What does Phase 2 mean for families? 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  Are you a parent or caregiver wondering what Phase 2 means for your family? We’ve compiled a list of questions and answers that may help you navigate through some of the confusion as we safely re-open.    Can we see friends and family again?    Yes! You can gather with up to five favorites once a week. For example, you can invite five or fewer friends over to your home once a week. (That number six on your list should be on your B team and will have to come over the following week). In reality,… Read More

Celebrating Pride and the fight for equality

Dear fellow King County employee, Each June, we celebrate Pride and the fight for equality and equal rights for LGBTQ+ people, their accomplishments, and many contributions to our communities here in King County and around the world. While COVID-19 precautions prevent us from celebrating together in person, the fight for equality remains critical. This year’s Pride celebrations come at a time when millions of people are standing up to ongoing racism, violence, and killings of black people and other people of color, and the systemic racism that continues to impact the life… Read More

King County employee guidance for wildfire smoke during COVID-19

With the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s even more important to prepare ahead for wildfire smoke and extreme heat this summer. Washington State is already above average for the number of fires for this time of year, and experts are forecasting a high chance of wildfire smoke in our region this summer. Wildfire smoke may make it more difficult to fight respiratory infections such as COVID-19. It may also increase some people’s sensitivity to infection by COVID-19 and in some cases may make the symptoms of COVID-19 more severe. A previous COVID-19 infection may… Read More

Seven questions people ask about our daily COVID-19 data dashboard 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  The recently expanded “Daily COVID-19 outbreak summary” shows the latest data for test results, hospitalizations and deaths in King County and in each city, town and zip code. Dashboard users can use “tabs” to filter by race, age and gender for each location. They can also compare how each city or zip code area compares to the overall rates for King County. (Most unincorporated areas are also included, and more will be added.)    The dashboard includes demographics for race, age, and gender.  (Don’t miss the other COVID-19 data dashboards,… Read More

Live healthier with these free wellness programs 

When you feel healthy, you can get the most out of life and do your best work. That’s why we created Balanced You, a program to help all King County employees meet their financial, emotional, and physical needs.   Two scientifically-proven wellness programs, Omada and Living Well, are free for employees and dependents. These programs – available in live, interactive formats online – are designed to help you reduce the risk of long-term health conditions such as diabetes, or manage long-term health conditions if you are already diagnosed. Visit the Balanced You blog for more… Read More

Update on our services in Safe Start Phase 2 

Crossposted from Tails from RASKC  King County is now in Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan, another step forward as we work to carefully and gradually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus at Regional Animal Services of King County continues to be helping people and pets safely as our region emerges from the public health emergency.  Many of our services can be accessed online or by phone from the comfort of your home, including animal control response, lost and found pet services, and pet licensing. Phase 2 allows many businesses and service providers to assist in-person… Read More

The virus hasn’t let up and we can’t either 

Crossposted from Public Health Insider  On June 19, King County was approved for Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan. Phase 2 allows for twice the capacity in retail, restaurants, and other businesses previously allowed in King County’s modified Phase 1 and goes into effect immediately.  There are several new things that we can do in Phase 2.  We can now enjoy eating out a favorite restaurant—and it will be roomy because capacity is limited to 50%.  You can shop more easily to get what you need at a clothing store.  You can gather… Read More

King County enters Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan 

King County’s application to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start recovery plan was approved by the state Department of Health last Friday, allowing many businesses following the state guidelines to operate at double the capacity of the modified Phase 1.  Following approval by state Secretary of Health John Wiesman, King County has officially entered Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start recovery plan to allow limited business re-opening. Phase 2 allows for twice the capacity in retail, restaurants, and other businesses  Read more in the official press release. 

Emergency Deployment Program needs your administrative and project management skills   

Do you have administrative, finance, data entry or project management skills and want to assist with King County’s response to the coronavirus? If so, we need you! As King County continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and keep our workforce, workplace, and community safe, there is an urgent need to fill administrative-related roles within the county. These opportunities for temporary work redeployment are available to employees who can assist with COVID-19 related concerns. In support of the county’s mandatory telecommuting order, most roles can be done remotely. Some assignments can… Read More

Some good news 

Crossposted from the Captain’s Blog  We interrupt this beautiful day to bring you beautiful news – more water taxi service is floating your way starting Monday, June 22!  As Washington State moves forward with its “Safe Start” plan, the Marine Division is enhancing service on the water taxi routes to Vashon Island and West Seattle starting next week. Both routes will operate a Monday to Friday commuter schedule.  This means that service will triple over its current level of service.  Read more.