COVID-19 Update: Stay Home Order Extended

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Your Update on What's Happening at the King County Council  

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Yesterday, Governor Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for another 30 days, mandating that people should continue staying at home until May 4th, aside from essential activities.

I know that compliance with this order will this will be tough. It will test us mentally, physically, and economically. However, the data shows that our efforts to social distance is slowing the spread of COVID-19 here in King County—even as infection rates and death tolls rise in other communities across our nation. I am convinced that this strong early action will save our region from a much worse fate. Together, we will get through this.

I am sensitive to the fact that for many small businesses—the lifeblood of our local economy and the backbone of our communities—this is an especially painful time. As of this morning, nearly $350 billion in loans are available for struggling small businesses through the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Small businesses can also get assistance up to $10,000 through a federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan. You can find more information on these programs below.   

It’s more important now than ever that we unite as a community to work through this crisis together. Many critical community organizations—such as the Maple Valley Food Bank, which I visited this week—are seeing increasing demand for their services as unemployment rises. That's why I am working to find ways to identify needs and create opportunities for our citizens to take part in the COVID-19 response.  

While we navigate through this challenging time, please know that there are resources available to help you. You can visit our COVID-19 Financial Resources website for information on unemployment, worker’s comp, and more. And don’t forget to check on your neighbors, friends, and family members in the month ahead as we follow the stay home order.

Stay safe,

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Reagan Dunn
Vice Chair
Metropolitan King County Council