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…

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…

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…

State Department of Health publishes detailed COVID-19 preliminary death data report

The Washington State Department of Health on Tuesday announced publication of a new death data report that includes different categories of COVID-19 deaths. Among those who have tested positive for COVID-19, these categories include confirmed due to COVID-19, suspected of being due to COVID-19, non-COVID-19 deaths and deaths pending or missing cause of death. In…

COVID-19 report for July 13, 2020: The global and state perspective

As we begin the new week, the United States continues to lead the world in coronavirus cases, with many individual states by themselves outstripping the totals for some of the hardest-hit countries. On Sunday alone, Florida set a new record, topping 15,000 new cases, more than all of Europe combined. The following chart from Johns…

Snohomish County initiates COVID-19 outreach program focused on ‘mental wellbeing’ support

Snohomish County’s Department of Human Services on Friday announced the creation of the Community COVID Outreach Counselors Program to provide emotional support services to residents of Snohomish County whose mental health has been impacted by COVID-19. This program will be in partnership with Volunteers of America Western Washington, is supported by federal CARES Act funding,…

COVID-19 update for July 10: End-of-week data, local numbers

The end-of-week data from the Snohomish Health District and other sources show a continued resurgence of COVID-19 in our area accompanied by mostly level number of deaths and hospitalizations. The latest numbers from the Washington Department of Health comparing Snohomish County with Washington state show that our county is registering higher than the state in…