Press Release: Sammamish Interim City Manager Declares State of Emergency

Release Date: March 05, 2020

March 5, 2020

Kate Langsdorf, Communications Specialist

Sammamish, WA – Interim City Manager David L. Rudat has issued a proclamation of local emergency for the City of Sammamish, WA, to support the City’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the public health impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The emergency declaration supports measures to be taken to protect public health, safety and welfare within the City. This declaration will go before the City Council for adoption at their March 10 meeting. Read the full proclamation here.

“The primary function of City government is ensuring the safety of our community. The City's response to the spread of COVID-19 is of utmost importance to us. In that, under recommendation of the City’s Emergency Manager, the Interim City Manager, David L. Rudat, issued a Proclamation of Emergency for the City of Sammamish this morning which will help allow us to best serve our community in the coming days and week,” said Mayor Karen Moran. “City staff are diligently working hard to ensure optimum public safety during this outbreak and will continue to keep our community informed. We request that our residents refer to the City's website for information and recommendations from public health officials on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community.”

The City of Sammamish has been following the recommendations of Public Health – Seattle & King County. The City may require supplemental assistance if the severity of the event goes beyond the capabilities of local resources. This emergency declaration enables the City to call in additional resources which may be necessary and will enable city personnel to take the actions advised by public health officials to help slow the spread of the virus within the community. Actions may include reducing the need for community members to gather in large groups in person at City facilities and implementing measure to ensure continuity of operations and government. On February 29, 2020, the Governor of the State of Washington proclaimed that a State of Emergency exists in all counties in the State of Washington.

There are specific actions residents can take to reduce their risks:

Personal hygiene:

  • More hand washing; less face touching. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Regular use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer covering all surfaces of the hands and rubbing them together until dry will decrease risk that the virus is transmitted to you or other people.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others. 

 Be prepared at home:

  • Have a plan to care for family members should they get sick or schools/offices be closed.
  • Know your workplace telecommute options and school/daycare policies.
  • Stock up on food supplies and prescription medications now, so you don’t have to leave your home if you or someone in your household becomes infected.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, call your regular doctor first.

Additionally, people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. People at higher risk include:

  • People 60 and older
  • People with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes
  • People who have weakened immune systems
  • People who are pregnant

COVID-19 is an active situation that is changing daily. The City of Sammamish is proactively monitoring public health information for any potential implications for our community and will keep residents informed on the city website at, with more detailed updates added to our news feed daily until as the situation warrants. Residents may also receive regular updates by following us on or


For additional sources of information, and information in other languages, please see the following links.

Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheets (multiple languages):

Novel coronavirus fact sheet

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