COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 15, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage Governor to announce statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars Monday Lynnwood’s Mikayla Pivec waits to see what’s next after coronavirus outbreak cancels NCAA tourney…

An adventure in online grocery shopping: Tips for first-timers

Okay, my wife and I are tech-savvy – to a point. We use a computer, iPad, iPhones. We text, have Facebook accounts; we can navigate YouTube and Messenger. But we don’t use Instagram or Snapchat, we don’t Tweet, we don’t speak ‘WhatsApp” or “weChat,” we don’t know what TikTok does, or “Viber” either.  You get…

Governor to announce statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars Monday

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Sunday night said he will be signing a statewide emergency proclamation Monday to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurant will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. The action is based on “the explosion of COVID-19 in…

Lynnwood City Council cancels March 16, March 18 meetings

Lynnwood City Council meetings scheduled for this week — on Monday, March 16 and Wednesday, March 18 — have been canceled. The decision is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the city’s efforts to minimize public meetings. Mayor Nicola Smith said the city is looking into technology for future meetings that will accommodate officials…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 14, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood; mobile blood drive in Lynnwood March 16 Boys & Girls Clubs offering discounted all-day child…

Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood; mobile blood drive in Lynnwood March 16

The Washington State Department of Health, alongside partners at Bloodworks Northwest, is encouraging eligible donors to continue to give blood. Growing concerns about COVID-19 is leading to an increased number of canceled blood drives, which is impacting the amount of blood available for those in need. “Our region’s blood stores are extremely low. We should…

Edmonds-based Rick Steves Europe scrambles to cope with COVID-19

“It’s overwhelming what’s going on,” Edmonds resident and European travel expert Rick Steves said in a Saturday morning phone interview.  “Europe is locking down just like we are. A lot of dreams are dashed.” Steves has cancelled all tours departing through April 19, closed his Edmonds Travel Center to the public, and arranged for as…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 13, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage Edmonds School District updates plan for meals, child care, learning during closures Swedish temporarily stops elective surgeries, announces new visitor policies Edmonds CC…

Many local churches live-streaming services, but some still holding Sunday gatherings

Amidst mounting challenges brought about by COVID-19 concerns and government directives, South Snohomish County churches are responding in a varying degree concerning the question of how to – if at all – conduct their regular Sunday worship services. A number of local churches have made the decision to cancel their Sunday services for now. Alderwood…

Swedish temporarily stops elective surgeries, announces new visitor policies

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Swedish Medical Center has announced some new protocols for visitors and also stated it is temporarily stopping elective inpatient and outpatient surgeries for non-life threatening and non-urgent care at all its campuses, including Edmonds. As of March 12, all routine visiting has been suspended at the hospital campuses until…

Edmonds School District updates plan for meals, child care, learning during closures

The Edmonds School District Friday updated its plans for providing students with meals, child care and learning while schools remain closed through April 24. In a new announcement sent from Superintendent Kris McDuffy’s office, the district will continue to prioritize food services, child care and educational resources and support during the extended school closure. The…

Inslee announces statewide school closures, limits visitors to adult family homes

To further slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday announced his intention to sign several executive orders to expand statewide closures of schools, limit large gatherings and expand protocols for adult family homes. Inslee earlier this weekend had announced closure of schools and a ban on large gathers in only three counties…

Snohomish County PUD public offices closed, non-essential business paused

To protect the health and well-being of customers and employees, Snohomish County PUD has closed its offices — including its Headquarters building in downtown Everett — to all public access effective Friday, March 13, and paused non-essential business operations until further notice. The PUD’s decision — which is in line with guidance from the World…

Update: Verdant Community Wellness Center extended through March 31

The Verdant Health Commission has extended its cancellation of classes, programs, and services scheduled for the Lynnwood-based Verdant Community Wellness Center through March 31. All programs and services have been cancelled through this date and may be rescheduled at a later time. The cancellation also includes walk-in services like North Sound 2-1-1 community resource navigation,…

YWCA cancels April 16 Everett fundraising luncheon; Seattle event still scheduled

The YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish has canceled the 2020 Everett Inspire Luncheon fundraiser that had been set for April 16, due to COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, the organization said it is moving forward with its 2020 Seattle Inspire Luncheon on May 14. The YWCA “will continue to provide safety for people experiencing homelessness, who are more vulnerable…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: March 12, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Links to our latest coverage: Edmonds School District outlines plan for meals, child care, learning during closures Governor orders all public, private K-12 schools in three-county area closed…

Edmonds School District outlines plan for meals, child care, learning during closures

The Edmonds School District said Thursday it will continue to ensure that students have meals and educational resources during the district-wide school closures mandated by Gov. Jay Inslee to mitigate spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Inslee announced Thursday that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close from March 17…

Sno-Isle Libraries will close to public at 6 PM March 13

All Sno-Isle Libraries buildings will close to the public at 6 p.m., Friday, March 13. “We will continually reassess to determine the length of the closure,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson said on Thursday. “This was a difficult decision and was made based on Snohomish Health District recommendations, the Governor’s emergency declaration regarding…

Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis issues statement addressing community about COVID-19

In response to the World Health Organization classifying the COVID-19 (coronavirus) a global pandemic, Lynnwood Police Chief Tom Davis Thursday issued a letter to the community regarding changes to Lynnwood Police Department services. The full content of Davis’ letter is below: Hello Lynnwood Community, With announcements from the World Health Organization now calling COVID-19 a…

Edmonds CC moves most classes online, says campus visitor tested positive for COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Edmonds Community College says it has moved most of its classes online for the remainder of winter quarter. Many college services are also available for the remainder of winter quarter, including the learning support center and advising, the college said. In addition, Edmonds CC President Dr. Amit B. Singh…