Online shopping in the age of COVID-19: Package safety and delivery concerns

COVID-19 has turned online shopping in our community upside down. Here are two key questions: Are packages delivered to our homes safe from COVID-19? How long is it now taking to pick up or deliver online orders? Are delivered packages safe from COVID-19? There is no simple, single answer. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 25, 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. Our latest coverage Business closures and changes in MLT after governor issues stay-at-home order Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness School…

Lynnwood’s Temple Distilling pivots from spirits to sanitizers

As demand for cleaning and sanitizing products skyrocket amid COVID-19 concerns, a Lynnwood distillery has pivoted from bottling spirits to producing sanitizers. Since word got out that AJ Temple — owner of Temple Distilling Company — had switched from producing gin to making hand sanitizer, he has struggled to keep up with orders from customers,…

Business closures and changes in MLT after governor issues stay-at-home order

Many Mountlake Terrace businesses are working to adjust their operations in light of Gov. Jay Inslee’s March 23 stay-at-home order aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. Even after the governor issued his stay-at-home proclamation closing all businesses not considered essential for at least two weeks, restaurants were still allowed to continue takeout and delivery…

Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness

It all started with a visit to the Swedish/Edmonds emergency room. “Last Tuesday evening my 7-year-old was playing with our pet guinea pig when it bit her on the finger,” explained Edmonds resident Tiffany Sjong. “It looked like it might need stitches, so I packed her in the car and drove over to the Edmonds/Swedish…

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Five Community Transit employees tested presumptively positive for COVID-19

Community Transit announced Wednesday that five more employees have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said all employees are following guidance to stay home at the onset of symptoms. Last week, Community Transit announced four drivers had tested positive for the virus and have since…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 24, 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. Our latest coverage City Council Thursday will consider amending policy so councilmembers can meet remotely Re-opening date uncertain for MLT’s Concern for Neighbors Food Bank It’s business as…

Washington State Ferries to remain on winter schedule due to ridership declines

Washington State Ferries will extend its current winter sailing schedule through the end of next month due to declines in ridership from COVID-19. The spring sailing schedule will now tentatively begin on April 26 rather than March 29. Customers should continue following the winter schedule. All vehicle reservations made for dates between March 29 and…

How to donate needed medical supplies to Swedish locations, including Edmonds

Want to help local hospitals during this time of need? Swedish Medical Center Foundation has provided the following list of needed medical supplies: Swedish notes that to ensure staff and financial resources can stay focused on addressing this pandemic, you are asked to only donate items that we can use for the COVID-19 response. List…

Re-opening date uncertain for MLT’s Concern for Neighbors Food Bank

Normally abuzz with activity on Tuesday mornings, the Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace was quiet this week during its regular distribution hours. The food bank, normally open for those seeking assistance on Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., sat vacant after it was announced a volunteer had tested positive for COVID-19 earlier…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 23, 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. Our latest coverage Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order to slow spread of COVID-19 With members dependent on group meetings, Alcoholics Anonymous faces challenges in time of social distancing…

Governor issues statewide stay-at-home order to slow spread of COVID-19

In a statewide television address Monday, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee announced he will sign a statewide order that requires Washingtonians to stay at home.  The order will last for two weeks and could be extended. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is similar to orders that other governors in places such as California and…

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

No updated case counts from Snohomish Health District March 22 — the agency says it will no longer provide new numbers on Sundays. However, for those craving graphics, check out CovidActNow.org. It was created by a team of data scientists, engineers and designers in partnership with epidemiologists, public health officials and political leaders to help understand how…

Snohomish County Executive announces closure of county park gates, bathrooms

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Sunday announced the closure of Snohomish County park gates and bathrooms in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Play structures in parks were closed last week. According to a county announcement, these steps are being taken to better enforce social distancing and ensure all appropriate steps are being taken to prevent…

Happening nearby: City of Edmonds closes access to beach parks, dog park

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and encourage social distancing, the City of Edmonds has suspended access to its beach parks, including the off-leash dog park, effective immediately. The closure includes public restrooms and parking lots at Edmonds’ beaches, Marina Beach Park and Brackett’s Landing North Park, Deputy Parks and Recreation Superintendent…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 21, 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. Our latest coverage Swedish closing its Edmonds birth center to make room for COVID-19 patients Local residents get sewing to help address COVID 19-induced mask shortage With COVID-19…

Swedish closing its Edmonds birth center to make room for COVID-19 patients

The Swedish hospital system is closing its Edmonds Family Birth Center on March 26, our online news partner The Seattle Times reported Saturday night. The birth center space will be used for patients with COVID-19, spokeswoman Mafara Hobson said. “As our region prepares for an anticipated surge in COVID-positive patients, Swedish and other hospitals in our…

With COVID-19 restrictions, Trinity Lutheran Church finding new ways to engage those in need

With multiple worship services on Sundays, preschools for two different age groups from infants to preschoolers during the week, pastoral ministries from counseling to crisis care and outreach programs for the elderly, the homeless and others in need, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood keeps a busy schedule in its mission of “Building. Belonging. Becoming.” But…

Local residents get sewing to help address COVID 19-induced mask shortage

Edmonds resident Brian Potter learned how to sew as a teenager, in 8th-grade home-ec, and now he’s putting those skills to work making face masks for Polyclinics in the Puget Sound region. Heather Fadden of Mountlake Terrace, a broker with EXP Realty, is pushing out her own masks — more than 50 so far —…

COVID-19 daily report for Mountlake Terrace and Snohomish County: March 20, 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. Our latest coverage Updated March 20: Directory of Mountlake Terrace restaurants offering takeout, delivery Transportation update: Sound…

Dr. Chris Spitters named permanent health officer for Snohomish County

Dr. Chris Spitters has been appointed as the Snohomish Health District’s permanent health officer. Spitters had been serving in an interim capacity since June 2019, and has been the Health District’s tuberculosis control officer for more than two decades. “This was an easy and unanimous decision for the Board of Health,” said Stephanie Wright, board…