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

The Snohomish Heath District is no longer providing updated COVID-19 statistics on weekends. You can see the latest statewide statistics from the Washington State Department of Health here.

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Washington State Department of Health update

No need to stock up or disinfect your groceries

Grocery stores are open because they are essential businesses, but we still need to limit our time out of the house. Consider using grocery delivery services, or limit your grocery shopping to one trip a week.

Man looks at juices in the grocery store.

COVID-19 is a new virus. It has been around for three months now, and we’re still learning a lot about it. One thing we know for sure is that it spreads easily from person to person through tiny droplets in the air after someone coughs or sneezes. Most of this spread happens when someone has symptoms, like a cough. These disgusting droplets can travel for up to 6 feet. It’s important that we don’t come within 6 feet of one another, so we don’t inhale any of those droplets if someone coughs.

It is possible for the virus to spread when someone doesn’t have symptoms, but this is not the main way it spreads. It is also possible for the virus to spread though droplets on hard surfaces, though this is also not the main way it spreads. That’s why it’s important that we wash our hands and try not to touch our faces, in case we touched a surface that had transmissible virus on it. If you wear gloves, touch a hard surface, and then touch your face with your gloved hands, the gloves have not protected you at all. If you don’t touch your face, you didn’t need the gloves. Just wash your hands.

We have no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 is spreading through food at all. Not through take-out orders, groceries, or produce. When you return home from the grocery store, please thoroughly wash your hands, but there is no reason to try to disinfect your groceries. And please, don’t put disinfecting chemicals like household cleaners on the food you’re going to eat.

Speaking of groceries — agriculture and food production are also considered essential activities. This is to make sure food continues fill our grocery stores and food banks. Deliveries to grocery stores are continuing steadily, and farmers, ranchers, and food processors are producing plenty to meet our needs. There is no need to worry about shortages, and no need to stock up, other than to make sure you don’t have to leave the house more than once each week.

Practice compassion. While you are doing your once-a-week grocery shopping, is there something you can pick up for someone who cannot leave the house? Leave a bag on their porch, ring the bell, then run back to the side of the road to wave!

Our Department of Health COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with the number of people confirmed to have positive cases and the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Washington state.

  1. Morning, I have been solo walking in fresh air. Alderwood Mall Security personnel in white SUV stopped me yesterday( Sunday)and said to not walk on mall owned sidewalks or parking lots.

  2. Lynnwood has a higher rate of Covid-19 infection than Edmonds. Yet prior to Gov. Inslee’s order, the Edmonds Mayor with their City Council themselves took the initiative to issue a stay-at-home order while the Lynnwood city government remained S-I-L-E-N-T in this regard. It was only AFTER Inslee’s order that Lynnwood encouraged the same.

    Gosh, traffic camera city, whose claimed primary priority is SAFETY (not money!), with a higher infection rate than Edmonds, strangely silent about staying at home until compelled to do so by the Governor’s order.

    I imagine people who stay at home would tend to spend far less local money than they would otherwise, and thus less local taxes. Not that that would in any way account for Lynnwood powers that be staying mum about that, until they couldn’t. Kinda surprised that they didn’t show the safety-consciousness of Edmonds, until they had no choice.

  3. Droplets travel much further than 6 feet with cough or sneeze, and hang suspended in the air for up to 3 minutes. Advising people that a 6 foot distance is enough to protect them is a big part of the problem.

    And once droplets fall, they can remain, with active virus, for up to 3 days on plastic and metal, and for up to 24 hours on cardboard, paper, and fabric. This DOES include packaging on items at the grocery store. Produce should be washed with regular soap and water, like always, and plastic packaging should either be left untouched for 3 days or should, YES, be disinfected. While it is true that you cannot contracf the virus by eating it, someone may touch a package of food and then touch their face, and contract the virus.

    This situation is challenging enough without people spreading misinformation. If people take the proper precautions, we can all be safe and well. I understand wanting to minimize people’s fears, but not to the degree that it puts them at risk. Please, guys, provide information that is backed up by the science.

    1. This information comes directly from the Washington State Department of Health. We didn’t change a word of it

    2. I was curious about the 6 foot rule too..my 5th grade teacher way back in 1989 used to say that an uncovered cough would travel well over 15 feet therefore reaching all students in it’s path. She was just trying to get us dirty urchins to cover our mouths,…but then again we did still use the old adage cover your mouth (with your hand) ugh GROSS!! Ah the good ol days…

    3. Thank you for this. Droplets CAN be passed through normal breaths, singing, etc with the distance varying. Coughing, and more so sneezing, CAN send droplets much further than 6 feet. Asymptomatic people CAN transmit the infection.

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