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South King County Updates - April 2021  CM Upthegrove Logo & Headshot

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Dear Neighbor,

As of April 15th, anyone over the age of 16 is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine whether that be at their local pharmacy or doctor’s office, a community pop-up or one of the County’s mass vaccination sites at Kent’s Showare Center or Auburn’s Outlet Collection.

Visit the Vaccine Locator to find and schedule an appointment.  Need help? Call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.

Apr 2021 COVID

County Council Considers Additional Community Supports

The King County Council is in the process of passing a budget to allocate federal COVID funds from the American Rescue Plan.

We continue to prioritize public health efforts including increased vaccination sites, translation of public health information and support for organizations working in the community to assist people in accessing the vaccine.

We are still focusing on the immediate needs of King County residents by providing rental and food assistance, supports for remote learning, and funding to help local small businesses.

These funds will continue the public health work and emergency assistance, but also will begin to invest in strategies to help our community recover.  By funding child care, mental health supports, job training opportunities, and assistance for businesses, we are focusing funds where they have the most impact.

As we continue to safely reopen our economy, we need to do everything we can to help strengthen the economy and bring back jobs and opportunity—especially here in South King County.

County Housing Opportunities

King County provides funding to nonprofit organizations to build affordable housing and/or provide services to people who are homeless.

As part of our annual funding process, we sometimes adopt “priorities” based on community input and specific needs identified. Then we use a competitive process to fund projects and programs that meet those priorities.

Some strategies have specific geographic requirements – including South King County – while others support important programs in our area, such as Burien’s LEAD program which diverts individuals from the criminal legal system by providing social supports, including housing.

A new strategy this year is called “Equitable Community Driven Affordable Housing Development.”  While the title is a mouthful, this means we will be investing in organizations that are building housing to prevent cultural communities from being displaced. It means partnering with organizations within those cultural communities.  And it means supporting  proposals developed by the community through an inclusive community engagement process. This priority will also fund organizations working to advance economic and racial equity in communities at high risk of displacement.

Combatting Climate Change

The harmful effects of climate change are felt by all of us, but low-income residents and communities of color are disproportionately impacted.

South King County residents experience higher rates of asthma and other public health issues related to greenhouse gas emissions and the lack of open spaces leads to warmer temperatures in the urban areas.

Bold action must be taken now to combat these negative impacts.

King County is leading this effort with our Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP). The five-year plan demonstrates King County’s commitment to combatting climate change while strengthening the County’s commitment to lead with equity, engage communities, and reduce health disparities.

This update continues King County’s focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and includes an ambitious plan to accurately count emission caused by aviation and develop strategies and goals to significantly reduce them. This plan is especially important to those communities surrounding SeaTac Airport which have long experienced disproportionate negative health impacts.

The plan also includes a new section focusing on climate justice driven by the frontline communities disproportionately impacted by climate change.

The SCAP will now advance to the full Council for a final vote, at which time we will begin implementation of the plan. Learn more about the Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) and read the full plan by visiting the King County website.

As the Council continues to operate remotely, now is the perfect time to engage with our work and share your thoughts on legislation before us.


My team and I are available via email at dave.upthegrove@kingcounty.gov.


You can watch Council meetings via livestream on the Councils website or on KCTV channel 22. We take general public comment on the 4th Tuesday of every month.

To learn more about testifying before Council go to: https://www.kingcounty.gov/council/committees/full_council.aspx



Dave Upthegrove

King County Councilmember
District 5

Councilmember Dave Upthegrove

King County Council - District 5

dave.upthegrove@kingcounty.gov  |  (206) 477-1005



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King County COVID-19 Vaccine Access Information

King County has received an extra supply of doses this week (4/20/2021), there are appointments available right now at our Kent and Auburn locations. Folks can register here: https://covidvaccine.kingcounty.gov/

Here is the latest information we around eligibility and the vaccine:


Webinario para aprender nuevas herramientas de seguridad para operar tu negocio bajo COVID-19

Jueves, 15 y 29 de abril de 2021
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Este seminario es para capacitar a patrones, operadores de negocios y la persona que sea designada líder de COVID-19 en cada lugar de trabajo, el objetivo es que conozcan todas las formas de mantener seguros a los empleados y clientes a medida que abren los negocios al público mientras continua la pandemia.
Una vez establecida la fase 3, es importante que los empleadores, los trabajadores y el público sigan las prácticas de seguridad de COVID-19.

En el curso aprenderás:

  • La listas de verificación de preparación para operación COVID-19
  • Exámenes de salud de los empleados
  • Procedimientos de seguimiento de casos confirmados
  • Equipo de protección personal, máscaras, señalización
  • Filtros HVAC para mejorar la protección
  • Opciones y alternativas para los clientes

El seminario web será impartido en español por Marcos Wanless, Fundador y Presidente de la Cámara de Comercio Metropolitana Latina de Seattle.


!Los esperamos!

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COVID-19 Info



Federal Coronavirus Resources

State, local, and federal agencies are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Check out coronavirus.gov for updates from the White House's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force. Go to cdc.govfor detailed information about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn more about the federal government's response


Virtual Mentoring and Training

Offices around the country may be closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but SCORE, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, Veterans Business Outreach Centers and other resource partners are providing free business mentoring and training by phone, email, and video.

Find an SBA resource partner near you

Washington State joins Western States Pact to Review Coronavirus Vaccines
Governor Inslee announced today that Washington State will be reviewing potential Coronavirus vaccines as part of the Western States Pact which includes Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado and Nevada.
The Governor stated this added layer of expert review will help give Washingtonians more assurance and greater confidence that a vaccine is viable, safe and effective.
According to the Governor, the current challenge in getting the virus under control is encouraging more people to wear masks around those who are not part of their households, even with outside guests in their own homes.
We encourage you to watch the full conference recorded earlier today at 10:30am/PT on TVW.

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The City of Seattle will launch the $7.94 million Seattle COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund for Immigrants, its newest program to help vulnerable residents who have been both financially impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and purposely excluded by the federal government.

We wanted to make sure you knew all the important details in advance, shown below:

  • The application will only be available as an online form, and 20 organizations will be available to help applicants over the phone and in-language.
  • The online application will be available in seven languages other than English: Amharic, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Somali, Spanish, Tagalog/Filipino, and Vietnamese.
  • The relief fund is open to immigrants who:
    • Live in OR attend school in OR work within the Seattle city boundaries, AND
    • Meet income eligibility requirements, AND
    • Were ineligible for federal CARES Act Economic Impact Payments (also known as a “coronavirus stimulus check”).
  • The review process is NOT first-come, first-served. To support those with the most need, the program is prioritizing applicants based on a set of vulnerability criteria.
  • Each eligible adult applicant filing for themselves is able to receive a one-time payment of $1,000.
  • Applicants with children are eligible to receive a one-time payment of up to $3,000.
  • The application open period will be from Thursday, October 15, 2020 to November 5, 2020 (three weeks).

We’re sharing this information with community and government partners and allies now, and on October 15, OIRA will launch a multi-lingual campaign utilizing ethnic media, social media, and community-based organization partners for outreach. So, please stay tuned!

Feel free to forward this email and/or this link (https://welcoming.seattle.gov/comingsoon-seattlecovidfund) to people in your community who work with undocumented and other vulnerable immigrants.

Katherine M.L. Cortes (she/her)

Finance & Operations Manager

Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Seattle Municipal Tower Suite 1616

PO Box 94573, Seattle WA 98124

OIRA staff are working from home as possible per City guidelines re: coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please reach me by email or my cell phone, C: (206) 473-1712.

Get current information and recommendations on novel coronavirus at www.kingcounty.gov/covid.


Press Release | August 26, 2020

City of Redmond Launches $1.5 Million Fund to Help Small Businesses and Non-Profits

Pivot and Recover in Response to COVID-19

Administered By OneRedmond With Support From the City of Redmond
Redmond, Wash. – The City of Redmond partnered with OneRedmond today in announcing the creation of a $1.5 million Redmond Small Business Resiliency Grant Fund to help small businesses and non-profits negatively impacted by COVID-19.
“The City of Redmond is home to a number of unique and diverse small businesses that have supported our local community for years,” said Mayor Angela Birney. “This fund is one way we can help support our small business community during this very difficult time. We value the work they do, and the energy they bring to our City.”
The Redmond Small Business Resiliency Grant Fund will provide grants of up to $10,000 to small businesses and non-profits located in the City of Redmond with no more than 25 Full-Time Equivalent employees who are in need and have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 closures and reduced capacity mandates. Small businesses and non-profits interested in applying can do so now by visiting www.oneredmond.org.
OneRedmond will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 2:30 pm to review the grant application and answer questions regarding the program. To register visit https://tinyurl.com/Redmond-Grant.
“This fund will be critical in helping small businesses and non-profits in Redmond fight to recover from the effects of this pandemic,” said Kristina Hudson, Executive Director of OneRedmond. “Funding is only the beginning. We will also pair our companies with business advisors to assist in their recovery efforts.”
To learn more details and eligibility requirements, as well as to apply online, visit www.oneredmond.org. Applications close Friday, September 18, 2020.
To request a hardcopy application or translation services, email smallbusinessgrant@oneredmond.org or call OneRedmond’s office at 425.885.4014.
About OneRedmond
OneRedmond is a public-private partnership for economic and community development, supported by local private sector businesses in close partnership with the City of Redmond. OneRedmond strives to be the difference maker in connecting our local companies and educational community with resources in order to keep our local economy stable and growing.
For more information go to www.OneRedmond.org.
For more information on OneEastside Foundation go to www.OneEastside.org.
8383 158th Ave. NE, Suite 225
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: 425.885.4014

PPE for small businesses - free masks distribution

We have been able to secure additional disposable masks. Please let us know if your organization would like to pickup some cases. Each case has 2,000 masks – 80 boxes of 25. These can be picked up next Friday in SODO.

Also, we would love additional help distributing kits in the upcoming two weeks in SODO. Please sign up here:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040944afae2da4f49-packing

Reserve Your FREE Small Business Safe Start Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits Today!

We’re working together to get you back to business safely!
Chambers and business organizations across the region have come together in partnership with King County to provide cloth face coverings, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer to our small businesses to help keep your employees healthy and safe.
We’re offering two choices for businesses to get face coverings, masks and hand sanitizer. You may order your Small Business Safe Start PPE Kit online and choose either Contact-Less Pickup or Shipping (shipping fees apply).
Option 1: In-Person Contact-Less Pick Up
Contact-less pickups at designated Amazon Treasure Truck pick up locations and chamber offices across King County will happen July 1-24. Please sign up here.
You will need to provide company and contact information along with number of employees and preferred pick up location. You will then receive an email next week to choose a 15-minute window for pickup.
1 – 20 employees package:
50 cloth face coverings (white, 3-ply with nose piece), 150 disposable masks, 4 bottles hand sanitizer
20+ employees package:
100 cloth face coverings (white, 3-ply with nose piece), 300 disposable masks, 8 bottles hand sanitizer
Option 2: Have Your Kit Shipped
Businesses can also order face coverings and disposable masks online and just pay for shipping charges. Products can only be shipped to King County business addresses. Please sign up here to be notified June 29th for shipping options.
*Please note that hand sanitizer likely will not be available for shipping.
OneRedmond is the City of Redmond, Washington's Economic Development Enterprise, Chamber of Commerce, and Public Foundation all in one. OneRedmond also houses the SBDC, SCORE & the Washington Interactive Network (WIN).

COVID-19 Key services the city of Bellevue is offering to businesses, nonprofits and sole-proprietors.

  1. Major changes and availability for federal loan programs. Last week, Congress approved major changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan terms, expanding eligibility and financing flexibility. Applications close on June 30. In addition, the SBA announced that it has reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grant and loan program to new applicants from all industries.

The (re)STARTUP425 program offers free one-on-one advising with language interpretation if needed to help you understand if these programs are a good option for you. If you have not applied for these funds, there is still time to speak to an advisor and explore if PPP might be useful for your business before time runs out.  In addition, the advisors can assist with other grant, loan, and unemployment tools. Learn more and reach out here.

  1. What’s Open Eastside. This map promotes local businesses and nonprofits, and their adapted operations on the What’s Open map. There are already have more than 750 listings! Make sure you’re on the map or share with your customers here.
  2. Reopening guidelines. As businesses begin to reopen in Phase 1.5 and Phase 2, the City of Bellevue is sharing updates as they happen on the Business Resources page. You can also find more information there on things like PPE exchanges and ways to take advantage of street space for uses like patio dining and curbside pickup.
  3. Please subscribe to the City of Bellevue business newsletter if you’re interested in receiving these updates on a regular basis.
Contact:         Kelsey Nyland, Kelsey.Nyland@seattle.gov
Following Outreach to Small Business Owners, Mayor Durkan Announces Initial Recovery Package to Ease Financial Impacts of COVID-19 Outbreak
Mayor Durkan Announces a New Small Business Recovery Task Force
Seattle (March 10, 2020) – Following robust outreach to small business owners and community stakeholders, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan today announced new initial actions to provide immediate relief for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Her actions build off Governor Inslee’s announcement to help individuals whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19. The initial support package is broken down into five components and will be solidified through an Executive Order later this week:
  1. Deferral of B&O Taxes. Effective immediately, the department of Finance and Administrative Services (FAS) will defer business and occupation (B&O) tax collections for eligible business owners, allowing small business owners increased flexibility during a period of financial duress caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  2. Expansion of Small Business Stabilization Fund. OED is expanding their Small Business Stabilization Fund to support income-qualified microbusinesses.
  3. Assistance to Access SBA Loans. OED will provide direct technical assistance to local small businesses and nonprofits to ensure they can immediately access the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) federal loan program once it becomes available.
  4. Relief for Utility Payments. As announced earlier by Mayor Durkan, all SPU and SCL customers can set up deferred payment plans if their financial stability has been jeopardized by COVID-19.
  5. New Small Business Recovery Task Force. The Mayor has appointed former Governor Gary Locke and former Council President Bruce Harrell to lead the COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Task Force, which will advise on long-term policy recommendations and provide technical assistance and outreach.
“My administration is looking into every resource at our disposal to help support small businesses during this challenging time. Our small businesses are the economic workhorses of America, particularly in Seattle, where they make up 95 percent of our establishments and provide nearly 200,000 jobs,” said Mayor Durkan. “The next few months will be tough. The City is taking some initial actions by deferring utility and B&O payments and working to directly provide businesses with loans and grants, and we know our actions must continue to support both our workers and our small businesses. Every day, we will be evaluating how we can support our workers and keeping our businesses afloat in this public health emergency. Ultimately, we know that the federal government must take the lead and keep our small businesses and workers at the forefront of our assistance and relief.”
“The worries for small businesses in my district and across Seattle are real, and they will become far more pronounced as the region continues to battle the spread of COVID-19,” said Councilmember Andrew J. Lewis (District 7, Pioneer Square to Magnolia). “I appreciate the Mayor’s concern and swift action to provide relief to our small businesses and their employees. Now more than ever, we must support our small businesses and provide them the flexibility and resources they need to mitigate the economic impacts of the coronavirus."
Deferral of B&O Taxes
FAS will offer deferred Business and Occupation (B&O) tax filing and payment options for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Eligible businesses include those that have annual taxable income of $5 million or less and currently pay City taxes on a quarterly basis. Businesses will have until late 2020 to pay their B&O under this plan. The City estimates that 20,000 businesses could be eligible for this, based on B&O reporting.
“We in FAS are working every angle we can to support our small businesses. These businesses are vital to not only our economy, but to our community. The impact of this crisis creates a razor-thin margin for error for our small businesses, and Mayor Durkan has called on us to be bold in our response. By offering deferred Business & Occupation tax payments, we hope to provide our small businesses with a little more breathing room during this unsettling time,” said Calvin W. Goings, Director of the Department of Finance and Administrative Services.
Expansion of Small Business Stabilization Fund and Small Business Administration Loans
During the City’s outreach, community leaders recommended that the City develop an independent small business fund to supplement federal SBA loans. To this end, the City is expanding our existing Small Business Stabilization Fund to support income-qualified microbusinesses who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. To supplement the federal government’s relief effort, the City’s fund will target outreach to micro-businesses in areas at high risk of displacement. Eligible business owners can access these funds regardless of immigration status. The City Budget Office (CBO) is developing accompanying budget legislation, which will be transmitted to the City Council for consideration in the coming days.
“OED is working to support our small business community during this difficult and unstable time. We know that so many of our small businesses are skating on a thin profit margin, and so many don’t have enough cash in the reserves to withstand a prolonged economic slump,” said OED Director Bobby Lee. “We’re doing everything we can to keep our small businesses open and thriving, and we’re targeting our outreach towards historically underserved communities, including undocumented workers, and communities that speak a language other than English. These initiatives will provide important and immediate relief, but ultimately, we need the federal government to be an engaged and active partner.”
In addition, the City has been working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to expediate disaster assistance loans approved as part of the Congressional package. Once SBA releases further guidance, OED is prepared to offer technical assistance to Seattle’s small businesses.
New Small Business Recovery Task Force
The Mayor has appointed former Governor Gary Locke and former Council President Bruce Harrell to lead a COVID-19 Small Business Recovery Task Force. Effective immediately, the Task Force will convene weekly to provide an update on current impacts to small businesses, craft policy recommendations at the local, state and federal level, and support OED’s outreach and education efforts to small businesses. The Task Force will also coordinate technical assistance workshops so that small business owners, particularly immigrant and refugee owned businesses, can quickly apply for and access Small Business Administration funds as they become available.
The Task Force will be supported by staff from the Mayor’s Office, OED, and DON.
“It is great that the City of Seattle is stepping up and providing immediate financial relief for residents and businesses,” said former Governor Locke. “But we know that the long-term strength of our economy is being challenged. We need to devise policies and solutions to help our small business owners and workers weather this storm.”
“I look forward to working in partnership with Mayor Durkan, Governor Locke, and our small business owners to ensure we’re meeting their needs during this difficult time,” said former Council President Bruce A. Harrell. “Successful solutions will be community-driven, and we’re going to ensure small business owners are leading the way on the City’s economic response.”
The current membership of the Task Force is as follows:
Andrew Lewis, Seattle City Council
Marie Kurose, Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County
Bruce A. Harrell, former City Council President
Markham McIntyre, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Chris Leverson, Build Lake City Together
Donna Moodie, Majorie Restaurant
Mary Bacarella, Pike Place Market PDA
Erin Goodman, SODO BIA
Molly Moon, Molly Moon Ice Cream
Gary Locke, former Washington State Governor
Monisha Singh, Chinatown-International District BIA
Joe Fugere, Tutta Bella
Nicole Grant, MLK Labor
John Lane, Seattle Hotel Association & Seattle Restaurant Alliance
Olga Sagan, Piroshky Piroshky
Joey Burgess, Queer/Bar
Solomon Dubie, Café Avole
Jon Scholes, Downtown Seattle Association
Taylor Hoang, Ethnic Business Coalition
Josh Labelle, STG Presents
Todd Biesold, Merlino Foods
Louise Chernin, Greater Seattle Business Association
Tracy Taylor, Elliot Bay Book Company
Maiko Winkler Chin, SCIDpda
Initial analysis from the Office of Economic Development (OED) shows that small businesses are being significantly impacted by COVID-19. According to Visit Seattle, average hotel occupancy rates last week dropped as low as 30 percent or less. Normally, they would be above 70 percent. In addition, many restaurants are reporting 40 percent drops in business last week. According to data from the JP Morgan Chase Institute on small business resiliency, the median small business only holds 27 cash buffer days in reserve in the case of economic shock, and that number is significantly lower for labor-intensive and low-wage industries.
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