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Posted on: January 8, 2021

North Bend Weekly Recap: Quarterly Message from Mayor Rob; overnight lane closure downtown & more

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Happy New Year North Bend! We hope you have had a wonderful start to 2021. Remember to click linked headlines of this weekly recap (where applicable) to read the full news release.

Mayor Rob’s Quarterly Message 

This week the new Quarterly Message from the Mayor was released. It highlights achievements, milestones and updates on City projects, new council legislation, infrastructure progress from the last three months of 2020. This quarterly report is a great way to keep up with the work of elected officials and staff that help make our small town one of the best places to live in King County.

Two-week Overnight Lane Closure of North Bend Way Starts January 12th

On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will continue work to underground overhead power and communication lines along a section of E. North Bend Way near the new Park Street roundabout. Work will occur on E. North Bend Way between the North Bend Motel and QFC. The utility work will occur during overnight hours, between 9PM and 6AM, and last approximately two weeks. A detour will be in place.

Boy Scout Christmas Tree Pickup at City Hall 

If you still need to dispose of your Christmas Tree, you can drop it in the North Bend City Hall Parking lot this Saturday, January 9th, during Boy Scout Troop 1776's annual fundraiser. See all details HERE.

New Statewide Reopening Plan Announced

On Tuesday, January 5th,  Governor Inslee announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a new statewide COVID-19 two-phase reopening plan. Beginning on January 11, 2021, the state will follow a regional reopening approach with every region beginning in Phase 1. The 8-region system aims to ease some restrictions while also maintaining hospital capacity.  King County is in the Central/Puget Sound region, along with Pierce and Snohomish counties. Regions will advance to phase 2 when meeting four metrics for hospitalizations and case numbers.

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Support Local this Winter

The outpouring of support for North Bend businesses this holiday season was remarkable. We encourage residents to keep shopping and eating local. Our businesses have made it easy to support them, 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

January 5th Council Meeting Recording Available

Head to the City’s website HERE to watch the most recent City Council Meeting. Topics included were the new Mayor Pro Tem and 2021 council committee roles, union contract approval and more.

Discover North Bend Website Provides Local Business Directory

We are in the process of updating the City’s tourism website. One of the upgrades made is an in-depth North Bend business directory.  The Dine and Shop pages are also undergoing updates. The goal is to provide locals and tourists with a one-stop location for everything North Bend and in the process, help support our vibrant business community.

City Sees Significant Uptick in Covid Cases in Recent Days

Over the past two weeks North Bend has experienced a significant uptick in Covid-19 cases. Per King County Public Health there have been 62 new cases and 5 hospitalizations in the past 14 days. The City thanks residents for their efforts to mask up, spread out, and keep social circles small. It’s been a long 10-months and the City recognizes Covid fatigue is real, but it continues to encourage everyone to stay the course and follow virus prevention protocols. With vaccine rollout underway, there is an end in sight, but vigilance is key in the coming months.

Vaccine Distribution Update from the Washington State Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) said it continues to make progress with its COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts. As of January 5th, the federal government had allocated 522,550 doses to our state and 425,900 were delivered, which includes allocations from both Moderna and Pfizer. Of that supply, providers have reported 110,225 total doses of vaccine administered since phase 1A vaccine administering began in mid-December. 

Who goes next: Washington releases next phase of vaccine prioritization

DOH also released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccinations, releasing info on phase 1B and its four tiers - and who is eligible in this next phase. Note: the state is still currently in phase 1A. See infographic on the phase tiers below.

vaccine infographic

Historic Downtown Street Trees to Remain Lit through February

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 (thanks to funding from the Downtown North Bend Foundation) 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 last month made the decision to keep the trees bright until the end of February.

January is Mentoring Month in North Bend

At the January 5th City Council Meeting, Mayor Rob proclaimed January 2021 National Mentoring Month in North Bend. He encourages community members to consider mentoring and have a long-lasting positive impact on our City’s young people.

Upcoming Snoqualmie Valley Pop-up Blood Drive

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

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