Published March 31 2022
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.
We will continue to post summary updates on the thread below as meaningful changes to the situation arise.
The City of Bellevue returns to pre-pandemic operations at City Hall and other facilities. The transition comes after the modification of state and county health directives in March, high vaccination rates in the community and dropping COVID-19 infections.
In response to the lifting of county and state mask mandates, the public will no longer be required to wear masks indoors at most city facilities starting Saturday, March 12.
With declining case rates and hospitalizations across the west, California, Oregon and Washington are moving up the date for indoor mask requirements to be lifted from March 21 to March 11. After 11:59 p.m. on March 11, Masks will no longer be required in restaurants, grocery stores, bars, gyms or schools. County mask requirements are lifting at the same time.
Masks will continue to be required in health care and corrections facilities. State policies do not change federal requirements, which still include masks on public transit.
With new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations decreasing, and nearly 80% of all King County residents fully vaccinated, the county is ending its local health order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test for entry into restaurants and bars, indoor recreational events and establishments or outdoor events. Starting on Tuesday, March 1, vaccine verification will no longer be required at Bellevue parks facilities, including community and recreation centers.
The Food and Drug Administration approved COVID-19 booster shots for all adults, and urged people 50 and older to get boosters. Under the new rules, anyone 18 or older can choose either a Pfizer or Moderna booster six months after their last dose. For anyone who got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the wait already is just two months. People can mix-and-match boosters from any company.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5-11, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for this age group. Independent panels of vaccine experts found the vaccine to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19, and no serious safety concerns were identified.
This week and next, vaccine will become available for children in this age group through pediatricians’ offices, school clinics, King County vaccination partnership sites, and some retail pharmacies. Please check Vaccine Locator or contact a clinic to make a vaccine appointment
According to Public Health - Seattle & KIng County, there have been over 25,000 reported COVID-19 cases among youth in King County, 200 hospitalizations, and five deaths since the pandemic began. About 20% of all reported COVID-19 cases in King County were among youth, and youth ages 5-11 currently have the highest rate of COVID-19 among all age groups.
Starting Oct. 25, 2021, King County requires those who dine or recreate indoors at restaurants, bars, gyms and other recreation facilities or attend outdoor events with more than 500 people in the county to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from within the last 72 hours to gain entry to the event or facility. This includes City of Bellevue Community Centers, environmental education visitor centers, and the Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It takes just a minute to be ready, be kind and be safe in order to support our community through this requirement. This video shows you how.
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a large event vaccine verification emergency order, prohibiting organizers of outdoor events with 10,000 or more people or indoor events with 1,000 or more people from allowing anyone 12 years and older from attending the event unless the individual either shows proof of either full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of the event. The order is effective on Nov. 15.
Gov. Inslee announced another extension of the statewide moratorium on evictions. The moratorium, which was set to expire on Thursday, Sept. 30, will now expire Sunday, Oct. 31. To help tenants who have lost income due to pandemic shutdowns, the moratorium applies to evictions for non-payment. The state is still working to distribute rental relief funds to tenants in need.
To protect customers and workers, preserve hospital capacity and help prevent business closures, Public Health - Seattle & King County has issued a health order requiring verification of full vaccination or a negative test to enter outdoor public events of 500 or more people and indoor entertainment and recreational establishments and events such as live music, performing arts, gyms, restaurants and bars.
The order takes effect Oct. 25, though implementation will be delayed for smaller restaurants and bars (seating capacity of 12 or less) until Dec. 6.
With the delta variant still surging in King County, straining the health care system, Public Health – Seattle & King County issued a health officer order, requiring anyone five years of age and older to wear face masks at any outdoor event with 500 or more people in attendance. The order takes effect Tuesday, Sept. 7.
With the delta variant of COVID-19 surging across the state, particularly among unvaccinated people, Gov. Inslee issued a new statewide mask requirement and ordered all public, private and charter school employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Per the announcement, all individuals in indoor public spaces (including restaurants, grocery stores, malls and public-facing offices) must wear face coverings, regardless of vaccination status, starting Monday, Aug. 23. The mask mandate expansion comes after Washington recently broke the previous record for COVID hospitalizations set in December.
Gov. Inslee announces a requirement for most state workers (including teachers), on-site contractors and volunteers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The delta variant of COVID-19 was spreading rapidly among unvaccinated people around the state.
Gov. Inslee confirmed that the state's economy will reopen on Wednesday, June 30, as planned, with businesses returning to normal capacity and operations.
“Because folks listened to science and stayed home to stay healthy, wore masks and got vaccinated, we can now safely fully reopen our state’s economy and cultural centers after 15 long months," the governor said in a statement. "It hasn’t been easy, but I’m proud of how Washingtonians came together, persevered and sacrificed to fight this virus, and now we’re finally in a place that is safe enough to end this chapter."
On Tuesday, June 29, King County formally lifted its mask mandate, which means fully vaccinated residents are free to go without face coverings outdoors and in most indoor spaces. The county repealed its mandate after at least 70% of local eligible residents became fully vaccinated.
Seeking to ensure that renters and landlords receive support and resources that are available to them, Gov. Inslee announced a “bridge” between the eviction moratorium and the housing stability programs put in place by the Legislature. The bridge is effective July 1 through Sept. 30. Beginning Aug. 1, renters will be expected to pay full rent, pay reduced rent negotiated with their landlord or seek rental assistance funding.
With COVID-19 infection rates declining as vaccination rates rise, Gov. Inslee announced that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date. He also announced that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18. Effective immediately, additional activities will be allowed with fewer restrictions and increased capacity for groups of fully vaccinated people.
Gov. Inslee announced a two-week pause on movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Under the pause, every county will remain in its current phase. King county remains in Phase 3. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated.
The governor noted recent data suggested Washington’s fourth wave has hit a plateau. This wave has been less severe than the three previous ones, with rising case counts not leading to a corresponding rise in deaths. Epidemiologists attribute the difference to vaccinations, especially among vulnerable populations. In addition to reducing the number of people who contract COVID-19, vaccinations lessen the severity of the disease for those who do get it,
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the rollback of three counties not meeting the Phase 3 Healthy Washington metrics for reopening activities. The three counties returning to Phase 2 are: Cowlitz County, Pierce County and Whitman County.
“These metric trends are driven by the virus and we must continue to do everything we can to sharpen our focus and keep COVID-19 activity down," said Gov. Inslee. In order to move down one phase under the recently updated Healthy Washington criteria, a county must fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations. Under the previous plan, a county only needed to fail one metric to move back a phase. The next evaluation of counties will be in three weeks, on May 3.
Gov. Inslee announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. On March 31, vaccine eligibility opened to people in Phase 1B tiers 3 and 4. Details at Bellevue Vaccines.
Gov. Inslee Friday announced he will issue an emergency proclamation early next week forcing all of Washington’s school districts to offer K-12 students the choice to return to their classrooms. By April 5, all students in kindergarten through the sixth grade must be given the choice to go back to classrooms, and by April 19, all other K-12 students must have the same option, according to the proclamation. Details
The Bellevue School District began returning K-2 students to schools for at least some in-person learning starting in January.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that the entire state will enter Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. Effective Monday, March 22, in-person spectators will be allowed for professional and high school sports. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.
Additionally, the governor announced that starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters and law enforcement, among others. Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk. Details
Adopting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state Department of Health announced that fully vaccinated people can gather indoors unmasked with: 1) other fully vaccinated people in private residences; 2) unvaccinated people from one other household in private residences, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Gov. Inslee visited Phantom Lake Elementary School and announced on the same day that educators and licensed childcare workers would be added to Washington's current COVID-19 vaccine-eligible phase, 1B-1. To find out more about the state's vaccine phases and process for getting a COVID-19 vaccine, visit the vaccine page from Seattle - King County Public Health.
Gov. Inslee announced he signed House Bill 1368 today, which appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding to respond to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation takes effect immediately and provides funding for:
- $714 million in assistance for K-12 schools
- $618 million for public health’s response to COVID, including testing, investigation and contact tracing; and funding for vaccination efforts
- $365 million for emergency eviction, rental and utility assistance
- $240 million for business assistance grants
- $50 million for child care
- $26 million for food banks and other food programs
- $91 million for income assistance, including $65 million for relief for the state’s immigrant population
Gov. Inslee announced several changes to the state’s Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery that will allow King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to move into Phase 2 of the plan on Feb. 1. Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Thurston counties are also being given the green light to move to Phase 2.
Gov. Inslee adjusted the plan in both the evaluation criteria for regions to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 and the timeframe in which regions can progress. The progression is contingent on whether their metrics continue their positive trends and regions now must meet three of four criteria related to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations instead of needing to meet all four.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced an updated statewide vaccine distribution plan to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day.
The state Department of Health introduced a COVID-19 vaccine timeline, with details about the first phase. Information on phases 2, 3 and 4 will follow.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a new COVID-19 phased recovery plan beginning Jan. 11. The plan follows a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1 and required to meet a combination of metrics before moving to Phase 2. There are only two phases in this plan and all regions will be in Phase 1 on Jan. 11. Phase 1, for the most part, aligns with restrictions currently in place for most counties,
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a one-week extension of the "Stay Safe–Stay Healthy" proclamation, along with the statewide restrictions imposed. The extension of the statewide restrictions will now expire on January 11, 2021. No changes were made in the proclamation aside from the expiration date. An updated reopening plan will be released next week.
President Donald Trump signed a federal pandemic relief package late Sunday night, which includes extensions to unemployment benefits. Gov. Jay Inslee announced earlier that the state would provide funding for almost 100,000 Washingtonians who would have lost federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance benefits if the president had not signed the bill.
The federal government missed the deadline for the extension, so there could still be a delay in federal payments, meaning the "bridge" payments from the state level will still be meaningful for unemployed Washingtonians.
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he will extend the eviction moratorium to March 31. The eviction moratorium was set to expire on Dec. 31.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine by a multi-state workgroup of vaccine experts after the FDA and CDC granted their initial authorization to the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
“I’m pleased that the Western States Workgroup gave their unanimous recommendation to the vaccine last night and encourages immediate use of the vaccine in our states,” Inslee said during a press conference Sunday morning. “It cannot come soon enough – with Washington closing in on 200,000 total COVID cases and approaching 3,000 deaths – this help is much needed to prevent further infection, hospitalization and loss of life.”
The Western States Workgroup, comprised of vaccine experts from Washington, California, Oregon and Nevada, have been meeting to review the data and analysis to ensure the safety and efficacy of all vaccines federally authorized.
With infection rates continuing to rise across the state, Gov. Inslee extends restrictions on indoor dining, gyms and private social gatherings to Jan. 4. The governor's original emergency order, issued Nov. 15, called for a ban on indoor dining, Indoor gatherings with people outside of a person’s household and closure of gyms and museums through Dec. 14.
The state made available today a third round of COVID-19 business grants for Washington small businesses. The funding package uses $50 million in CARES Act funds to support business grants of up to $20,000. Businesses that apply by Dec. 11 will be given priority. In addition, another $20 million will be given to eligible businesses that have already applied for COVID-19 resiliency grants from the state but did not receive funding. Businesses can apply at the state's Commerce Department website and email email@example.com or by calling the state’s hotline at 360-725-5003 with questions or assistance requests. In addition, Bellevue offers many support resources, including help through the application process in multiple languages through their technical assistance program.
In a Sunday press conference, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a tightening of COVID-19 health restrictions starting Monday for most rollbacks, including a ban on indoor social gatherings unless specific conditions are met, no indoor dining is allowed and outdoor dining or gatherings are limited to five people or less, grocery and retail stores are required to limit occupancy to 25% and religious gatherings are limited to 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. All the new restrictions go into effect Monday, Nov. 16, with the exception of those for bars and restaurants, which go into effect no later than Wednesday, Nov. 18.
"This is not forever, this is only for now," said Gov. Inslee during the conference. "We need to hold this pandemic down until the cavalry arrives...inaction is not an option." In reference to the "cavalry", Gov. Inslee mentioned that work on making a vaccine available is seeing promising results. Infectious disease specialist Dr. George Diaz of Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett spoke during the conference about hoping that vaccine distribution can begin in the next month or two.
The restrictions do not extend to schools, childcare or courts. They also prohibit receptions for weddings or funerals and ceremonies are limited to 30 people. Offices must allow employees to work from home if possible.
Gov. Inslee also announced further relief for businesses in the form of an additional $50 million in business grants and loans to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.
In Washington, record positive case counts have occurred for numerous days in a row, with more than 2200 new cases reported Nov. 14 and that record was expected to be broken again on Nov. 15. The restrictions announced today are set to expire Dec. 14 unless extended or revoked earlier.
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington today, recommending a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel, and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.
Gov. Jay Inslee held a live address where he implored Washingtonians to keep holiday gatherings this year to only people within your immediate household. He also said to expect further changes to our current health restrictions related to COVID-19 in the coming days. The latest information about COVID-19 can be found on coronavirus.wa.gov.
“Cases have doubled in last two weeks; we are in as dangerous a position as we were in March,” said Gov. Inslee. “We cannot wait until a hospital’s halls are filled with gurneys before we take decisive action.”
As of Nov. 12, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,359, with 153 being hospitalized (11.3% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (3.1% of positive cases.) In King County, there were 622 new cases as of yesterday with 19 more hospitalizations and 10 new deaths.
Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington.
Gov. Jay Inslee issued a "Stay Safe - Vote Safe" proclamation this week adjusting COVID-19 requirements for voters and for voting service operations.
As of Oct. 28, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,136, with 142 being hospitalized (12.5% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (3.7% of positive cases.)
The Washington Department of Health reported the 100,000th Washingtonian diagnosed with COVID-19, noting, "This a sad and sobering milestone." Find a list of free testing sites here: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19.aspx
Meanwhile, this week Gov. Jay Inslee issued updated COVID-19 guidance for a number of populations. He first issued a proclamation establishing additional safety guidelines for higher education institutions and living facilities, including limitations on the number of residents who may share a sleeping area, limitations on the number of people in common areas, and requirements for all people in common areas to wear a mask and remain socially distanced. The governor also announced updated guidance for religious and faith based organizations including clarification that physical distancing between non-household members must be six feet in all directions. The updates also 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.
Gov. Inslee also announced the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is now open for applications. The relief fund will provide $40 million in federal funds allocated by the state to assist Washington workers who miss work due to COVID-19, but are unable to access federal stimulus programs and other social supports due to their immigration status.
As of Oct. 22, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,112, with 137 being hospitalized (12.3% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (3.8% of positive cases.)
Gov. Inslee announced the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31.
As of Oct. 14, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,060, with 135 being hospitalized (12.7% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (4% of positive cases.)
Gov. Inslee announced several updates to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. The changes seek to align guidance and adjustments to regulations of several industries and activities including libraries, movie theaters, restaurants, real estate, retail, weddings, and many recreational activities.
Two more new COVID-19 testing sites are opening in south King County, according to Seattle - King County Public Health.
As of Oct. 6, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 1,016, with 133 being hospitalized (13.1% of positive cases) and 42 people dying from the disease (4.1% of positive cases.)
The rates of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths have been decreasing since early August in King County and Bellevue, as schools operate remotely and residents continue to limit exposure under Phase 2 of the state "Safe Start" plan. Bellevue City Hall, Mini City Hall and community centers remain closed. Virtual City Council meetings are held virtually. See COVID-19, COVID-19 Community Resources and COVID-19 Business/Nonprofit Resources for details on city services.
There were 55 cases in the county per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days, continuing the six-week trend down from 116 cases on July 25. The target for moving to Phase 3 is less than 25 new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days. The number of tests and speed of testing remain below the targets, but the infection rate (0.6) and decreasing hospitalizations and deaths all meet targets.
As of Sept. 17, the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bellevue totaled 957, with 126 being hospitalized and 41 dying from the disease. The rates of infection, hospitalization and death were all below the county rates.
Gov. Jay Inslee announced updated guidance for weddings and funerals as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan. The update allows wedding and funeral receptions to resume, as long as they meet specific requirements for occupancy limits, table sizes and social distancing and masks.
The City Council released a video public service announcement urging residents to "take the coronavirus to task by wearing a mask." All seven council members made brief selfie videos, which Bellevue TV edited together into the PSA.
The City Council authorized the use of $185,000 in federal CARES Act funding for a new Small Business Relief Grant program. Allocated to Bellevue through the King County Relief Fund, the program provides $5,000 grants to small, Bellevue-owned businesses and arts organizations to help overcome COVID-19 business disruptions.
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.
The reopening of the Bellevue Aquatic Center for visits by appointment on Wednesday, Aug. 5 is announced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to Public Health - Seattle & King County, there are 425 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bellevue with 35 deaths.
“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.
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.
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:
- State Employment Security Department Fraud Reporting: Identity theft and fraud has been reported in Washington's unemployment benefits system. Click this link if you think you may be a victim of unemployment benefit fraud.
- Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Reporting: Click this link for other resources on reporting identity theft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.)
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:
- Fact sheet available in 21 languages on the COVID-19 homepage
- Guidance for essential businesses in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese
- WA State Department of Health's COVID-19 webpages in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese
- U.S. CDC's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpages in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.)
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 health care 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Events, Eating Out and Retail: What's Allowed and What's Not
- Community is Our Anchor During COVID-19
- Showing Up for Our Kids During the Outbreak
- How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Childcare Settings
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- When and how to stay away from others
- Recommendations on what to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
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.
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
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."
- 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 #.
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.
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.
Bellevue residents are encouraged to stay informed by checking the following.
- Washington State Department of Health
- Public Health – Seattle & King County
- Centers for Disease Control
- World Health Organization
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 established a call center to address questions from the public: dial 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
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.