Roadmap to Recovery
Gov. Jay Inslee has announced that the existing statewide mask mandate will be expanded to once again include vaccinated individuals in indoor settings. The mask mandate will apply to most all public places across the state, including restaurants, grocery stores, malls and public-facing offices, regardless of vaccination status. COVID-19 transmission is increasing largely due to a corresponding increase in activities, and the spread of the more contagious Delta variant.
Get tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive.
As the COVID-19 delta variant continues to spread in King County, Issaquah City Hall will close to in-person services through Sept. 30. Many options are still available online, including virtual Permit Center appointments and auto-pay for utility bills.
Other City facilities will continue to provide modified services:
- Passport services are no longer offered by the City. Please visit the State Department website for information on passports.
During such a high-stress time, our parks and trails provide well-needed connections to the outdoors and opportunities for physical activity. As you enjoy our public spaces, please be safe and:
- Take all belongings and trash home (“pack it in, pack it out”).
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home if you are sick.
If you plan to hike, please also be prepared with essential items and practice safe behaviors. King County Search and Rescue volunteers may also be impacted by this health crisis, meaning response time could be longer than normal.
If you are ill with fever and a cough or shortness of breath, stay home. If you are unsure of how to care for yourself or are concerned about your condition, call your health care provider for advice. If you feel you need to visit your doctor, call them first. Keep yourself separated from other people and animals in your home. Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often.
Find a local testing location online.
In late March 2020, King County opened isolation and quarantine beds in Issaquah – at the former Holiday Inn Seattle-Issaquah, 1801 12th Ave. N.W., that it is leasing – in addition to facilities already operational in Kent and North Seattle.
Individuals living homeless who test positive and need isolation are provided transportation to the Issaquah site and are supported by:
- Medical personnel, who provide monitoring, and social workers who ensure that any behavioral health or other services continue.
- People at these facilities receive meals prepared by FareStart and snacks delivered to their door. In addition, they may receive incentives including a cash value card upon discharge, so long as they have complied with all medical orders and social distancing practices.
- Once they recover, they are provided free transportation from the site back to their city of origin.
Before staying at the facilities, individuals must read and agree to abide by directives issued by the Health Officer requiring that they remain separated from others and comply with instructions to neither leave the facility, nor have visitors.
If not voluntarily compliant, Public Health will take enforcement action, up to and including seeking a court order and involuntarily detaining the patient to protect the public.
“We are working closely with the county to ensure this facility is safe for those who need it, as well as our entire community,” said Mayor Mary Lou Pauly. “King County will provide 24-hour security to make certain that this health order is followed.”
Learn more about the operation of this facility via a Memorandum of Understanding between Issaquah and King County.
King County’s lease of the Issaquah facility is short-term, and the owner intends to reopen following a renovation of the hotel.
Public Health - Seattle & King County issues daily COVID-19 outbreak summaries on its website. This data is presented under several different tabs, including an overview, as well as by City, demographics, geography and geography over time.