Snohomish Health District resumes drive-thru COVID-19 testing

With the air quality starting to improve, the Snohomish Health District said it is resuming its drive-thru testing operations at the 3900 Broadway site in Everett. The new schedule is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 from noon…

Reminder: New emergency grants available to small businesses in Snohomish County

The Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) will be accepting applications for emergency grants up to $10,000 each, intended to cover a variety of expenses associated with the impact of COVID-19. For-profit businesses located in Snohomish County with up to 20 employees, especially those in unincorporated areas of the county, are encouraged to apply. Funding comes…

Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing: Wildfire smoke, flu season add to health complications

Wildfire smoke, coronavirus and the flu season headline this week’s Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. What a perfect way to help observe September, which just happens to be Disaster Preparedness Month. Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers added a little irony to the briefing: “Tt seems’, he says, “like we’ve been in a disaster all year.”…

Elementary schools can start planning for in-person learning, county health officer says

Citing “ongoing moderate but declining COVID-19 transmission,” Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters said that officials can start planning for in-person learning at elementary schools. The guidance for public and private K-12 in Snohomish County– based on the Washington State Department of Health’s Decision Tree for In-Person Learning framework — defers to schools on how to…

Wildfire smoke alert continues for Puget Sound region through Sunday

A wildfire smoke alert for serious health problems continues from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Unhealthy air is expected throughout the day Saturday and it will be unhealthy for sensitive groups on Sunday. Winds blowing from the west should begin to clear out…

Department of Health: Tips for staying safe during wildfires and ongoing pandemic

As wildfires rage across the entire West Coast, a giant wave of smoke has blown across Western Washington, creating worsening air quality that will likely linger for days. The air quality across Washington has the potential to reach extremely unhealthy levels, and the Washington State Department of Health wants people to be prepared. It’s not…

Need a mask? Verdant has you covered at free drive-thru events Sept. 12, 17

Stop by the Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood to pick up a cloth face mask to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 during two drive-thru events. Verdant will host these free drive-thru events Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. – noon and Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5-6 p.m. at Verdant Community Wellness Center,…

Edmonds Fishing Pier could close unless more people mask up

The City of Edmonds said Friday that unless more people comply with the state’s mask-wearing directive, it will have no choice but to close the Edmonds Fishing Pier to all visitors. After receiving reports from concerned residents that few people are wearing face coverings on the fishing pier, the city on Friday launched a week-long outreach…

Possible California wildfire smoke in Puget Sound region starting Thursday

A plume of wildfire smoke from California is expected to pass over the Puget Sound region starting Thursday, Sept. 3, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says. At first, most of the smoke will be overhead. It will likely have minimal impacts on ground-level air quality, with moderate air pollution levels at most. If smoke…

Free COVID-19 testing offered in Lynnwood Sept. 1

In partnership with the Snohomish Health District, the WAGRO Foundation will offer free COVID-19 testing Sept. 1 at the Lynnwood Food Bank. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is now open. Insurance information will be collected and the lab will bill insurance. There are no co-pays for COVID-19 testing. If…

Snohomish County announces more than $2 million in federal CARES Act grant available to nonprofits

Snohomish County announced Monday it will be making more than $2 million available to local non-profit organizations to support organizational stabilization and capacity-building for addressing the COVID-related needs of community members. The Nonprofit Stabilization and Capacity-Building grant program is part of the county’s plan to use federal CARES Act resources to support local non-profit organizations…

COVID-19 weekly report for Aug. 31. 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 continued this week, adding 1.8 million cases compared to 1.7 million the previous week (see our earlier reports for Aug. 17 and Aug. 24 for comparison).  Deaths worldwide were up, with just more than 37,000 added compared to 33,000 last week. The United States continues to lead the world in…

New report shows COVID-19 cases hitting a plateau in some areas of Washington state

The Washington State Department of Health of Friday released the latest statewide situation report, which reflects an overall plateau and slight decline in COVID-19 cases in some areas. Report findings include: The reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) remained close to one as of mid-August. The best estimate of the…