Everyone 16 and older in Washington state now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

As of April 15, everyone 16 and older who wants a COVID-19 vaccine can receive one in Washington. The eligibility expansion marks the four-month anniversary of vaccine rollout in the state. Since mid-December, nearly 4.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the state. More than 2.67 million people have received at least…

COVID-19 briefing: Snohomish County pauses adminstration of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

During the weekly Snohomish County briefing on COVID-19, County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters announced Tuesday that effective immediately, the county is “putting a pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.” The rationale, he said, comes from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration…

FEMA offering financial assistance for COVID-related funeral expenses

If you have lost a loved one to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for coronavirus-related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 202. The funds are provided under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. To apply,…

South County Fire offering COVID-19 vaccines in Lynnwood April 8

South County Fire, under the direction of the Snohomish Health District, will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at Northwest Life Church, 6510 188th St. S.W., Lynnwood. Registration is required here. The vaccine is the Johnson and Johnson single-dose, and it’s free with no insurance information needed. Those eligible include seniors…

Inslee announces vaccine eligibility expansion to all adults April 15

Responding to a recent surge in coronavirus cases statewide, Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday announced that effective April 15, all Washingtonians over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Over the past four months, since Washington began administering doses of the vaccination, the state has followed a tiered eligibility system —…

U.S. Rep. Larsen to host April 1 COVID-19 telephone town hall with 2nd District constituents

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen will host a live telephone town hall from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 1 to discuss with 2nd District constituents the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing vaccination efforts and how the American Rescue Plan impacts northwest Washington. Dr. Umair Shah, Washington’s secretary of health, and Michele Roberts, acting assistant secretary, prevention and community health Department,…

SBA to increase lending limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount…

State to launch new round of Working Washington small business grants March 29

The Washington State Department of Commerce will open applications for Working Washington Grants: Round 4 on March 29. Business owners can find information about the program and a link to the application portal at commercegrants.com. This is the fourth round of the Working Washington grant program. Legislators approved $240 million for the current round as…

Snohomish County COVID briefing: New cases at lowest level since early October

“We’re starting to see the horizon on this pandemic.” With those words, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Tuesday launched this week’s COVID update. Starting May 1, anyone in Snohomish County over 16 will be eligible for the vaccine. But Somers warned that we should not expect to enjoy “the regular rhythms of life for some…

State Senate resolution honors work of Washington Kids in Transition

The Washington State Senate last week honored the work that Washington Kids in Transition has done in local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resolution 8613 –co-sponsored by State Sens. Marko Liias of the 21st District and Jesse Salomon of the 32nd District — notes that Washington Kids in Transition (WAKIT) “has gone above and beyond…

Inslee announces extension of eviction moratorium, expansion of vaccine eligibility; long-term care visitations may resume

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced that the statewide eviction moratorium will be extended through June 20, as well as upcoming vaccine eligibility expansion, including restaurant workers and Washingtonians 60 and older. He also announced that effective immediately, visitations at long-term care facilities and nursing homes may resume. In addition, the state Department of Health (DOH)…

South County Fire among county fire agencies participating in vaccination effort

South County Fire is among 23 Snohomish County fire agencies participating in the effort to vaccinate communities against COVID-19 through the county’s Vaccine Taskforce. Mass vaccination sites where Snohomish County fire agency staff are administering vaccine include the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe and Arlington Municipal Airport. Mobile vaccination units are also currently visiting adult…

Only three weeks left for small businesses, non-profits to apply for a forgivable PPP loan

Time is running out for small businesses and non-profits to secure a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. The Washington Economic Development Association, the National Development Council and leaders of the Washington Small Business Recovery Working Group encourage organizations to visit SmallBizHelpWA.com for available resources. Businesses interested in this assistance should: Find a lender at SmallBizHelpWA.com…

Taskforce emphasizes eligibility, appointment requirements for mass vaccination sites

All mass vaccination sites operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce are by appointment only for those eligible for vaccination in the current phase, the Snohomish Health District said Tuesday. The health district issued this announcement: Washington State Department of Health (DOH) established phases for vaccination that prioritize our most at-risk residents. These phases are…

Protections extended through July 31 for electric, natural gas customers

The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission extended protections for electric and natural gas customers struggling to pay their bills due to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. State regulators recently extended an order — previously set to expire on April 30 — preventing investor-owned energy utilities from disconnecting customers for nonpayment through…

Edmonds woman co-founds website aimed at easing pain of finding COVID shots

When Edmonds resident Kirsten Andrews’ 75-year-old mom tried to sign up for her first COVID vaccination, she ran into the all-too-familiar brick wall of hopelessly complex (and often maxed out) websites, clogged phone lines that leave you on hold for hours (if you’re lucky enough to get past the busy signal), and, for the fortunate…