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…

Onsite blood drive set for Aug 17-26 at Edmonds Center for Arts

Bloodworks Northwest is partnering with the Edmonds Center for the Arts to host a pop-up onsite blood drive the week of Aug. 17-26. The goal is to register 252 donors. The Edmond Center for the Arts is located at 410 4th Ave. N., Edmonds. You can sign up at dslnk.co/EdmondsPopUp. Any donor who registers to donate…

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,…

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…

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…

Commentary: Join Snohomish County Parks in celebrating Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff at Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism play in conservation, health and well-being,…

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…

Homage Senior Services meal delivery program to receive $140K Kaiser grant

Lynnwood-based Homage Senior Services, which serves Snohomish County seniors, will receive $140,000 in grant funding from Kaiser Permanente to help ensure seniors don’t go hungry during the pandemic. Kaiser announced Monday that it has pledged more than $500,000 in a More Than Meals program to several senior service organizations that provide delivered, nutritious meal assistance…

July 20 COVID-19 update – a global and nation perspective

The report on Monday’s numbers and charts focuses on how we stack up as a state and a nation in our ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic. Since the virus first appeared in the U.S. six months ago, we have lagged behind the other nations in stemming the tide and continue to hold the dubious…

State offers in-home caregivers one-month supply of PPE

As COVID-19 cases increase, home-care workers can get a 31-day supply of personal protective equipment from the State of Washington. Bea Rector, who directs the Home and Community Services Division in the Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, said individual providers, or IPs, weren’t originally prioritized as ‘tier one’ essential workers. Because of low supplies, she…

COVID-19 end-of-week numbers for state, county

The end-of-week numbers and charts for Washington state and Snohomish County show no letup in the resurgence of COVID-19 in our area. So far the county has been spared the sharp statewide increases, where daily new cases are now clocking in at almost twice the rate experienced during initial infection surge in late March and…