Telling the stories of King County employees
Dear King County employee, As we continue our efforts to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in King County, we have put together a list of answers to common questions for King County employees about our operations during this outbreak. This is a rapidly evolving event and we will update these Q&As as needed with the most current information. If you have any additional questions, please talk to your supervisor, division director, or Human Resources Manager (SharePoint link). Please also refer to the Public Health – Seattle & King County website… Read More
Due to the ongoing need for messaging about coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 King County Employee Engagement Survey will be delayed until further notice. Please know your feedback is important to us. We will reevaluate the best time to conduct the survey as the impact of coronavirus on our workforce and region evolves. For any questions about the survey or your participation contact KCEmployeeSurvey@kingcounty.gov.
Due to King County’s continuing response to the COVID-19 public health situation, the Performance Excellence Awards ceremony, originally scheduled for March, will be rescheduled for a later date. The awards program recognizes high-performing teams and employees who have achieved outstanding improvement results for King County and its residents. Rescheduling the awards ceremony will ensure the awards finalists get the full attention and recognition they deserve.
You can tune in to this livestream at 9:30 a.m. today for a briefing on the Federal Emergency Funding Package for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response. Speakers include: Governor Jay Inslee Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-06) King County Executive Dow Constantine Watch the livestream here (starts at 9:30 a.m.). For more information, resources, and guidance on COVID-19 in King County, please visit: kingcounty.gov/covid. When the livestream is over, a recording of the press conference will still be available for viewing here.
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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.
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Public Health officials and King County Executive Dow Constantine today provided updated guidance to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). King County is working to model the way for other employers, and is making the following recommendations to King County employees (Note: this applies to Executive Branch employees. Employees in separately elected agencies [listed below] will receive guidance from their leaders): Telecommute: Employees whose work can be performed through telecommuting should do so, with the approval of their supervisors. Please find telecommute resources here and submit a signed telecommute agreement… Read More
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
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
In the spirit of slowing the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and keeping a healthy workforce, we are implementing some short-term changes to our operations. Meetings: All non-essential King County in-person large group employee meetings and gatherings will be canceled through March 2020. Please work with your supervisors and use good judgment about which meetings are essential and limit the number of people present where possible. Conduct essential and non-essential meetings using Skype or teleconference where practical. Telecommute: Employees whose work can be performed through telecommuting are encouraged to do so with… Read More
As employees have begun to file for payments under the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program, King County has become aware of issues with the application process. It has been brought to our attention that when employees are completing the fields of the initial benefit account on the Employment Security Department PFML website there are some challenges. Based on the personal information employees enter as part of the application process, the Employment Information auto-populates. King County’s current Name includes “DNRP/WTD” and related address. Please accept this information as your employer. King County… Read More
With the announcement of new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and the loss of five lives in King County, it is critical that we each do our part to stop the spread of the virus. Public Health – Seattle & King County has issued the following advice, and will continue to update you as advice changes: 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… Read More
Dear King County colleagues, Effective immediately, Facilities Management Division (FMD) has implemented additional cleaning protocols in efforts to sanitize highly touched surfaces such as door handles, elevator controls, and conference rooms. These protocols will be utilized on a reoccurring basis as we respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for your support of these additional actions. For steps you can take to prevent spread of germs, click here. For facilities questions or concerns, please contact FMD Customer Care Services at 206-477-9400. Customer Care is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30… Read More
*This post was updated March 2* It is important that we each do our part to minimize the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As always, stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others, and make use of sick leave. Please ensure you discuss absences with your supervisors and follow your department’s sick leave policies. 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… Read More
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
King County employees will receive a 5% discount on kitchen faucets, bar faucets, and bathroom sink faucets from Hausera. Enter coupon code HAUS2020P at checkout. Not valid on shipping and handling charges. Not valid on prior purchases. Offer may not be combined on any other purchases, offers, discounts, or coupons. Single use only. See all available discounts on the Employee Discount page.
Crossposted from Cultivating Connections These two great events are coming up soon and we need your help to promote them. Our goal is to reach more parents, students and teachers to join us at the fair. Even if you are not involved in this community per se, check out the fair–it truly is special! The first fair will be held at the Microsoft Commons on Thursday, February 27, and the second at Highline College on Saturday, March 14. Help us by sharing this blog post Share our YouTube video–it’s less than a minute long! Watch… Read More
Crossposted from DES Express Every ten years, the federal government counts every person living in the U.S. through a national census. The results help determine how funding is distributed for the next decade — for things like our schools, affordable housing, hospitals, and public transportation. The count also determines how many representatives our state will have in Congress, and how district lines are drawn for legislative bodies like the King County Council. Read more from DES Express
Dear employee, As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to spread to more countries, the likelihood that eventually there will be more cases in the United States increases. King County is getting prepared now in order to reduce the number of illnesses and negative effects that could occur in our community. Department leaders are working with the Executive’s Senior Leadership Team and the Office of Emergency Management now on response planning – short term and long term – in line with our Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP). Every one of us have… Read More