State: More time needed to test nursing home residents, staff for COVID-19

The Washington State Department of Health said Friday that it needs more time to achieve the goal of testing every resident and staff member in nursing homes across the state. As stated in the Secretary of Health’s order, June 12 was the date for every nursing home to: Offer COVID-19 tests to all residents and…

District high schools honor 2020 graduates with personalized virtual ceremonies

The Edmonds School District has started rolling out videos of the district’s high school commencement ceremonies, which were pre-recorded after in-person commencements were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremonies were produced by two Snohomish County companies as an alternative to large in-person gatherings prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 rules. The first commencement –…

State coronavirus news update for June 9, 2020

A recap of state COVID-19 news for Tuesday, June 9 Long-term care facility data by county now available. The Department of Health has added data on the number of cases and deaths associated with care facilities in individual counties. Data is expected to be updated and posted weekly on the DOH coronavirus website and the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard. A…

COVID 19 update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 6-8, 2020

The Monday, June 8, data from the Snohomish Health District, traces a return to the slow but steady progress being made in our communities to slow the progress of COVID-19. Looking at the big-picture trends over the full reporting period (Countywide Trend chart), note that the total case counts (blue and yellow lines) continue to…

IRS warns against COVID-19 fraud; other financial schemes  

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers to guard against tax fraud and other financial scams related to COVID-19. In the last few months, the IRS Criminal Investigation division has seen a variety of federal Economic Impact Payment (EIP) scams and other financial schemes looking to take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers. The division continues to…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 5, 2020

The Friday, June 5, data from the Snohomish Health District, while presenting a one-day spike in new cases, continue the big-picture story of our communities’ slow but steady gain in the local battle against a stubborn and tenacious virus. This long-term pattern is clearly demonstrated in the Countywide Trend line chart in the numbers of…

Lynnwood businesses prepare to reopen as Snohomish County announces Phase 2 approval

Lynnwood business owners began preparations to reopen after Snohomish County announced Friday that it would be moving into Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start program, effective immediately. Around the Table Game Pub co-owner Tim Morgan said he was caught off guard by the announcement and is waiting until next week to ensure they are…

Breaking: Snohomish County approved to move into Phase 2 of reopening plan.

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Friday morning that the county is receiving a variance from the Washington State Health Department to move into Phase 2 of the governor’s COVID-19 reopening plan. The health department order is effective immediately. “Snohomish County can now start reopening our businesses and get more people back to work,” Somers…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 4, 2020

The Thursday, June 4, data from the Snohomish Health District continue the big-picture story of Snohomish County’s slow but steady gain in the local battle with COVID-19. Note particularly the total case counts (upper) lines in the Countywide Trends line chart showing confirmed plus probable (blue line) and confirmed only (yellow line) over the full…

Sponsor spotlight: COVID-19 may mean higher PUD bills, but help is easy to find

Long, warm days and cool nights are part of what make the Pacific Northwest a paradise in the summer. But there’s also a financial benefit: More sun and warmer temperatures mean lower energy bills. Usually. With COVID-19 keeping many people home, Snohomish PUD says energy use for this time of year is slightly higher than…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 3, 2020

The Wednesday, June 3, data from the Snohomish Health District present a picture of a tenacious infection that is very slowly giving ground. After a one-day spike of 33 new cases Tuesday (yellow chart), Wednesday’s addition of 15 to the caseload is more in line with the experience of the previous week. Total Active Cases…

Sponsor spotlight: Think before tapping 401(k) as emergency fund

Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you may be able to take money out of a qualified plan, like a 401(k), or an IRA, with favorable tax consequences. But should you do it? You might view withdrawing money from a retirement account as a last resort. Background Among other changes in…

Scriber Lake HS honors its seniors during drive-up ceremony

Scriber Lake High School seniors had their turn Wednesday as the 2020 graduates from Edmonds School District high schools were filmed this week as part of the virtual graduation ceremony to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Scriber Class of 2020 arrived by car in the school parking lot…

Edmonds Heights K-12 makes it special for Class of 2020

Edmonds Heights K-12 is proud of its individual approach to learning that involves parents directly, allowing them to be the primary educators of their children. So it’s only natural that their graduation ceremonies, especially in this year of COVID-19, should reflect this. “We’ve always made parents part of our graduation,” said Principal Dr. Scott Mauk. “And…

Judge says second recall petition against Snohomish County sheriff can proceed

A judge has ruled that a second recall petition against Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney can move forward. Four local attorneys had filed this petition, alleging that Fortney violated his oath of office when he announced on Facebook in April that he would not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthyorder. The judge’s ruling…

COVID-19 Daily Update for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 2, 2020

The Tuesday, June 2, data from the Snohomish Health District begin the new week on a mixed note, showing fewer hospitalizations and a gain in overall recoveries, despite a one-day spike in caseloads and a corresponding gain in active cases. After an encouraging weekend of low numbers of new cases (yellow chart), the past 24…

Class of 2020 Edmonds eLearning Academy students participate in video graduation

Class of 2020 seniors from the Edmonds School District’s eLearning Academy program on Tuesday participated in the production process for the virtual graduation ceremony being filmed to accommodate social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, students arrived at an appointed time in the College Place Middle School parking lot to be filmed receiving…

Inslee extends moratorium on evictions to Aug. 1

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday extended until Aug. 1 protections for renters impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March, then extended and expanded the moratorium in mid-April. Proclamation 20-19.2 issued Tuesday extends the prior eviction moratorium for 60 days (through Aug.1), and makes modifications to the prior moratorium. The…

County officials: Phase 2 reopening may come within days

“We are moving forward and very excited about it.” That comment from Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers set an upbeat tone for the Tuesday morning County’s COVID-19 briefing. County staffers, he said, “really scrambled over the weekend to get that (Phase 2 reopening) package submitted to the state health department. ” Somers said he expects…

Meadowdale HS honors Class of 2020 with festive commencement

In a special ceremony that will live in the memories of parents, teachers, administrators —  and especially the graduates of the Class of 2020 —  Meadowdale High School pulled out all the stops despite the COVID shutdown, setting a new standard for the old saying “when the world gives you lemons, make lemonade.” “All credit…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Lynnwood and Snohomish County: June 1, 2020

The Monday, June 1, data from the Snohomish Health District show a weekend of encouraging progress on all fronts in our local battle with COVID-19. After almost two weeks of remaining fairly constant, incremental new cases per day (yellow chart) is trending down, adding 38 between Saturday and Monday for an average of less than…

Washington State wins second grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

Washington workers negatively affected by COVID-19 will gain employment and training for in-demand occupations that pay a living wage through a new $12 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The state’s Employment Security Department said it partnered with the Washington Workforce Association, the state Workforce Board and other key stakeholders to win two…

Snohomish PUD expands payment options as meter reading resumes 

As the state moves toward reopening more businesses in the wake of COVID-19, Snohomish County PUD will implement “a gradual and safe return” of select field operations, including meter reading, the utility said. The PUD also said it will continue to offer its community support plan for any customer experiencing a financial hardship related to…