COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 27, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information.

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Edmonds School District to begin remote teaching March 30

Snohomish County PUD temporarily suspends reading meters, amends billing process

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Washington State Department of Health update

We’re All In This Together

Remember early March? The kids were in school, and we only needed to stay home from work if we were sick. Today, the US has more cases of COVID-19 (81,321 and growing) than any other country in the world, including Italy and China. This virus has deeply affected all of us. It has changed the way we shop, the way we interact, the way we learn, the way we work, the way we worship, the way we play, and the way we plan for the future. And just as the virus has affected us all, we all have a responsibility to stop it. All of us. Young and old. We are all in this together, and, unless we are doing something on the governor’s list of essential activities, we need to just stay home. Not run to the office quick to get the mouse I wish I brought home. Not drive to the beach where surely there won’t be that many people. Not visit my friend just for a minute. Not let the kids play with the neighbor kids. We need to stay home. We are all in this together, at least six feet apart.

Are you looking for ways to help?

Are you a health care practitioner licensed in another state? We are now activating emergency volunteer health practitioners for the COVID-19 response. Under this program, a volunteer health practitioner who is licensed in another state may practice in Washington without obtaining a Washington license. These emergency volunteers will help meet emerging demands for health practitioners in areas impacted by COVID-19. A health practitioner must be in good standing in their home state and be registered with the Department of Health as an emergency volunteer. For more information and to register, see the .

Are you eligible to donate blood? Blood donation is an essential activity because it saves lives. Contact to make an appointment. In order to meet social distancing recommendations and ensure the best and safest experience possible, they are accepting scheduled appointments only. It’s important for donors to keep their appointments, and make future appointments now to ensure blood stays available in our community.

Do you know a child? Call or videochat with a child today and listen to how their day was. Did they read a book today? Maybe you can read one with them.

Do you know someone who lives alone? Social distancing may be particularly isolating for them. Reach out and let them know you are thinking about them.

Stay tuned to our blog for more information on how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Daily update on COVID-19 case numbers

Our is updated daily with the number of people confirmed to have positive cases and the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Washington State. As of this writing, 3,700 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19, and 175 have died of the disease. We are very likely to see more people with COVID-19 identified in the coming days.

 

  1. Here is a way we can help. I know this is in Vancouver but it can be here also. The following is from my daughter and could help.
    Good Morning!

    I am a 4th grade educator in our local area. I am also the partner of a nurse who works near one of your hotels in Vancouver, Wa. For obvious reasons, the last few weeks have been extremely challenging for our household. My family is one of the unfortunate victims of COVID-19. Last Wednesday, our uncle lost his battle with the virus. My partner has been witnessing people lose their battles or gravely fighting for their lives day in and day out. So, stress is at an all time high.

    Yesterday, was the icing on the cake. My partner broke down and shared that her family at home should disperse and stay somewhere else because of the fear of transmitting the virus to us. This includes our 16 year old daughter. As we scrambled to problem solve, we realized what a cumbersome task this would prove to be. While we have family we can go to, it doesn’t feel right to go there without having been quarantined for 2 weeks, knowing the potential exposure. When I asked about the other nurses, she claimed, “We are all terrified. Terrified to bring this home to our families. One of my co-worker’s husband is a diabetic and should not have any exposure to COVID-19. Others are considering taking early retirement.” These are real situations for our frontline workers. They are carrying double the stress attempting to take care of us all and are faced with some very tough decisions, such as asking their family to leave them during a pandemic.

    So, during this conversation, it became quickly evident that the real answer is to semi-quarantine the medical staff at the hospital. It has the least amount of impact. Dispersing my house alone would require 3 of us to find different places to stay, potentially exposing 10-15 other people. Many nurses have young children, where that would prove to be much more difficult.

    That’s where your establishment comes into play and the reason for this post. I have read that hotels around the country are opening their rooms up to people in need. An act of opening up your rooms to staff at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center would mitigate so many problems and stressors that are beginning to arise. With that being said, I hope you take this proposition into consideration. My family, along with many others would be incredibly grateful. I am reaching out to you in hopes we can solve this problem together. This is a solution that is for the better of our community and continues to support those who are working on the front line in direct contact with the virus.

    Best,
    Maria Smith
    Greg Smith Sr

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