Need a laptop or Wi-Fi? Sno-Isle Libraries can help

Sno-Isle Libraries is expanding the laptop loan program with Laptops to Go and Wi-Fi Hotspots to Go. Sno-Isle Libraries customers can place a hold in the catalog under the new program to borrow one of 124 laptops or one of 50 Wi-Fi hotspots for use at home. Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout…

Reminder: Sno-Isle Libraries to present ‘Wellness in Uncertainty’ event Jan. 14

Starting Jan. 14, Sno-Isle Libraries will begin a new Issues That Matter series, Pandemic Pressures: Supporting and Family Mental Health. The series will focus on the profound effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on everyone’s emotional well-being with events aimed to help individuals and families of all ages. All Issues That Matter events will be…

Snohomish County COVID-19 drive-thru testing schedule for week of Jan. 11

The locations and schedules for next week’s drive-thru testing operated by the Snohomish Health District are as follows:  3900 Broadway site in Everett – open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everett Community College site at 915 N. Broadway – open Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynnwood…

Snohomish Health District provides update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and planning

The Snohomish Health District provided the following report Friday on vaccine distribution and planning in Snohomish County: In the first three weeks, just shy of 30,000 vaccines were distributed to 13 vaccine provider groups in Snohomish County. Another 8,600 doses had been allocated for this week. This number does not include doses distributed to sovereign…

Snohomish County to be in Phase 1 of new COVID recovery plan next week

For the week starting January 11, Snohomish County will fall under Phase 1 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery announced by Gov. Jay Inslee last week. The governor’s plan provides a framework for regions to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity. With Snohomish County now incorporated into the new Puget…

State releases next phase of vaccine prioritization

The Washington State Department of Health Wednesday released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination, which will begin after the first phase of inoculations — 1A — is completed. In its Wednesday announcment, the Department of Health said it created the recommendations  in partnership Gov. Jay Inslee and reliance on federal guidance, along with…

School district provides update on stages of re-entry plan

In an update to families on its Edmonds Schools Stages of Re-entry Plan, the Edmonds School District said it is on track for all Stage 1 students to have in-person learning opportunities available by the end of the month. On Monday, Jan. 4, the district said it welcomed Developmental Kindergarten classes back into its school buildings. The…

Inslee announces phased COVID-19 regional recovery plan starting Jan. 11

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced that beginning Jan. 11, the state will follow phased eight-region “Roadmap to Recovery” plan to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own,” Inslee said during a…

State health department says it’s making progress on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Washington State Department of Health said Thursday it continues to make progress with its COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts. On Wednesday, the health department updated phase 1A guidance, with the goal of expediting vaccine administration efforts across Washington state. “It is our goal to move vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible within…

Inslee announces one-week extension of statewide restrictions, to Jan. 11

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said that he is extending by one week the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions, which include a ban on indoor service at restaurants and bars, and continued closure of gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys and museums. The restrictions, first announced Nov. 15, were supposed to last four weeks, but were extended until Jan….

Inslee promises $54 million to those losing federal pandemic unemployment benefits

Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday said the state will provide $54 million to almost 100,000 Washington residents who will lose federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits after President Trump didn’t sign the federal coronavirus relief package by midnight on Dec. 26. The president’s signature would have prevented a lapse in PUA benefits. “We are providing…

Comcast, Boys & Girls Clubs partner to launch Wi-Fi connected ‘Lift Zones’

Comcast Washington and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) have launched a program to enhance Wi-Fi coverage at 12 Boys & Girls Club locations in Snohomish and Island counties. In the coming weeks, Comcast will equip 12 Boys & Girls Clubs — including the Alderwood and Edmonds clubs — with robust Wi-Fi…

Inslee announces eviction moratorium extension to March 31

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced that he will extend the state’s eviction moratorium to March 31, 2021. The current eviction moratorium was set to expire on Dec. 31. “COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact on Washingtonians over the last nine months,” Inslee said. “I know this moratorium has been critical for many families…

Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation finances student art supplies for home use

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation has donated $10,000 to Edmonds School District middle school and high school teachers to assist in purchasing art supplies for students to use at home during remote instruction. This program builds on the Foundation’s hugely successful Grab and Go Art Supply program. In May, the foundation allocated $10,000 for art supplies for…

State Health Department provides update on vaccine distribution, administration efforts

The Washington State Department of Health Wednesday provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts. Last week, providers across the state began administering initial doses of COVID-19 vaccine to high-risk health workers, and now, more than 30,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have been administered, the state said. This week, the state…

Snohomish County Council approves additional $13.2 million for COVID response in 2021

The Snohomish County Council Wednesday approved the recommendation of Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers to appropriate $13.2 million for the County’s COVID-19 response in 2021. The resources will be spent on Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management ($5 million), Snohomish County’s Department of Human Services ($4 million), the Snohomish Health District ($3 million), Economic Development…

Snohomish County COVID-19 case rate decreases for first time since early September

For the first time since early September, the rolling two-week COVID-19 case rate in Snohomish County decreased, from 444 to 427 per 100,000 residents, the Snohomish Health District said Tuesday. “For that trend to continue moving in the right direction, we really need all of our residents and businesses to keep those important public health…