MLT Parks and Recreation offers new fitness Youtube channel

During the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order, the Mountlake Terrace Recreation and Parks Department took the message to heart and have created a Youtube channel, which aims to use creative ways to keep their dance and fitness class participants active and learning. The Recreation Pavilion offers instructional dance and fitness videos to community members…

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

  The Friday, April 24 data from the Snohomish Health District continues the story of mixed progress in the local fight to stem the tide of COVID-19.  As of Friday, 2,467 Snohomish County residents have contracted the virus over the reporting period (upper line, countywide and city line charts). Encouragingly, the incremental number of new cases…

Snohomish County announces expanded solid waste facility access for residents

In response to changing pandemic conditions, Snohomish County said it is expanding access to solid waste facilities for the public — with safety mitigations in place — starting Saturday, May 2. Transfer stations — including the Southwest station in Mountlake Terrace at 21311 61st Pl. W. — be open 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily to both hand-unload,…

During COVID-19 briefing, county officials say new South Snohomish County test sites coming

A warning from the Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing on Friday: Social distancing will last months and could remain in some form for years. Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers also spoke out on Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney’s Facebook post earlier this week, calling Fortney’s comments: “dangerous and irresponsible.” In a Facebook post Tuesday, the Sheriff…

For seniors, positive attitude is key to weathering the COVID-19 shutdown

The COVID shutdown has changed life for all of us, but perhaps no group is more heavily hit than seniors living alone and in long-term care facilities. Daniel Johnson, Executive Director of the Edmonds Waterfront Center, formerly the Edmonds Senior Center, sees this every day. “Those with a partner and large circle of friends and…

Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed

Gov. Jay Inslee, in consultation with the state’s construction industry, announced a plan Friday to allow current construction projects to be completed. According to an announcement from the governor’s office, the recommendations were informed by workers, contractors, health and safety experts, and local government officials, for safe construction standards. “I thank all those involved in…

Reminder: MTHS Boosters to host online fundraising auction April 25

Not deterred in their effort to raise funds for Mountlake Terrace High School sports, music and drama programs, the MTHS Boosters are set to roll out an online auction fundraiser this coming weekend. The MTHS Building Bridges Online Auction is set for Saturday, April 25, with bidding on more than 350 donated items and packages….

Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion

The Washington State Department of Commerce Thursday announced a doubling of funds available to very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program. New funds are from the state’s $200 million emergency response fund approved by the Legislature in March. The program launched April 7 with $5 million from…

New claims for state unemployment benefits drop, but remain at record levels

The Washington Employment Security Department says it received more than 82,000 initial claims for unemployment insurance last week, and officials expect many more next week as people apply for expanded benefits under the federal CARES Act. For the week ending April 18, Washington residents filed 82,435 initial claims for unemployment insurance, the department reported Thursday. The…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: April 22, 2020

The Wednesday, April 22 data from the Snohomish Health District paints a mixed picture of our progress in the local battle with COVID-19. Only 22 new cases were added since Tuesday (yellow bar chart), the second lowest daily increment in the five-week reporting period. However the steady increase in active cases (red bar chart) continues, with…

Washington Poison Center notes increase in poison exposures

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) urges people to be cautious with cleaning products during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to WAPC data, the number of exposures to household cleaning products (bleach, soaps, detergents, and antiseptics) increased by 23% from the number of exposures reported at this time in 2019. Many household cleaning product exposures are related…

Mountlake Terrace man helping the helpers during COVID-19 crisis

As a former Seattle police officer and later a Snohomish County corrections officer, Dale Newman knows something about the perils of being a first responder. The Mountlake Terrace resident of more than 40 years now pays it forward with his latest project — making acrylic S-hooks to relieve ear chafing that comes from wearing a…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: April 21, 2020

The Tuesday, April 20 data from the Snohomish Health District provides encouraging news in several areas. Numbers hospitalized remains relatively low, and while new people continue to get sick with the virus, despite short-term aberrations the new cases per day count continues its overall steady decline. Taken over the full data reporting period, the big picture…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: April 20, 2020

Chart changes: In the interest of clarity and readability, we have modified our bar chart presentations to eliminate the accompanying data table, and instead provide data numbers directly above the bars.   The Monday, April 20 data from the Snohomish Health District provides encouraging news of recent incremental progress on several fronts. The overall picture however…

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

  Correction: As several readers noted, we incorrectly reported data for individual cities Saturday, using numbers from the previous day. This has been corrected Sunday with fresh data for 4/19 and interpolated data replacing Saturday’s. Chart changes: To enhance clarity and legibility, we’ve made an additional change to our data presentation Sunday. The data tables…

Edmonds School District to begin providing weekend meals starting this Friday

The Edmonds School District Food and Nutritional Services Department announced that starting this Friday, April 24,  it will begin handing out breakfast and lunch meals to feed students not only on Friday, but on Saturdays and Sundays as well. The goal is to ensure that students have breakfast and lunch during the weekend until the…

As more people try filing for expanded unemployment benefits, state asks for patience

The Washington State Employment Security Department said Sunday that it launched a massive update of its computer systems with the goal of ensuring people can successfully file for expanded unemployment benefits enabled by the Federal CARES Act. Tens of thousands of people have already filed successfully, and thousands continue to do so every hour, the…