COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 29, 2020

The Snohomish Heath District is no longer providing updated COVID-19 statistics on weekends. You can see the latest statewide statistics from the Washington State Department of Health here. Our latest coverage Updated March 29: Directory of Lynnwood restaurants offering takeout, delivery Washington State Department of Health update No need to stock up or disinfect your…

Updated March 29: Directory of Lynnwood restaurants offering takeout, delivery

Publisher’s note: Here’s our roundup of Lynnwood restaurants that are offering take-out and/or delivery or are closed due to the statewide ban on in-store dining following the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have changes or additions to this list, please add to the comments below and we will update as soon as we can. Lynnwood Local…

Scratch Distillery switches from spirits to sanitizer to support first responders

With its tasting room and retail store closed during the COVID-19 shutdown, Edmonds-based Scratch Distillery owners Bryan and Kim Karrick are turning their creative energies in a new direction aimed at helping to our local first responders. They’re switching from Scratch’s award-winning potable spirits to a more humble — but increasingly essential — product now…

‘Signs from the Edge’: A serial novel from EPIC Group Writers — Chapter 11

As relief from reading Journal of a Plague Year, Station Eleven, and The Plague, the board of EPIC Group Writers penned a serial novel for your entertainment. Since each author could only see the immediately preceding chapter, there are numerous plot twists and wild goose chases. Fortunately the “instigator,” Diane Naab, was able to pull the whole…

Even if you’re stuck at home, you can help Clothes For Kids

Clothes For Kids, the Lynnwood-based organization that provides school wardrobes to Edmonds School District students in need, offers the following ways you can help the non-profit from the comfort of home: 1. Clean out your closets. Being stuck at home offers the opportunity to do that spring cleaning and set aside items for donation. Clothing…

Recommended Reads: Immerse yourself in the latest tea shop mystery from Laura Childs

Lavender Blue Murder, by Laura Childs Get ready, mystery enthusiasts and amateur sleuths, because Laura Childs’ latest Tea Shop Mystery starts off with a bang. It’s a Lavender Blue Murder in the fields of the low country of South Carolina. When Indigo Tea Shop owner Theodosia Browning and her tea sommelier Drayton Conneley attend an…

Man killed Saturday night after dispute with neighbor in unincorporated Lynnwood

A 37-year-old man was shot and killed in unincorporated Lynnwood Saturday night over a neighborhood dispute may have been related to parking. According to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded about 11 p.m. Saturday to the 3300 block of 203rd Street Southwest after receiving multiple 911 calls regarding a disturbance in which shots had…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 28, 2020

The Snohomish Heath District is no longer providing updated COVID-19 statistics on Saturday or Sunday. So we will present the latest statewide numbers, by county, from the Washington State Department of Health. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington Updated on March 28, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. The data in this report is reflective of all…

‘Signs from the Edge’: A serial novel from EPIC Group Writers — Chapter 10

As relief from reading Journal of a Plague Year, Station Eleven, and The Plague, the board of EPIC Group Writers penned a serial novel for your entertainment. Since each author could only see the immediately preceding chapter, there are numerous plot twists and wild goose chases. Fortunately the “instigator,” Diane Naab, was able to pull the whole…

Books for kids, little to big

Publisher’s note: In these days of social distancing, many parents may be looking for ways to keep their kids engaged at home.  Edmonds resident and retired teacher Barbara Chase offered to share her own list of reading recommendations for children of all ages.  Ever since I started teaching many moons ago, I noticed that schools seemed…

A positive impact of social distancing: fewer traffic collisions

One positive outcome from the people staying at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak: fewer vehicle crashes. According to a new study from Seattle’s Davis Law Group, cities and counties across Washington state, vehicle traffic on roads, highways, and interstates has fallen dramatically over the past few weeks as the local officials recommended that residents stay…

Snohomish County’s isolation and quarantine facility opens next week

Snohomish County will open a COVID-19 isolation and quarantine site next week at the Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett. This facility will provide a site for temporary isolation and quarantine for those who may not be able to recover in their own home or who are among the county’s unsheltered population. Such…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 27, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Updated March 27: Directory of Lynnwood restaurants offering takeout, delivery   Playtime: From online P.E. to Rick Steves travel classes, more ways to keep families…

‘Signs from the Edge’: A serial novel from EPIC Group Writers — Chapter 9

As relief from reading Journal of a Plague Year, Station Eleven, and The Plague, the board of EPIC Group Writers penned a serial novel for your entertainment. Since each author could only see the immediately preceding chapter, there are numerous plot twists and wild goose chases. Fortunately the “instigator,” Diane Naab, was able to pull the whole…

Edmonds School District to begin remote teaching March 30

The Edmonds School District Thursday announced its plans to move forward with remote teaching starting next week while schools remain closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Starting March 30, teachers across the district will begin the process of introducing students to online learning while schools are closed through at least April 24. The district’s…

Snohomish County PUD temporarily suspends reading meters, amends billing process

With a focus on keeping its employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Snohomish County PUD announced Friday it has temporarily suspended reading meters and sending meter readers into the field. In a statement, PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney said the delivery of critical power and water services remains unaffected. Additionally, PUD residential and small…

Sponsor spotlight: New coronavirus law requires small business to provide paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed in late March that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers. This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Here…

Second day of Chromebook distribution for Edmonds students

Thursday marked the second day of Chromebook distribution to the thousands of kindergarten-to-eighth grade students in the Edmonds School District; parents and students are picking up the laptop computers as the district puts together its plans to educate students at home while schools are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. The distribution is taking place at…

Lynnwood Royals’ Nakia Boston earns all-state basketball honors

Lynnwood Royals’ senior Nakia Boston has been named an Honorable Mention selectee for the AP Washington state 2019-2020 All-State prep basketball teams. Boston was one of three players given the Honorable Mention designation for the 3A girls’ All-State team as voted on by Associated Press sports writers and editors. Boston averaged 23.1 points per game…

State unemployment insurance applications increased 843 percent over previous week

The Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that it saw 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits for the week of March 15-21, an increase of 119,310 claims — or a 843% — over the previous week. “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in our state,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “The velocity and…

Reader view: The season may be lost, but you can still help Girls on the Run

The following was written by Megan Wolfe, executive director of Snohomish County Girls on the Run, a 10-week empowerment and fitness program for girls in third through sixth grades. It was canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been trying to process my grief over our canceled season for the past week and a…

Online shopping in the age of COVID-19: Package safety and delivery concerns

COVID-19 has turned online shopping in our community upside down. Here are two key questions: Are packages delivered to our homes safe from COVID-19? How long is it now taking to pick up or deliver online orders? Are delivered packages safe from COVID-19? There is no simple, single answer. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

Local filmmakers make a timely movie about isolation

Growing up in Edmonds, Brandon “Banjo” Tiehen and his childhood friend Neo King began their movie careers at 12, using a family camcorder. Now, joined by a cohort of former high school friends, they’ve produced a short film. Called Shaded, the movie was shot locally, primarily at Lynnwood’s Wilcox Park and Edmonds Community College. “It’s…

Letter to the editor: One student’s view on school district response to coronavirus

Editor: The Edmonds School District was not prepared for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) because they underestimated the disease. They didn’t designate a way for students to continue to their education if the disease got worse, and it did. When more than one case was diagnosed in Washington and the state eventually became the most infected state…

‘Signs from the Edge’: A serial novel from EPIC Group Writers — Chapter 8

As relief from reading Journal of a Plague Year, Station Eleven, and The Plague, the board of EPIC Group Writers penned a serial novel for your entertainment. Since each author could only see the immediately preceding chapter, there are numerous plot twists and wild goose chases. Fortunately the “instigator,” Diane Naab, was able to pull the whole…

Sponsor spotlight: PUD here to help those impacted by COVID-19

Impacted by COVID-19? The PUD wants to help. Families in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic have an ally in Snohomish County PUD, which recently took swift action to help customers affected by the virus. That means if you or somebody you know has been impacted by the sudden loss of income or employment…

Community Transit, Sound Transit announce service reductions, other changes beginning March 30

As community members are encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, transit ridership has seen a decrease in ridership prompting  service reductions beginning Monday, March 30. Community Transit announced Thursday a plan to reduce most bus services by approximately 25%. This COVID-19 related reduction in service will go into effect March 30, and continue…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 25, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness School district consolidates food prep, expands locations for ‘grab-and-go’ meals Lynnwood’s Temple…

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