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King County Executive
Dow Constantine


2020

25
MAR

King County and Seattle expand COVID-19 emergency shelter and housing response
Facing an unprecedented public health crisis, King County and the City of Seattle are working with partners across the region to create additional shelter space and a range of temporary housing options for people who are unable to isolate and recover in their own homes, or do not have a home. These actions will help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the region and preserve critical hospital beds for the most acutely ill.

24
MAR

King County releases new health and safety guidelines to child care providers
Public Health Seattle & King County announced additional guidance for child care and early learning programs that are considered part of the essential workforce. In addition, King County will expand support services to providers.

24
MAR

Quickly, safely reducing the jail population so staff can ensure the health of everyone in correctional facilities
King County Executive Dow Constantine today announced a series of actions to quickly and safely decrease the number of adults who are in correctional facilities to provide single bunks for everyone who is in custody as recommended by Public Health – Seattle & King County.

23
MAR

Statement by Executive Constantine on closure of West Seattle Bridge
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement on the closure of the West Seattle Bridge by the Seattle Department of Transportation:

21
MAR

King County joins with Harborview Medical Center to open COVID-19 recovery site
King County has joined with Harborview Medical Center to repurpose Harborview Hall to serve as an 45-bed COVID-19 recovery site primarily focused on helping the most vulnerable in our community.

20
MAR

King County Metro to discontinue fare collections, direct riders to board buses at rear doors, beginning March 21
To promote social distancing and support the health of transit employees and the riding public, King County Metro on March 21, 2020, will discontinue fare collections until further notice and direct riders to board and exit at the rear doors of buses only, if they are able.

20
MAR

King County and City of Seattle close playgrounds and sports courts, parks and trails users directed to follow social distancing guidelines
As part of its evolving response to the COVID-19 outbreak and with guidance from Public Health – Seattle & King County, King County Parks and Seattle Parks and Recreation are closing active recreation areas in parks, including sports courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters, and other areas where essential social distancing guidelines are difficult to achieve.

15
MAR

Executive Constantine and King County Health Officer announce new orders to limit spread of COVID-19
King County Executive Dow Constantine and Dr. Jeff Duchin announced a series of steps governing bars, restaurants, events, and other gatherings in King County.

11
MAR

Executive Constantine statement on actions to slow COVID-19 spread
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement after Public Health Seattle & King County announced new actions to fight the COVID-19 outbreak:

6
MAR

Executive Office statement on Kent isolation and recovery facility
The Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement after a King County Superior Court judge denied a temporary restraining order against King County filed by the City of Kent, with conditions:

5
MAR

Stadium worker tests positive for COVID-19; Professional sporting events to continue in King County, with patrons urged to follow public health guidelines
A part-time employee at CenturyLink Field who worked at the Feb. 22 Seattle Dragons game has tested positive for COVID-19, though risk to fans who attended is low, according to county health officials. As of now, Seattle’s professional sports organizations – Dragons, First & Goal/Seahawks, Mariners, and Sounders FC – will continue with scheduled events. The teams are in touch with local health officials and their respective leagues on a regular basis.

29
FEB

King County activates Emergency Operations Center for COVID-19 response
King County Executive Dow Constantine activated the King County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the COVID-19 cases in King County to coordinate the work of cities across the region.

26
FEB

Opening a new segment of paved trail that will connect Lake Washington to Puget Sound, linking to regional trails and high-capacity transit
The new segment of King County Parks’ Lake to Sound Trail – an emerging 16-mile paved path that will connect Lake Washington to Puget Sound – will connect five South King County cities, Link light rail, King County Metro RapidRide A Line, and the Sounder Tukwila Station.

26
FEB

King County, City of Seattle and partners to build 232 new affordable housing units as a part of Northgate’s equitable transit-oriented development
King County, City of Seattle, BRIDGE Housing Corporation, and Capitol Hill Housing announced an agreement to build 232 affordable housing units on one of Metro’s Northgate parcels. With Sound Transit to open Link Light Rail’s Northgate station next year, the project meets regional goals of building workforce housing near transit.

12
FEB

King County, Seattle Foundation partner with 17 organizations to improve health, social, and economic outcomes
New partnerships funded by King County and Seattle Foundation will help address inequities in housing, health and economic opportunity. 17 nonprofits/partnerships will receive $4.15 million over the next two years to promote change in policies and systems towards increased health and wellness.

10
FEB

Executive Constantine statement on Justice Department lawsuit
King County Executive Dow Constantine released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice announced a lawsuit over ICE detainee flights from King County Airport:

6
FEB

Executive Constantine signs emergency proclamation in response to storm
In response to severe flooding, landslides, and other damage from days of heavy rain and mountain snow, King County Executive Dow Constantine signed a Local Proclamation of Emergency this afternoon to help county staff continue their response to the dangerous weather situation.

5
FEB

King County Water Taxi sets ridership record with more than 700,000 boardings in 2019
The King County Water Taxi sailed past its previous record of 664,365 boardings in 2018, crossing the 700,000 mark this year.

30
JAN

Executive Constantine announces purchase of up to 120 battery-electric buses from New Flyer of America, Inc.
King County Metro announces agreement to purchase 40 battery-electric buses and plans to purchase 80 more from New Flyer of America, Inc. in the coming year for a total estimated cost of $130 million. This fleet order is Metro’s first big step in responding to the climate crisis in accordance with the county’s Strategic Climate Action Plan.

29
JAN

Executive Constantine, Mayor Durkan commend proposed Washington State House bill to provide King County with a new tool to fund regional housing and homelessness services
Introduced today, HB 2907 grants King County new authority to create a progressive payroll tax on large businesses whose employees earn more than $150,000 per year. The legislation could allow the County to generate approximately $121 million annually for housing, homelessness, public safety, and behavioral health services across the region.

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Dow Constantine
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