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…

Snohomish County leaders plan to apply for state variance to allow Phase 2 reopening

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Board of Health Chair Stephanie Wright, and County Council Chair Nate Nehring jointly announced Thursday their intention to apply for a variance that would allow Snohomish County to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s reopening plan. The announcement comes after the county council Wednesday approved the final piece of…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 27, 2020

The Wednesday, May 27 data from the Snohomish Health District attest to the stubborn nature of the COVID-19 infection in our area, with selected metrics remaining relatively steady. While they do not show the hoped-for light at the end of the tunnel, they do indicate that the situation is at least not deteriorating and that…

Edmonds College extends remote operations through June 19

Edmonds College said Monday it will extend its remote operations through June 19. Pending any further guidance on closure from Snohomish County or Washington State, Edmonds College offices currently plan to reopen to the public no earlier than Monday, June 22. Based on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Phase 1 Higher Education and Critical Infrastructure Workforce Training…

Inslee announces limited outdoor religious services are now allowed

Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday announced the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. Beginning Wednesday, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties — including Snohomish — may host up to 100 people for outdoor services. In Phase 2, they can host up…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 26, 2020

Note on weekend data reporting: With the Snohomish Health District not providing data updates on weekends and holidays, the Tuesday, May 26 numbers include the combined changes over the three-day Memorial Day Weekend — Saturday May 23, Sunday May 24 and Monday May 25 — plus changes for Tuesday, May 26 —  four days total….

Edmonds Arts Festival volunteers feed students’ creative side amid pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic triggered the cancellation of this year’s Edmonds Arts Festival, but it hasn’t detoured festival volunteers from their mission to support the arts and art education across the Edmonds School District. Board members from the Edmonds Arts Festival and Festival Foundation assembled art kits and this week are distributing them to families at 10…

More than 3,600 pounds of food donated in drive-thru event

In response to rising demand for food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic, the Lynnwood Food Bank held a drive-thru food drive Saturday afternoon. More than 3,600 pounds of food was donated to the food bank during the donation drive, which lasted from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The food bank — located at 5320 176th…

COVID-19 Weekend Update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 23, 2020

Welcome to our first COVID-19 Weekend Update. Intended to supplement our daily weekday 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. Testing, along with contact tracing, has been identified as a key weapon in the battle with…

South County Fire helps veteran’s family put on a socially-distant patriotic display

South County Fire Friday helped the family of a 98-year-old World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient honor him with an impromptu self-distancing patriotic display. After hearing the sound of patriotic music playing nearby, firefighters at Lynnwood Fire Station 15 discovered it was coming from across the street at Aegis Assisted Living, where two…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 22, 2020

The Friday, May 22 data from the Snohomish Health District show that while progress has been made over the full reporting period, COVID-19 is still very much with us and shows every sign of persisting into the foreseeable future. As our communities begin to cautiously reopen, we will follow these measures carefully for any sign…

Snohomish County won’t be ready for Phase 2 reopening June 1, officials say

Snohomish County is not yet ready to move to Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan. June 1 was a possible target date for that, but Snohomish County leaders admitted in a Friday briefing that we are not there. Phase 2 of the Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” program would reopen most businesses, including restaurants…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 21, 2020

The Thursday, May 21 data from the Snohomish Health District suggest what might be interpreted as a slight setback in our local battle with COVID-19. New cases recorded in the past 24 hours (yellow chart) show that 36 cases were added to those infected, the biggest jump this week and a sobering departure from Wednesday’s…

Total claims for state unemployment benefits increased almost 28 percent from previous week — ‘some portion’ likely fraudulent

During the week of May 10-16, the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) reported that Washington residents filed 138,733 initial regular unemployment claims (an increase of 29,308 from the previous week) and 1,670,580 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (an increase of 369,016 from the previous week). ESD believes some portion of the high…

Verdant Health Commission donates $11K to help feed Edmonds College students

To help provide food and assistance for Edmonds College students who are experiencing food insecurity during COVID-19, the Verdant Health Commission has donated $11,880 to the Edmonds College Foundation. “We appreciate the generosity of our community partners during this time,” said Edmonds College President Dr. Amit B. Singh. “Our students are facing significant challenges, and…

COVID-10 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 20, 2020

With the exception of a single new COVID-related death, the Wednesday, May 20 data from the Snohomish Health District present encouraging news in the various metrics we track for our daily update. New cases recorded in the past 24 hours (yellow chart) stands at nine, a new low for the entire reporting period and a…

Community Transit seeks input on transit use in response to COVID-19

During the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order Community Transit’s bus ridership has decreased approximately 70%. The agency has launched a survey to learn more about how riders and others view transit since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and their priorities for the future. The survey is open to all Community Transit customers and…

State unemployment rate at 15.4% in April

Washington’s economy lost 527,000 jobs in April and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for April increased from 5.1 percent to 15.4 percent, according to figures released Wednesday by the State Employment Security Department (ESD). “The April jobs report numbers confirm what we already expected based on the record number of individuals who have…

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

The Tuesday, May 19 data from the Snohomish Health District present a mixed bag of good and concerning news. New cases per day (yellow chart) is continuing its slow but steady upward trend, with 28 new cases reported Tuesday. But at the same time, more people are recovering and recovering faster. Total active cases in…

Larsen to host third COVID-19 telephone town hall May 20

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will host a live telephone town hall starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic with Second District residents. Larsen will hear residents’ concerns and provide an update on benefits available to Washingtonians suffering from the virus’ impacts. This telephone town hall is open to the public. Dial in at 855-962-0954…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 18, 2020

The Monday, May 18 data from the Snohomish Health District overall look encouraging, despite showing a slight uptick in resurgence of the virus in several of the metrics we track. We have also added three additional charts. The first displays the latest data on how people were exposed to and acquired the virus. The other…