COVID-19 daily update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 6, 2020

The Wednesday, May 6 data from the  Snohomish Health District continues the steady daily accumulation of new cases (yellow chart), with 24 reported since Tuesday. Recovered cases (green chart) ticked upward, with 13 added to the ranks of Snohomish County residents who have kicked the virus, for a total of 1,766 over the full reporting…

Lynnwood’s ‘unessential’ businesses try to stay afloat amid closures

As businesses deemed non-essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order closed their doors to the public, Lynnwood business owners are left to figure out how to stay afloat amid concerns of the coronavirus pandemic. Phong Nguyen, owner of Anna’s Home Furnishings, said the governor should have directed businesses to be closed sooner than the March…

COVID-19 daily update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 5, 2020

The Tuesday, May 5 data from the  Snohomish Health District continues to show a relatively low 24-hour change in the number of new cases (yellow chart), with 23 added since yesterday.  Recovered cases (green chart) remained effectively stable since Monday with a single addition, but this is on the heels of a 7-day period that…

Libraries will follow governor’s plan for reopening, Sno-Isle executive director says

When Sno-Isle Libraries might reopen to the public was a topic addressed by Sno-Isle’s Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson during the county’s COVID-19 Monday briefing. “We love that people really want us open; that makes me really happy,” Langer Thompson said. The library system is following Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased approach, in which libraries are included…

Golfers gather — at an appropriate distance — for course openings in MLT and Lynnwood

Under sunny skies, golfers flocked to courses in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace Tuesday — the day designated by Gov. Jay Inslee to resume some statewide recreation activities after closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courses reopened under new State of Washington restrictions that must be followed to ensure social distancing. See more in our earlier story…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 4, 2020

With the Snohomish Health District no longer providing data updates on weekends, the Monday data set includes all changes for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  For clarity and continuity in our charts, we have spread these changes evenly over the three days and rounded to the nearest whole number. Bear in mind when reading our charts…

Sponsor spotlight: Beware COVID-19 tax scams

The IRS is warning you to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and e-mail phishing attempts related to the coronavirus pandemic and the one-time economic impact payment. It can come in many forms The IRS says that scammers may do the following when trying to contact you: Emphasize the words stimulus check…

Celebrate Bike Month in Lynnwood with Bike BINGO

May is Bike Month, and the City of Lynnwood invites you to celebrate from a distance. Play Bike2Health BINGO and get ideas and resources. If you get a bike bingo (five in a row, vertical, across or diagonal) you can be entered to win a bike. To download your BINGO card and learn more, visit…

Inslee signs new COVID-19 order for phased reopening of Washington’s economy

Some businesses could re-open as early as this week under the new COVID-19 order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses…

Mountlake Terrace’s 3rd of July Celebration for 2020 canceled

Mountlake Terrace won’t have a 3rd of July celebration this year. Seaun Richards, president of the Cheeseburger Babies Foundation that has sponsored the event for the past four years, said that he decided to cancel the event after consulting with City of Mountlake Terrace officials. Due to the adverse impacts of COVID-19, an inability to…

Sponsor spotlight: Everything you want to know about Compounding Pharmacy, from A-Z

When it comes to prescriptions and medication, having options and choices for how you “take your medicine” can have a huge impact on the overall experience. While the ability of combining and adjusting medications has been around for a long time, the benefits and capabilities of compounding is unknown to many who are unfamiliar with…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: May 1, 2020

Friday’s data from the Snohomish Health District begins the new month with incremental changes in our tracked metrics. One of the larger changes is in new cases added (yellow chart) falling to two, six less than yesterday and 38 less than Wednesday’s spike of 63, the largest one-day increment since April 10. Currently active cases (red…

Inslee extends stay-at-home order through May 31; announces phased approach to reopening

On Friday, May 1, Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Department of Health announced the extension of the governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 31, and also outlined the governor’s phased approach to reopening. At an afternoon news conference, Inslee discussed the phased approach he and public health officials plan to take for…

Snohomish County Parks to reopen for day use May 5  

Snohomish County Friday announced the reopening of county parks for day use on Tuesday, May 5, in coordination with Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement this week that state parks will be open for many day-use activities. Play structures, ball fields, and spray pads will remain closed. Parking lots and some gates will open. There are still…

Welcome to our new Health and Fitness sponsor Axis Pharmacy NW

A warm welcome to our new Health and Fitness page sponsor Axis Pharmacy Northwest, a family-owned Mountlake Terrace-based business focused on providing customized medicines that meet the unique needs of all patients. Its compounding pharmacy service provides patients with customized options that can help taking or using medications easier. Some people are allergic to the dyes or preservatives drug…

Swedish Edmonds Family Birth Center and NICU to reopen May 6

Swedish Edmonds will reopen its Edmonds Family Birth Center and NICU next Wednesday, May 6. The Swedish hospital system said March 21 it would be closing its Edmonds Birth Center on March 26, to so the birth center space could be used for patients with COVID-19. The center is now reopening because “our region is…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: April 30, 2020

Thursday’s data from the Snohomish Health District end the month on a cautiously optimistic note. New cases added Thursday (yellow chart) are down to 31 from Wednesday’s new case total of 63, which represented the largest one-day increment since April 10. Likewise, currently active cases (red chart) – people who are currently ill with the…

New claims for unemployment benefits increase as more individuals become eligible

More than 1 in 5 workers in Washington have now sought unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic as the state continues to slide into one of the deepest economic downturns on record. That’s according to a Thursday story from our online news partner The Seattle Times, which noted that on Thursday, the state Employment Security…

Girl Scout cookies, now at all Bartell stores

Here’s a sweet thought in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: You can now buy Girl Scout cookies at all Bartell Drug Stores. The Girls Scouts of Western Washington had to end their sale early due to COVID-19, “so we’re supporting the girls by helping them sell their cookie inventory,” Bartell Drugs announced on its…

Free webinar series aimed at helping small businesses market through COVID-19 crisis

In this time of COVID-19, all businesses need to get the best results from their marketing. Edmonds-based Bizmktg.com is sponsoring a free “Small Business Survival Guide – Marketing Through This Crisis” webinar series that will show you what’s working now and how to get the most out of your marketing investment. The seven-week series begins…

COVID-19 daily report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: April 29, 2020

Wednesday’s data from the Snohomish Health District report a sharp rise in the number of new and active cases (yellow and red bar charts respectively), with 63 new cases since Tuesday, pushing the number of total active cases to 950, the highest recorded over the full reporting period. This is reflected in the countywide trend…

New COVID-19 drive-thru testing site offers same-day results

Using machines from the medical device company Abbott Laboratories, the Snohomish Health District Wednesday introduced a new program offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing that delivers same-day results. The new machine — similar to devices used to test for the flu and strep throat — is able to produce results in 15 minutes, said Snohomish Health District…

Comcast extends COVID-19 response policies to June 30

As shelter in place continues to be the norm and schools remain closed across the country, Comcast announced it will extend its commitments for Xfinity customers through June 30 to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis. Originally announced on March 13,…

Governor launches COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard with data

Gov. Jay Inslee Wednesday announced a new COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard to aid the state in gauging when and how to best lift restrictions around ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy” in Washington. Wednesday marked 100 days since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington state. The governor mentioned that in the coming weeks, the…