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COVID-19 Resources
Posted on 10/23/2020
COVID-19 Resources

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COVID-19 Advisory

If you think you were exposed to COVID-19, free testing is available in King County.

Mayor's Newsletter

Mayor Armondo Pavone publishes a weekly newsletter including COVID-19. The e-newsletter as contains links to resources and other information.

City passes emergency ordinance designed to help small businesses

  • July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

Latest Information

Statewide requirement to wear face coverings

Public Health - Seattle King County COVID-19 Dashboard

Key Indicators of COVID-19 Activity in King County


CDC updates its' definition of "close contact"

Oct. 23 - "What is a close contact?" - Seattle & King County Public Health

COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

Oct. 21 - Governor opens applications for COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

August 10: Governor announces relief funds to help immigrants and agricultural workers

Myths and facts about the flu

Oct. 21 - Look down two tiles in this section for "Flu Myths and Facts" from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Washington State Department of Health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has some good information.

King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program

Oct. 20 - King County has created a new $41 million program to assist households economically impacted by the coronavirus.

Tips for a safer Halloween

Oct. 20 - Washington State Department of Health

King County Metro and Sound Transit offer new subsidized annual pass for riders in greatest need

Oct. 15 - King County and Sound Transit are now offering a new annual pass at no cost for customers who have no income or very low income.

Oct. 14 - City will waive late fees and penalties and will not shut off water service, in accordance with the governor's Proclamation 20-23.11, until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or after December 31, 2020, whichever comes first (October 31, 2020)

COVID-19 Resources

Governor announces new state group for COVID-19 economic recovery

Oct. 13 - State agency experts will work with local stakeholders and tribal partners to implement recovery solutions and pathways. Those ideas and policy solutions will be presented to cabinet agencies and the Office of Financial Management.

Help with rent and utilities

Check under "Housing-Help with Rent" and "Utilities-Assistance" to find local agencies providing payment help.

Governor announces updates to Safe Start reopening plan

October 6 - Gov. Jay Inslee today announced several updates to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. The changes seek to align guidance and adjustments to regulations of several industries:

  • Libraries
  • Youth/Adult Sports
  • Movie Theatres
  • Restaurants
  • Wedding receptions
  • Retail events (craft sales shows, etc.)
  • Real Estate
  • Outdoor recreation (running/bicycling/etc.)
  • Water Recreation Facilities 

Supporting our small businesses

Cover of the mayor's newsletter for September 25, 2020So far during the pandemic, we have already seen over 40 Renton businesses close their doors for good. While the governor’s “Stay at Home” order has protected our residents, it’s been devastating to local businesses.

To help, the city is in the process of distributing $1.38 million in CARES funding to 188 qualified businesses to date. The problem is we had over 350 businesses apply. Federal aid is not enough.

That’s why the city is excited to work with Renton Chamber of Commerce, OneEastside, and Chip-In to raise funds for Renton small businesses through tax-deductible contributions. Think of it like GoFundMe, but Chip-In does not take a cut. Each dollar donated will support local Renton businesses meet payroll, keep their lights on and doors open. 

Volunteer Opportunities

The city has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Each session is limited to five volunteers to maintain proper social distancing. Face covering are required and available from city staff at the event.

Items of Interest or with deadlines

  • August 20 - King County dedicates $41 million to COVID-19 related rental assistance and eviction prevention

  • August 20 - Governor issues guidance for museums, bowling and agritourism; updates guidance for outdoor recreation 

  • August 13 - Governor issues proclamation for Washington COVID-19 Food Production Paid Leave Program

  • August 13 - King County executive submits $87 million emergency COVID-19 budget for drive-through testing in South King County, housing, and childcare

  • August 12: Funds to Connect 60,000 Students to Online Learning Released (OSPI) 

  • July 28 - Governor presses "pause" in phased re-opening  

Free COVID-19 Testing Site in Renton

(posted September 1, 2020)

King County has opened a free COVID-19 testing site in Renton.

Located at 805 SW 10th Ave., the site will open on September 8, 2020. The site will be open Monday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

If you need help with registration, call the King County COVID-19 Call Center (open seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.), at 206-477-3977.

Testing location information for sites across King County is available at Public Health's testing location webpage.

Flu Myths and Facts

Sources include: www.nfid.org/flu, www.KnockOutFlu.org

Flu Myth: The flu shot gives you the flu. 

Fact: Flu shots cannot give you the flu. Some people do have a mild reaction to the injection that may last a few hours or up to a day, but it is not flu illness. It does take about two weeks for the body to build up protection against flu viruses after the shot, so during that time you are able to get sick. 

Flu Myth: Flu is annoying but can’t do major harm.

Fact: Because we cannot tell flu symptoms from COVID symptoms, quarantine will be required. This could have significant impact on work groups. The flu is also unpredictable and can be severe, especially for older people, young kids, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions. Additionally, flu vaccination will help prevent additional strain on an already overburdened healthcare system.

Flu Myth: You can’t spread the flu when you don’t feel sick.

Fact: The flu can spread without the person showing symptoms. It can spread to others days before a person even knows they're sick. The flu spreads easily from person to person through fluids on surfaces and “aerosols” in the air (spray from a cough, for example).

Flu Myth: Past infection makes you immune.

Fact: Viruses that cause flu change frequently. People who have had the flu or a flu shot in previous years may become infected with a new strain. That is why it is so important to get a new flu vaccine every year.

Many of the steps that help stop the spread of COVID-19 can also help protection against the flu. The best way to help prevent the flu is to get vaccinated every year. Get a FREE (covered) flu vaccine at ANY pharmacy!

King County and State Mask Directives

Graphics to support the wearing of masks

Governor's Mask Directive

June 23 - Governor announces statewide mask mandate

Mask Requirements under Safe Start Washington

June 8 - Beginning June 8, the governor's "Safe Start Washington" plan to reopen the economy requires all employees to wear a cloth facial covering, with the following exceptions:

  • when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site

  • if the individual is deaf or hard of hearing, or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication

  • if the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate

  • when the job has no in-person interaction.

Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety and health rules and guidance. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details.

Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

King County Mask Requirements

May 11 - Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. 

May 12 - What you need to know about King County's health directive on face coverings

The Do's and Don'ts of wearing cloth face coverings

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Important Renton Phone Numbers

  • City Hall/City Clerk: 425-430-6400

  • Business Licensing & Tax: 425-430-6851; filelocal-wa.gov

  • Permitting, General: 425-430-7200

  • Utility Billing: 425-430-6852; rentonwa.gov/ub

 

What does being in Phase 2 mean to my business?


Updates to the Safe Start Program (Oct. 7)


What does it mean for my Renton business?

Gov. Jay Inslee announced changes to the state’s Safe Start plan on Oct. 7, allowing more activities to take place in each phase.

Specific guidance is available on the Governor's webpage. Here is a summary of changes effective October 6.

  • Libraries: Some indoor activity will be allowed in phase 2 at 25% occupancy, consistent with the guidance for libraries.

  • Youth and adult sports: Sports will be placed into different risk categories and it will be standardized when they can resume

  • Movie theaters: 25% occupancy is allowed in phase 2 and 50% occupancy is allowed in phase 3

  • Restaurants: Table size is increase to 6 in phase 2 and 8 in phase 3. The household member restriction is also being eliminated for indoor dining.

  • Retail Events (craft sales shows, etc.): Outdoor retail event shows in Phase 3 only, capping attendance to 200 people.

  • Real Estate: Open houses are allowed, but attendance is limited in accordance to the County's current Phase.

  • Outdoor recreation (running/bicycling/etc.): Outdoor sporting events (bicycle tours and rides, runs, water sports, marathons, running competitions, etc) with more than 12 participants allowed in phase 2 and 3, consistent with the guidance outlined.

What does being in Phase 2 mean to my business?

We are now allowed to participate in limited outdoor recreation with up to five people outside of your household. We can gather in other ways with five people outside of our household. We can travel some, but only if we're planning to do allowed activities. And lots of businesses can open again, as long as they continue to follow social distancing rules and use appropriate health protocol, like wearing face coverings. These businesses range from hair and nail salons to retail stores, pet grooming and in-home childcare and house cleaning. Restaurants and taverns can open at limited capacity indoors and outdoors, but bar seating remains closed.

If you have any questions about how you or your business fits into all of this Contact Renton’s Economic Development Division at (206) 503-1742 or thrive@rentonwa.gov.

Get your Free Open for Business Banner

Let your customers know you are back with a free “Open for Business” banner to hang in front of your store. Choose between "Open for Business" or "Open for Pickup" to clearly communicate your operations. Banners are 8ft x 3ft and can be hung under your eaves, on a fence or in a window. There are no permits or fees required to hang these banners.

If you would like a banner, please let us know and we can coordinate a contactless banner delivery or drop-off.

Don't Leave Money On the Table! 

More $130 billion is still available in Paycheck Protection Program funding. Recent legislation provides added flexibility, such as the extension of time to spend loan funds from 8 to 24 weeks and the expansion in the percentage of funds that can be used for non-payroll expenses. But time is running short! The last date a PPP loan can be approved is June 30. Get your application in today! Find a PP lender.

The Business Response Team at Startup425 provides free, one-on-one assistance to businesses and nonprofits in Renton. Reach out today. Someone will respond within 24 hours. Support is available in multiple languages.

Main Street Lending Program *Update*

The Federal Reserve Board announced an expansion of its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to allow more small- and medium‑sized businesses to receive support. The board lowered the minimum loan amount, raised the maximum loan limit, adjusted the principal repayment schedule to begin after two years, and extended the term to five years. 

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission offers grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the general public in Renton. Grants from $1,000-$10,000 are available to fund your innovative projects that fill cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for underserved groups. The deadline is rolling, so apply today!

Update your Listing!

What's Open Eastside is a free opportunity from Startup425 for businesses to share their services and provide status updates on delivery. This no-cost map will allow you communicate your current business conditions and operations to customers in Renton and beyond.

Startup425 also provides free, one-on-one assistance to businesses and nonprofits in Renton for applications to the Paycheck Protection Program. If you haven’t applied the deadline is June 30. Funds are available, and recent updates to the program give you more flexibility in using the money. If you need support in applying, our Business Response Team. Reach out today and you’ll receive a response within 24 hours. Support is available in multiple languages.

Business Support - City of Renton Resources

July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

  • Small Business Hotline – If you’re a Renton small business owner who needs assistance, please contact the city's Economic Development staff through the Small Business Hotline at (206) 503-1742 or by emailing thrive@rentonwa.gov.

  • Facebook Discussion - It's now more important now than ever that we share resources and information in real-time. Join the discussion and follow @RentonBusiness for more updates on resources and opportunities. This group is a networking platform for Renton's small business owners and is meant to be a safe space where business leaders can support each other and help the community thrive again.

  • Renton Business Minute - Take a Renton Minute to get to know the small business community. We will post short interviews with local business owners and entrepreneurs on the Visit Renton YouTube channel. Hear first-hand why they chose Renton! Email to schedule your interview to be featured in the next Renton Minute.

  • Local lenders eligible to issue loans under PPP - To find a Paycheck Protection Program lender, the SBA recommends contacting current bank or lender to see if they are offering PPP. New banks are coming on board every day. The SBA has a lenders list by zip code.

  • State Resources: CARES Act, unemployment, paid leave, taxes, worker safety, small businesses & non-profits. 

  • Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance to Washington small businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

  • King County Council collected information on unemployment, workers’ comp, rent/mortgage, utilities, student loans, food assistance, insurance & businesses. 

  • March 30 – Mayor Pavone’s letter of support to local businesses. 

  • April 5 - Boeing extends temporary suspension of Puget Sound production operations.  

  • April 17 - Renton increases support to small businesses through an expanded partnership with Startup 425. 
  • Visit Renton Listings - List your business on VisitRentonWA.com and added to the Visit Renton app. Complete this form or contact thrive@rentonwa.gov to add business info.

  • COVID-19 Business Impact Survey - If your business has experienced effects as a result of COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to take this new regional survey. The survey's findings are critical as we develop additional business response and support programming.

  • Get Help for Your Business - If you need assistance filing for economic relief programs, are not sure what COVID-19 means for the future of your business, or just need to talk through the current situation with a professional, the city's Business Response Team can help.

Renton Business Resources for Phase 2

What does Phase 2 mean to my business? 

If you have any questions about how you or your business fits into all of this Contact Renton’s Economic Development Division at (206) 503-1742 or thrive@rentonwa.gov.

Get your Free Open for Business Banner

Let your customers know you are back with a free “Open for Business” banner to hang in front of your store. Choose between "Open for Business" or "Open for Pickup" to clearly communicate your operations. Banners are 8ft x 3ft and can be hung under your eaves, on a fence or in a window. There are no permits or fees required to hang these banners.

If you would like a banner, please let us know and we can coordinate a contactless banner delivery or drop-off. 

Main Street Lending Program *Update*

The Federal Reserve Board announced an expansion of its Main Street Lending Program (MSLP) to allow more small- and medium‑sized businesses to receive support. The board lowered the minimum loan amount, raised the maximum loan limit, adjusted the principal repayment schedule to begin after two years, and extended the term to five years. 

The Renton Municipal Arts Commission offers grants to individuals, organizations and community groups for arts and culture projects and events that serve the general public in Renton. Grants from $1,000-$10,000 are available to fund your innovative projects that fill cultural gaps and inspire new forms of creative participation, particularly for underserved groups. The deadline is rolling, so apply today!

Update your Listing!

What's Open Eastside is a free opportunity from Startup 425 for businesses to share their services and provide status updates on delivery. This no-cost map will allow you to communicate your current business conditions and operations to customers in Renton and beyond.

Startup 425 also provides free, one-on-one assistance to businesses and nonprofits in Renton. If you need support in applying, our Business Response Team. Reach out today and you’ll receive a response within 24 hours. Support is available in multiple languages.

Business Support - County, State and Federal Resources

The Seattle Metro Chamber has $580,000 in federal funding available for small businesses in King County. This is part of the $10 million that Washington state received from the federal CARES Act.

This grant is open to businesses with 20 or fewer employees and to 501 (c)(6) non-profit business service organizations (i.e., chambers of commerce, direct marketing organizations, and tourism bureaus). Awards of $5,000, $7,500 or $10,000 are available. Applications close on September 28 at 5 p.m.

SBA Disaster Loans - Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19.

SBA Paycheck Protection Program - The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications April 27 for additional funding through the Paycheck Protection Program. Demand will be high so I encourage you to apply as soon as possible. If you’re not sure you qualify for assistance, our Business Response Team through Startup 425 can help with free, personal assistance, available in multiple languages.

The SBA is also offering low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses who have suffered substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) - The IRS has tax relief information to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the COVID-19. The IRS has delayed federal tax filing until July 15, and offers advice for deducting COVID-19 costs from your taxes.

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses (1-10 employees including proprietor).

 

City Hall

  • City Hall is closed to the public until further notice. Most services available via telephone and online.
  • CDC guidelines for screening employees have been implemented. Health screening questions will be asked.

  • Increased frequency for disinfecting common spaces, counters and door handles in all facilities throughout our hours of operation.

  • Created COVID-19 page with links to information and prevention.

  • Enacted a telework policy for eligible employees until further notice.

  • Enacted a prohibition on enforcement of city noise restrictions on vehicles.

  • COVID-19 link added to Renton Responds app.

  • The human resources department is adapting to changes and making decisions to be responsive to COVID-19. We're doing everything to ensure we keep our employees safe and healthy as we continue to serve our customers.

  • Mayor's Emergency Order #2020-3: Supporting State Moratorium On Residential Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent.

  • Mayors urge residents to follow best practices.

  • Passport service is suspended until Phase 4 of the governor’s state reopening plan.

  • March 23 - Mayor’s COVID-19 update to City Council Committee of the Whole.

  • March 24 - City's response to governor's order of "Stay Home, Stay Healthy".

  • March 30 – Mayor’s letter to local businesses.

  • April 1 – City launches senior resources survey.

  • July 1 - City makes almost $1.4 million available to Renton small businesses by COVID-19. Apply online for CARES Act funding by July 30.

  • July 1 - City to begin distribution of 20,000 masks free to residents

  • July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

City Council

The City Council meets the first four Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. The Committee of the Whole, which provides city staff the ability to brief council members on projects, meets on Monday before the main council meeting, usually at 5 or 5:30 p.m.

  • Next meeting: Monday, September 21.
  • City Council, 7 p.m.

  • No Committee of the Whole meeting.

  • Meeting videos

Click image to download instructions to attend a city council meetingDue to COVID-19, councilmembers are attending meetings remotely through Zoom.

Public testimony during public hearings and audience comments will be accommodated through Zoom and by telephone, but the public is requested to sign up for such testimony by emailing either the City Clerk, cityclerk@rentonwa.gov or Council Liaison, jmedzegian@rentonwa.gov.

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Donations/Volunteering

  • Bloodworks Northwest is short on supplies. Find a donation event.

Events/Volunteer Opportunities

Events 

Virtual and neighborhood-based 

Volunteer Opportunities

The city has a variety of volunteer opportunities. Each session is limited to five volunteers to maintain proper social distancing. Face covering are required and available from city staff at the event.

Register for volunteer activities 

  • Philip Arnold Park Clean Up (ages 10 and up), Sept. 24, 9-11:30 a.m. 

  • Small Business Saturday & Annual Downtown Tree Lighting, Nov. 28, multiple times

Cancellations 

 

Food Banks/Resources

City of Renton Human Services Resources Guide.

  • Salvation Army Food Bank (206 S. Tobin St., Renton 425-255-5969) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday. New clients should bring the following on their first visit: picture identification for person applying and for all members over the age of 18 living in their home (copies or a picture of household member ID’s works); Proof of address for all members 18 years of age living in the household; and birth certificate or other legal guardianship paperwork for all minors living in the household.

  • Renton Community Meals (Salvation Army, 720 S. Tobin St.) Monday–Thursday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

  • Renton Community Meals (Salvation Army 300 Rainier Ave. N.) on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 5:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, 8–10 a.m.

  • Sustainable Renton Free Grocery Store, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church (1700 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton 98056), Mondays, 5:30–7 p.m.

  • Margie Williams Helping Hands Center (973 Chelan Ave. NE) Saturdays, 8–11 a.m. 

  • South King County Food Fighters.

  • Donations to WA Food Fund provide financial assistance to three organizations that supply every food bank in Washington: Second Harvest, Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest. Donations will fund food, materials, and personal protective equipment, as well as delivery and distribution.

  • United Way of King County is providing free food boxes to South King County community members who have been affected by COVID-19. Sign up.

Housing - Help with Rent

Renton Centro Rendu CARES I Rent and Utility Assistance

Contact St. Vincent de Paul/Centro Rendu Helpline for Pre-screening -- 206-527-4752 Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Residents are encouraged to visit www.svdpseattle.org and/or call the SVdP Helpline at 206-767-6449 for referral information. Spanish speaking neighbors with language barriers can stop by the Centro Rendu office at 575 Rainier Ave. N. to complete their paperwork if needed.

Last Cut Off Date: October 23, 2020. Family/household can receive up to $3,000.

Eligibility

  1. Services provided with funding under this program shall be limited to residents of Renton.

  2. Economic support to neighbors is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 —related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of neighbor or a family member.

  3. Neighbors meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income vulnerable population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI area median income (AMI)), but neighbors with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using CARE funds.

Needed from Neighbors

  1. Proof they reside in Renton (utility bill, rent contract, bank statement, other).

  2. Recent Rent/ Utility Bill(s) of past due.

  3. Letter from employer or unemployment check showing loss of income.

    Verification of income (Pay stub).
    Letter of employer for termination or reduced hours due to COVID-19.

  4. Proof that they make UNDER the AMI guidelines.

  5. They will not receive other help from other organizations under this grant.

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Address of tenant and landlord.

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


Renton CARES I Rent and Utility Assistance

A Special Program of the St. Anthony Conference of St. Vincent de Paul

Contact SVdP Helpline -- 206-767-6449 Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Residents are encouraged to visit www.svdpseattle.org and/or call the SVdP Helpline at 206-767-6449 and request assistance with past due rent and utility bills through the Renton CARES program. Residents will be contacted by a member of the Conference to discuss their request.

Last Cut Off Date: October 31, 2020. Family/household can receive up to $3,000.

Eligibility

  1. Must be a resident of the City of Renton.

  2. Economic support to neighbors is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 —related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of neighbor or a family member.

  3. Neighbors meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income vulnerable population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI area median income (AMI)), but neighbors with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using CARE funds.

Documentation from Neighbors to include but not limited to:

  1. WA ESD award of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or Lost Wages Assistance

  2. Completed and signed “Tenant Self Certification of Annual Income” form

  3. Completed and signed “Tenant Duplication of Benefits Certification — COVID-19” form

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Current account ledger itemizing current balance and all account activity; most current utility bill which shows past due and current amounts due

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


African Community Housing & Development Renton Residents Rent and Utility Assistance Program

African Community Housing and Development (ACHD) is providing rent and utility assistance to Renton residents. Anyone experiencing hardship are encouraged to submit an application.

Connect with staff at 206-257-1166 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.

Eligibility

  1. Services provided with funding under this program shall be limited to residents of Renton.

  2. Economic support to residents is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 –related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of a resident or a family member.

  3. Residents meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income resilient population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI (area median income), but residents with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using ACHD funds.

Needed from Residents

  1. Proof they reside in Renton (utility bill, rent contract, bank statement, other).

  2. Recent Rent/ Utility Bill(s) of past due notice.

  3. Letter from employer or unemployment check showing loss of income.

    A. Verification of income (pay stubs).
    B. Letter of employer for termination or reduced hours due to COVID-19.

  4. Proof that they make UNDER the AMI guidelines.

  5. They will NOT receive other help from other organizations under this grant.

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Address of tenant and landlord.

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


The Salvation Army of Renton

Call their main number at 425-255-5969 and choose option 4 (eviction prevention) to get information on rent assistance and all the details for the application/intake process. 

Callers can also select Option 5 for utility assistance and learn details in regards to the application/intake process.

Salvation Army follows a process of first come, first serve for helping with both rent and utility assistance. Using their information line is the best way.


Multi-Service Center

The Multi-Service Center currently has limited funding to support families and individuals directly impacted by the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic with rent assistance. To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Live in Auburn, Burien, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Renton, SeaTac, or Tukwila

  • Have been directly impacted by the crisis and be able to provide
    documentation of impact, such as, but not limited to pay stubs,
    unemployment benefits, letter from employer, or medical emergency
    documentation

  • Have a current monthly income that falls within the income limits for
    household size listed below. We may not have funding available for
    both tiers. Please check our website (link below) for most current info.

Household Size  Tier 1 Max  Tier 2 Max
 1 person  $2,126 $3,483 
 2 persons  $2,873 $3,983
 3 persons  $3,620 $4,479
 4 persons  $4,366 $4,975
 5 persons  $5,113 $5,375
 6 persons  $5,860 $5,775
 7 persons  $6,606 $6,171
 8 persons  $7,353 $6,571

If you meet the requirements, you may apply online.

Questions? Email covidrenthelp@mscheipsorg.


United Way of King County

Income Tax Help

United Way of King County (UWKC ) is offering free online tax preparation services through the end of tax season.

Individuals can file taxes via UWKC’s MyFreeTaxes.com or find other free filing options at IRS's Free File.

UWKC has toll-free hotline, 1-833-540-0800, for assistance with My Free Taxes. Help is available 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on weekends.

Inspections - Building and Development Engineering

Community and Economic Development Department (CED) continues to update homeowners and contractors regarding how the city is implementing the construction-related provisions of Gov. Inslee’s COVID-19 construction restart plan and related guidance issued by the governor’s office.

Upon approval for King County jurisdictions to move to Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” plan, CED hopes to perform physical onsite and virtual inspections for all construction projects pursuant to the Governor’s Phase 2 construction COVID-19 job site requirements effective as of May 15, 2020. Whenever possible, virtual inspections will be accomplished. If you are interested in more information about virtual inspections, please contact the Building Division: 425-430-7200.

The phase 2 construction COVID-19 job site requirements permit all construction activity to proceed, whether previously authorized, newly authorized, existing, or not existing. In effect, new construction is no longer limited to construction that was previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25.

Under phase 2, all construction, including those activities for which social distancing may not be maintained, and the start of new construction projects, is authorized to resume. Adherence to the health and safety points in the phase 2 job site requirements will be strictly enforced. Under the phase 2 requirements, any paused and existing construction activity, may resume/continue immediately if:

  • The employers and employees can meet and maintain all requirements listed in the phase 2 – construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements document; and

  • The employers and employees conduct only those activities that are allowed under their county’s phase status.

The safety plan was developed as part of a working group that included contractors and workers. The plan includes requirements related to safety training, physical distancing, PPE, sanitation and cleanliness and monitoring employees for symptoms.

Prior to calling for an inspection please be sure you have met the minimum requirements necessary for an onsite inspection:

1. COVID-19 Site Supervisor

A site-specific COVID-19 Supervisor shall be designated by the contractor at every job site to monitor the health of employees and enforce the COVID-19 job site safety plan. A designated COVID-19 Supervisor must be present at all times during construction activities.

Exception: single-family residential job sites with 6 or fewer people on the site.

2. Posting of COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan available on job site

Prior to commencing work all contractors are required to develop for each job site a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan. The plan must include policies regarding the following control measures: PPE utilization; on-site social distancing; hygiene; sanitation; symptom monitoring; incident reporting; site decontamination procedures; COVID-19 safety training; exposure response procedures; and a post-exposure incident project wide recovery plan. The plan must also include a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA), including a list of engineering controls and proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), for all jobsite activities defined by Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) as medium and high transmission risk.

No jobsite may operate until the contractor can meet and maintain all requirements of the Phase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site Requirements, including providing materials, schedules and equipment required to comply.

These COVID-19 job site safety practices are required as long as the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Gubernatorial Proclamation 20-25 is in effect or if adopted as rules by a federal, state or local regulatory agency. All issues regarding worker safety and health are subject to enforcement action under L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

 

Masks / Mask Mandates

The state Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended the wearing of cloth face coverings in public settings where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. 

They considered the cover an additional layer of protection, but caution it will not prevent the spread of COVID-19 without these other protective measures:

  • Performing frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Avoiding being around sick people

  • Practicing social distancing, especially by staying at home

  • April 3 - Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from Department of Health.
  • April 3 - CDC Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission.
  • WHO - When and how to use masks (World Health Organization).

Washington State and King County Mask Mandate

July 7 - Governor issues facial coverings guidance

Graphics to support the wearing of masks

Governor's Mask Directive

June 23 - Governor announces statewide mask mandate

Mask Requirements under Safe Start Washington

June 8 - Beginning June 8, the governor's "Safe Start Washington" plan to reopen the economy requires all employees to wear a cloth facial covering, with the following exceptions:

  • when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site

  • if the individual is deaf or hard of hearing, or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication

  • if the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate

  • when the job has no in-person interaction.

Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety and health rules and guidance. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details.

Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

King County Mask Requirements

May 11 - Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. 

May 12 - What you need to know about King County's health directive on face coverings

The Do's and Don'ts of wearing cloth face coverings

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Mental Health Resources/Health Care

Healthcare

  • WIC - WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help getting other services and monthly benefits for nutritious foods.

  • COVID-19 Resources for the elderly and families

Mental Health Resources

  • CDC: Managing Anxiety and Stress during COVID-19

  • CDC: Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

  • SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

  • King County: Crisis Connections

  • Wash DoH: Social Distancing and Mental Health

  • Seattle Times: Community Support Resources

Seniors

Medicare Advantage - Tips for how seniors can stay healthy and connected during the COVID-19 pandemic

Additionally, there are several recommended things you can do to support yourself:

 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths and stretch, eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid excessive alcohol and drugs.

  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.

  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Online Payments

  • Business licenses, pet licenses, courts, tax and licensing and utility bills can all be paid online.

  • Business Licensing & Tax: 425-430-6851; filelocal-wa.gov.

 

Permitting

  • Permit counter is closed to the public until further notice. Applicants should use online options for payments and tracking applications.

  • Fees and permitting waived for A-frame business signs advertising curbside pick-up.

  • Permitting (General information): 425-430-7200

  • Schedule an Inspection:

Pets

  • RASKC: Regional Animal Services of King County

  • RASKC - Pet assistance program

  • CDC - If you have pets

Public Works

  • The Maintenance Facility is closed to the public.

  • The Public Works Maintenance Services Division and Transportation Maintenance teams have returned to their regular work schedule a schedule of 10-hour days Monday - Friday.

  • To request service or report a problem call 425-430-7400 Monday - Fridays between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

  • After normal business hours, call the Renton Police Department dispatch at 425-430-7500 to request assistance from an on-call representative. If the problem is an emergency, please call 911.

  • Residents can also use the Renton Responds app.

  • 20 MPH flashing school zone beacons are turned off.

  • Continuity of operations measures initiated to isolate water treatment operators from other employees during work.

  • Recycling, organics and garbage services are operating normally. To protect the drivers, please bag all facial tissues and cleaning items (gloves, wipes, paper towels). To prevent sewage backups, only flush toilet paper in the toilet, not cleaning wipes or personal wipes.

  • Republic Services has put into effect new temporary guidelines for waste collection procedures in the interest of safety for both the public and their drivers. All recycling and organics materials must be placed in a cart or can; any loose, bundled, or bagged items outside of a cart or can will not be collected. Extra garbage must be placed in a cart, can, or secured in bags. Bulky waste collection and Clean Sweep collections are suspended until further notice. All collection routes are on normal schedule. Questions? Contact Republic Services at 206-777-6440.

  • Republic Services will waive late fees and penalties and will not activate any service suspensions for a period of 90 days. (March 23)

 

 

Recreation

Recreation 

Open

  • All parks, playgrounds, sports courts, and trails.

  • Boat launch at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Purchase an annual launch permit. Day permits can be purchased at the launch.

  • Limited, outdoor-based summer programming is available for registration.

  • Park restrooms at Coulon and Kennydale Beach parks open during park hours.

  • All other park restrooms, close at 5:30 p.m. daily.

  • Sports fields are available for rentals and use for groups of 5 or less, per "Safe Start Washington" phase 2 guidelines.

  • Swim beaches at Coulon and Kennydale beach parks. WARNING - No lifeguards will be on duty! Swim at your own risk - children should be accompanied by an adult at all times; adults should not swim alone. 

  • Virtual and neighborhood-based programming is underway.

Closed

  • All picnic shelters will remain closed through 2020.

  • All recreation buildings are closed to the public.

  • Park restrooms: Jones Park, Coulon Park Bathhouse, Liberty Park Grandstand

 

Renton Municipal Airport

  • Offices are closed to the public. Runway and services are operating.

  • General information available on website or call 425-430-7471 (administration) or 206-423-3715 (maintenance).

Renton Municipal Court

  • Court is currently closed to the public. Staff is working both remotely and on-site with adherence to social distancing and other health guidelines. Calls from the public are being answered on a daily basis.

  • In-custody hearings are being held via video conference with parties appearing remotely.

  • Out of custody hearings are now being held via Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube. More information can be found online.

  • Renton Municipal Court is serving as a mentor court to other courts that are seeking to establish video hearings.

  • Domestic violence no contact order recall hearings are being held via Zoom in a manner that affords the necessary safety protocols for protected parties and streamed on YouTube.

  • Jury service is suspended per an emergency order issued by Presiding Judge Terry L. Jurado until city hall is opened to the public and health safety precautions have been implemented to assure the safety of all participants.

  • Passport service is suspended until Phase 4 of the governor’s state reopening plan.

Renton Police Department

  • If you suspect a business is in violation of the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the state has an online reporting form. If report is about an individual or private group, use the police department’s non-emergency number 425-235-2121.  
  • Department lobby and walk up window at city hall are closed.

  • Only use 911 for emergencies; non-emergency reporting: 425-235-2121.

  • School zone cameras turned off.

  • File a police report online.

Updates from the chief

  • June 26 - "Statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest violators." - Chief Ed VanValey
  • May 28 - "On the death of George Floyd"
  • April 17 - "County's use of the Red Lion Inn"

  • March 27 - "Our role is to help educate"

  • March 23 - "Stay Home, Stay Healthy"

  • March 20 - "The safety of our community is out top priority"

 

Renton Regional Fire Authority

Renton School District/State Public Instruction

Renton School District/Education

  • The Renton School District's free meal service for all students has been extended through December 31, 2020. Breakfast/lunch meals offered on Mondays and Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

  • August 12: Funds to Connect 60,000 Students to Online Learning Released (OSPI)
  • August 5: Governor announces education recommendations for 2020–2021 school year
  • July 23 - Public Health - Seattle & King County supports decisions by schools to begin school year with online learning

  • July 22 - 2020-2021 School year reopening plan

  • June 24 - Governor releases plan to restart higher education in the fall

Restaurants - Open for To-Go or Delivery

Photo of the takeaway parking for Marianna's restaurant

  • Restaurants open for take-out/delivery:
  • May 18 - Ivar’s at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park will reopen on June 1 for delivery and takeout only. Hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. seven days a week.

 

Scams

Unfortunately, scammers are preying on the fears surrounding COVID-19.

The Federal Trade Commission has some tips on dealing with those unwanted phone calls and emails. The state also has help with stimulus payment scams.

Shelters

Men’s Shelters & Day Centers

ARISE
Catholic Community Services. Hosted by a different Renton church every month. Includes case management services.

  • Space is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Overnight services from 7:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. Men allowed on-site at 7 p.m.
  • 515B 116th Ave NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 289-4044

Day Center
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, meals. Open Sunday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • 515B 116th Ave NE Suite 174
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    Women’s Shelters & Day Centers

Women's Shelters and Day Centers

Kent Hope
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, meals, healthcare. Open every day 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

  • 9009 Canyon Drive
    Kent, WA 98030
    (253) 480-2325

The Sophia Way
Apply for extended stay shelter online.
Resource referrals, showers, laundry, breakfast/lunch. Open every day 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • 3032 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, WA 98004
    (425) 896-7385

Women’s Referral Center
Check-in at Angeline’s Day Center between 6-9 p.m. then transported to host locations for overnight stay. The center offers showers, laundry, and dinner.

  • 2030 3rd Ave.
    Seattle, WA 98101
    (206) 441-3210

Hospitality House
Opens at 6 p.m. every night.

  • 419 SW 150th St.
    Burien, Washington 98166
    (206) 242-1860

Family Shelters & Day Centers

REACH
All for shelter/day center intake.

  • 316 S 3rd St,
    Renton, WA 98057
    (425) 277-7594

Center of Hope Day Center
Resource referrals, showers, laundry. Open Monday–Friday
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

St. Matthews Lutheran Church
1700 Edmonds Ave. NE

Mary’s Place
Call 206-245-1026 for shelter referrals. 

Solid Waste including Republic Services

  • All collection routes are on normal schedule. Questions? Contact Republic Services at 206-777-6440. 
  • Facial masks, gloves, and all other personal protective equipment must be disposed in the garbage. These materials do not belong in your blue recycle container. 
  • Republic Services will waive late fees and penalties and will not activate any service suspensions in accordance with the governor's Proclamation 20-23.7, until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or after October 15, 2020, whichever comes first.

Transportation: Metro and Sound Transit

 

Oct. 15 - King County and Sound Transit are now offering a new annual pass at no cost for customers who have no income or very low income.

Metro Transit

  • June 12 - Metro plans September service change amid budget challenges
  • April 17 - Further Metro service reductions begin Saturday, April 18, to support essential travel and transit workforce

  • March 30 - Interactive tool for riders whose routes experienced service cuts

  • March 29 - If your Metro route was cut on March 23, are some alternative routes to consider

  • March 18 - Metro plans to temporarily reduce service starting Monday, March 23 to support the health of the community.

  • Metro Matters - News and resources for riders

Sound Transit

  • March 21 – Sound Transit service change includes new route, temporary service reductions.

  • March 20 – Sound Transit to suspend fares on all transit modes until further notice.

  • March 19 - Sound Transit to temporarily reduce service on Link light rail, Sounder trains, some ST Express routes.

  • Sound Transit news

Utilities - Billing

  • City will waive late fees and penalties and will not shut off water service, in accordance with the governor's Proclamation 20-23.11, until the termination of the COVID-19 State of Emergency or after December 31, 2020, whichever comes first (October 31, 2020)
  • Utility billing division: 425-430-6852; rentonwa.gov/ub.

  • Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will not disconnect customers for non-payment, will waive late fees and work on payment plans and choosing a new bill due date. PSE has an energy assistance portal to facilitate access to funds available to income qualified customers.

  • PSE's Crisis Affected Customer Assistance Program (CACAP), an $11 million fund dedicated to assisting low income customers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown. This program is in addition to PSE’s other assistance programs, including the Warm Home Fund, PSE Home Energy Lifeline Program and Weatherization Assistance Program for income-eligible customers.

  • Puget Sound Energy is offering four small businesses a $45,000 energy efficient and cosmetic upgrades makeover. PSE announced their Small Business Energy Makeover content on Monday and businesses have until October 18 to enter. Nominations can come from either customers or business owners.

Each makeover will include $30,000 in energy efficiency upgrades and an additional $15,000 for needed cosmetic improvements.

Contest entrants must be small businesses operating within PSE’s service area.

Utilities - Assistance

Renton Centro Rendu CARES I Rent and Utility Assistance

Contact St. Vincent de Paul/Centro Rendu Helpline for Pre-screening -- 206-527-4752 Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Residents are encouraged to visit www.svdpseattle.org and/or call the SVdP Helpline at 206-767-6449 for referral information. Spanish speaking neighbors with language barriers can stop by the Centro Rendu office at 575 Rainier Ave. N. to complete their paperwork if needed.

Last Cut Off Date: October 23, 2020. Family/household can receive up to $3,000.

Eligibility

  1. Services provided with funding under this program shall be limited to residents of Renton.

  2. Economic support to neighbors is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 —related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of neighbor or a family member.

  3. Neighbors meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income vulnerable population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI area median income (AMI)), but neighbors with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using CARE funds.

Needed from Neighbors

  1. Proof they reside in Renton (utility bill, rent contract, bank statement, other).

  2. Recent Rent/ Utility Bill(s) of past due.

  3. Letter from employer or unemployment check showing loss of income.

    Verification of income (Pay stub).
    Letter of employer for termination or reduced hours due to COVID-19.

  4. Proof that they make UNDER the AMI guidelines.

  5. They will not receive other help from other organizations under this grant.

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Address of tenant and landlord.

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


Renton CARES I Rent and Utility Assistance

A Special Program of the St. Anthony Conference of St. Vincent de Paul

Contact SVdP Helpline -- 206-767-6449 Monday through Friday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Residents are encouraged to visit www.svdpseattle.org and/or call the SVdP Helpline at 206-767-6449 and request assistance with past due rent and utility bills through the Renton CARES program. Residents will be contacted by a member of the Conference to discuss their request.

Last Cut Off Date: October 31, 2020. Family/household can receive up to $3,000.

Eligibility

  1. Must be a resident of the City of Renton.

  2. Economic support to neighbors is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 —related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of neighbor or a family member.

  3. Neighbors meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income vulnerable population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI area median income (AMI)), but neighbors with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using CARE funds.

Documentation from Neighbors to include but not limited to:

  1. WA ESD award of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance or Lost Wages Assistance

  2. Completed and signed “Tenant Self Certification of Annual Income” form

  3. Completed and signed “Tenant Duplication of Benefits Certification — COVID-19” form

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Current account ledger itemizing current balance and all account activity; most current utility bill which shows past due and current amounts due

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


African Community Housing & Development Renton Residents Rent and Utility Assistance Program

African Community Housing and Development (ACHD) is providing rent and utility assistance to Renton residents. Anyone experiencing hardship are encouraged to submit an application.

Connect with staff at 206-257-1166 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for more information.

Eligibility

  1. Services provided with funding under this program shall be limited to residents of Renton.

  2. Economic support to residents is COVID-19 related, resulting from employment and/or business interruptions due to COVID-19 –related business closures, and/or inability to work due to COVID-19 illness of a resident or a family member.

  3. Residents meet the applicable income guidelines. The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to the most income resilient population (those with household income of 50% or below of AMI (area median income), but residents with household income of up to 80% of AMI can qualify.

  4. Assistance will not be a duplication of benefits, i.e. the cost has not or will not be paid by another source for example Seattle Care or any other agencies using ACHD funds.

Needed from Residents

  1. Proof they reside in Renton (utility bill, rent contract, bank statement, other).

  2. Recent Rent/ Utility Bill(s) of past due notice.

  3. Letter from employer or unemployment check showing loss of income.

    A. Verification of income (pay stubs).
    B. Letter of employer for termination or reduced hours due to COVID-19.

  4. Proof that they make UNDER the AMI guidelines.

  5. They will NOT receive other help from other organizations under this grant.

Needed from Landlord and/or Utility Company

  1. Address of tenant and landlord.

  2. W-9 (proof that Landlord and/ or Utility Company are legitimate)


The Salvation Army of Renton

Call their main number at 425-255-5969 and choose option 4 (eviction prevention) to get information on rent assistance and all the details for the application/intake process. 

Callers can also select Option 5 for utility assistance and learn details in regards to the application/intake process.

Salvation Army follows a process of first come, first serve for helping with both rent and utility assistance. Using their information line is the best way.

 

Mayor's Updates


  • July 17 - City passes emergency ordinance making it easier for small businesses to sell goods and advertise.

  • July 1 - City to begin distribution of 20,000 masks free to residents

  • July 1 - City makes almost $1.4 million available to Renton small businesses by COVID-19. Apply online for CARES Act funding by July 30.

  • June 30 - City issues Finding of City Code Violations to King County’s Renton Red Lion Inn De-Intensification Shelter

  • April 17 - Renton increases support to small businesses

  • April 16 - City of Renton, King County: Renton ideal location for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing facility

  • March 30 - Mayor Pavone's letter of support sent to local business owners directing them to resources that could help them through these tough times.

  • March 20 - Emergency Order #2020-3: Supporting State Moratorium On Residential Evictions for Non-Payment of Rent

  • March 16 - Emergency Order #2020-2: Prohibiting Enforcement of Motor Vehicle Noise Regulations For Vehicles That Support Retail, Grocery, Pharmaceutical, and Food industries

  • March 13 - Municipal Court continues all non-essential hearings

  • March 12 - Mayor's Newsletter: City takes action to address COVID-19

  • March 11 - Emergency Order #2000-1: Prohibiting Employees and Contractors Exposed To COVID-19 From City Facilities

  • March 11 - City Council to conduct March meetings via teleconference

  • March 6 - Mayor's Newsletter: COVID-19 has impacted all of us

  • March 6 - Renton takes action in response to COVID-19

  • March 6 - Mayor Pavone issues Proclamation of Local Emergency

  • February 29 - Update on coronavirus from Mayor Pavone

City of Renton Releases

In the Media

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Photo of Renton police sergeant John Awai

Renton Police Sgt. John Awai models nitrile gloves and N95 mask that all officers carry with them. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Renton police Sgt. John Awai featured in Times story

Renton Police’s own–Sgt. John Awai-is featured in a Seattle Times story on how departments in King County are dealing with COVID-19. The article follows his 12-hour shift, examining how the sergeant and his colleagues are using social distancing to patrol Renton. Also included is how they’re adjusting to the use of nitrile gloves, plastic safety-type glasses and N95 masks.

 

King County Actions including Public Health

King County

Public Health - Seattle King County COVID-19 Dashboard

Key Indicators of COVID-19 Activity in King County

  • September 8 - Wildfire smoke preparedness during COVID-19 (multiple languages)  (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
  • August 20 - King County dedicates $41 million to COVID-19 related rental assistance and eviction prevention

  • August 18 - King County awards COVID-19 relief grants to regional science organizations, arts and culture, and independent live music venues

  • August 13 - King County executive submits $87 million emergency COVID-19 budget for drive-through testing in South King County, housing, and childcare

  • July 20 - King County partners with King County Library System to distribute face coverings to community and faith-based organizations, and individuals
  • King County’s Local Food Finder supporting local farms. A convenient way for residents to support local farms hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Small Business Safe Start Kit

  • June 29 - Small Business Assistance Program for businesses in unincorporated King County
  • June 19 - King County has been fully moved into Phase 2 of Washington's Safe Start plan
  • June 18 - King County distributing 25 million face coverings to residents, workers and businesses
  • June 18 - King County applies for Phase 2 of Safe Start recovery plan
  • June 11 - King County executive submits budget to fund COVID-19 response, including purchasing of 25 million face coverings for residents
  • June 5 - King County to allow limited openings of businesses, maintain public health vigilance
  • June 3 - King County submits plan to re-open limited business activity in COVID-19 recovery
  • May 29 - KIng County Executive announces plan to re-open limited business activity in COVID-19 recovery
  • Click the image to view the full info graphicimageMay 28 - Seattle and King County recommends that anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or close contact with someone who has COVID-19 be tested right away. Testing as soon as possible after symptoms appear is important to prevent COVID-19 from spreading to family, friends, and the community.
  • May 14 - Elliott Avenue modular pilot project opens to offer shelter beds and services to fight COVID-19
  • May 12 - King County Council approves $60M for continued COVID-19 response
  • April 23 - County executive announces supplemental budget to continue COVID-19 response, help small businesses, arts and tourism; fund homeless youth programs

  • April 22 - Office of Equity & Justice's COVID-19 Resource Guide

  • April 13 - King County awards $1 million to provide language access and other COVID-19 services to frontline community groups.

  • March 24 - King County releases new health and safety guidelines to child care providers. 

  • March 30 - King County postpones payment deadline to June 1 for individual property taxpayers who pay property taxes themselves, rather than through their mortgage lender. 

  • Don't flush trash - Wipes, paper towels, and other "unflushables" can create a sewer backup in your home. Flush only toilet paper and protect your home, the sewer system, and the environment.

  • COVID-19 Resources from King County

  • King County Veterans Program COVID-19 information.

  • Do’s and don’ts of staying at home

  • RASKC: Regional Animal Services of King County

  • King County Parks - working through a phased-in reopening scenario

  • King County press releases

Public Health - Seattle & King County

  • COVID-19 resources. Information in multiple languages.

  • Free COVID-19 testing locations in King County

  • Public Health Insider: official insights from staff
    COVID-19 Data Dashboard

  • COVID-19 Fact Sheets (translations)

  • Educational videos: COVID-19 information in multiple languages

  • WIC - WIC is a supplemental food program for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, infants and children. WIC also provides health screening, nutrition and health education, breastfeeding promotion and support, help getting other services and monthly benefits for nutritious foods.

  • May 1 - New analytics show pronounced racial inequities among COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths

  • May 6 – Tips for staying safe outdoors as more recreation lands reopen

  • May 8 - Latest report shows COVID-19 transmission rate could be rising in King County; social distancing remains key

  • May 11 - Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. 

  • May 12 - What you need to know about King County's health directive on face coverings

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  • May 12 - COVID-19 testing is increasingly available in King County
  • May 29 - Taking care of mental health during COVID-19 (Public Health - Seattle & King County
  • May 29 - Public Health - Seattle & King County clarifies mask-wearing directive
  • May 29 - Public Health - Seattle & King County publishes new COVID-1 indicators dashboard
  • June 2 - Public Health - Seattle & King County answers questions about protests and COVID-19
  • June 3 - Public Health - Seattle & King County: COVID-19 and unrecognized realities experienced by Black people
  • June 4 - Public Health - Seattle & King County: Safe Start for King County - working to gradually reopen the local economy
  • June 12 - Racism is a public health crisis: The transformation starts here. It starts with us.
  • June 19 - The virus hasn't let up and we can't either (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
  • June 25 - Prevention is the key for containing COVID-19 (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
  • June 26 - What to do if an employee has COVID-19 – and what not to do (Public Health - Seattle & King County)
  • July 23 - Public Health - Seattle & King County supports decisions by schools to begin school year with online learning
  • July 24 - Hot weather tips during a pandemic (Public Health-Seattle & King County)

  • July 28 - Washington State Department of Health launches CORONA Survey
  • Oct. 23 - "What is a close contact?" - Seattle & King County Public Health

State Actions including Departments of Health and Education

State of Washington

conronavirus.wa.gov – one-stop great resource for state efforts

Filing unemployment claims

Unemployment: Self-employed or independent contractor

Health insurance: Washington Health Plan finder

COVID-19 Resources: State Office of Cybersecurity

March 30 - Department of Licensing is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies on March 31.

March 30 – The state has set up an online form to report non-essential businesses that violate the governor’s Stay Home-Stay Health order.

April 7 - Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses (1-10 employees including proprietor). The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses with emergency funds of up to $10,000.

May 19 - Dept. of Commerce awards first 500 Working Washington small business relief grants

June 11 - OSPI's Reopening Washington Schools 2020: District Planning Guide

State Department of Health

DOH - COVID-19 outbreak information

DOH: When to use the emergency room

DOH - Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings

DOH - COVID-19 and people with disabilities

DOH - Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and make it harder to keep everyone healthy.

May 27 - You are not alone; dealing with isolation

June 23 - The Science of Masks (Washington State DOH)

June 24 - Myths and Facts about Cloth Face Coverings (Washington State DOH)

June 25 - Cloth Face Coverings: Frequently Asked Questions (Washington State DOH)

June 26 - Increasing cases of COVID-19 in King County highlight the need to limit close contact (Washington State DOH)

July 22 - COVID-19 is on a path to runaway growth in Washington state (State DOH)

July 29 - Updated guidance on social gatherings (DoH)

Oct. 20 - Tips for a Safer Halloween

Governor's Actions

October 21 - Governor opens applications for COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

August 10: Governor announces relief funds to help immigrants and agricultural workers

October 13 - Governor announces new state group for COVID-19 economic recovery

October 6 - Governor announces updates to Safe Start reopening plan

August 20 - Governor issues guidance for museums, bowling and agritourism; updates guidance for outdoor recreation

August 19 - Governor issues proclamation requiring agricultural worker testing

August 13 - Governor issues proclamation for Washington COVID-19 Food Production Paid Leave Program

August 10: Governor announces relief funds to help immigrants and agricultural workers

August 10: Governor issues guidance for agricultural events, updated guidance for indoor fitness and religious and faith-based services

August 5 - Governor announces education recommendations for 2020–2021 school year

July 30 - Governor issues contact tracing proclamation, protects personal information

July 28 - Governor presses "pause" in phased re-opening

July 24 - Governor extends moratorium on evictions through Oct. 15

July 23 - Governor announces rollbacks to some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure

July 16 - Governor announces steps to address COVID-19 spread

July 7 - Governor extends Safe Start proclamation, issues facial coverings guidance

June 24 - Governor releases plan to restart higher education in the fall

June 23 - Governor announces statewide mask mandate

June 2 - Governor extends eviction moratorium

May 13 - Governor issues directive to state agencies to freeze hiring and contracts

Click image to open a larger version of of contract tracingMay 12 - Governor announces contact tracing initiative

May 8 - Governor releases additional Safe Start Phase 1 guidance

May 5 - Governor announces three Safe Start advisory groups

May 4 - Governor signs new COVID-19 order for phased re-opening of Washington’s economy

May 1 - Governor announces four-phase plan to gradually reopen the state's economy

April 29 - Governor rolls out COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard

April 29 - Governor issues guidance to clarify limits on elective surgeries

April 27 - Governor announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact

April 27 - Governor announces distribution of funding to local governments from federal stimulus package

April 27 - Governor announces easing of outdoor restrictions

April 24 - Governor announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed

April 23 - Governor extends 20 proclamations relating to COVID-19

April 21 - Governor announces Washington’s COVID-19 recovery plan

April 21 - Governor sends letter to vice president calling for strong national testing system

April 21 - Governor extends proclamations for utility ratepayers and truck driver hours

April 16 - Governor expands eviction moratorium and adds additional protections for residential and some commercial tenants.

April 13 – Governor issues protection for high-risk workers.

April 13 - Washington, Oregon and California announce Western States Pact.

April 13 – Governor announces strategies for reducing the number of individuals incarcerated to address CoVID-19 in DOC system.

April 8 - Governor's statement on Century Link field hospital redeployment.

April 8 – Governor provides additional guidance on school closures and impact on available services.

April 7 - Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses (1-10 employees including proprietor). The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses with emergency funds of up to $10,000.

April 3 - Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from Department of Health.

April 1 - The state is seeking to fill shortages of specific personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection-control products to support our medical system, first responders, public health and care facilities.

April 1 – Gov. Inslee issued additional guidance on the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order related to essential businesses. It clarifies as “essential” nannies (who are deemed essential if they are in the home taking care of children of essential workers), automotive repair facilities and limited automotive sales and leasing activities, and renewable energies. The bulletin also includes guidance that recreational fishing and golf are NOT deemed essential.

March 31 – Governor and Washington State Department of Financial Institutions announce assistance for homeowners unable to make mortgage payments.

March 30 - Department of Licensing is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies on March 31.

March 30 – The state has set up an online form to report non-essential businesses that violate the governor’s Stay Home-Stay Health order.

March 27 - Gov. Inslee welcomes Army doctors to coronavirus field hospital in Seattle.

March 23 - Governor announces a stay at home order, banning all gatherings and closing all but those businesses classified by the Federal guidelines as essential. The ban will take effect on March 25 and be in place for a minimum of two weeks. The governor indicated the order is voluntary in nature, it is enforceable by law. Resident will be able to conduct essential business (shopping, doctor’s appointments) and restaurants cans still conduct business via to-go orders. [Spanish]

March 19 – Governor orders halt to elective surgeries and dental services to reserve critical equipment for COVID-19 health care workers.

March 18 – Governor waives one-week wait for unemployment benefits. 

March 17 - Governor signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

March 16 - Governor issues statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and limits on size of gatherings expanded.

March 13 - Governor expands school closure/gathering ban statewide.

Governor's press releases

"Safe Start" a phased re-opening of Washington’s economy

  • July 30 - Governor issues contact tracing proclamation, protects personal information

  • July 7 - Governor extends Safe Start proclamation, issues facial coverings guidance
  • June 22 - What's open in each phase
  • May 29 - Governor issues Safe Start-Washington's Phased Reopening plan

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posted on May 6, 2020

Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities would re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

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Phase 1

Timing

Washington state is currently in Phase 1, with construction and other essential activities underway. The additions such as outdoor activities and additional sales and retail activities begin Tuesday, May 5. When the state moves to Phase 2, all components of Phase 1 will continue.

Includes

Phase 1 builds upon recent decisions made around re-opening some activities, including construction activity (allowed as of April 29) and outdoor activities such as fishing, hunting, playing golf and some park access, which Inslee announced last week.

Also adds (as of May 5):

  • Drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle

  • Auto/RV/Boat/ORV sales

  • Retail open for curb-side pick-up orders only

  • Car washes

  • Landscaping

  • Some pet services (not including grooming)

  • Essential travel and limited non-essential travel to engage in Phase 1 activities is permitted.

Phase 2

When COVID-19 disease burden is low and decreasing and the four capabilities (health care system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 2.

As noted above, each phase will be at least three weeks, data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

Includes

All components of Phase 1 will carry into the start of Phase 2, which will include outdoor activities in small groups with people from outside one’s household, as well as limited non-essential travel within proximity of one’s home.

Additional modifications to restrictions in Phase 2 affecting business will include:

  • Remaining manufacturing and construction phases

  • Restaurants/taverns less than 50% capacity/table size no larger than 5 people and no bar area seating

  • Hair and nail salons

  • Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)

  • Real estate

  • Professional services/office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)

  • In-home/domestic services (i.e., nannies, housecleaning)

  • Pet grooming

  • Essential travel and limited non-essential travel to engage in Phase 1 and Phase 2 activities is permitted.

Phase 3

If COVID-19 disease burden stays low and the four capabilities (health care system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case; and contact investigations and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 3. 

Includes

All components of phases 1 and 2 will carry into the start of Phase 3, which will include resuming non-essential travel and allowing gatherings of no more than 50 people.

Phase 3 also includes resuming some public activity, such as:

  • Outdoor group recreational sports activities (50 or fewer people)

  • Recreational facilities at less than 50% capacity (gyms, public pools, etc.)

  • Professional sports (horse racing, baseball, etc.) without audience participation

  • Restaurants and taverns at less than 75% capacity with table size no larger than 10

  • Bar areas in restaurants and taverns at less than 25% capacity

  • Indoor gyms at less than 50% capacity; theaters at less than 50% capacity

  • Customer facing government services (telework remains strongly encouraged where possible)

  • Libraries

  • Museums

  • All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with no more than 50 people.

Phase 4

If COVID-19 disease burden stays low and the four capabilities (healthcare system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met, the governor will issue an order for the state to move into Phase 4.

Includes

All components of phases 1, 2 and 3 will carry into the start of Phase 4 which would be a full return to public interactions (with appropriate physical distancing).

Phase 4 also includes resuming some public activity, such as:

  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Large sporting events
  • Resume unrestricted staffing of worksites, but continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene

COVID-19 Risk assessment dashboard

This dashboard provides a high-level overview of the main data points discussed among state leaders and the level of risk experts perceive around the current numbers. It is not intended to represent the totality of all COVID-19 related data. The state is currently developing several new systems for collecting, compiling and reporting much of the data outlined below and this dashboard will link to those new systems as they are completed. In the meantime, where possible, we’ve linked to the data that is currently available or created a snapshot that summarizes the most recent information available. The dashboard is updated weekly on Wednesdays.

Mask Wearing Mandates

July 7 - Governor issues facial coverings guidance

Graphics to support the wearing of masks

Governor's Mask Directive

June 23 - Governor announces statewide mask mandate

Mask Requirements under Safe Start Washington

June 8 - Beginning June 8, the governor's "Safe Start Washington" plan to reopen the economy requires all employees to wear a cloth facial covering, with the following exceptions:

  • when working alone in an office, vehicle, or at a job site

  • if the individual is deaf or hard of hearing, or is communicating with someone who relies on language cues such as facial markers and expression and mouth movements as a part of communication

  • if the individual has a medical condition or disability that makes wearing a facial covering inappropriate

  • when the job has no in-person interaction.

Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries’ safety and health rules and guidance. Refer to Coronavirus Facial Covering and Mask Requirements for additional details.

Employees may choose to wear their own facial coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

King County Mask Requirements

May 11 - Starting on May 18, 2020, King County residents are directed to wear face coverings in most public settings. 

May 12 - What you need to know about King County's health directive on face coverings

The Do's and Don'ts of wearing cloth face coverings

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Federal Actions

Federal

April 27 - The Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting applications April 27 for additional funding through the Paycheck Protection Program. Renton's Business Response Team through Startup 425 can help with free, personal assistance, available in multiple languages

April 3 - CDC recommendation regarding the use of cloth face coverings, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

March 27 - Congress passes CARES Act, a $2.2 trillion federal stimulus package to aid coronavirus relied and economic stimulus.

March 22 – President approves Washington disaster declaration.

coronavirus.gov

FEMA - Rumor control (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

 

Protective Measures

Community members are encouraged to help protect yourself as you would during any cold or flu season and take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick

  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others

  • Have backup plans for work and/or childcare.

  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you believe you have been exposed to or have symptoms

  • Call your doctor – Do not go into the medical facility

  • Your doctor will make an assessment about next steps. If it is determined that you should be screened for COVID-19, your doctor will contact King County Public Health to make arrangements for screening.

  • Take all appropriate precautions. Do not go to work if you are sick.  Wash your hands often and do not touch your face.

Here in Renton, we’re stronger as a community when we stand together against discrimination.

People who are traveling should be aware of the impacted countries, and if they become ill after traveling, call a doctor or hospital.

Please stay informed and prepared. We’ll continue to keep our community updated via our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

King County Coronavirus Call Center

King County established a Coronavirus Call Center on March 3.

  • If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.

  • The call center will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. PST.

  • For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State's response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.

 

2020 Census

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Renton's 2020 Census LogoEvery 10 years starting in 1790, the constitution has mandated the country count every resident in the United States.

The census providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

Click image of Census 2020 Student Art Competition to download contest rulesStudent Art Contest

Calling all K-12 students in Renton!

Paint, sketch, draw (or whatever medium you like!) and create art to promote awareness of the 2020 Census. Your artwork should answer one of these questions: How does the census help our students? How does it help our community?

Then email a photo of your art to rencensus@thevoiceofplanet.com. Deadline for submission is April 30, 2020.

First prize is $100; second is $75; third is $50. There will also be 10 honorable mention prizes at $25 each.

Go to Voice of Planet for more information.

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The 2020 Census is Vital, Easy and Safe. It's results will have a 10-year impact on Renton, that's why it's important you respond.

Have questions? Our Renton Counts! brochure will have answers.

You can follow Renton's response rate.

Be Aware

Do not be fooled by mailings that use fake census documents to ask for donations. Here are copies of the official invitation letter you will receive and the official census forms (Blue is in English and Green is in Spanish).

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