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Hi there,

Yesterday, Governor Inslee extended the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order through May 4th, effectively extending the closure of schools and non-essential businesses, as well as the ban on gatherings. If lifted on May 5th, the full duration of the order will be six weeks. 

There's hope that social distancing is starting to work based on University of Washington analysis, as reported by The Seattle Times. At the same time, it's still as important as ever to abide by the order and safety protocols.

A COVID-19 Data Dashboard, recently launched by King County, provides testing and case information by city and zip code, and the most recent update revealed that 50 Mercer Island residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and one resident has died.

My heart goes out to every person and family who has been affected by this disease. My thoughts are also with workers on the front lines.

Here are ways to help and community links below. I've also created a new blog post on My Mercer Island that includes many of the links and resources that I've shared in regard to coronavirus / COVID-19 in these recent newsletters.

How to Help
  • King County Regional Donations Connector – the best website I've found on how to help in the Seattle area. It has helpful information on what's in need, where to donate, and how to volunteer.
     
  • Help keep local blood supply levels stable. Donate by making an appointment with Bloodworks Northwest
     
  • Reach out to your neighbors and friends who might need an extra hand, friendly phone call, or help with errands or groceries.
     
  • Shop local. Continue to support local retailers with online orders and buy your essentials at local grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations.
     
  • Eat local. The Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mercer Island have recently launched a #TakeOutTuesday campaign to support local restaurants.
     
  • Support local. Buy gift cards and schedule future appointments with your local service providers. Take virtual fitness classes with island fitness studios and health clubs.
     
  • Consider donating to local nonprofits to continue supporting their efforts during this challenging time.
     
  • Subscribe to the Mercer Island Reporter. Support local journalism.
     
  • Participate in the UW digital cough study toward training an app to recognize coughing sounds. The app will ultimately help health organizations monitor coughs from self-quarantined COVID-19 patients. (Thank you to one of our readers for this suggestion!)
     
  • Donate video baby monitors or old iPads to hospitals for patient care. Contact me for additional details and a local drop-off location.

City of Mercer Island

  • "Mayor Wong talks about COVID-19 impacts" – Mercer Island Reporter
     
  • The City has launched a new call center for questions regarding the Mercer Island coronavirus response and plans for the future. The hotline number is 206-275-7626 or you can email coronavirus@mercergov.org. (MI Weekly)
     
  • The fourth episode in the City's ongoing series of live video conferences featured Officer Jennifer Franklin, the City's Emergency Manager. You can watch it online here.
Mercer Island School District Real Estate
  • Here's a look at real estate trends and data for the months of February and March. This month, our design spotlight features the beautiful work of Marianne Simon Design.
     
  • I'd love for you to join me and Certified Professional Organizer Denise Allan for a special virtual event, "Overcoming the Overwhelm of Stuff," to take place on Thursday, April 9th. This will be a helpful presentation if you are considering downsizing or a move in your future, but you're also welcome to join us if you're just looking for de-cluttering tips!
     
  • I've created a "Home and Real Estate" section in my My Mercer Island blog post "Local Resources for Coronavirus Information and Updates." Charlie and I area also happy to answer any real estate-related questions in regard to COVID-19 and the "Stay Home" order.
Community Info & Links
  • Enjoy a little Islander Spirit captured in this musical performance – courtesy MI Band Directors, as pictured in the above screen capture.
     
  • In lieu of the First Friday Art Walk, SZ Gallery is hosting a Virtual Art Opening of SKIN - The Exhibition. It will take place today (April 3rd), at 5 pm, live on Facebook and IGTV – join in and meet the artists!
     
  • Pagliacci pays it forward, supports peers, and surprises customers with free treats and giveaways. (Seattle Met)
     
  • Call for kids' artwork! – Kids and families are invited to submit artwork to be distributed at Mercer Island assisted living centers. There is a bin outside of Island Park Elementary school, and Kiernan Boike will be collecting art work through April 10th.
Thank you for reading! I hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy.  

Take care,

Erin

Editor, My Mercer Island
Broker and Co-Founder, The Sirianni Group
Windermere Real Estate – Mercer Island
206-992-5272
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