‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Panelists offer advice for coping with pandemic pressures

While there is no roadmap for maintaining emotional well-being during a pandemic, behavioral health experts speaking during a recent Sno-Isle Libraries webinar provided a wealth of advice and resources for coping with COVID-19 pressures. During the Jan. 14 webinar, the first of three in the library system’s “Issues That Matter, Pandemic Pressures” series, speakers offered…

County COVID-19 briefing: Vaccine supply, website glitch means a wait for shots

If we had more vaccine, we could vaccinate many more people in Snohomish County. That’s the big takeaway from the county’s weekly COVID update Tuesday. The three drive-through locations (Monroe, Everett, Edmonds College) have the capacity to give shots to 30,000 people a week, according to County Executive Dave Somers. Somers said the county is…

Inslee announces state plan for widespread vaccine distribution and administration

Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced an updated statewide vaccine distribution and administration plan to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded vaccine distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day. Included in the plan is the Washington…

Free drive-thru, walk-up COVID testing event in MLT Jan. 22

A free, drive-thru, non-invasive COVID-19 testing event will take place at Concern For Neighbors Food Bank from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22. The Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International are coordinating the event. The testing is open to anyone in the community. While this is a drive-thru event, walk-in people…

Snohomish County to remain in Phase 1 of state recovery plan next week

Based on new regional data published by the Washington State Department of Health, Snohomish County will remain in Phase 1 for the week begin Jan. 18. That’s the word from the Snohomish County Health District, which said in a Friday announcement that the Puget Sound Region continues to meet three of the four criteria laid…

Need a laptop or Wi-Fi? Sno-Isle Libraries can help

Sno-Isle Libraries is expanding the laptop loan program with Laptops to Go and Wi-Fi Hotspots to Go. Sno-Isle Libraries customers can place a hold in the catalog under the new program to borrow one of 124 laptops or one of 50 Wi-Fi hotspots for use at home. Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout…

Reminder: Sno-Isle Libraries to present ‘Wellness in Uncertainty’ event Jan. 14

Starting Jan. 14, Sno-Isle Libraries will begin a new Issues That Matter series, Pandemic Pressures: Supporting and Family Mental Health. The series will focus on the profound effects the coronavirus pandemic has had on everyone’s emotional well-being with events aimed to help individuals and families of all ages. All Issues That Matter events will be…

Snohomish County COVID-19 drive-thru testing schedule for week of Jan. 11

The locations and schedules for next week’s drive-thru testing operated by the Snohomish Health District are as follows:  3900 Broadway site in Everett – open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everett Community College site at 915 N. Broadway – open Monday-Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lynnwood…

Snohomish Health District provides update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and planning

The Snohomish Health District provided the following report Friday on vaccine distribution and planning in Snohomish County: In the first three weeks, just shy of 30,000 vaccines were distributed to 13 vaccine provider groups in Snohomish County. Another 8,600 doses had been allocated for this week. This number does not include doses distributed to sovereign…

Snohomish County to be in Phase 1 of new COVID recovery plan next week

For the week starting Jan. 11, Snohomish County will fall under Phase 1 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery announced by Gov. Jay Inslee last week. The governor’s plan provides a framework for regions to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity. With Snohomish County now incorporated into the new Puget…

State releases next phase of vaccine prioritization

The Washington State Department of Health Wednesday released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination, which will begin after the first phase of inoculations — 1A — is completed. In its Wednesday announcment, the Department of Health said it created the recommendations  in partnership Gov. Jay Inslee and reliance on federal guidance, along with…

School district provides update on stages of re-entry plan

In an update to families on its Edmonds Schools Stages of Re-entry Plan, the Edmonds School District said it is on track for all Stage 1 students to have in-person learning opportunities available by the end of the month. On Monday, Jan. 4, the district said it welcomed Developmental Kindergarten classes back into its school buildings. The…

Inslee announces phased COVID-19 regional recovery plan starting Jan. 11

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced that beginning Jan. 11, the state will follow phased eight-region “Roadmap to Recovery” plan to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own,” Inslee said during a…

State health department says it’s making progress on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Washington State Department of Health said Thursday it continues to make progress with its COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts. On Wednesday, the health department updated phase 1A guidance, with the goal of expediting vaccine administration efforts across Washington state. “It is our goal to move vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible within…

Inslee announces one-week extension of statewide restrictions, to Jan. 11

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday said that he is extending by one week the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions, which include a ban on indoor service at restaurants and bars, and continued closure of gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys and museums. The restrictions, first announced Nov. 15, were supposed to last four weeks, but were extended until Jan….

Inslee promises $54 million to those losing federal pandemic unemployment benefits

Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday said the state will provide $54 million to almost 100,000 Washington residents who will lose federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits after President Trump didn’t sign the federal coronavirus relief package by midnight on Dec. 26. The president’s signature would have prevented a lapse in PUA benefits. “We are providing…

Comcast, Boys & Girls Clubs partner to launch Wi-Fi connected ‘Lift Zones’

Comcast Washington and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County (BGCSC) have launched a program to enhance Wi-Fi coverage at 12 Boys & Girls Club locations in Snohomish and Island counties. In the coming weeks, Comcast will equip 12 Boys & Girls Clubs — including the Alderwood and Edmonds clubs — with robust Wi-Fi…