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Happy Friday North Bend. We hope you had a great week. It’s been busy around here as we approach mid-May, especially as the State and CDC announce big pandemic-related news. We’ve recapped it all below for you. Remember to click the linked headlines – where applicable – to read the full news releases. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Spring sunshine.
Gov. Inslee announced yesterday that the state is moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date and that all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy WA: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan effective May 18 until June 30. If 70% of Washington residents initiate vaccination, the reopening will happen sooner. Click linked headline to read all details of the new reopening plan.
If you are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the CDC advises that you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance. Governor Inslee announced Washington State will adopt this masking guidance for fully vaccinated people — meaning people who are two weeks removed from their second shot of Pfizer or Moderna or the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Businesses retain the right to require customers to wear masks. The guidance does not apply to health care settings like hospitals, long-term care, or doctors’ offices, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, or schools. The federal order requiring masks on public transportation also remains in place.
Snoqualmie Valley Hospital will join the King County Vaccination Partnership Network, a network of vaccination sites supported by public, private, and community partners. The addition of a drive-through vaccination site is one way the Network has adapted models of distribution to better meet the needs of specific communities. This partnership will help bring Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to the SVH vaccination clinic.
Get ready to honor our community’s older citizens during the Mt. Si Senior Center’s Spring into Action Week of Giving starting this Saturday, May 15th with a special parade at 10AM. Starting on Snoqualmie Ridge at 10AM, the parade will wind its way through the Ridge, historic Snoqualmie, and North Bend, and end at Mt. Si Senior Center around 11AM. There are multiple viewpoints along the route. Parade viewers will be urged to follow public health pandemic guidelines. The best viewpoints in North Bend include: North Bend Way through downtown, Torguson Park, and the Mt. Si Senior Center.
In honor of the hard work and service of Eastside Fire & Rescue to provide lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, North Bend Mayor Rob McFarland, along with the Mayors of Issaquah and Sammamish, have jointly proclaimed the week of May 16th - 22nd Emergency Services week.
This week the four crosswalks at the North Bend Way and Main Ave intersection got new striping for better definition to enhance pedestrian safety. Thank you to residents for their patience during this last-minute project.
King County will begin fieldwork related to a Levee Breach Study of the South Fork Snoqualmie River in North Bend. This fieldwork will help identify areas that are vulnerable to breaching and will occur along the critical, 6.25-mile South Fork Levee system that runs thru the City. Findings from the study will be shared with residents when it is completed in March 2022.
Have a college student home on break or a soon to be high school graduate looking for a summer job? The City of North Bend has immediate openings for temporary Seasonal Parks/Maintenance Workers. Must be 18. Click linked headline for full job description and instructions to apply.
The community is invited to join the North Bend City Council for its upcoming virtual meeting. Click the linked headline for the full meeting agenda and instructions to access the Zoom meeting.
The Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) is developing the next Regional Transportation Plan, which will describe how the region will meet transportation needs into the future, addressing existing needs and future growth. The plan outlines investments the region is making to improve all aspects of the transportation system – from roads, transit, rail, ferry, bicycle and pedestrian systems – and ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods. Survey takes about 5 minutes. Take it HERE.
The City will host a public hearing on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7PM to solicit public comment on its proposed Six-year Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP). The public hearing will occur during the regular City Council meeting which will be held virtually using Zoom meetings. Click the linked headline for instructions to submit written comments, accessing the virtual meeting and viewing the draft TIP projects.
North Bend Covid-19 activity declined slightly this past week. Over the past 14 days there were 7 new cases reported with a test positivity rate of 5%. The City’s 7-day daily case average also declined slightly to .03. Neighboring Snoqualmie’s recent case spike is now declining, with 12 new cases reported and a 4.4% test positivity rate over the past two weeks. This continued activity in the upper Snoqualmie Valley is an important reminder that the virus continues to circulate in our area. Vaccination is the critical tool to halt virus and variant spread to #KeepNorthBendHealthy and for a return to normalcy.
As of May 10th, over 6 million vaccine doses have been given across the state. In King County, roughly 2.2 million doses have been administered and 70.6% of residents have received at least one dose. In North Bend zip code 98045, 65.5% of those 16 and over have received one dose – and 43.3% are now fully vaccinated. Statewide more than 44% of residents (16+) are now fully vaccinated and 57% have had one dose The Pfizer vaccine is also now eligible for kids aged 12-15. Vaccination appointments are now widely available locally. Find a Covid-19 vaccine HERE.