COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 28, 2020

The Snohomish Heath District is no longer providing updated COVID-19 statistics on Saturday or Sunday. So we will present the latest statewide numbers, by county, from the Washington State Department of Health. 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington Updated on March 28, 2020 at 4:25 p.m. The data in this report is reflective of all…

A positive impact of social distancing: fewer traffic collisions

One positive outcome from the people staying at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak: fewer vehicle crashes. According to a new study from Seattle’s Davis Law Group, cities and counties across Washington state, vehicle traffic on roads, highways, and interstates has fallen dramatically over the past few weeks as the local officials recommended that residents stay…

Snohomish County’s isolation and quarantine facility opens next week

Snohomish County will open a COVID-19 isolation and quarantine site next week at the Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett. This facility will provide a site for temporary isolation and quarantine for those who may not be able to recover in their own home or who are among the county’s unsheltered population. Such…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 27, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage City of MLT providing temporary grace period for those who can’t pay their water bills on time Playtime: From online P.E. to Rick Steves travel…

Support your small business: Sorelli Pizza

This is the latest in a series of articles and photos showcasing local small businesses who are struggling to get by in this period of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. Today’s business:  Sorelli Pizza, 22402 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace.  Kelly Dougan, Owner. How’s business going? Kelly:  “We’re probably at about 50 percent…

Snohomish County PUD temporarily suspends reading meters, amends billing process

With a focus on keeping its employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Snohomish County PUD announced Friday it has temporarily suspended reading meters and sending meter readers into the field. In a statement, PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney said the delivery of critical power and water services remains unaffected. Additionally, PUD residential and small…

Sponsor spotlight: New coronavirus law requires small business to provide paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed in late March that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers. This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Here…

Second day of Chromebook distribution for Edmonds students

Thursday marked the second day of Chromebook distribution to the thousands of kindergarten-to-eighth grade students in the Edmonds School District; parents and students are picking up the laptop computers as the district puts together its plans to educate students at home while schools are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. The distribution is taking place at…

State unemployment insurance applications increased 843 percent over previous week

The Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that it saw 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits for the week of March 15-21, an increase of 119,310 claims — or a 843% — over the previous week. “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in our state,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “The velocity and…

Reader view: The season may be lost, but you can still help Girls on the Run

The following was written by Megan Wolfe, executive director of Snohomish County Girls on the Run, a 10-week empowerment and fitness program for girls in third through sixth grades. It was canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been trying to process my grief over our canceled season for the past week and a…

Online shopping in the age of COVID-19: Package safety and delivery concerns

COVID-19 has turned online shopping in our community upside down. Here are two key questions: Are packages delivered to our homes safe from COVID-19? How long is it now taking to pick up or deliver online orders? Are delivered packages safe from COVID-19? There is no simple, single answer. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

Sponsor spotlight: PUD here to help those impacted by COVID-19

Impacted by COVID-19? The PUD wants to help. Families in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic have an ally in Snohomish County PUD, which recently took swift action to help customers affected by the virus. That means if you or somebody you know has been impacted by the sudden loss of income or employment…

Community Transit, Sound Transit announce service reductions, other changes beginning March 30

As community members are encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, transit ridership has seen a decrease in ridership prompting  service reductions beginning Monday, March 30. Community Transit announced Thursday a plan to reduce most bus services by approximately 25%. This COVID-19 related reduction in service will go into effect March 30, and continue…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 25, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Business closures and changes in MLT after governor issues stay-at-home order Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness School…

Lynnwood’s Temple Distilling pivots from spirits to sanitizers

As demand for cleaning and sanitizing products skyrocket amid COVID-19 concerns, a Lynnwood distillery has pivoted from bottling spirits to producing sanitizers. Since word got out that AJ Temple — owner of Temple Distilling Company — had switched from producing gin to making hand sanitizer, he has struggled to keep up with orders from customers,…

Business closures and changes in MLT after governor issues stay-at-home order

Many Mountlake Terrace businesses are working to adjust their operations in light of Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 23 stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Even after the governor issued his stay-at-home proclamation closing all businesses not considered essential for at least two weeks, restaurants were still allowed to continue takeout and delivery…

Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness

It all started with a visit to the Swedish/Edmonds emergency room. “Last Tuesday evening my 7-year-old was playing with our pet guinea pig when it bit her on the finger,” explained Edmonds resident Tiffany Sjong. “It looked like it might need stitches, so I packed her in the car and drove over to the Edmonds/Swedish…

Five Community Transit employees tested presumptively positive for COVID-19

Community Transit announced Wednesday that five more employees have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said all employees are following guidance to stay home at the onset of symptoms. Last week, Community Transit announced four drivers had tested positive for the virus and have since…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 24, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage City Council Thursday will consider amending policy so councilmembers can meet remotely Re-opening date uncertain for MLT’s Concern for Neighbors Food Bank It’s business as…

Washington State Ferries to remain on winter schedule due to ridership declines

Washington State Ferries will extend its current winter sailing schedule through the end of next month due to declines in ridership from COVID-19. The spring sailing schedule will now tentatively begin on April 26 rather than March 29. Customers should continue following the winter schedule. All vehicle reservations made for dates between March 29 and…

How to donate needed medical supplies to Swedish locations, including Edmonds

Want to help local hospitals during this time of need? Swedish Medical Center Foundation has provided the following list of needed medical supplies: Swedish notes that to ensure staff and financial resources can stay focused on addressing this pandemic, you are asked to only donate items that we can use for the COVID-19 response. List…