King County is taking proactive steps to protect the health of our community. There are steps you can take to minimize your risk from novel coronavirus. Stay safe by following guidance provided by Public Health – Seattle & King County.
What everyone can do to reduce the risk of spreading infection:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
- Practice other good health habits, such as keeping surfaces clean, getting plenty of sleep, reducing stress, and eating nutritious food
Staying informed can help you minimize your risks. Public Health-Seattle & King County is sharing additional guidance for the general public, for schools, for workplaces and employers, for travelers and for health care professionals.
The King County Regional Donations Connector is now available online to link up individuals, businesses, non-profits, and others who have resources with those who need them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Donations Connector will help make sure services, supplies, and funding reach health care providers, first responders, and social service entities working on the front lines.
The website at kingcounty.gov/emergency/donate serves three major functions:
- A system that allows donations and offers of assistance to be used in the response effort.
- An online “marketplace” where offering organizations can be matched to those in need.
- An easily searchable list of ways the public can get help.
Donating businesses, agencies, and individuals are invited to share what they have to contribute (such as funding, medical supplies, masks, counseling, or other goods and services) and link up with organizations involved in the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Who is the Donations Connector for?
- Private and public entities with items or services to donate
- Community and faith-based organizations
- The general public
What types of donations are requested?
- Food (both perishable and non-perishable)
- Medical supplies
- Sanitary supplies
- Facility space
- Services such as counseling (legal, mental health, etc.), labor, janitorial, catering, and more
People who want to volunteer their time should contact local volunteer groups or register through the United Way of King County at volunteer.uwkc.org/volunteer-response-covid-19. Also, the Connector is intended for donations of goods in bulk quantities – smaller donations should go through existing community donation channels. Once donor and recipient are connected, they will need to independently arrange for pickup and delivery as needed.
To help slow the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), King County will close many in-person customer services from Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27.
The county services affected are:
- Treasury operations (including property tax payments) at the King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave., Seattle
- Vehicle and vessel licensing at the King County Administration Building
(note: vehicle license subagents, which are independent small businesses located throughout the county, may or may not be open for walk-in customers)
- Taxi/TNC/For-Hire licensing at the King County Administration Building
- Recorder’s Office (including marriage licensing, real estate transactions, and other document recording) at the King County Administration Building
- Archives at 1215 E. Fir, Seattle
- Elections at 919 SW Grady Way in Renton and the King County Administration Building
- Assessor’s Office at the King County Administration Building
- Community Service Centers in Issaquah, Kent, Renton, and Shoreline
- Board of Appeals at the King County Administration Building
- Procurement at the Chinook Building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle
- In-person job applications at the King County Administration Building
- Department of Local Services is closing its public lobby and suspending in-person and paper-based permit application services, but online permitting services will be available
Residents are encouraged to use the many online options available at kingcounty.gov/services instead of visiting in person. Customer service may also be available by phone, email, or regular mail depending on the agency. The list of closures is subject to change, so customers should check the continuously updated list at kingcounty.gov/ServiceChanges.
Courts and Judicial Administration
- The latest information on reductions to King County District Court services is available at tinyurl.com/KCDC-COVID-19 or by calling 206-205-9200.
- Judicial Administration will be providing limited counter services and protection order services at both the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent during this time period.
- The Protection Order Advocacy Program in the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office is not accepting in-person intakes at this time. For all other PAO functions, call 206-296-9000.
- King County Superior Court has suspended jury trials until at least April 24; jury summonses have also been suspended effective March 16 by emergency order of Presiding Judge Jim Rogers. Check the Superior Court website for details on this and other court proceedings.
For information about the COVID-19 outbreak, visit kingcounty.gov/COVID.