1. Hate Has No Home Here
Bellevue is among Washington's most diverse cities, with more than 40% of the population reporting some Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry. City leaders have taken a number of actions to fight hate, bias, and racism after several instances of hate crimes and discrimination against the Asian and Pacific Islander community nationwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hate Has No Home Here is more than a movement. It is an affirmation of community values in ensuring everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, and embraces a shared accountability to treat everyone with dignity and support all neighbors.
Window stickers will be available for pick up at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce on April 6th and 8th, from 10 am to 4 pm. You may also fill out a form to request a sticker be mailed to you.
2. Potential Reopening Rollback
According to health officials and Governor Inslee's office, King County is at extreme risk for falling back into reopening Phase 2. This would mean restaurants and other affected businesses would fall from 50% occupancy to 25%, among other changes. Here’s how the process works.
Every few weeks, the state uses two metrics to determine what reopening phase a county is in. The next date for evaluation is April 12.
New Cases: This rate is determined by averaging the daily number of new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous 14-day period.
Phase 3 requirement: Less than 200 per 100,000
Current Rate: 174.4 per 100,000
Last Daily Count: 258 per 100,000
Covid Hospitalizations: This rate is determined the total number of Covid-related hospitalizations per 100,000 residents over the final 7 days of the evaluation period.
Phase 3 requirement: Less than 5
Current Rate: 4.1 (For the 7-day period ending 3/30)
Average Daily count Needed to stay under 5 per 100k: 14.45
Last Verified Daily Count: 18 on 3/28
While our current metrics meet standards, the daily counts are on or over the line. A return to Phase 2 could be catastrophic for our restaurants and service sector who are struggling to reopen as Spring kicks into high gear. You can follow the daily counts at the King County Dashboard, or the State’s Roadmap to Recovery Metrics website.
Vaccination Progress Report
Vaccinate 70% of King County adults by July 31, 2021
3. A Look Back, a Look Ahead
The past year was an unprecedented time for all of us, and through it all, the Bellevue Chamber was there lending a helping hand to the Eastside community. Now, the Chamber looks forward to a bright and exciting 2021. Take a peek at what the Chamber accomplished in the last year and what lies ahead with the Bellevue Chamber’s Highlight video featured at the Chamber’s Annual Gala, presented by T-Mobile.
4. Recognizing Local Leaders
Over the last year, there have been many inspirational stories of individuals and organizations stepping up and helping others within the community. At our Annual Gala last week, we highlighted nine community leaders and organizations who have gone above and beyond to provide community support during a challenging year.
- Mayor Lynne Robinson
- Police Chief Steve Mylett
- Bellevue Firefighters & EMTs
- Overlake Medical Center and Clinics
- Republic Services
- The Sophia Way
- Bellevue LifeSpring
- Congregations for the Homeless
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5. Join Us for Lunch
Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
At our next Chamber Lunch, we will take a look at how companies and nonprofits are working together to solve community problems. The program will discuss the corporate philanthropy and employee engagement programs championed by leading companies that make our region a better place.
Join us virtually every month through August as regional leaders share insights on a variety of critical topics. Each program will provide an opportunity to engage and collaborate with business leaders during the breakout sessions.
+1 Legislative Update
The Bellevue Chamber's lobbyist in Olympia, Lyset Cadena, provides a weekly report covering priority areas such as Covid recovery, transportation, and housing, as well as bill statuses.