State offering $2 million in COVID relief to non-profits serving people of color

The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with Philanthropy Northwest to provide $2 million in federal relief funding with a focus on community-based nonprofits and Tribal organizations most impacted by COVID-19. In an announcement, the commerce department said that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on nonprofit organizations, with many experiencing increased…

State now accepting applications for COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund

Washington State’s COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is now open for applications. The relief fund will provide $40 million in federal funds allocated by the state to assist Washington workers who miss work due to COVID-19, but are unable to access federal stimulus programs and other social supports due to their immigration status. While the fund…

Lynnwood Convention Center earns gold-standard accreditation for prepared facilities

The Lynnwood Convention Center recently achieved gold-standard accreditation for prepared facilities from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council. The convention center announced Thursday it received the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association. Under GBAC guidance, the convention center — an ASM Global managed facility…

Mountlake Terrace-based Premera Blue Cross says it’s eliminating 285 jobs

Pointing to COVID-19’s impacts on both the economy and its customers,  Mountlake Terrace-based Premera Blue Cross confirmed Monday that it will be eliminating approximately 285 “non-customer-facing” positions- — about 8% of its workforce — this week. The health insurance company, with 3,442 employees. is headquartered in Mountlake Terrace, but also has a North Creek campus in…

Snohomish Health District drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues week of Oct. 12-16

The Snohomish Health District will continue drive-thru testing at the 3900 Broadway site in Everett Monday-Friday, Oct. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With daylight hours decreasing, and testing volumes seen earlier in the day, the Health District will no longer be offering evening testing appointments. In addition to the Everett site, the health…

After governor’s guidance, Sno-Isle Libraries developing plans for in-building services

New guidance from Gov. Jay Inlsee has opened opportunities for public-library services during COVID-19 restrictions, and Sno-Isle Libraries says it looks forward to resuming some in-building services soon. “As we near the seven-month mark since closing our libraries in response to the pandemic crisis, we are cautiously optimistic,” said Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer…

Inslee loosens restrictions on restaurants, movie theaters, sports

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday loosened restrictions on a range of businesses and activities, from movie theaters to restaurants to sports, under his four-part coronavirus reopening plan, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported. The move came after Washington this summer stopped counties from advancing to further stages of reopening under that plan. In a news…

Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing: Officials see worrying trend with rising numbers

I confess I’m not a numbers guy. But this week’s Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing has a paint-by-numbers storyline. And those numbers show a worrying trend. County Executive Dave Somers opened the math lesson this way Tuesday morning: “We’re starting to see our cases rise again in Snohomish County.” It looks like a coronavirus roller coaster…

Tips for a safe and fun Halloween from the Department of Health

Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19, so it will be important to identify safer alternative activities to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. The Department of Health wants Washington residents to have a fun Halloween while remembering a few key actions you can take to prevent…

Washington State Department of Health prepares to deploy new rapid COVID-19 tests

Within the next five to 10 days the Washington State Department of Health will receive and distribute the first batch of Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test kits for COVID-19 from the federal government. These are rapid tests that can return results in as little as 15 minutes. The first batch will include 149,000 kits, and the…