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. The order requires all residents who are non-essential workers to stay home and non-essential businesses to close. 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 3/26/20)
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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.
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.
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 - play structures, restrooms, drinking fountains, basketball courts, and picnic shelters are all closed at this time. Trails will stay open as long as users practice social distancing guidelines (staying six feet away from others). The tennis court will remain open as long as users only play against one other person and can practice social distancing, no spectators are allowed to gather.
Covington Aquatic Center - has been closed and will remain closed through the school closure timeline. As of now, the facility will reopen on April 27 when schools are expected to go back in session. This will be reviewed as circumstances change.
City Facility Rentals - rental of the community room, picnic shelters and aquatics center party room are closed at least through April 26.
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.
If you have Covington specific questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the city's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cityofcovington) and send us a message.
PARKS & RECREATION:
Athletics - Spring Soccer has been cancelled for the entire season. Kidz Love Soccer spring registration is currently frozen. Baseball/t-ball/coach pitch registration is open.
Recreation - Daddy/Daughter Dance has been cancelled. Arbor Day celebration has been postponed - reschedule date is to be determined. Life classes at Kentwood High School are cancelled. All winter recreation classes are cancelled. Cheetah After School Art is cancelled. Spring Recreation (April-June) is currently open for registration. Programs taught at outside facilities (South Elite, Auburn Gymnastics, Playtime Pals, Young Chefs Academy, and Karate registration are currenly "on hold".
Recreation Program Date Changes:
Thirak Bollywood Dance Classes (Youth and Women's Morning) - 5/13 - 7/15
Thirak Bollywood Dance Class (Women's Evening) - 5/11 - 7/20
Hindi Language Classes - 5/16 - 7/18
Aquatics - The Covington Aquatic Center is closed through April 26. All Spring/Summer activity registration is "on hold" at this time. Swim lesson are cancelled through 5/2. Cancelled events include: Underwater Egg Hunt, April Pool's Day, BSA Merit Badge Clinic, Spring Break No School Swims and the Spring Break Lifeguard Class.
Rental Facilities - Shelter Rentals at Covington Community Park are cancelled through 4/26. Community Room rentals at City Hall are cancelled through 4/26. Pool rentals at the Covington Aquatic Center are cancelled are March and April.
Parks - To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Covington has closed active recreation areas in parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and other areas where social distancing is difficult to achieve.
Parks will remain open for people to participate in activities such as jogging, dog walking and bike rides — as long as they follow social distancing rules. Please enjoy these activities alone or with your household family. DO NOT gather in groups when visiting parks, and please practice social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others.
Please see below for what’s allowed, what’s not allowed, and what’s closed in Covington’s parks.
ALLOWED AT PARKS
- Walking (dog walking)
- Tennis (with household family members only; no gathering allowed)
- Other activities so long as they follow social distancing rules
NOT ALLOWED AT PARKS
- Use of playgrounds and play areas
- Athletic/team games (including pickup games)
- Gathering in groups
CLOSED AT PARKS
- Drinking fountains
- Park shelters
- Playgrounds and play areas
- Restrooms (including portable restrooms)
- Basketball courts
- Skate park
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.
Here are some helpful links:
- What is open and what is closed during this Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order?
- What is considered an essential business?
- I feel like I am an essential business, how can I be included in what is allowed to stay open?
We understand businesses may be struggling during this crisis and have gathered important information for businesses on our COVID-19 Business Resources webpage.
The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has compiled a very detailed list of financial resources for residents to consider during this difficult time.
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.
CDC (CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION):
For more information about COVID-19 around the country and detailed information about how to protect yourself and what to do if you are sick, visit the CDC COVID-19 Website.
HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:
It is imperative that the public helps minimize potential risks by practicing safety measures. Here are some ways that King County Public Health recommends we help:
- 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 home when sick.
- Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- 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.
- 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.