City of Yakima response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is an evolving situation with more than 28,000 confirmed cases in Yakima County. The City of Yakima has declared an emergency due to concerns about its possible spread. The emergency declaration has been extended through May 4th, 2021.
Vaccine information, distribution
A drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic at State Fair Park is open by appointment for those who are currently eligible under the vaccine distribution plan. The hours of operation are 10 am to 6 pm daily. Register for an appointment on site, on Prep-Mod or call 1-800-525-0127, press 7 for Spanish.
State Fair Park is the first fully FEMA-funded COVID-19 mass vaccination site in the country
Information about COVID-19 vaccine phases, vaccine locations and instructions on signing up for a vaccine is also available on the Yakima Health District website at COVID-19 Vaccine | Yakima County, WA
Individuals who would like to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine should follow these four steps:
Step 1: Determine Eligibility using Phase Finder www.FindYourPhaseWA.Org
Step 2: Identify a location that is currently distributing vaccines using the Yakima Health District Website
Step 3: Contact the location to schedule an appointment. Each location will have a preferred method of contact listed on the Yakima Health District website
Step 4: Go to your first appointment and mark your calendar for your second dose. Individuals are recommended to schedule their second dose at the same location where they received their first dose.
COVID-19 grants for small businesses
During the past 12 months, the Yakima City Council has set aside over $2 million in COVID-19 relief funds, assisting more than 250 small businesses to help address the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions on small businesses.
Most recently, the City of Yakima dedicated $266,406 for a second round of assistance for micro-businesses (five or fewer employees) for reimbursement of expenses related to COVID-19. The money was available for low or moderate-income business owners, with five employees or less, in the Yakima city limits. IT was funded through a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), a Federal program intended to expand economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons.
“Healthy Washington” recovery plan
Yakima County and all of Washington state are in Phase 3 of the state’s “Healthy Washington” recovery plan.
With buildings re-opening under Phase 3, the Washington State Department of Health has issued a safety reminder about the hazards of stagnant water in buildings that have been closed several months due to the pandemic.
City of Yakima response and precautions
- City facilities are closed until further notice. We continue to provide services.
- We encourage you to use our online services. They include the City’s Online Permit Center and utility services webpages.
- The Utility Services Division is offering to meet with residents by appointment to register their utility accounts online.
- City board, commission, and committee meetings are being held via Zoom. City Council meetings are being held via Zoom.
- Parks and Recreation:
- Lions Pool is open for lap swims and water walking. COVID-19 protocols are in place.
- Tennis and pickleball courts, as well as the dog park at Randall Park are open with social distancing requirements posted onsite.
- The City’s Harman Center re-opened February 17th.
- Yakima Parks and Recreation is offering virtual recreation programs.
- Public Safety:
- The Yakima Police Department encourages you to utilize the online and telephone reporting systems as much as possible. YPD has created online tutorial videos in English and Spanish.
- When responding to EMS aid calls, Yakima Fire Department firefighters are wearing personal protective equipment, including N95 masks and gowns. Click https://yakimafire.com/covid-19/ for more about YFD’s response to the pandemic.
- Yakima Transit buses operate as normally scheduled. Bus passes and tickets can be purchased at the Transit Center, calling 575-6175 (passes will be mailed if ordered via telephone) or at Wray’s Grocery Stores in Yakima. To protect passengers and drivers, Yakima Transit continues daily disinfection procedures in all its vehicles and facilities. Passengers are required to wear masks in accordance with federal requirements.
- The Yakima Airport offers free masks to passengers, staff and visitors. Masks are required at the airport in accordance with state and federal requirements. The airport has also adopted several social-distancing protocols in keeping with those issued by Gov. Inslee.
Precautions you can take
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions to avoid COVID-19:
- Social distancing
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Wear a facemask.
- If you are over the age of 60 or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and away from other people.
City of Yakima COVID-19 communications
Click https://www.yakimawa.gov/media/news/category/covid-19/ for all City of Yakima news releases related to COVID-19, as well as news releases from other agencies related to COVID-19 that the City has shared.
Following are videos the City’s Community Relation’s Office produced in response to COVID-19
- Recording updates for the Yakima Health District.
- A Y-PAC Check-ins video series with City of Yakima updates.
- Click https://www.youtube.com/c/CityofYakimaWA to see more videos produced by the Community Relations Office.
The CDC has extensive information about the coronavirus outbreak.
The Yakima Health District also issued a directive strongly recommending that Yakima County residents wear masks when they are in public.
A guide for Yakima County businesses seeking to re-open is available at https://yvopenandsafe.com/
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has a page dedicated to the virus.
A DOH coronavirus hotline is available by calling 1-800-525-0127 and pressing #
The World Health Organization COVID-19 page is here.
The Yakima County Development Association offers an online Resource Guide for businesses dealing with COVID-19.
Washington Listens offers support for those experiencing stress and anxiety due to COVID-19. Call 1-833-681-0211, Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9 pm and weekends from 9 am to 6 pm – https://walistens.org
Following are food banks in the Yakima area offering support to families:
- People for People Meals on Wheels distribute 7 days worth of meals for seniors every Monday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Call 426-2601 to sign up and for details. Meals are distributed drive-thru style.
- The Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) of Washington Food Bank, 1419 Hathaway Street, offers a drive-thru food bank from 9 to 11:30 am each Tuesday and Thursday.
- Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Food Bank, 507 N. 35th Ave. 9:30-11:30 am every Tuesday.
- Sunrise Outreach Center Yakima Food Bank, 221 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 10 am to noon every Thursday.
- Salvation Army of Yakima Food Bank, 9 S. 6th St. 2-4 p.m. Monday-Friday with seniors-only hour 1-2 pm.
- Henry Beauchamp Community Center food bank, 1211 S. 7th St.: 12:30 pm until food runs out every Monday.
- Yakima County Veterans Services food pantry, 128 N. 2nd St., Room 103: 8 am to 4 pm Monday-Friday, veterans only.
- Yakima Rotary Food Bank, 703 Central Ave. 8:30 am to noon every Friday.