New report examines ways to minimize COVID-19 risks when schools reopen

The Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County on Friday released a new report by the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) that measures the tradeoffs between minimizing COVID-19 related health risks and maximizing educational benefits for students when Washington’s K-12 schools resume instruction. According to the report, while the…

COVID-19 report for Aug. 10, 2020

(Updated Aug. 11 at 9:25 a.m. with data errors corrected.) Note:  Due to changes in posting schedules for the sources drawn from for this report, we will now be providing our detailed COVID numbers report each Monday on a weekly basis. We draw from a number of different sources to bring you a “one-stop shop” comprehensive…

Pop-up food pantry provides hundreds in MLT with food boxes, face masks

A steady stream of cars made their way through the temporary park-and-ride lot Friday afternoon as volunteers distributed food and face masks to Mountlake Terrace community members. In partnership with the Volunteers of America of Western Washington (VOAWW), Mountlake Terrace officials set up a pop-up food pantry in the former Roger’s Marketplace site at the…

Snohomish Health District moving drive-thru COVID-19 testing to Everett Aug. 10-14

Starting Monday, Aug. 10, the Snohomish Health District is relocating drive-thru COVID-19 testing to 3900 Broadway in Everett. This is the same location where the health district first opened drive-thru testing back in March. Testing will be in the large parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium. The set-up at the Broadway site allows for more…

Friday: Pop-up food pantry coming to Mountlake Terrace

A pop-up food pantry that has been operating in Lynnwood on Thursdays for the past several weeks is coming to Mountlake Terrace from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7 — and both those who need food and volunteers who want to help distribute it are welcome to participate. The effort to bring the Volunteers…

Main topic of weekly COVID-19 briefing? Boeing’s future in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 impact on Boeing’s future in Snohomish County topped the county’s coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Boeing has already announced it will cut back 787 production in Everett from 10 Dreamliners a month to six a month next year. Here are the key numbers on Boeing’s economic impact in the county: 30,000 employees at the Everett…

COVID-19 update for Aug. 3, 2020: Global, national and state perspective

The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the world. Cases now surpass 18 million while deaths approach 700,000, with no letup in sight. The United States continues to lead the other nations of the world in total COVID case numbers and deaths. The following map from Johns Hopkins University provides the latest statistics as of…

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing to continue this week at McColllum Park

The Snohomish Health District announced on Monday that it will continue drive-thru testing this week at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. S.E. in Everett. Online registration is now open at www.snohd.org/drive-thru-testing, with appointments for this week starting Tuesday, Aug. 4. Testing is expected to remain at McCollum Park through the end of this week. The…

Five months into the pandemic, tips for fighting COVID-19 stress

Yes, there is such a thing as COVID stress. Burnout. Overload. “We are so saturated with information,” says Pat Morris from Volunteers of America Western Washington, “that there’s a sense of powerlessness among all of us. When are we going to get back to normal? When is this going to be over?” The information saturation,…

Sponsor spotlight: Get rid of your kids’ summertime blues

Let’s be honest. This is a strange summer. With many recreation activities canceled or significantly altered because of this year’s pandemic and social distancing guidelines, families need to be creative to keep their kids energized and engaged. Never fear! Here’s a list of activities to create a memorable summer for your kids: Organize a family…

Looking Back: 102 years ago – 1918 and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic

In October of 1918, the world was still fighting WWI, and although the end of the hostilities was near, censorship of the news still remained.  Therefore, it was left to the non-combatant country of Spain to report that civilians in many places were becoming ill and dying at an alarming rate.  These circumstances gave rise…

Edmonds School District to delay reopening of schools, offer remote learning this fall

Following the advice of county health officials, the Edmonds School District announced Wednesday it will forgo reopening schools in the fall for the 2020-21 school year. Instead, the district will be moving forward with its remote-learning model, Continuous Learning 2.0. In a letter addressed to families, Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said the district will be moving…

State Department of Health launches COVID-19 survey

The Washington State Department of Health has launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The CORONA survey results will inform immediate, long-term, and…

Snohomish Health District recommends county’s schools prepare for remote learning this fall

Given the “continued upward trajectory”of COVID-19 cases in the county, Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters on Wednesday recommended that Snohomish County public school superintendents and private school administrators plan for distance learning this fall. A health district announcement noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for K-12 administrators to aid in preparing…

COVID-19 update for July 27, 2020: Global, national and state perspective

The national coronavirus caseload continues to soar, with 18 states setting single-day records last week according to the COVID Tracking Project. The United States continues to lead the world in overall case numbers, as the most recent (July 27) map from Johns Hopkins University shows: But while we lead in overall case count, we rank…

FDA warns of toxic hand sanitizer products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when…

COVID-19 July 24 update: Washington State, Snohomish County and local numbers

Updated July 25 with local case numbers. The State of Washington reported 766 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths over the July 21-22 period, pushing the total since the pandemic began to a sobering new record of 50,009 cases and 1,482 deaths as of July 22 at 11:59 p.m., according to the following summary…