5 Things: April 14, 2020
1. Tune In This Thursday
The Frontlines: Leadership, Science, & Washington's Fight Against Covid-19
The Eastside of Lake Washington was the first place in the country to experience the Coronavirus pandemic. Hear stories from the front lines of this battle, what healthcare experts have learned, and what's next as we prepare our communities for life after lockdown.
Join Vice Admiral Raquel Bono, Washington state director for COVID-19 Health System Response Management; Dr. Ed Leonard, lead infectious disease specialist for Overlake Medical Center; and Dr. Thomas Miller, Medical Director for Quality and Safety at Overlake Medical Center for powerful look at the healthcare response to the Covid crisis.
2. An Update from the Governor
Gov. Jay Inslee issued two proclamations yesterday regarding the Coronavirus situation.
The first gives high-risk workers the right to protect themselves from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their employment status or loss of income. Read more >
The second proclamation was a joint statement from Gov. Inslee, California Gov. Newsom, and Oregon Gov. Brown regarding a shared vision for reopening the economies of these three states and controlling COVID-19 in the future. Read more >
3. Parks & Recreation Community Services
City Manager Brad Miyake announced that Michael Shiosaki will lead the city’s Parks & Community Services Department. Shiosaki is an excellent addition to the city's leadership and brings 30-years of experience as a parks and recreation professional, including 11 years leading park planning and development in Bellevue.
The Chamber is very excited to welcome Michael back to Bellevue and look forward to partnering with him to grow our community's access to recreation opportunities.
4. Internet Essentials
Comcast is increasing access to and the speed of their Internet Essentials program to support communities through the Coronavirus pandemic. As schools and businesses close and families are encouraged, or even mandated, to stay home, internet connectivity becomes even more important.
5. We're Here to Help
The Bellevue Chamber has launched a COVID-19 Crisis Call Center to provide support, information, and resources to the Eastside business community. If you need assistance navigating your available financial options or would like to connect with business experts, please give us a call at 425-454-2464.