COVID-19 Emergency Response, Updates and Resources

Below is the City of North Bend’s timeline for COVID-19 response as well as links to resources for businesses, individuals and the latest health guidance.

On March 11, 2020, Mayor Rob McFarland signed an Emergency Proclamation that allows the City of North Bend to take measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare of North Bend’s residents and may go beyond the capability of local resources.

The March 17, 2020 City Council meeting was held without verbal comment allowed during the meeting. This decision was made to protect the public health of the community, City staff and Council. 

North Bend City Hall temporarily closed public facing counters beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in accordance with public health recommendations, in order to ensure resident and staff safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Employees who are able to work remotely are encouraged to do so. Those unable to perform their job duties remotely will receive full pay for now during the “stay home” directive.

On March 18, 2020, the Emergency Operations Center opened with skeleton crew in the facility and others working remotely.

All Commission and Committee meetings have either been cancelled until further notice or are being shifted to virtual meetings, effective March 18, 2020. 

On March 23, 2020, Mayor McFarland signed Executive Order No. 20-02, which exercised his emergency powers to close certain active recreational areas in all parks and open spaces within the city limits of North Bend.

Governor Jay Inslee issued Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation, which went into effect at midnight on March 25, 2020 and defined which essential businesses are allowed to remain open.

The Following are Deemed Essential Services for the City of North Bend:

Parks – Limited
Internal Services – Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance and Facilities
*Most non-essential work has been suspended, with limited cases when work can be performed at home.

List of Essential Businesses

COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
COVID-19 Resources for Individuals
Public Health – Seattle & King County COVID-19 Outbreak Summary Dashboard.
Washington Department of Health COVID-19 Outbreak Summary.

Check These Sites for the Latest COVID-19 Health Guidance: 

Seattle King County Public Health
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC guidance to help families, employers, schools and others stop the spread of COVID-19 (pdf)

Watch for Symptoms:

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus COVID-19 cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

When to Seek Medical Attention:

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

Call Centers for Public Inquiries:

  • Public Health-Seattle & King County – 206-477-3977
    For King County residents who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or for healthcare providers with COVID-19 questions. This helpline is open daily from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. and operators are able to connect with a third-party interpreter.
  • Washington State Department of Health – 800-525-0127 and press #
    For general questions about how the virus is spread and what to do if you have symptoms. This helpline is open daily from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.