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Posted on: March 11, 2020

North Bend Mayor McFarland Signs Emergency Proclamation

Mayor Rob McFarland signed a proclamation of emergency today, March 11th, 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.

“As the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in King County is increasing daily, the City is exercising an abundance of caution in order to reduce the transmission of the disease and protect our citizens,” Mayor McFarland said. “At this time, we have no reported cases of coronavirus in our community. We are closely monitoring the situation and will take appropriate actions as needed.” 

Proclamation of Emergency

During a press conference this morning, Governor Jay Inslee ordered that events with more than 250 people — including sporting events, conventions, concerts and more — are prohibited in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. In accordance with this mandate, the Sip Suds & Si event that was scheduled for March 21st has been cancelled.  

The City reminds you to take every day preventive action such as frequently washing hands and if you are, sick stay home. During an outbreak with a new virus there is a lot of uncertainty. Our guidance and advice is subject to change as we learn more and we will continue to keep our citizens updated. 

According to King County Public Health, all King County residents should follow this advice:

1) Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.

2) Stay home when sick.

3) Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.

4) Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system, or if you are pregnant.

5) Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check and subscribe to Public Health’s website ( or blog (

King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you’re a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
  • The call center will be open daily from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM PT.
  • For general concerns and questions about COVID-19, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.

When to seek medical evaluation and advice:

  • If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs.
  • If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

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