Online “marketplace” connects donors with people and organizations in need during COVID-19 outbreak 

Crossposted from KC Emergency News  The King County Regional Donations Connector is now available online to link up individuals, businesses, non-profits, and others who have resources with those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Donations Connector will help make sure services, supplies, and funding reach health care providers, first responders, and social service entities working on the front lines.  The website at kingcounty.gov/emergency/donate serves three major functions.  Read more from KC Emergency News

Use Text for Departures to see Reduced Service starting March 23 

Crossposted from Metro Matters   Your bus may be running less often, during fewer hours, and/or be canceled. Text your bus stop ID # to 62550 for to find out when the next bus will arrive.  Visit the Reduced Service webpage. View the update in other languages here. 

March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day 

Crossposted from Metro Matters Every day, thousands of King County Metro transit, rail, and paratransit operators are responsible for delivering passengers to work, school, and appointments, and back home again. They wake before the sun comes up and work through the night. During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we honor our public servants who are essential to keeping our community moving. On March 18, 2020, we’re again celebrating International Transit Driver Appreciation Day. Read more from Metro Matters

Livestream of coronavirus press conference at 10:15 a.m. today, March 9

You can tune in to this livestream at 10:15 a.m. today where King County Executive Dow Constantine, Governor Jay Inslee, and regional leaders will announce new community strategies to contain novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The speakers include: Governor Jay Inslee Dow Constantine, King County Executive Bruce Dammeier, Pierce County Executive Dave Sommers, Snohomish County Executive Jenny Durkan, Mayor of Seattle Cassie Franklin, Mayor of Everett Victoria Woodards, Mayor of Tacoma Watch the livestream here (starts at 10:15 a.m.). Please refer to the Public Health – Seattle & King County website at www.kingcounty.gov/covid and the Public Health Insider… Read More

Pet of the Week: Royal 

Hi! My name is Royal and I am available for adoption. I was brought in by an Animal Control Officer on February 2, 2020. I am a very smart dog! At the shelter I am practicing how to “sit.” I am an independent dog who likes to do my own thing! I am full of energy and I love to play! I tend to calm down more when the people around me stay calm. I do best when I have lots of exercise and something to keep my mind busy.  Read more… Read More

Common questions about coronavirus 

King County has confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and more cases have been identified in the U.S. The vast majority of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions. Public Health has produced an informative two-page factsheet, and you can get answers to many questions about COVID-19 on the Public Health website. 

Watch coronavirus press conference at 1 p.m today, March 4

Dear employee, You can tune in to this livestream at 1 p.m. today, where state and local officials will provide updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Speakers include: King County Executive Dow Constantine Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County Patty Hayes, Director, Public Health – Seattle & King County Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health Dr. Tom Clark, Deputy Director of CDC Division of Viral Diseases. Watch the livestream here (starts at 1 p.m.). For more information, resources, and guidance… Read More

March 3: Metro implements new cleaning procedures across fleet to limit spread of novel coronavirus 

Crossposted from Metro Matters  As directed by King County Executive Dow Constantine, Metro staff are increasing the frequency of cleaning of buses beginning Tuesday evening to limit the spread of novel coronavirus.  Night crews will begin to clean every bus in Metro’s fleet using a bleach solution to wipe down high-touch surfaces such as buttons, handholds, pull cords, rails, and stanchions and disinfect the transit operator’s work area. Maintenance staff are beginning to transition within the next day to a daily procedure that instead will broadly spray a stronger, more comprehensive disinfectant on… Read More

Connect with health care professionals using telehealth tools 

Your King County medical plan offers you and your covered family members several ways to obtain medical advice and care from the comfort and safety of your own home. These telehealth services are offered at little or no additional cost to you. For Regence BlueShield members (KingCare and KingCare Select) Doctor on Demand, available 24/7. Cost is $10 per visit. Connect with a board-certified physician or therapist from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Download the Doctor on Demand app from the App Store or Google Play. You’ll need your Regence member ID number to register…. Read More

Watch coronavirus press conference at 11 a.m today, March 2

Dear employee, You can tune in to this livestream at 11 a.m. today, where state and local officials will provide updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. King County Executive Dow Constantine will announce an Emergency Declaration, and immediate actions to assist in treatment. Speakers include: Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County King County Executive Dow Constantine Officials from EvergreenHealth Hospital Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health Patty Hayes, Director, Public Health- Seattle & King County. Watch the livestream here (starts at… Read More