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CORRECTION: The information below has been updated to include case statistics for all of Issaquah, instead of one ZIP code. 

Latest Update: COVID-19 Response



As we count our ongoing COVID-19 response in months – instead of weeks – it’s time to provide an in-depth update for our community.

COVID-19 is spreading slower than before, but it is still spreading every day in King County. 

According to Public Health – Seattle & King County’s online dashboard, Issaquah has 144 positive results reported, including 27 people who have died. These are heartbreaking statistics that show the real danger of this virus, and why the precautions we’re taking matter.

Meanwhile, our local hospital capacity has stabilized, but is still preparing for a surge if it happens. Please continue to stay home and slow the spread.

Transitioning to a New Normal

As a region, we are in a period of transition. Any reopening of different sectors will be gradual – and depend on guidance from public health.

Reopening does not mean opening. As this transition takes place, our lives won’t feel the same, and we may have setbacks. 

What does this mean for Issaquah right now? 
  • Small groups of direct family members may access our parks for fresh-air activities, but cannot congregate with non-family members or use sports fields to practice, scrimmage with others, take lessons or play team sports. 
  • You can grocery shop, use the hardware store and order to-go food
  • You will see some construction on existing sites restart with new safety protocols.

Issaquah Recovery Task Force

I am convening an Issaquah Recovery Task Force soon to discuss how we start a slow and thoughtful reopening as restrictions are lifted. 

I am tracking all information from Public Health – Seattle & King County, as well as the state, for guidance. To date, the City has incurred $350,000 in expenses directly related to our COVID-19 crisis response. We do expect that number to grow, and we are asking the county and state for financial assistance.

Stressful Times

I often hear from residents who are frustrated, fearful, anxious and impatient, which are all valid feelings at a time like this. I also hear from creative, thoughtful and kind community members who are thinking of ways to help those who are isolated; may need help with groceries and errands; or are frontline workers. I’m thankful for the strength of this community, and look forward to sharing this inspiring stories in the weeks to come.

Support Local Businesses

Our local businesses are also in significant distress, and we are working hard to provide resources. Some businesses are open, and restaurants are serving to-go food (see map), but this is a small fraction of all the businesses that usually support our community and drive our local economy. 

I am strongly supportive of all measures the Governor is considering to create guidance for business reopening in a safe manner for both customers and employees. 

How to Help

Here’s how you can help:
  • Follow the guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County.
  • Encourage those who are restless and impatient to NOT push the boundaries on this guidance, which could be dangerous.
  • Be kind to everyone, including your family, neighbors, local seniors and those in need. If you are able, help families who are food insecure and have significant challenges with rent and other daily costs. Here’s one opportunity to help our local food bank and Eastside Baby Corner on May 2.
  • Play and recreate in your neighborhood. If you have to use a car, the park or trail is too far.
  • Be gracious and understanding of everyone’s safe personal choices. Some may wear masks and want more physical space.

Stay well!

Yours in Service,

Mayor Mary Lou Pauly

 
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