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Following a week of record high coronavirus cases, on Sunday, November 15th, Governor Inslee announced new statewide modifications to COVID-19 safety regulations. These new regulations do not impact schools. K-12, higher education and childcare are exempt and should continue to follow current guidelines.
Gov. Inslee said inaction is not an option, and that the state is in a more dangerous position with this third wave of the pandemic as residents head indoors – into the virus’s “home arena.” He also stated if the spread was to go 'unchecked,' hospitals would be overburdened.
North Bend City officials continue to stress the importance of masking up, washing up and spreading out to slow virus spread throughout the community. Currently North Bend is seeing record high new COVID-19 cases, with 20 cases reported in the past 14 days and a [nearly] 6% test positivity rate. In comparison, during September only 17 cases were reported in the city. In October that number jumped 76% to 30 cases.
The City recognizes residents’ pandemic fatigue but urges the community to continue efforts that will help #KeepNorthBendHealthy. You can follow North Bend virus activity on the King County Coronavirus Dashboard HERE.
New Restriction Begin November 16th
Starting Monday, November 16th (at 11:59PM) through December 14th, indoor social gatherings will be rolled back and limited to only people from the same household unless quarantining for 14-days prior to the gathering or quarantining for 7-days and testing negative for COVID-19. Outdoor social gatherings are limited to 5 people from outside your household.
Modifications for restaurants and bars include closing indoor service. Takeout and outdoor dining is still permitted, but outdoor dining must limit table size to 5. These new restaurant restrictions take effect Wednesday, November 18th at 12:01AM.
Gyms and fitness facilities will close for indoor operations, but outdoor classes (maximum 5 participants) may occur. In-person retail stores – including grocery stores - are limited to 25% capacity, and common areas and food courts must close.
Additional New COVID-19 regulations include:
Mayor Rob McFarland commented, “Due to these new restrictions, it is more important than ever for our community to support local businesses. North Bend restaurants and retail businesses are still open with many offering online ordering, curbside pick up and delivery. Shopping and eating local this holiday season are critical to ensuring our businesses survive.”
If your family or business needs reusable face coverings, the City still has ample supply. Please email Erin Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange personal pickup or business delivery.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed, Snoqualmie Valley Hospital offers drive-thru testing, Monday – Friday, from 10AM – 2PM. You can also find King County Public Health testing sites HERE or contact your doctor’s office.