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Island County Updates for 04-08-20

by Island County 8th April 2020

 

 

This page is constantly being updated:  Please check back for the latest

 

 

COVID-19 BENEFITS FOR CONTRACTORS AND SELF-EMPLOYED WORKERS   

 

The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on our economy. Companies and workers are struggling, including self-employed workers. Whether you call yourself a sole proprietor, owner-operator, independent contractor or gig worker, as a self-employed individual you may be looking for help.  

 

For the first time, new emergency legislation gives independent contractors and other self-employed individuals access to significant benefits programs and financial assistance. We have many contractors and self-employed workers in Island County.

 

For more information regarding these benefits, please click here to visit the EDC website

 

 


There will be a Facebook Live event with Keith Higman, Island County Public Health’s Director, on Friday April 10th at 3pm.

 

  • Follow this link to find the event.
  • If you have any questions that you would like Keith to address, please email me! We want to be sure to address community concerns and would like to hear from you.

 

There is a new webpage from Department of Emergency Management with COVID-19 Resources regarding small businesses, unemployment/job loss, and child care/school closure. Visit it out here: https://www.islandcountywa.gov/DEM/Pages/COVID19-DEM.aspx

 

The Washington State Department of Health has launched its Spread The Facts Public Awareness Campaign to help stop the spread of COVID-19. It includes easy-to-share infographics and videos. For further information, click here.

 

Need to renew your driver’s license? Governor Inslee has taken action to allow the WA Department of Licensing to temporarily extend the expiration dates of driver licenses by 90 days. Read more here.

 

 


North Whidbey:Crescent Harbor Road / Regatta Drive Intersection Improvement Project Construction Update

 

FULL INTERSECTION CLOSURE IS IN EFFECT
DETOURS ARE REQUIRED and OPTIONAL ROUTES ARE SIGNED

 

On February 17, 2020 construction began with the Contractor, Strider Construction, Inc., securing erosion control measures, clearing and grubbing, removing abandoned water and gas lines and grinding the asphalt on Crescent Harbor Road and Regatta Drive. 

 

 

Excavation to lower Regatta Drive began immediately and is 90% complete.

 

 

Soil nails were installed in the embankment along Regatta Drive, followed with the framing of the retaining wall.

 

 

Three layers of concrete were applied to the wall.

 

 

The retaining wall work was completed last week.

 

 

New storm sewer drain pipe and catch basins have been installed to capture storm water runoff. The storm system will include a pretreatment catch basin and underground detention vault.

 

Excavation for the underground detention vault has been completed.

 

The project is currently on schedule. Barring any uncontrollable events, we anticipate opening the road to the public by mid to late June.

 


A message from Commissioner St. Clair:

 

As we move through these challenging times, I will be hosting a series of virtual town halls. I will provide updates on COVID-19, County operations and answer your questions.  In addition, while County government continues with limited physical public access, I want to address what services are available and how to reach the departments that serve you. 

 

To participate in this meeting, follow these directions:

  • Topic: Commissioner St. Clair Town Hall
  • Time: April 10, 2020 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
  • Click here to join the meeting on your computer: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7254765109
  • If you wish to call in only, please dial  +1 253 215 8782 and enter Meeting ID: 725 476 5109

 

To help prepare for the Town Hall next week, I want to share some valuable links to ongoing information:

 

  • ISLAND COUNTY: Please click on the top banner for COVID-19 Information updates and the lower banner for information regarding County Operations.  I encourage you to scroll down and read important information on how to support your mental health during this crisis and how others can help if needed.
  • WASHINGTON STATE LAUNCHES CORONAVIRUS WEB PORTAL: Help spread the word about the State’s new coronavirus web portal. This portal provides a wide range of information, resources, and guidance for both workers and employers.

 

FOR OTHER ALERTS:

 

  • ISLAND TRANSIT:  Island Transit is on limited service during this emergency.  To learn more about safety protocols and routes, please click on this link.
  • SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: For information and/or to apply for relief for to businesses, please click here:
  • SIGN UP FOR COVID ACTION ALERTS FROM EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPARTMENT: Sign up for action alerts from the WA State’s Employment Security Department (ESD) to get answers to frequently asked questions from both workers and employers, learn more about the federal stimulus package CARES Act, and stay up to date with other COVID-19 related info at:

 

Finally, I want to emphasize that these are challenging times for many of us.  Be kind, be respectful and support one another.  For assistance with questions regarding COVID-19 or to access support services, please reach out to our Public Health Call Center at: 360-678-2301. 

 

We are #IslandCountyStrong.

~Janet

 


Guidance

Island County COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Updated Community Guidance
April 1, 2020


‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ Order
Island County Public Health wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding novel coronavirus and our response within the county. On March 30, Governor Jay Inslee announced guidance for state and local enforcement of the ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order. In alignment with this announcement, Island County Public Health provides the following updated guidance:

 

  • All Washingtonians are required to stay home unless engaging in an essential activity. All businesses have closed, except for essential business.
  • Submit any inquiries or requests regarding Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers to the Essential Business Inquiries webpage.
  • Do not call 911 to report a business or individual potentially in violation of the order. Report potential business violations through the Violations of the Governor’s Proclamation webpage. Education will be the primary role of law enforcement, followed by formal enforcement actions, as appropriate.


Mental Health Awareness:
While social distancing is critical to the physical health of individuals and to protect our community as whole, mental health professionals emphasize the importance of continuing safe social connections at this time. Safe connections could include regular phone calls, texts, video chats, walks with household members, and more. Island County Behavioral Health offers the following tips for managing stress and anxiety:

 

  1. Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise, and take breaks from social media and news reports.
  2. Talk to others: Feelings of anxiety are normal in a situation like this. Reach out and talk to people in your community who can provide support.
  3. Avoid rumors and inaccurate information. Rely on official sources for information, such as Island County Public Health, WA State Department of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  4. Do what you can- there are always things that we as individuals and communities can control: Wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, cover your cough or sneeze with a disposable tissue, stay home when you are sick. Prepare for possible illness with a plan and emergency contact list.
  5. Ask for help. Island County Human Services offers an on-call mental health line at 1.360.678.2346 geared specifically toward COVID-19 response. The call line will be fully staffed Monday-Friday from 10am-8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm. Additional crisis support services include:
    • VOA (Local) Crisis Line: 1.800.584.3578 (24 hours)
    • Crisis Text Line: 741741
    • National Suicide Hotline: 1.800.273.8255

 

Contact Us
If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Island County, start by visiting our website or our Facebook page.
Public can contact the Island County call center at 1.360.678.2301.
Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 


Due Dates for Property Tax Payments:

 

We have received many calls asking if Island County is extending the due date for property tax payments.

 

The Treasurer’s Office will offer current year payment plans for those who are able to make partial payments for 2020. Please check with the Treasurer’s website for more information, and continuing updates. For those who are interested in setting up a payment plan, this must be done prior to April 30th. Contact the Treasurer's office as soon as possible.

 

The County Treasurer is vested with the authority to extend due dates when an emergency has been declared (RCW 84.56.020(10)). Due to the continuing financial needs of our local tax districts (state, hospital, schools, library, ports, cities, fire districts, etc.) for the provision of local services, Island County Treasurer, Wanda Grone, has decided NOT to issue any extension of the April 30, 2020 due date for property tax payments. This action was taken on behalf of those districts for which the County Treasurer collects property taxes.

 

Contact information:

Island County Treasurer
Phone Number: 360-679-7302 
Email: treasurerwebinfo@islandcountywa.gov
Website: www.islandcountywa.gov/treasurer

Mail:
PO Box 699
Coupeville, WA 98239-0699


Island County COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS)

 

Island County Public Health has received notice that two of the positive coronavirus cases associated with the Careage of Whidbey COVID-19 outbreak have sadly passed away. We offer our condolences to the families and friends as they grieve this loss.

 

There are currently 106 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Island County. 44 of these cases are associated with the outbreak at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville, in both residents and staff. Public Health is not investigating any other outbreaks associated with long-term care facilities or specific locations at this time.

 

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are now spread widely throughout Island County. All residents must take urgent action to help minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. The Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order applies to our entire community, in all locations, on both Camano and Whidbey Islands.

 

For additional support and information:
WA State Department of Health – www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus.
Call Center # 1.800.525.0127, Sunday through Saturday (6:00am – 10:00pm)

 

Island County Public Health – www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx
Call Center # 360.678.2301, Mondays through Fridays (8:00am – 4:30pm), Saturdays and Sundays (9:00am – 4:00pm)

 


 

 



 


 

ISLAND COUNTY PARKS
STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Island County Parks is committed to supporting our community as much as possible during the COVID-19 concerns.


Please note the following changes at all Island County Parks, effective immediately and until further notice:

  1. Pack it in Pack it out policy at all county parks. Trash cans will be removed, permanent restrooms will be locked. Portable toilets will remain in select locations.
  2. Trails will remain open. Signage will be posted to remind users to practice social distancing.
  3. Boat docks/ramps will remain open. Signage will be posted to remind users to practice social distancing.
  4. The following active use park facilities will be closed until further notice, including all off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, beaches, and ball fields.
    Island County Temporary Park Closures per Governor's Directive – 3/25/2020


WHIDBEY ISLAND:
1. Moran Beach
2. Patmore Pit Off Leash
3. Rhododendron Campground and Ballfield
4. Freeland Hall and Playground
5. Double Bluff Beach and Off Leash
6. Marguerite Brons Off Leash


CAMANO ISLAND:
7. English Boom Beach and Off Leash
8. Henry Hollow Off Leash
9. Four Springs Event Center
10. Iverson Beach
11. Barnum Point
12. Walter G. Hutchinson


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To get up-to-date information about COVID-19 and Island County please click the links below:
Public Health - COVID-19:

Public Health - COVID-19:
https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

Island County Operations Information:
https://www.islandcountywa.gov/pages/county-operations.aspx

Island County Human Services Assistance
https://www.islandcountywa.gov/Humanservices/Pages/Home.aspx


County Offices closed to the public through April 6th

 

In response to Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation, the Board of Island County Commissioners adopted a resolution closing public access to County office buildings from March 25 through April 6.  We are committed to supporting our community as much as possible during the COVID-19 concerns, and Public Works services will continue to be provided in the following ways.

Permits: We will now accept permits via email or mail.  More information and fillable PDFs are available on our permit webpage.  

Parks: are open, but some parks / uses have been limited.  Please see the Parks web page for additional information.  

Solid Waste: expect normal operations.

Roads: expect normal operations.

Concerns can be submitted using our Service Request App, or calling 360-679-7331

 

Please call: 360-679-7331 with any questions


Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Today, in response to Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation, the Board of Island County Commissioners adopted a resolution closing public access to County office buildings from March 25 through April 6. Citizens who need access to public services will be required to contact departments via e-mail or telephone as a means of communication. Citizens can find contact information for departments and offices at https://www.islandcountywa.gov/pages/county-operations.aspx .

 

Island County’s solid waste transfer stations will remain open and available for citizen use as normal during this two-week period.

 

Please click on the link below to view the adopted resolution: 

Adopted Resolution C-29-20

 


 

Island County Public Health wants to keep you as informed as possible about continuing developments surrounding novel coronavirus and our response within the county. Governor Jay Inslee announced the new “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in a press conference Monday evening. In alignment with this announcement, Island County Public Health will now be following the Governor’s mandates:

 

New Statewide Mandates (effective until midnight on April 6th, 2020, unless extended)

1. All Washingtonians will stay home unless to pursue an essential activity.

2. All social, spiritual, and recreational gatherings are prohibited throughout the state.

3. Effective midnight, March 25th, 2020 all businesses will close, except for essential business.

 

Please remember these other important guidelines:

1. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance from others to practice safe social distancing.

2. Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.

3. Do not hoard essential resources such as food or masks.

 

Community Support Opportunities

Both the Stanwood-Camano Area Foundation (SCAF) and Whidbey Community Foundation (WCF) have launched community funds to support our local non-profit organizations in response to COVID-19. If you’d like to contribute, click the links provided to learn more!

If you are a health care worker or have available personal protective equipment (PPE), please consider donating to our local healthcare facilities. Donation offers should be directed to logistics@islandcountywa.gov.


Contact Us

 

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Island County, start by visiting our website or our Facebook page.


Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m.

 


 

COUNTY TAKES ACTION TO SUSPEND RESTAURANT FEES

 

In response to the economic impact COVID-19 is having on food establishments, the Island County Board of Health, voted to suspend the collection of food service fees for the second half of 2020.  Any food service business (restaurants, groceries, and mini marts) that have food service license and have paid the year in full, will receive a partial refund. Refunds are estimated to be issued no later than June 30, 2020.

 

During the discussion, the Board of Health addressed their concerns pertaining to the financial impact of the decision.  However, they determined the local economy and its workforce were a higher priority.

 

While local government has very few tools to aid in economic stabilization; the Board of Health’s action demonstrates a commitment to provide economic relief in support of our small business community.

Posted by WhidbeyLocal
Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 03:35pm.
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