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Welcome to the last weekly recap of 2020. We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season and wish all our residents the happiest New Year. [Click the below linked headlines where applicable to read full news releases.]
On Wednesday, December 30th, Governor Inslee announced a one-week extension of the state’s current Covid-19 restrictions which limit restaurants to outdoor dining and takeout and close indoor operations of gyms, museums and movie theaters. In-person retail stores – including grocery stores - are limited to 25% capacity. North Bend continues to see coronavirus activity with 42 cases reported in the past 14 days and a 17.5% test positivity rate. The City also thanks residents for their efforts to Mask Up, Spread Out and Keep their Circles Small to slow the spread in our community and #KeepNorthBendHealthy.
This holiday season was bright in historic downtown North Bend, due in part to increased lighting of the new – and still growing - street trees. After seeing the difference these additional lights made in the historic corridor, some business owners approached the City, asking to keep the trees lit even after the holiday season ended. City officials agreed and earlier this month made the decision to keep the trees bright until the end of February.
Another local, appointment-only pop-up blood drive will happen at Snoqualmie City Hall from January 12th to 22nd. Daily hours are 9AM to 5PM. Over 130 people have already signed up to donate!
Blood donation is considered an essential activity, and Bloodworks Northwest has maintained updated safety protocols to help keep donors and staff safe, including masks worn by all donors and staff; appointment-only donations with staggered appointment times to avoid “clustering”; updated floorplans and larger space requirements to ensure social distancing; regular sanitizing by staff of high-touch surfaces.
Schedule a blood donation appointment HERE
The outpouring of support for North Bend businesses this holiday season was remarkable. We encourage residents to keep shopping and eating local, especially in light of the recently extended Covid-19 restrictions. Our businesses have made it easy to support local, following pandemic guidelines for in-person shopping, offering curbside pickup, outdoor dining, online ordering and delivery as well as outdoor and online fitness classes. These businesses have supported our community over the years and now it’s our turn to have their backs. #KeepitLocalNorthBend.
Businesses and organizations understand the significance of having a presence online. Running a business is hard enough, and economic survival through the COVID-19 pandemic makes it that much harder. DiscoverNorthBend.com is an extension website that branches from and links to the NorthBendWA.gov website. This month, staff created a North Bend business directory on DiscoverNorthBend.com, with the goal of supporting our local businesses and organizations. In this directory you will find the following information for each business listed: Business Name, Address, Phone Number, Website / social media link. Email Bre Keveren if your listing is incorrect, or not listed all. The DiscoverNorthBend.com listing is available free to all North Bend and Unincorporated King County businesses and non-profit organizations.
Snoqualmie Tribe Health Services now provides another local option for Behavioral Health Services, including outpatient mental health and substance use disorder treatment. These services are available to Tribe members and to non-Native American Snoqualmie Valley community members.
In mid-December, a new, FREE COVID-19 testing location opened on the Eastside at Bellevue College. This is the first free, high-capacity COVID-19 test site on the Eastside, and is free and open to anyone, regardless of insurance or immigration status. The test site is open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. People are strongly encouraged, but not required, to register for a testing appointment. Visit http://www.ichs.com/free-covid-19-testing for scheduling and registration.
Since the Washington State Department of Health launched a new statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool last month, 1.5 million people have added it to their phones. WA Notify is a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool. By adding it to your smartphone, you will be alerted if you've spent time near another WA Notify user who tests positive for COVID-19. WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology jointly developed by Google and Apple and works without collecting or revealing any location or personal data. If you have an iPhone, you simply turn it on in settings. For android phones, you install an app.
The Washington State Dept. of Health received its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine and began administering it to healthcare workers in mid-December. Initial vaccinations were for Phase 1A groups, which included more than 30,000 frontline health workers and long-term care residents and staff. Last week, DOH allocated another 44,850 Pfizer doses and 127,900 Moderna doses, including 53,925 doses distributed to more than 220 sites in 37 counties and 18,825 doses distributed to support long-term care facilities and to 14 Tribes and Urban Indian Health Programs.
If you or your business still need masks, the City has an ample supply. Please email Erin Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a pick up or delivery (business only).