Breaking: Snohomish County approved to move into Phase 2 of reopening plan.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Friday morning that the county is receiving a variance from the Washington State Health Department to move into Phase 2 of the governor’s COVID-19 reopening plan. The health department order is effective immediately. “Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” Somers…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 4, 2020

The Thursday, June 4, data from the Snohomish Health District continue the big-picture story of Snohomish County’s slow but steady gain in the local battle with COVID-19. Note particularly the total case counts (upper) lines in the Countywide Trends line chart showing confirmed plus probable (blue line) and confirmed only (yellow line) over the full…

Sponsor spotlight: COVID-19 may mean higher PUD bills, but help is easy to find

Long, warm days and cool nights are part of what make the Pacific Northwest a paradise in the summer. But there’s also a financial benefit: More sun and warmer temperatures mean lower energy bills. Usually. With COVID-19 keeping many people home, Snohomish PUD says energy use for this time of year is slightly higher than…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 3, 2020

The Wednesday, June 3, data from the Snohomish Health District present a picture of a tenacious infection that is very slowly giving ground. After a one-day spike of 33 new cases Tuesday (yellow chart), Wednesday’s addition of 15 to the caseload is more in line with the experience of the previous week. Total Active Cases…

Sponsor spotlight: Think before tapping 401(k) as emergency fund

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to take money out of a qualified plan, like a 401(k), or an IRA, with favorable tax consequences. But should you do it? You might view withdrawing money from a retirement account as a last resort. Background Among other changes in…

Scriber Lake HS honors its seniors during drive-up ceremony

Scriber Lake High School seniors had their turn Wednesday as the 2020 graduates from Edmonds School District high schools were filmed this week as part of the virtual graduation ceremony to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Scriber Class of 2020 arrived by car in the school parking lot…

Edmonds Heights K-12 makes it special for Class of 2020

Edmonds Heights K-12 is proud of its individual approach to learning that involves parents directly, allowing them to be the primary educators of their children. So it’s only natural that their graduation ceremonies, especially in this year of COVID-19, should reflect this. “We’ve always made parents part of our graduation,” said Principal Dr. Scott Mauk. “And…

Judge says second recall petition against Snohomish County sheriff can proceed

A judge has ruled that a second recall petition against Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney can move forward. Four local attorneys had filed this petition, alleging that Fortney violated his oath of office when he announced on Facebook in April that he would not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthyorder. The judge’s ruling…

COVID-19 Daily Update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 2, 2020

The Tuesday, June 2, data from the Snohomish Health District begin the new week on a mixed note, showing fewer hospitalizations and a gain in overall recoveries, despite a one-day spike in caseloads and a corresponding gain in active cases. After an encouraging weekend of low numbers of new cases (yellow chart), the past 24…

Class of 2020 Edmonds eLearning Academy students participate in video graduation

Class of 2020 seniors from the Edmonds School District’s eLearning Academy program on Tuesday participated in the production process for the virtual graduation ceremony being filmed to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, students arrived at an appointed time in the College Place Middle School parking lot to be filmed receiving…

Inslee extends moratorium on evictions to Aug. 1

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 protections for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March, then extended and expanded the moratorium in mid-April. Proclamation 20-19.2 issued Tuesday extends the prior eviction moratorium for 60 days (through Aug.1), and makes modifications to the prior moratorium. The…

County officials: Phase 2 reopening may come within days

“We are moving forward and very excited about it.” That comment from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers set an upbeat tone for the Tuesday morning County’s COVID-19 briefing. County staffers, he said, “really scrambled over the weekend to get that (Phase 2 reopening) package submitted to the state health department. ” Somers said he expects…

Meadowdale HS honors Class of 2020 with festive commencement

In a special ceremony that will live in the memories of parents, teachers, administrators —  and especially the graduates of the Class of 2020 —  Meadowdale High School pulled out all the stops despite the COVID shutdown, setting a new standard for the old saying “when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.” “All credit…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 1, 2020

The Monday, June 1, data from the Snohomish Health District show a weekend of encouraging progress on all fronts in our local battle with COVID-19. After almost two weeks of remaining fairly constant, incremental new cases per day (yellow chart) is trending down, adding 38 between Saturday and Monday for an average of less than…

Washington State wins second grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

Washington workers negatively affected by COVID-19 will gain employment and training for in-demand occupations that pay a living wage through a new $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state’s Employment Security Department said it partnered with the Washington Workforce Association, the state Workforce Board and other key stakeholders to win two…

Snohomish PUD expands payment options as meter reading resumes 

As the state moves toward reopening more businesses in the wake of COVID-19, Snohomish County PUD will implement “a gradual and safe return” of select field operations, including meter reading, the utility said. The PUD also said it will continue to offer its community support plan for any customer experiencing a financial hardship related to…

COVID-19 Weekend Update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 30, 2020

Intended to supplement our Tuesday-Saturday daily reports, the Weekend Update provides details on where infected individuals contracted the virus, numbers of tests administered, and positive vs negative testing results in Snohomish County. This week we are also providing information on the number of new cases per 100,000 population, one of the key targets that Washington…

Pop up blood donor center now open in Lynnwood

The COVID-19 pandemic has left the public health system scrambling to ensure the safety of patients and the stability of the local blood supply. Bloodworks is now teaming up with several community partners to host new Pop-Up Donor Centers throughout the region, including one in Lynnwood at the Lynnwood Stake Center, 1st Cultural Hall (Gym), 17321 44th Ave….

Fare collection restarts on Swift Bus Rapid Transit June 1

Community Transit will begin collecting fares for Swift Blue and Swift Green bus rapid transit lines Monday, June 1. Unlike other Community Transit bus routes, Swift riders pay fares at Swift stations, not at the front of the bus. Service ambassadors will be available at Swift stations beginning June 1 to answer questions and assist…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 29, 2020

The Friday, May 29 data from the Snohomish Health District continue much as they have, showing no major deviation from the trends of the past two weeks. Incremental new cases per day (yellow chart) added another case over the pasts 24 hours, maintaining a relatively steady pace of new infections with 25 added since Thursday….

Inslee releases details of Safe Start — Washington’s phased reopening by county

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday the expansion of Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening plan. The expansion comes as the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ends midnight Sunday. The expansion moves Washington through the phased reopening on a county-by-county basis. With this new approach, counties will have more flexibility to demonstrate they can safely…

Inslee announces state’s long-term care testing plan

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced the state’s plan to begin broad testing within long-term care facilities . The state Department of Health issued an order that will require widespread testing. Residents and staff in nursing homes will be tested within approximately two weeks, with a completion goal date of June 12. All residents and…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 28, 2020

The Thursday, May 28 data from the Snohomish Health District continue to reflect the strong persistence of COVID-19 infection in our area, with at least two of our selected metrics (new cases and deaths) showing disturbing increases over the past week. We are not out of the woods yet. Incremental new cases per day (yellow…

Total claims for state unemployment benefits decrease from the previous week

During the week of May 17-23, there were 48,445 initial regular unemployment claims, down 65% from the prior week and 1,497,591 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories filed by Washingtonians, according to the Employment Security Department. ESD said it believes the decrease was in large part due to significant fraud prevention measures that were…