COVID-19 INFORMATION & UPDATES

STAY CALM. STAY KIND. STAY HOME!

Governor Jay Inslee issued a statewide Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order on March 23 to take effect immediately for residents and in 48 hours for businesses. On April 2, it was extended through May 4, 2020. On May 1, 2020, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order through May 31 and announced a phased approach to reopening.   The order requires all residents who are non-essential workers to stay home and non-essential businesses to stay closed. Residents may venture out for essential services like groceries and doctor appointments and may also go outdoors for health/exercise purposes as long as they observe the social distancing guidelines.  
(*Last updated 5/11/20)

                
      CURRENT CLOSURES        
  
                     PARKS & RECREATION                           BUSINESSES       
           
    
  FINANCIAL RESOURCES 

    PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT.            CDC INFORMATION         



WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN TO STAY HOME?

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Governor Inslee has asked Washington residents to stay home. You might have questions about what that means. Visit the State's Coronavirus Webpage to find some answers that may help.

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WAYS TO HELP IN YOUR COMMUNITY:


In this challenging time, many members of the community are struggling. There is still a need for donations to the food bank, blood donors and more. Interested in helping?

  • The Storehouse - Covington's sole food bank is looking for monetary and food donations.
  • Cascade Regional Blood Services - CRBS is the sole blood products provider to MultiCare hospitals including Covington.
  • Vine Maple Place - Provides services to homeless families in the Covington/Maple Valley area, looking for help adopting families and donating goods in this time of crisis.
  • King County Regional Donations Connector - Link up with services, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate related to COVID-19.



CURRENT CITY CLOSURES:

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

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

City Park Facilities and Structures - Covington Community Park and the Gerry Crick Skate Park are completely closed at this time. At other parks, p
lay structures, restrooms, drinking fountains, basketball courts, and picnic shelters are also closed at this time to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by removing obstacles to social distancing and because effective sanitation is not feasible to prevent transmission of the virus from surfaces. Trails at open parks will stay open as long as users practice social distancing guidelines (staying six feet away from others).

Covington Aquatic Center - has been closed and will remain closed until further notice.


City Facility Rentals - rental of the community room, picnic shelters and aquatics center party room are closed at least through May 4.

Council and Commission Meetings - currently City Council meetings are still on as scheduled but are taking place virtually, however, City Commission meetings have been cancelled at this time.

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

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



PARKS & RECREATION:

 

Aquatics: The Covington Aquatic Center is closed until further notice. All Spring activities through June 20th have been cancelled (refunds have been issued). Summer activity registration is "on hold" at this time.

Athletics: All Spring activities through June 27th have been cancelled (refunds have been issued). Summer activity registration is "on hold" at this time.

Events: All Spring and summer events through August 31st have been cancelled. For a list of cancelled events, click here [https://www.covingtonwa.gov/events/index.php].

Recreation: All Spring activities through June 20th have been cancelled (refunds have been issued). Summer activity registration is "on hold" at this time.

Rental Facilities: Park shelter rentals, community room rentals and aquatic center rentals through June 20th have all been cancelled (refunds have been issued). Rental reservations are “on-hold” at this time.

Parks and Trails: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, temporary rules are in place for City of Covington parks and trails. Certain individual parks and designated areas are closed where the risk of transmission is unsafe. See below for information on parks that are closed, areas that are closed and special park rules. Please follow these rules to collectively and individually keep everyone safe.

THE FOLLOWING PARKS ARE CLOSED (until further notice)
  • Gerry Crick Skate Park

SPECIAL PARK RULES (for parks that are open)
  • Stay clear from areas designated as “Off-Limits” or “Closed”
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Practice social distancing (6 ft distance from others)
  • Practice good hygiene (wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your face, and wear a mask when in close proximity with others)
  • Enjoy activities alone or with your household family (DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS)
  • Take all belongings and trash home (“pack it in, pack it out”)

OFF-LIMITS / CLOSED
  • Drinking fountains
  • Outdoor fitness area
  • Park shelters
  • Playgrounds and play areas
  • Restrooms (including portable restrooms)

OPEN WITH SUPPLEMENTAL RULES
  • Athletic Field
    • NOT ALLOWED: Team, group or pick-up games
    • Must follow Special Park Rules
    • Enjoy activities alone or with your household family (DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS)
  • Basketball Court
    • NOT ALLOWED: Team, group or pick-up games
    • Must follow Special Park Rules
    • Enjoy activities alone or with your household family (DO NOT GATHER IN GROUPS)
  • Tennis Court
    • The only allowed activity in the tennis court is singles tennis between two people from the same household. No other activity is allowed. No more than 2 people allowed in tennis court at any time.
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ALLOWED AT PARKS
      • Jogging
      • Walking (dog walking)
      • Biking
      • Other activities so long as they follow the Special Park Rules

NOT ALLOWED AT PARKS
      • Use of playgrounds and play areas
      • Picnics
      • Team, group or pick-up games.
      • Gathering in groups
      • Any activity that does not adhere to the Special Park Rules



BUSINESSES:

With the Governor's Order, all non-essential businesses should be closed. Essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants serving to-go only, doctor's offices, and others MUST observe social distancing and precaution requirements in order to stay open.

The Governor's Office has opened an online portal to file complaints about businesses that are not following the closure guidelines. To file a complaint with the state, please use the Online Business Complaint Form.

Governor Inslee has created a Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program using a portion of the state’s Strategic Reserve Fund (SRF). A limited number of grants (up to $10,000) are available to small businesses with up to 10 employees.

Here are some helpful links:


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





FINANCIAL RESOURCES:

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

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PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT:

The most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in King County can be found on the Public Health - Seattle & King County website. They have launched a new COVID-19 Outbreak Dashboard to track cases in the county.

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CDC (CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION):

For more information about COVID-19 around the country and detailed information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick, visit the CDC COVID-19 Website.

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HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:


It is imperative that the public helps minimize potential risks by practicing safety measures.
Here are some ways that King County Public Health recommends we help:

      1. Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
      2. Stay home when sick.
      3. Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
      4. Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
      5. Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health's website (www.kingcounty.gov/COVID) or blog (www.publichealthinsider.com). Information can also be found on the CDC's website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the Washington State Department of Health website (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus)



WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE COVID-19?

      • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact the King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977.
      • The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST.
      • For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State's response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.



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