As many of you know, Washington Governor Jay Inslee ordered a series of restrictions in response to a steep rise in the numbers of residents testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The Emergency Management Team has observed a recent spike in the number of positive tests in the community and surrounding counties, and have therefore ordered the following:
- Stay-at-Home – unless it is necessary to purchase groceries, pick-up medications, see a healthcare provider, or obtain other services essential for your health and safety.
- Funerals are allowed so long as attendees include no more than 30 immediate family and close relations, and participants social distance, wear a mask, maintain attendance records for contact tracing, and stay home if experiencing symptoms of illness like fever, coughing, etc.
- Indoor social gatherings- with people outside your household are prohibited unless they (a) quarantine for fourteen (14) days prior to the social gathering; or (b) quarantine for seven (7) days prior to the social gathering and receive a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. A household is defined as individuals residing in the same domicile. Outdoor gatherings shall be limited to five( 5) people from outside a household.
- The continuance of school and educational programs will be guided by district and program officials – parents and youth will be provided information about any possible restrictions through those officials.
- Childcare will be available first to employees who must be at work to maintain the continuity of essential governmental services. But this will depend on the health of child care facility staff as well as the children under their care. The number of openings available to others will depend on the number of essential employees requiring this service.
- Employees who are needed to maintain the continuity of essential governmental operations/services will be required to come to the office, unless they can perform the same function productively from home via telework.
- So as to minimize the numbers of employees and visitors in our facilities, telework will be authorized for all those who have the capacity to work from home, and in-person services will be provided by appointment only, and will be limited to essential services.
- Transit and Vanpool operations will be suspended through the duration of Phase One. Paratransit will remain in service and inclusive of those who need medical treatment like dialysis.
- Gyms are closed for public use except for those used by the schools under their guidance.
- Non-essential travel in or out of the area is restricted. Anyone traveling farther than 75 miles, or into Idaho, should notify their supervisor and contact their healthcare provider. You may need to be tested upon return, and you should monitor symptoms of illness for 72 hours before returning to work.
- Additional guidance will be forthcoming as to Emergency Leave, but in principal, management will attempt to find productive work at home for all those who can’t come to the office or telework. ———————–
These restrictions will be in place for three-weeks, at which time the Emergency Management Team will issue further orders and guidance. Reopening depends on the prevalence of the virus in our area, so please continue to follow all safety protocols and urge others to so as well.