Inslee announces restart of all medical services in Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced the state’s plan for all elective procedures to resume. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen, Inslee said. The proclamation requires that providers: Have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers If…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 15, 2020

With one very notable exception, from the numbers standpoint the week ended on a positive note in the local battle with COVID-19. The Friday, May 15 data from the Snohomish Health District show a drop from yesterday’s spike in the number of new cases added (yellow chart) in the past 24 hours, with the new figure…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 14, 2020

In contrast with Wednesday’s more rosy report, the Thursday, May 14 data from the Snohomish Health District show a resurgence of the virus in several of the metrics we track. But bear in mind that a one-day aberration does not necessarily auger the start of a new trend; only if these continue over an extended time…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 13, 2020

The Wednesday, May 13 data from the Snohomish Health District provide a welcome dose of encouragement in the progress of our local battle with COVID-19 and, if these trends continue, suggest that we may finally be turning the corner in Snohomish County. Most notably, the number of active cases in the county (red chart) continued its…

COVID-19 daily update for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 13, 2020

The Tuesday, May 12 data from the Snohomish Health District  paints a picture of incremental progress in our local battle with COVID-19.  The number of active cases in the county (red chart) continues its downward trend, moving from a record high of 1,033 on Friday to 831 in Tuesday’s report, the lowest daily gain since April…

Free May 14 webinar focuses on ways to stay healthy during a pandemic

Dr. Amber Content, ND of Mountlake Terrace-based Monarch Regenerative Medicine is hosting a series of free webinars aimed at discussing how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to help participants gain control of their health, boost their immune systems and reduce their risk. The first webinar is Thursday, May 14 at…

Inslee announces contact tracing initiative aimed at slowing spread of COVID-19

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public, while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Contact tracing is another tool in our toolbox for tackling COVID-19 in Washington,” Inslee said. “While…

Sponsor spotlight: Verdant Health Commission invests $475K in nutrition, mental health needs

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Verdant Health Commission continues to partner with local organizations to increase access to services that support the health of our individuals and families in need, and to date, it has invested approximately $475,000 in new programming.  In the shifting economic and public health landscape, Verdant has prioritized access…

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…

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…

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…

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: Everything you want to know about Compounding Pharmacy, from A-Z

When it comes to prescriptions and medication, having options and choices for how you “take your medicine” can have a huge impact on the overall experience. While the ability of combining and adjusting medications has been around for a long time, the benefits and capabilities of compounding is unknown to many who are unfamiliar with…

Coronavirus Chronicles: Hiking the hometown for exercise and exploration

Starting on March 28, David Fox walked 120 miles in 26 days, covering almost all of his hometown, Mountlake Terrace, with one exception: “The only roads I wasn’t able to cover were those through the Nile Shrine golf course, which is closed during the coronavirus shutdown.” The trek, captured on his phone’s GPS app, came…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: May 1, 2020

Friday’s data from the Snohomish Health District begins the new month with incremental changes in our tracked metrics. One of the larger changes is in new cases added (yellow chart) falling to two, six less than yesterday and 38 less than Wednesday’s spike of 63, the largest one-day increment since April 10. Currently active cases (red…

Welcome to our new Health and Fitness sponsor Axis Pharmacy NW

A warm welcome to our new Health and Fitness page sponsor Axis Pharmacy Northwest, a family-owned Mountlake Terrace-based business focused on providing customized medicines that meet the unique needs of all patients. Its compounding pharmacy service provides patients with customized options that can help taking or using medications easier. Some people are allergic to the dyes or preservatives drug…

Swedish Edmonds Family Birth Center and NICU to reopen May 6

Swedish Edmonds will reopen its Edmonds Family Birth Center and NICU next Wednesday, May 6. The Swedish hospital system said March 21 it would be closing its Edmonds Birth Center on March 26, to so the birth center space could be used for patients with COVID-19. The center is now reopening because “our region is…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: April 30, 2020

Thursday’s data from the Snohomish Health District end the month on a cautiously optimistic note. New cases added Thursday (yellow chart) are down to 31 from Wednesday’s new case total of 63, which represented the largest one-day increment since April 10. Likewise, currently active cases (red chart) – people who are currently ill with the…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: April 29, 2020

Wednesday’s data from the Snohomish Health District report a sharp rise in the number of new and active cases (yellow and red bar charts respectively), with 63 new cases since Tuesday, pushing the number of total active cases to 950, the highest recorded over the full reporting period. This is reflected in the countywide trend…

Healthy Eating: Two comfort food recipes to enjoy and share

It is hard to believe that we’ve been staying home since the middle of March…at least I hope everyone has been staying home. I venture out each day to take my miniature schnauzer Mia for a well-deserved long walk. Well deserved for both of us I think. I am grateful that I have a backyard…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: April 28, 2020

Tuesday’s data from the Snohomish Health District continue the story of slowed but continued progress for the county as a whole in pushing back the tide of COVID-19. While the countywide trend lines (upper line, countywide and city line charts) continue steadily upward as more people become infected with COVID-19, the numbers of new cases…