Employee News - June 23, 2020

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King County enters Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan 

King County’s application to enter Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start recovery plan was approved by the state Department of Health last Friday, allowing many businesses following the state guidelines to operate at double the capacity of the modified Phase 1. 

Following approval by state Secretary of Health John Wiesman, King County has officially entered Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start recovery plan to allow limited business re-opening. Phase 2 allows for twice the capacity in retail, restaurants, and other businesses 

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The virus hasn’t let up and we can’t either 

On June 19, King County was approved for Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan. Phase 2 allows for twice the capacity in retail, restaurants, and other businesses previously allowed in King County’s modified Phase 1 and goes into effect immediately. 

There are several new things that we can do in Phase 2. 

  • We can now enjoy eating out a favorite restaurant—and it will be roomy because capacity is limited to 50%. 
  • You can shop more easily to get what you need at a clothing store. 
  • You can gather with up to five favorites once a week. For example, you can invite five or fewer friends over to your home once a week. (That number six on your list should be on your team and will have to come over the following week). In reality, there isn’t one perfect magic number, but if we all follow these general practices, we will be in a better spot to slow the spread of disease. 

Read more. 

Emergency Deployment Program needs your administrative and project management skills   

Do you have administrative, finance, data entry, or project management skills and want to assist with King County’s response to the coronavirus? If so, we need you! 

As King County continues to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and keep our workforce, workplace, and community safe, there is an urgent need to fill administrative-related roles within the County. These opportunities for temporary work redeployment are available to employees who can assist with COVID-19 related concerns. In support of the County’s mandatory telecommuting order, most roles can be done remotely. Some assignments can also be done while performing normal job duties. Employees will also be provided training and support to help them succeed in these temporary redeployments.  

The most urgent needs for emergency staffing include: 

  • Organize, oversee, establish and maintain data sources that may include inventory, contracts, budgets, outreach documents and/or other records. 
  • Plan, organize, schedule and coordinate work activities. 


Seven questions people ask about our daily COVID-19 data dashboard 

The recently expanded “Daily COVID-19 outbreak summary” shows the latest data for test results, hospitalizations and deaths in King County and in each city, town and zip code. Dashboard users can use “tabs” to filter by race, age and gender for each location. They can also compare how each city or zip code area compares to the overall rates for King County. (Most unincorporated areas are also included, and more will be added.)   

The dashboard includes demographics for race, age, and gender. 

(Don’t miss the other COVID-19 data dashboards, showing the status of the pandemic and impacts on the community.) 

Keep in mind that the dashboard is a snapshot at one moment in time – it’s not a final report. New information is constantly arriving, and when we update any of the data dashboards, it represents a snapshot of what we knew at that moment. Read more. 

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Live healthier with these free wellness programs 

When you feel healthy, you can get the most out of life and do your best work. That’s why we created Balanced You, a program to help all King County employees meet their financial, emotional, and physical needs.  

Two scientifically-proven wellness programs, Omada and Living Well, are free for employees and dependents. These programs - available in live, interactive formats online - are designed to help you reduce the risk of long-term health conditions such as diabetes, or manage long-term health conditions if you are already diagnosed. Visit the Balanced You blog for more information.


Update on our services in Safe Start Phase 2 

King County is now in Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan, another step forward as we work to carefully and gradually recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our focus at Regional Animal Services of King County continues to be helping people and pets safely as our region emerges from the public health emergency. 

Many of our services can be accessed online or by phone from the comfort of your home, including animal control responselost and found pet services, and pet licensing. Phase 2 allows many businesses and service providers to assist in-person customers, such as potential pet adopters, at 50% of their normal indoor capacity. However, for those interested in adopting a pet from RASKC, we will continue our Adoptions by Appointment program for now, and all adoptions will continue to be based out of our Kent location. Read more.   


Pet of the Week: Coco 

Summer is nearly here – and our Pet of the Week Coco is ready for some outdoor fun with you! 

This young German Shepherd/Akita mix is energetic, playful, and loving – so he’s one of our “Rambunctious Red” pets. Coco is a very smart dog who is learning how to “sit.” Though Coco may come off as seeming uninterested, he simply needs some time to warm up before being your best friend. Given his boundless energy, Coco would do best with lots of exercise as well as brain games such as puzzle feeders to tire him out. Read more.  

Featured Job: Administrative Project Coordinator 

Salary$32.92 Hourly 

LocationSeattle, WA 

Job TypeShort Term Temporary, Part Time, Std Wkly Hrs Vary 

DepartmentKCC - King County Council 

Job Number2020-11772 

DivisionOffice of Indep Oversight 

Closing6/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific 

Learn more about this position or view all available positions. 

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