 Bellevue residents have tested positive for COVID-19 this year, with 40 deaths, according to Public Health - Seattle & King County. The number of infections has continued to surge in Bellevue in July. 

    July 23

    Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to the state's guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure and are in response to the growing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state. 

    In addition to those changes, Wiesman announced an expansion of his face coverings order that will go into effect Saturday, July 25.
    The expansion will require face coverings in all common spaces, such as elevators, hallways and shared spaces in apartment buildings, university housing and hotels, as well as congregate setting such as nursing homes.

    July 22

    As local businesses continue to adapt their operations as part of the state’s Safe Start reopening plan, the city is extending additional support to restaurants on and near Main Street, offering them to use street parking spots in some cases for extra seating.

    As of July 21, 604 Bellevue residents had tested positive for COVID-19, with 37 deaths, according to Public Health - Seattle & King County. As elsewhere in the state, the number of cases in Bellevue has been rising in July. 

    July 14

    Gov. Jay Inslee today extended the pause on moving any county to the next phase in Washington's Safe Start plan until at least July 28.  

    July 2

    Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order. The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state.

    June 27

    Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. John Wiesman announced the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 though the “Safe Start” phased approach. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time. Eight counties were eligible to move from Phase 3 to Phase 4 before the pause. 

    June 26

    After a week in Phase 2 of the Safe Start phased reopening plan for the state, Public Health - Seattle & King County reported that cases in King County are increasing, but hospital capacity is still adequate.

    June 23

    Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday, June 26. King County has had a mask order in effect since May 18, but after reports of cases increasing in additional counties, the governor and Wiesman extended the face covering requirement to include the entire state of Washington. Masks are to be worn in all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces where physical distancing of six feet is not possible. There are exceptions for young children and individuals with disabilities who have difficulty wearing masks or communicating with them on.

    June 19

    King County announced it has been approved to move to Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan. Summary details of what is allowed in each phase is at the state's coronavirus.wa.gov website. 

    As local businesses begin to expand their operations within the state’s Safe Start reopening plan, Bellevue’s economic development team has adjusted its support for retailers and restaurants to help businesses adapt their operations through each phase of the reopening plan. Support includes clarifying regulations, providing step-by-step guides and speeding permit turnaround times.

    June 17

    Public Health – Seattle & King County, the City of Seattle and the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are launching new efforts to connect families in need to food resources as the demand for food resources continues to increase as a result of COVID-19, including a map of free  emergency food resources across King County.

    Public Health now has increased availability for free COVID-19 testing, offering access to testing information, FAQs and a map of testing locations.

    June 12

    The Parks & Community Services Department announced that it won't be presenting any major events such as the Family 4th or Movies in the Park through August, to comply with social distancing directives.

    June 8

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reported that as of June 8, there had been a total of 437 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue, 3 more than June 7, with 36 deaths.

    Bellevue Utilities reminds businesses resuming activities at their offices to flush the water system in the building. To make it easier for people to exercise safely, the Transportation Department expanded its Healthy Streets program on June 5. 

    June 7

    On June 5, King County moved to a modified Phase 1 (or "Phase 1.5") of the state's Safe Start plan, which allows:

    • Restaurants offering outdoor dining at 50% capacity and indoor dining at 25% capacity
    • In-store retail at 15% capacity, with visits of no more than 30 minutes
    • Fitness studios outdoors with no more than five clients or indoors with no more than one client
    • Personal services (i.e. nail salons, barbers, etc.) at no more than 25% capacity
    • Professional services at no more than 25% office capacity

    King County has more information on allowable business operations and relevant requirements. 

    June 3

    Gov. Jay Inslee extended the eviction moratorium in Wash. More state updates are available at coronavirus.wa.gov.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there are 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 35 deaths.

    May 31

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced the Stay Home, Stay Healthy would expire, replacing it with the Safe Start Proclamation, guided by Washington's phased approach to opening.

    May 25

    Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement after the Washington State Department of Health announced additional counties are eligible to move to Phase 2 under the Safe Start plan.

    “We are making good progress as we continue to open Washington in segments. Currently, one-third of our state is now eligible to move into Phase 2," he said.

    Public Health – Seattle & King County announced that more locations for COVID-19 testing are available at no cost throughout King County, and urged anyone experiencing even mild symptoms to be tested right away.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there are 405 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 34 deaths.

    May 20

    Public Health – Seattle & King County has created a new set of data tools that show some of the broader social, economic, and overall health and well-being impacts in King County during COVID-19. The new data dashboard has key topics including unemployment, housing and food needs, internet access, family violence, depression, and having health insurance. You can view the full range of data dashboards available here.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there are 396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 32 deaths.

    May 18

    The City of Bellevue has been made aware of identity theft and fraud related to Washington State unemployment benefits. Imposters use a victim's personal information to file a fraudulent unemployment benefit claim and attempt to collect on that claim. Resources for reporting identity theft and, specifically, unemployment fraud, are available at:

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced the restart of all medical services in Washington, including dental services, elective procedures and preventive services.

    The Public Health - Seattle & King County face covering directive went into effect today, May 18, and the agency released more information for the public.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there were 390 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 30 deaths.

    May 14

    Public Health – Seattle & King County on May 13 began recommending anyone with symptoms or who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Anyone experiencing even mild COVID-like symptoms should isolate themselves from others and call their doctor or nurse line.

    More doctors have testing kits, and anyone with two or more of the following symptoms should be tested: cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell. People who don't have a regular health care provider are encouraged to call the King County COVID-19 call center (206-477-3977), which is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. 

    Also, starting May 18, people are directed to wear a face covering when they are at any indoor or outdoor public space where they may be within 6 feet of other people.

    May 12

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan today that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The gov. also issued guidance for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 Plan.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there were 373 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of May 10, with 29 deaths.

    May 11

    The city and the Bellevue Downtown Association announced that this year's Bellevue Family 4th celebration would be canceled due to COVID-19.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County issued 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.

    Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week. Some counties have been cleared to move through the recovery phases at an accelerated pace, but most counties will move from one phase to another after at least three weeks.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there were 372 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of May 10, with 29 deaths.

    May 8

    With the first phase of the governor's "Safe Start" relaxation of social distancing measures now in effect, the Bellevue Golf Course reopened on Tuesday, May 5. The Crossroads Par 3 course is set to open on Saturday, May 9.  The Transportation Department on Thursday, May 7, launched a Healthy Streets pilot, closing portions of Southeast Fourth Street and 165/166th avenues Northeast to non-local vehicle traffic so neighborhood residents can walk and bike more.

    According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there were 364 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of May 7, with 24 deaths.

    May 1

    Gov. Inslee extended the Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order until May 31, releasing details on a phased approach to gradually lifting certain aspects of the order in the coming weeks.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County released data showing racial inequities among COVID-19 cases and now include a COVID-19 Race/Ethnicity Dashboard updated weekly to monitor this data.

    Public Health reported 6,407 confirmed COVID-19 cases (99 new) and 449 deaths (3 new) in King County. In Bellevue, Public Health reports 323 positive cases with 23 deaths.

    April 29

    Gov. Inslee shared data being used to help determine when and how to best lift restrictions under the Stay Home - Stay Healthy Order, details of which will be announced on May 1. He also clarified prior-announced lifting of certain restrictions around construction and elective surgeries.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added six items to its list of symptoms for COVID-19. Read more from Public Health.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reported 6,308 confirmed cases (126 new) of COVID-19 in King County with 446 deaths (10 new.) In Bellevue, Public Health reports 318 positive cases with 23 deaths.

    April 27

    Gov. Inslee announced today a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities, with appropriate safety precautions, starting May 5, 2020.

    In a press release, Public Health said the decline of new cases was slowing, raising concerns that relaxing social distancing measures too soon could cause an uptick in virus transmission. 

    "We’ve done a very good job in King County suppressing transmission of COVID-19 and that’s largely due to the great work of our community in staying home and distancing to the extent possible," said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County. "However, we still have way too many cases occurring each day. That means we’re vulnerable to a rebound that could potentially overwhelm our healthcare system if we prematurely ease up on our distancing steps."

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reported 5,990 confirmed cases (78 new) of COVID-19 in King County with 416 deaths (9 new.) In Bellevue, Public Health reports 301 positive cases with 22 deaths.

    April 24

    Gov. Inslee announced that "low-risk" construction — where strict social-distancing rules could be maintained on-site — would be allowed. The state has details.

    Public Health Seattle & KIng County reported that as of April 23, there were 290 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in Bellevue, with 21 deaths.

    April 22

    The Bellevue City Council passed an ordinance during their virtual meeting on April 20 to extend the expiration dates of building permit applications and permits already issued for an additional 180 days. The ordinance is in response to the halt of most commercial and residential construction projects due to necessary COVID-19 precautions. More information can be found under Development Services.

    Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson released a joint statement today in response to some Washington state officials' disregard for the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. 

    Public Health reported 5,449 (70 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 379 deaths (7 new).   

    April 20

    The cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond and Renton today launched (re)STARTUP425, a collaborative effort to connect Eastside small business owners, nonprofit leaders and sole proprietors with available business support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is available in multiple languages and provides one-on-one technical consultations on business financial assistance programs, a calendar of relevant webinars and other resources.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County announced that COVID-19 cases within the county's homeless residents and among homelessness services workers is rising. 112 people in these populations have tested positive and 70 people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities. One person being treated at a King County isolation and quarantine site has died. 

    Public Health reported 5,293 (121 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 360 deaths (14 new).   

    April 16

    In a news conference, Gov. Jay Inslee said, "We have bent the curve down," regarding the spread of the coronavirus in Washington. However, he said his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order will remain in effect until the infection rate continues to decrease and the state's testing and contact tracing capacity increases dramatically.

    Public Health reported 4,809 (112 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 320 deaths (eight new). 

    April 15

    To protect the health of prisoners jeopardized by lack of social distancing in state prisons, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation and commutation order that allows the early release of certain vulnerable populations, including nonviolent individuals due to be released within the coming weeks and months.

    Public Health reported 4,697 (77 new) cases of COVID-19 in King County and 312 deaths (nine new). 

    April 14

    The City of Bellevue has closed access to the parking lots in Downtown Park to discourage people from driving to a destination park outside of their local neighborhood. The park is still open for those who live or work nearby and can walk to the park. Accessible parking spaces are also still available in the south parking lot of the park. 

    Gov. Jay Inslee issued three new proclamations related to criminal statutes, commercial driver's licenses and garnishments in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

    Public Health reported 4,620 (71 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 303 deaths (7 new). 

    April 13

    Today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced an agreement on a shared vision for reopening their economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. 

    The governor also released a proclamation giving high-risk workers protections from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their jobs.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reiterated over the weekend the importance of continuing social distancing measures and not relaxing the protocols too soon. They also announced that two more COVID-19 medical support sites are now operational, one in Shoreline for assessment and recovery and one at Harborview Hall for isolation and recovery.

    Sixty-six people are currently staying in King County isolation and quarantine facilities.

    Public Health reported 4,549 (123 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 296 deaths (4 new). 

    April 9

    Mayor Lynne Robinson joined the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club as it delivered 300 meals to staff at Overlake Medical Center this week, praising the Rotary for supporting local restaurants and showing support for medical professionals doing the work of heroes at this time.

    The Parks & Community Services Department reminded residents to maintain social distancing at parks, especially Robinswood Park, where there is a dog corral. 

    Public Health - Seattle & King County offered tips for people going to necessary medical appointments. Whenever possible, drive yourself or have a friend or family member give you a ride in a personal vehicle to minimize exposure to others. Ensure everyone in the car wears a mask, increase airflow as much as possible by putting the windows down, and clean and disinfect all surfaces before and after the trip.

    Public Health reported 3,886 (198 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 258 deaths (14 new). 

    April 8

    Today, Bellevue Police held a virtual community forum to address questions and concerns from Bellevue's Asian-American community related to public safety and COVID-19. The content was interpreted into Mandarin Chinese during the live event. A replay of the event will air on Bellevue Television Cable Channel 21 April 9 at 3 p.m. and is also available on demand at https://youtu.be/8NXsmujS2g4.

    Also this week, Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson signed two proclamations related to our community response to COVID-19. One proclamation asked the community to stand together against hate and bias, especially as it relates to stigma surrounding the COVID-19 virus. The other proclamation was to appreciate and support the work being done by Overlake Medical Center staff in the fight against COVID-19.

    Today, Public Health - Seattle & King County reported 3,688 (202 new) positive cases of COVID-19 in King County and 244 deaths (14 new.) 

    April 7

    Gov. Jay Inslee today announced additional steps to help mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 for small businesses, including grants, resiliency assistance, and forgivable loans.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County announced more COVID-19 resources available in multiple languages, including:

    Public Health reported 3,486 cases of COVID-19 (155 new) and 230 deaths (8 new) in King County as of 11:59 p.m. April 6.

    April 6

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he was extending the statewide closure of on-site instruction for public and private K-12 schools through the end of this school year in June. Education may resume through distance learning for the remainder of the school year. The Bellevue School District also made an announcement in response to the extension.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reported 3,331 cases of COVID-19 (164 new) and 222 deaths (14 new) in King County.

    April 4-5

    Over the weekend, Public Health - Seattle & King County urged county residents to continue supporting the essential function of blood donation through the pandemic. In a news release, Public Health said "Social distancing directives have meant the cancellation of the school and employer blood drives that maintain the local blood supply, putting our local blood supply in danger of collapse." 

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reported 3,167 cases of COVID-19 (269 new) and 208 deaths (8 new) in King County as of April 5.

    April 3

    “I thank you for your part in supporting the long-term health and safety of our community while we continue to work as a city to relieve the pressures where we can and promote a strong, cohesive and resilient community,” Mayor Lynne Robinson told residents in the wake of Gov. Inslee's extension of the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County reported 2,787 COVID-19 cases (131 new) in Washington and 186 deaths (11 new) as of April 3.

    April 2

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced an extension of his "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order to May 4. The City of Bellevue announced on March 31 that it was also extending the City Hall closure until further notice.

    Meanwhile, Public Health - Seattle & King County said in a news release they were reducing shelter concentrations by moving people to local hotels. The hotels are not isolation or quarantine sites; this action is moving people who are presumed to be well into less concentrated living quarters.

    Public Health is reporting the following confirmed cases and deaths due to COVID-19 in King County through 11:59 p.m. on April 1: 2,656 confirmed positive cases (up 175 from yesterday) and 175 confirmed deaths (up 11 from yesterday.)

    April 1

    Public Health - Seattle & King County released helpful information in multiple languages for managers, staff, and residents of apartment buildings, condominiums, and similar residential communities detailing the most important information currently available related to COVID-19 and the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order. 

    Public Health also gave further information about the use of masks in their daily press release:

    • Medical masks should be reserved for healthcare providers who are on the front lines working to protect us all. We have had shortages of those masks – and it's critically important that our healthcare workers have the equipment they need to do their jobs.
    • Non-medical mask use (e.g., homemade fabric masks) does not replace the need to follow guidance to stay home and limit our contact with others. It does not replace frequent handwashing, avoiding touching the face, and staying away from people who are ill. These are the most important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness.

    King County Executive Dow Constantine announced an extension for the first-half 2020 property tax deadline to June 1. This executive order only applies to individual residential and commercial taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves.

    The governor addressed the public to ask businesses to do what they can to help innovate, join forces, and help manufacture medical personal protective equipment for essential workers and emergency responders if able. He released a list of needed supplies and more details on how to help.

    March 31

    The City of Bellevue announced it would continue the closure of City Hall and other city facilities to public, in-person access until further notice. A news release details the closure extension and lists available phone and online resources for essential city services.

    Also today, Gov. Jay Inslee and Charlie Clark, director of the state Department of Financial Institutions announced the state is taking steps to assist distressed Washington homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions. DFI’s guidance to companies servicing mortgages in Washington urges them to work with homeowners adversely impacted by COVID-19, including payment forbearance for those who need it. 

    March 30

    Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance today for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals.

    Bellevue Police announced this week they are taking reports of potential violations of the governor's order through the already-existing resident resource app called MyBellevue, available free from the app store on your mobile device. Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett was on the governor's call to answer questions and address the role of law enforcement as it pertains the the governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order.

    “In order for us to relieve the potential pressure on the 911 system, we came up with a tool for the public to report incidents as they deem necessary." said Chief Mylett on the call. "...we’re not taking down names, we’re not arresting or citing people, we’re not detaining people. All this [tool] is being used for is for the public to report something and then as our officers become available between higher priority calls, we will go over there and again our role is to inform and educate.”

    March 28-29

    New health officer order: To re-emphasize the need for all King County residents to prevent new cases, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County signed an order and directive on March 28. The order makes it mandatory for people with a positive COVID-19 test to follow isolation protocols at home or at a recovery facility; the directive requires everyone with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing) who has a test pending to stay quarantined.

    King County will open isolation and quarantine beds in Issaquah on March 29th, in addition to facilities already operational in Kent and North Seattle. There were 82 new cases and five new deaths from COVID-19 on March 29, for a total of 2,159 cases in King County and 141 deaths.

    Also on March 28, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced the deployment of a field hospital at Century Link field to treat non-COVID-19 cases and gave further guidance on activities including real estate transactions, funerals, and tribal government activity.  

    March 27

    Bellevue Mayor Lynne Robinson released a video message to the community sharing the ways the City of Bellevue is working to help local businesses, non-profits and residents navigate the COVID-19 crisis as we try to stay home and stay healthy.

    In response to many questions from residents about how public and private construction projects should be operating under Gov. Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, the City of Bellevue released helpful clarifications for residents to review. 

    Gov. Inslee provided summary information on the benefits to Washington as a result of a federal stimulus package aimed at mitigating the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including funds directed to local government agencies and through community block grants. 

    Public Health – Seattle & King County reported 1,828 cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 251 from yesterday) and 125 deaths (up 16 from a day ago) due to the COVID-19 virus.

    March 26

    Today Washington Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference to update the public on the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that went into effect at midnight for non-essential businesses. He also told people to visit coronavirus.wa.gov as a first point of reference to find answers to questions about actions the state is taking in the fight against COVID-19.

    Public Health – Seattle & King County reported 1,577 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 218 from yesterday) and 109 confirmed deaths (up nine from the previous day) due to the COVID-19 virus.

    March 25

    The city increased its funding for five human service agencies providing critical assistance to the community during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.  The agencies – Catholic Community Services, Hopelink, LifeWire, Salvation Army and Solid Ground – assist Bellevue residents with funding for food, housing, utilities and other, unexpected expenses.

    Responding to reports of racial targeting of people of Chinese heritage during the COVID-19 outbreak, Police Chief Steve Mylett Wednesday declared, “We will vigorously pursue and arrest anyone who commits a hate crime in Bellevue."

    He appealed to any victims of hate crimes or bias-related incidents to report them -- by calling 911 for immediate threats or ongoing incidents or online for incidents that occurred in the recent past. 

    March 24

    Public Health—Seattle & King County announced additional guidance for child care and early learning programs that are considered part of the essential workforce. In addition, King County will expand support services to providers. For more information, please see the news release from King County Executive Dow Constantine. 

    Public Health – Seattle & King County reported 1,277 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 107 from yesterday) and 94 confirmed deaths (up 7 from a day ago) due to the COVID-19 virus.

    March 23

    Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will sign a statewide order today for Washingtonians to "Stay Home, Stay Healthy", which includes a ban on all social and recreational gatherings and closure of businesses that are not essential to the fight against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus or maintaining critical services during the emergency. The order is enforceable by law and will last for at least two weeks.

    This proclamation will:

    • Require every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
    • Ban all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
    • Close all businesses except essential businesses.

    More details are in a news release on the governor's website.

    March 22

    In a news release from Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee's office, the White House today approved a request by Gov. Inslee to declare a major disaster in Washington state. The declaration unlocks a host of additional federal assistance programs for Washingtonians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Public Health – Seattle & King County reported 1,040 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County today (up 106 from yesterday) and 75 confirmed deaths (up 1 from yesterday) due to the COVID-19 virus.

    March 21

    The number of COVID-19 cases in King County reached 934, up 141 cases from the day before according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. The agency listed the number of deaths at 74, up eight from the prior day's tally.

    Public Health announced King County has repurposed Harborview Hall (326 Ninth Ave.) at Harborview Medical Center to eventually serve as an isolation and recovery center for COVID-19 patients, primarily those who do not have a home to rest and recover and who may have other health needs requiring a level of monitoring.   

    March 20

    The city is extending closures of all community centers and parks facilities through April and postponing all Parks & Community Services events through May to slow the spread of COVID-19. The city's parks themselves are still open but Bellevue is closing playgrounds, sports courts, ballfields and picnic shelters until further notice. Parks, trails and beaches are still open and offer an ability to enjoy public spaces while maintaining distance from others.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County announced that it is receiving 4,000 sample collection test kits from the federal government, but capacity is still constrained. Public Health announced 100 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, bringing the official case count in King County to 793. In addition, seven new deaths were reported, bringing the total of confirmed deaths in King County to 67.

    March 19

    Today the city's Transportation Department announced the temporary availability of short-term parking in front of dining establishments to assist customers who are retrieving to-go orders. Restaurants can request the city place a short-term, three-minute parking zone in front of their establishment. In addition, the city closed its Fire Stations to non-emergency public access and canceled the March 23 City Council meeting. 

    Also Gov. Jay Inslee announced restrictions on elective surgeries and dental procedures that require providers to wear protective gear such as gowns, masks and gloves. The restrictions aim to ensure Washington health care workers have enough protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    March 18

    Today the governor announced a number of actions at the local, state and federal level to help businesses, workers and families cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These temporary measures include, but are not limited to, a moratorium on evictions for late rent payment, waiving the waiting week for unemployment benefits, encouragement for utilities to waive late fees and expand bill assistance programs, expansion of availability of small business grants and loans, and suspension of foreclosures and evictions through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    For details on today's business support efforts, see the governor's news release. For a full list of available business assistance options, visit our Business Resources page.

    Information about assistance for families, workers, and people being impacted in general is also in the governor's release, or you can view a full list of known resources available in Bellevue at our Community Resources page.

    Public Health - Seattle & King County featured the following recent helpful topics in their blog, Public Health Insider:

    March 17

    Bellevue City Hall and the Bellevue Service Center will be closed to public access until April. City services are still available through phone and online means (visit the Contact Us page for a full listing) and all departments are continuing to deliver services and answer calls for residents. Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time. 

    March 16

    The City of Bellevue has moved many services to telephone and online methods, including their Crossroads Mini City Hall location and the permitting department. All meetings at city facilities that do not fall under requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act have also been canceled for this week. Find full details here.

    March 15

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement further expanding protections against COVID-19, including a statewide emergency proclamation expected tomorrow shutting down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurants will still be able to provide take-out and delivery services. Grocery stores and pharmacies are not included in the ban.

    Additionally, the guidance on large gatherings was reduced to now include gatherings with over 50 participants being prohibited. All gatherings under 50 participants are prohibited unless previously announced criteria for public health and social distancing can be met. 

    March 14

    King County is taking additional action to support a range of temporary housing options for people exposed to, at risk of exposure, or becoming ill with COVID-19. Three county-owned properties were announced today, including one in Bellevue. Other sites included are the King County International Airport and a newly acquired Issaquah Motel. And the county is continuing to look at more sites. 

    The Eastgate Parking lot location will be a fully self-contained tent, with flooring and heat. The site will be used as an isolation and recovery location and will be placed on the county-owned parking lot located at 13620 Eastgate Way. It will have 24/7 onsite security and health services staff.

    According to the county the site will be available in about a week.

    March 13

    President Trump declared a national emergency, giving states and territories access to up to $50 billion in federal funds to combat the spreading coronavirus epidemic and waiving regulations that limited the treatment options doctors and hospitals have.

    Gov. Inslee expanded the closure of schools from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties to the entire state, March 17 to at least April 24. A regional restriction on social gatherings of over 250 people — such as concerts and sporting events — was also extended to the entire state.  

    Public Health – Seattle & King County reported 568 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 37 deaths statewide. In King County, there were 328 cases, including 32 deaths as of March 13.

    March 12

    The number of COVID-19 cases in King County reached 270 as of March 12, according to Public Health – Seattle & King County. The agency listed the number of deaths at 27. 

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee ordered public and private K-12 schools to close for six weeks starting no later than the end of the day Monday, March 16 in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. 

    The City of Bellevue issued a news release outlining the current actions and priorities in light of the governor's announcements.

    “Right now it is more important than ever to support our workers, families and friends, businesses and community organizations as we navigate the COVID-19 outbreak together,” said Mayor Lynne Robinson. “We understand these measures can be painful. The goal is to shorten the disruption as much as possible with strong actions. We appreciate the community’s help in supporting and following the current guidelines, and we will continue to explore ways to lessen the impacts however we can.” 

    March 11

    Public Health - Seattle & King County said today the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County is now 234. The number of deaths is at 26.

    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference to announce amendments to the state's emergency proclamation to include a prohibition on large gatherings of 250 or more people through the month of March in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. The order specifically bans large gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational activities. It does not apply to restaurants, retail, or family events, but those events and businesses must adhere to proper safety and cleanliness standards to limit the spread of illness.

    Public Health said events with less than 250 people are also prohibited unless organizers can ensure the safety of participants through proper practices to reduce the spread of illness:

    • Hand washing facilities and hand sanitizer available for all participants
    • Proper cleanliness of the gathering space
    • Ability for participants to practice social distancing of at least six feet
    • Employee screening for illness
    • Encouraging high-risk populations to avoid all gatherings 

    The governor noted that all organizations should be preparing to provide services through means other than face-to-face if possible and anticipate more information and guidelines from state and health leaders in the coming days. 

    In light of the above orders, the City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services department closed its community centers and parks facilities until at least the end of March. More detail is here

    The Bellevue School District has canceled school beginning March 13 until at least March 27.

    March 10

    Public Health - Seattle & King County updated the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County to 190, with a total of 22 deaths. In addition, they noted in a press release that 10 long-term care facilities in the state have reported positive COVID-19 cases.

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced new rules for long-term care facilities to protect older adults, including:

    • Visitors must be adults and the visit must take place in the resident’s room. This does not apply to end-of-life situations.
    • All visitors must follow COVID-19 screening and follow reasonable precautionary measures. Precautionary measures include, but are not limited to, wearing personal protective equipment, social distancing, or visiting in designated locations.
    • All visitors must sign into a visitor’s log. Owners and operators must retain that log for 30 days.
    • Employees or volunteers must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the start of each shift.
    • People who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities and who test positive for COVID-19 must be isolated away from other people.
    • Owners, operators, staff and volunteers are prohibited from disclosing protected and confidential health information, except as otherwise provided by law or with the resident’s consent.

    The governor also announced the expansion of state policies to support businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19, including expanded abilities for employers to retain workers through the outbreak even if they need to slow business operations. 

    For workers: The new rules allow current unemployment claimants who are in isolation or quarantine as a result of COVID-19 more leniency about many unemployment insurance deadlines and mandatory appointments. This includes deadlines for applying for training programs or mandatory re-employment service appointments.

    For employers: The rules also waive financial penalties for employers who file their tax reports late, pay their taxes late, or do not respond information requests in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.

    The state Employment Security Department released a guide for workers to assess their leave options when navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    March 9

    King County now has a total of 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and of those cases, 20 people have died, according to the latest numbers released by Public Health – Seattle & King County today. Public Health also reiterated there are many viral respiratory germs circulating right now. They urge residents not to assume they have COVID-19 but to take the same precautionary measures they would with any illness. If you are sick, stay home. To avoid becoming ill, avoid large gatherings of people, especially if you are at high risk of getting severe symptoms. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, do not touch your face, and avoid close contact with those who are sick.  

    Bellevue Efforts

    In an effort to protect members of the public as well as police staff and volunteers, Bellevue Police substations at Factoria and Crossroads will be closed until further notice. You may report non-emergency crimes online. Residents are encouraged to communicate with the department through online methods if they are able.

    If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. Police and Fire will respond to all emergencies. Please disclose if you have flu-like symptoms so our first responders can take necessary precautions. 

    This is also a stressful time for local businesses and their workers as they respond to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Bellevue has proactively added a dedicated webpage with information and resources to help our business community navigate the evolving landscape at https://bellevuewa.gov/covid-19-business-resources

    The city continues to coordinate with regional business support partners to identify other resources and options that could be helpful for local businesses. As new tools and options are available, those updates will be reflected in our economic development pages and in our regular COVID-19 updates.

    March 8

    Public Health - Seattle & King County updated the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday to 84 in King County, with 17 deaths. Public Health continues to emphasize the importance of basic measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and avoid becoming ill.

    March 7

    Public Health - Seattle & King County updated the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases Saturday to 71 in King County, with 15 deaths. Public Health offers update materials in six additional languages. Links to COVID-19 fact sheets in multiple languages are available on this page under the Feb 28 update.

    March 6

    Health agencies announced Friday seven more confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the official total to 58. Of that number, 11 people have died.

    Given the health department's recommendation to avoid bringing large groups of people together, particularly those from high-risk populations, Bellevue Parks & Community Services is temporarily suspending programs and drop-in activities at Highland Community Center and North Bellevue Community Center March 9-31.

    The city also canceled all Parks & Community Services events through March and postponed upcoming large events including Cultural Conversations and Welcome to City Hall. The closures and postponements are further detailed in a city news release.

    Bellevue College administrators announced they would move classes online starting March 6, based on recommendations from Public Health.

    Public Health also reiterated important recommendations to follow to slow the spread of COVID-19 and know the steps to take if you think you might be exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms:

    Important recommendations

    March 5

    Public Health – Seattle & King County announced Thursday 20 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the total to 51, including 10 deaths. Health officials stressed the importance of following their recommendations to slow the outbreak.

    • People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include those:
      • 60 and older
      • with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes
      • who have weakened immune systems
      • who are pregnant
    • Workplaces should enact measures that allow people who can work from home to do so. Taking these measures can help reduce the number of workers who come into contact with COVID-19 and help minimize absenteeism due to illness
    • If you can feasibly avoid bringing large groups of people together, consider postponing events and gatherings.
    • Public Health is not recommending closing schools at this time unless there has been a confirmed case in the school. Public Health – Seattle & King County also respects an individual school’s decisions about closures or postponement of activities as each school knows the needs of their community best.
    • People should not go out when they are sick. 
    • Avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you need to go, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.

    March 4

    With the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County continuing to rise, Mayor Lynne Robinson Tuesday signed a proclamation of emergency that allows the City of Bellevue to act quickly should the outbreak spread to residents here.

    There were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue as of Wednesday, March 4, but the emergency proclamation streamlines the city’s process for procuring equipment, supplies and services that might be needed if large numbers of residents and/or city staff contract the illness.  Public Health – Seattle & King County also issued new recommendations for the community. city news release 

    March 3

    Public Health – Seattle & King County announced seven additional cases of COVID-19 in King County residents, bringing the total of confirmed cases to 21. Of those, three more residents have died, bringing the county total to eight.

    Public Health reported a raised level of concern here, but said, "If we can all follow health recommendations now, we can blunt the impact of COVID-19 in our community."

    Health Recommendations

    • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. If you have a cough or fever, call your regular doctor first.
    • Stay home when sick.
    • Wash your hands well often, cough into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
    • Stay away from people who are sick, especially if you are 60 and older or have health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.

    If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a health-care provider with questions about COVID-19, contact Public Health's novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977. The call center will be open daily 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

    Additional details about the day's developments are in the Public Health news release. The state Department of Health has established a call center to address questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms. Please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

    March 2

    New cases of the COVID-19 virus are appearing in King County and elsewhere in the United States. Public Health - Seattle & King County confirmed that as of the morning of Monday, March 2, a total of 14 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus had been reported in King County, with five deaths.

    Health officials continue to advise the general public to follow standard protocols for limiting exposure to communicable diseases, including frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or sleeve to avoid dispersing particles into the air, avoiding touching your face, and staying home if you are sick. 

    Public Health - Seattle & King County has a variety of resources to help you understand what we currently know about the virus and how to protect yourself:

    • The agency issued a news release on March 2 with details on the new cases in our area.
    • A basic FAQ sheet can give you the facts. The fact sheet is available in multiple languages (links below in Feb. 28 update.)
    • The Public Health Insider blog has informational updates for the general public with safety tips.
    • Misinformation and discrimination over the virus can create fear and hostility. Anti-stigma information and workplace resources can help you stay accurately informed.    

    This page will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. 

    March 1

    Public Health - Seattle & King County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in King County, and more cases have been identified in the U.S. The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.

    Two people in King County have died. It's important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus. This is a quickly evolving situation and this site will be updated frequently. Public Health news release

    City of Bellevue staff continue working with and receiving information from multiple partners daily to track the current and potential effects of the virus in our community. Health agencies are also closely monitoring the situation, both globally and in the United States.

    Feb. 28

    Bellevue residents are encouraged to stay informed by checking the following.

    In addition, Public Health offers instructions for minimizing the spread of diseases (available in multiple languages). The CDC offers information about travel notices and the World Health Organization offers current travel advice.

    The state Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public: dial 1-800-525-0127 and press #. 

    A novel coronavirus fact sheet is available in multiple languages.

    Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse. Be aware that having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to the virus. Misinformation about coronavirus can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy.

    This page will be updated on a regular basis, as new local information becomes available.

    Published on 07/30/2020