COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 11, 2020

Several readers provided valuable feedback over the weekend on the addition last week of a linear trendline to our bar charts, pointing out that by showing a simple up, down or stable trend over the full reporting period, it was not providing an accurate picture of data fluctuations and could be misleading. In response, we…

Fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment claims on the rise

Both nationally and in Washington state, there have been many reports that scammers are fraudulently applying for COVID-19 unemployment compensation. In addition, reports are surfacing of fake sites being set up to steal claimants’ personal information. The Washington State Employment Security Department says it would never request personal information, such as an individual’s Social Security number, outside…

From the Snohomish Health District: More details about testing for COVID-19

Testing is one of the key elements of the long-term response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and a crucial piece of being able to resume more business and activities. This continues to be the topic of many questions. Testing options have changed over time and still are changing. There’s no doubt that more testing…

City contact information during public facilities closures

During Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, the City of Mountlake Terrace has closed Interim City Hall, the police station and the public works shop to the public. The city will continue to process building and development permits, inspect essential construction activities, provide police services and maintain grounds and infrastructure. The Recreation Pavilion…

U.S. Rep. Larsen announces re-election campaign with virtual message

In a video posted online Monday, U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen announced he is running for re-election to represent Washington’s 2nd Congressional District. This week marks the beginning of filing week in Washington state candidates running for election or reelection to public office file with the Secretary of State to have their name appear on the…

Tips for physical distancing in parks and on trails

As some trails and outdoor recreational opportunities reopen, here’s a graphic that reminds visitors about the importance of physical distancing: For more information on how to remain healthy and safe on trails, visit: Washington Trails Association

Calvary Fellowship donates $20K to Keep MLT Strong COVID-10 Relief Fund

Calvary Fellowship in Mountlake Terrace has donated $20,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund aimed at keeping the Mountlake Terrace community strong through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. The effort will help the partner organizations who started the relief fund as they work to lend a hand to those in need. The fund will primarily assist Mountlake…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 8, 2020

We have added a new feature to our bar charts Friday. Each now includes a dotted trendline, also referred to as a line of best fit, that shows the general pattern or overall direction of the data over the full reporting period. With daily variations and fluctuations, it is sometimes difficult to see long-term trends,…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 7, 2020

The Wednesday, May 7 data from the  Snohomish Health District present a disturbing spike in both total active cases (red chart) and new cases added in the past day (yellow chart), rising by 50 and 57 respectively. Active COVID-19 cases in the county now stands at 1,003, the highest single-day count over the reporting period. But…

Hospitals to resume elective surgeries, triggering surge in blood needs

With new COVID-19 cases in the Northwest projected to decline in the weeks ahead, Washington and Oregon hospitals are preparing to re-start surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments that were suspended in March after the magnitude of the pandemic threat became apparent. That means that patient needs and requests for blood are rising quickly, and…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 6, 2020

The Wednesday, May 6 data from the  Snohomish Health District continues the steady daily accumulation of new cases (yellow chart), with 24 reported since Tuesday. Recovered cases (green chart) ticked upward, with 13 added to the ranks of Snohomish County residents who have kicked the virus, for a total of 1,766 over the full reporting…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 5, 2020

The Tuesday, May 5 data from the  Snohomish Health District continues to show a relatively low 24-hour change in the number of new cases (yellow chart), with 23 added since yesterday.  Recovered cases (green chart) remained effectively stable since Monday with a single addition, but this is on the heels of a 7-day period that…

Snohomish County Economic Task Force launches online business needs assessment survey

The Snohomish County Economic Task Force is asking business owners to complete an online business needs assessment survey. The survey is an opportunity to share how businesses have been affected by COVID-19, and it is available in English and Spanish. Answers to the survey will be compiled into a final report that the Snohomish County…

Libraries will follow governor’s plan for reopening, Sno-Isle executive director says

When Sno-Isle Libraries might reopen to the public was a topic addressed by Sno-Isle’s Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson during the county’s COVID-19 Monday briefing. “We love that people really want us open; that makes me really happy,” Langer Thompson said. The library system is following Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased approach, in which libraries are included…

Golfers gather — at an appropriate distance — for course openings in MLT and Lynnwood

Under sunny skies, golfers flocked to courses in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace Tuesday — the day designated by Gov. Jay Inslee to resume some statewide recreation activities after closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courses reopened under new State of Washington restrictions that must be followed to ensure social distancing. See more in our earlier story…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 4, 2020

With the Snohomish Health District no longer providing data updates on weekends, the Monday data set includes all changes for Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  For clarity and continuity in our charts, we have spread these changes evenly over the three days and rounded to the nearest whole number. Bear in mind when reading our charts…

Sponsor spotlight: Beware COVID-19 tax scams

The IRS is warning you to be on the lookout for a surge of calls and e-mail phishing attempts related to the coronavirus pandemic and the one-time economic impact payment. It can come in many forms The IRS says that scammers may do the following when trying to contact you: Emphasize the words stimulus check…

Inslee signs new COVID-19 order for phased reopening of Washington’s economy

Some businesses could re-open as early as this week under the new COVID-19 order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses…