On Sunday, Mar. 15, 2020, Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta released a statement about the local effects the COVID-19 coronavirus is having on our community.
“Right now more than ever it is vital that we unite as a community, checking on your neighbors, and ensuring to socially distance oneself for regard to the people that are most susceptible to this virus,” Matta said. “The impact is weighing heavily on our small businesses that depend on our community for their survival, with a mind to the social distancing, please help wherever you can even if that means ordering take out or buying gift cards for future use.”
Here’s the text of Matta’s full statement:
Friends and Family,
I give with heavy heart condolences to everyone being impacted by the COVID-19 virus- from school closures to small businesses.
Right now more than ever it is vital that we unite as a community, checking on your neighbors, and ensuring to socially distance oneself for regard to the people that are most susceptible to this virus.
The impact is weighing heavily on our small businesses that depend on our community for their survival, with a mind to the social distancing, please help wherever you can even if that means ordering take out or buying gift cards for future use.
For our elderly population, please ensure if you can, that you check up on those you know, and ensure they have the basic needs necessary to stay in their homes.
The Burien City Council will be meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss what further actions we must take.
This is undeniably a difficult time for everyone, and it will take us all to combat this. These are times that we unveil the strong and supportive community we have.
The following are resources for community members:
King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center
* 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.
Small business resources: https://www.nav.com/blog/do-you-qualify-for-the-50-billion-in-sba-loans-for-covid-19-556443/
For families that reside and are impacted by the school closures, Highline School District will be providing meals for students at the following locations:
- BIG PICTURE SCHOOLS
440 South 186th Street Burien
- CASCADE MIDDLE SCHOOL
11212 10th Ave. SW Seattle
- CENTRAL OFFICE
15676 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien
- CHINOOK MIDDLE SCHOOL
18650 42nd Ave. S, SeaTac
- EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL
830 SW 116th St., Seattle
- GLACIER MIDDLE SCHOOL
2450 South 142nd Street, SeaTac
- HIGHLINE HIGH SCHOOL
615 S 200th St, Des Moines (Olympic Interim Site)
- MADRONA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
20301 32nd Ave S, SeaTac
- MOUNT RAINIER HIGH SCHOOL
22450 19th Ave S, Des Moines
- PACIFIC MIDDLE SCHOOL
22705 24th Pl. S, Des Moines
- SYLVESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL
16222 Sylvester Rd. SW, Burien
- TYEE HIGH SCHOOL
4424 S 188th St., SeaTac
- WHITE CENTER HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY
10015 6th Ave SW, Seattle
- BIG PICTURE SCHOOLS