The Kent Chamber of Commerce is built on representing and protecting your business by working hard to support every aspect of doing business in the Kent Valley. The chamber is responsive to your ever-changing needs and concerns. With that being said we are sharing with you the following resources, articles, website and more regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) to help you make informed decisions about your community and how you work and live in the city of Kent. We are grateful for our sister chambers who share the same vision to help keep our communities safe and running.
Health & Wellness Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
- Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC)
- Public Health Insider, New Public Health Recommendations to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus
- Washington Department of Health, Workplace and Employers Resources and Recommendations
- CDC, Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020
- AWB, Employers and communities closely monitoring as COVID-19 cases reported in Washington
- New York Times, How to Talk to Kids About Coronavirus
- NPR, A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus COVID-19 Literature provided by King County
- COVID-19 NPI One Pager detailing information regarding present and possibly future Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions and strategies to minimize the spread of the virus
- COVID-19 Planning Guide listing steps for businesses and organizations can take to minimize the effect of the virus on our community
- COVID-19 Facts Sheet answering frequently asked questions regarding the virus
- For information in other languages: Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheets Sanitation & Hygiene Information provided by King County
- Routine Cleaning, Sanitising, and Disinfection
- Sanitize and Disinfect Guidance
- Janitorial Staff
- Food Saftey Guidance Business & Employer Information
- Washington State Paid Sick Leave
- Washington State Paid Family Leave
- City of Seattle Paid Sick and Safe Time
- Economic Injury Worksheet for Small Businesses Affected by COIVD-19If your King County small business has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, please fill out THIS ECONOMIC INJURY FORMand email your completed form to KC.ECC@kingcounty.gov
Business Operations Resources
As you may know, beginning October 25th, people ages 12 and older will be required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to enter certain indoor and outdoor events and establishments in King County:
- Outdoor events with 500 people or more (including professional and collegiate sports and entertainment events)
- Indoor recreational events or establishments (including professional collegiate sports, entertainment, performing arts, theatre, live music, gyms and conference) and
- Restaurants and bars (businesses that offers indoor dining). This does not apply to outdoor dining, take-out customers and places that are not primarily used as a restaurant such as grocery stores.
Below are resources to share with your team and sphere of influence.
- Vaccine verification signage for businesses
Available in letter and poster size on the Vaccination verification web page. Establishments and events included in King County’s vaccine verification health order are required to display signage at all public entrances. More languages coming soon.
- Public Health Insider blog post – COVID-19 and youth in King County: A current snapshot of what we know about cases and hospitalizations
More than 300,000 young people are not yet eligible to be vaccinated, and children have returned to in-person schooling this fall. Public Health is compiling data on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among youth. The slides included in this blog post offer an early snapshot of some of the key take-aways from our initial analysis.
- Rapid testing-related FAQs added to COVID-19 testing FAQ page
Added three questions about rapid testing in King County: “1. What is the difference between Rapid Antigen test versus a NAAT PCR Molecular test?”, “2. Does King County provide rapid testing for travelers?”, and “3. Where can I get a rapid test for travel or an upcoming event?”. Direct link: kingcounty.gov/rapidtest.
- Social Media:
We’ve compiled some current data on COVID-cases and hospitalizations among youth in King County.
King County-operated testing sites are experiencing long wait times, and priority testing will be given to those with symptoms or immediate risk for COVID-19. Test results are not guaranteed within 72 hours. For rapid testing options, go to: kingcounty.gov/rapidtest.
Dr. Anthony Fauci shared King County’s findings tracking the risks of being unvaccinated during last Friday’s White House COVID Response briefing.