New Statewide Restrictions
In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19, Governor Jay Inslee recently announced the following restrictions, which will take effect statewide from 11:59 p.m. Nov. 16-Dec. 14, including:
- Indoor gatherings with people outside the household will be prohibited unless they quarantine for the 14 days prior to the social gathering or quarantine for the seven days prior to the gathering, and receive a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 48 hours prior to the gathering.
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than five people.
- Starting at 12:01 a.m. Nov. 18, restaurants and bars will be closed for indoor service, with to-go services and restricted outdoor dining allowed.
- In-store retail, grocery stores and personal services are limited to 25 percent of occupancy, and must close any congregate areas.
- Religious services will be limited to 25 percent indoor capacity or 200 people, whichever is less, and choirs, bands or ensembles are prohibited from performing. Wedding and funeral ceremonies can go on with limited attendance, but receptions of any size are prohibited indoors.
- Indoor service will be closed at fitness facilities and gyms, and youth and adult amateur sporting activities are limited to outdoors and only with facial coverings.
All K-12/higher education, childcare and courts/court-related proceedings are exempt from the new restrictions.
Following the new statewide restrictions, the following City facilities/programs will be closed starting Nov. 17:
- Issaquah Community Center (including any reservations)
- Issaquah preschool
- All indoor sports
Stay Safe This Holiday Season
As we plan for the holidays, we must be safe in how we celebrate. Gathering in groups — even with people we know — may spread COVID-19. The best option is simply to stay home, and only celebrate with those you live with.
Following Public Health - Seattle & King County’s recommendations to help protect our communities, the City of Issaquah has closed many of its facilities, but will continue to provide essential services to our community.
While the following front counters/facilities are closed to in-person customers until further notice, we are available during regular business hours at 425-837-3000 or the contact information below.
- Non-emergency line is 425-837-3200.
- The following services are not available: Jail visitation, concealed pistol licenses applications/renewals and fingerprinting.
- Release of property is available by appointment only.
- Issaquah Municipal Court
- Learn more about modified operations.
- Learn more about modified operations.
- Community Center
- Those registered for any cancelled programs will be contacted directly for refund and/or rescheduling options.
- Julius Boehm Pool
- Programs and classes are limited.
- Senior Center
- Hot to-go meals for ages 60+ still provided from noon-12:30 p.m. weekdays.
- Utility Billing Counter
- Send an email.
- Permit Center
- Passport services are no longer offered by the City. Please visit the State Department website for information on passports.
- Check the City’s calendar for event cancellations.
Parks staff continue to use guidance from King County Public Health on opening parks and amenities.
Please do not congregate when visiting parks or using play fields. Organized athletic games, practices and pickup games are not permitted.
During such a high-stress time, our parks and trails provide well-needed connections to the outdoors and opportunities for physical activity. As you enjoy our public spaces, please be safe and:
- Practice physical distancing, and avoid close contact with others.
- Take all belongings and trash home (“pack it in, pack it out”).
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home if you are sick.
If you plan to hike, please also be prepared with essential items and practice safe behaviors. King County Search and Rescue volunteers may also be impacted by this health crisis, meaning response time could be longer than normal.
If you are ill with fever and a cough or shortness of breath, stay home. If you are unsure of how to care for yourself or are concerned about your condition, call your health care provider for advice. If you feel you need to visit your doctor, call them first. Keep yourself separated from other people and animals in your home. Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often.
Local Testing Locations
Local testing sites are testing under different circumstances. It is important to call the location prior to arriving to be sure you match the requirements. Some are testing all patients regardless of symptoms or exposure, while others will test only those who have been exposed or present with symptoms. Some might have limited testing capacity per day or might require a referral or an appointment, while others accept walk-ins or drive through patients.
|MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care||Issaquah||(425) 651-7090|
|Overlake Clinics||Issaquah||(425) 688-5777|
|Evergreen Health||Sammamish||(425) 898-1126|
|Snoqualmie Valley Hospital||Snoqualmie||(425) 831-2300|
- If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to COVID-19—or if you’re a healthcare provider with COVID-19 questions—contact our call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977.
- For general questions about COVID-19 in Washington State, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.
Per Public Health – Seattle & King County, staying home is still safest.
Maintaining the safety principles that led to the success against the outbreak has never been more important. These include continuing to practice physical distancing of 6 feet or more, minimizing contact with others outside the home, frequent hand washing or sanitizer, use of cloth face coverings in public, and avoiding group gatherings and poorly ventilated spaces.
Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality nor ethnicity.
In late March, King County opened isolation and quarantine beds in Issaquah – at the former Holiday Inn Seattle-Issaquah, 1801 12th Ave. N.W., that it is leasing – in addition to facilities already operational in Kent and North Seattle.
Individuals living homeless who test positive and need isolation are provided transportation to the Issaquah site and are supported by:
- Medical personnel, who provide monitoring, and social workers who ensure that any behavioral health or other services continue.
- People at these facilities receive meals prepared by FareStart and snacks delivered to their door. In addition, they may receive incentives including a cash value card upon discharge, so long as they have complied with all medical orders and social distancing practices.
- Once they recover, they are provided free transportation from the site back to their city of origin.
Before staying at the facilities, individuals must read and agree to abide by directives issued by the Health Officer requiring that they remain separated from others and comply with instructions to neither leave the facility, nor have visitors.
If not voluntarily compliant, Public Health will take enforcement action, up to and including seeking a court order and involuntarily detaining the patient to protect the public.
“We are working closely with the county to ensure this facility is safe for those who need it, as well as our entire community,” said Mayor Mary Lou Pauly. “King County will provide 24-hour security to make certain that this health order is followed.”
Learn more about the operation of this facility via a Memorandum of Understanding between Issaquah and King County.
King County’s lease of the Issaquah facility is short-term, and the owner intends to reopen following a renovation of the hotel.
Public Health - Seattle & King County issues daily COVID-19 outbreak summaries on its website. This data is presented under several different tabs, including an overview, as well as by City, demographics, geography and geography over time.