Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kenmore Community Update

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Kenmore Community Update

 

Kenmore, WAEarlier this week, Public Health – Seattle & King County provided new guidelines to protect the health of our community by making recommendations that are meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and reduce the number of people infected. The City of Kenmore is taking action to follow these recommendations and limit the impact of COVID-19 in our community. These steps are recommended to extend through March 31st, 2020.

Public Health recommendations included limiting large groups of people and postponing events and gatherings.
 

For those at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, Public Health is recommending that you stay home and away from large groups as much as possible. Those at higher risk include people over the age of 60; anyone with underlying
health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes; people who have weakened immune systems; and people who are pregnant. Read the full list of Public Health - Seattle & King County's recommendations. The new recommendations have already reduced City staff, as some employees in a higher risk category work from home and others need to stay home with children during school closures

 

Local Declaration of Public Health Emergency

After a special City Council meeting on Thursday, March 5, Kenmore City Manager, Rob Karlinsey, signed a Local Declaration of Public Health Emergency. It is important to note this declaration is not a cause for alarm. This emergency declaration will allow the City to facilitate additional coordination with agencies such as the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County, and grants the City access to additional resources such as funding, if needed.

 

City Facilities Updates

The City of Kenmore is committed to continuing to provide services to our community members while following the most up-to-date Public Health guidelines to ensure public and staff safety.

At this time, Kenmore City Hall and The Hangar will remain open during regular business hours with the following operational changes:

  • Due to staffing shortages, the permit counter at City Hall will be closed the week of March 9 – 13. This closure will be assessed on a week-by-week basis moving forward. Permitting requests can be placed online at mybuildingpermit.com.
  • In order to reduce risk of exposure, please utilize online/phone services when possible. Visit Kenmorewa.gov or call 425-398-8900 before visiting in person. Public and staff should utilize social distancing techniques and should avoid close contact and shaking hands.
  • The King County Vote Center at Kenmore City Hall will remain open to the public through March 10.
  • The Kenmore Senior Center is closed until further notice.
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Public Meetings, Group Gatherings & City Events Cancellations

Following Public Health recommendations, the City of Kenmore is cancelling large events, public meetings and group reservations through the end of March, including:

  • City Hall group reservations and classes
  • Hangar group reservations
  • March 9 City Council Meeting (the March 16 meeting is still scheduled at this time)
  • March 10 Financial Sustainability Task Force meeting (this will be presented in a virtual/online format)
  • March 11 State of the City event at Inglewood Golf Course

 

As the situation evolves, including whether we have adequate staffing to maintain city operations, the steps to help contain the virus and keep the public and city staff safe may change based on new Public Health recommendations. In addition, we will continue to assess the need to activate our Emergency Operations Center and determine appropriate staffing if needed.

Sign up for email updates at www.kenmorewa.gov/stayinformed. Updates will also be posted to www.kenmorewa.gov.

 

What You Can Do to Help

  • Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
  • Stay informed through reputable sources and do not spread misinformation.

 

King County Public Health continues to be the lead local agency for the management of this issue, and we will continue to look to Public Health for guidance, direction, and measures to contain the virus and promote public safety.

For current information about COVID-19 and preventative measures, go to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or the Washington State Department of Health’s website (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus).

 

Last updated: Fri, 03/06/2020 - 1:48pm