In a virtual town hall event on Sept. 30, Bellevue LifeSpring and three Bellevue leaders discussed the latest developments of COVID-19’s impact on the health of the Bellevue community while also addressing specific community questions and concerns.

The panel consisted of Lynne Robinson, mayor of Bellevue; Dr. David Knoepfler, chief medical officer of Overlake Hospital; Dr. Ivan Duran, superintendent of Bellevue School District; and Jennifer Fischer, executive director of Bellevue LifeSpring. 

The meeting was moderated by Matt Lorch, an anchor and reporter for Q13 News, and put an emphasis on the response and role of the Bellevue medical community; the impacts on local school districts and the families it serves; and the changing future of downtown Bellevue’s retail, hotel, and restaurant sectors. 

“The future of the Bellevue business climate is actually looking pretty good to me right now,” said Robinson. “If we all can support what’s around us, get out safely, and frequent the things that we love, the better chance that they will still be there when we get through this crisis.”

The panelists called attention to the importance of community and the financial support of local nonprofits who have been providing relief for struggling families. 

“This pandemic has really shown some of the inequities that we have in our society, from access to healthcare, access to testing, and access to some of the things that we consider basic rights,” said Duran.

Despite Bellevue’s hardships, the panelists remain optimistic about Bellevue’s future. 

“What it is going to take is the tradition that Bellevue LifeSpring started 109 years ago of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Fischer. “That will get us through these times, today.”

To watch the entire town hall recording, visit the Bellevue LifeSpring website.