COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 13, 2020

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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.

Links to our latest coverage

Edmonds School District updates plan for meals, child care, learning during closures

Edmonds mayor announces more city facility closures due to COVID-19; municipal court also changes operations

Many local churches live-streaming services, but some still holding Sunday gatherings

Edmonds Food Bank to offer online ordering starting Saturday

Edmonds CC campus closed to the public March 18-April 3, spring quarter start delayed one week

Swedish temporarily stops elective surgeries, announces new visitor policies

Inslee announces statewide school closures, limits visitors to adult family homes

Snohomish County PUD public offices closed, non-essential business paused

Edmonds’ Harbor Square Athletic Club to be closed this weekend for ‘deep cleaning’ after member tests positive for COVID-19

Edmonds Floretum Garden Club cancels March 16 membership meeting

Update: Verdant Community Wellness Center extends closure through March 31

Edmonds Kind of Play: Talking to kids about COVID-19, plus online learning resources as schools close for six weeks

Edmonds Theater says it’s closing ‘indefinitely’ beginning March 20

YWCA cancels April 16 Everett fundraising luncheon; Seattle event still scheduled

Update from the Washington State Health Department

Many people who get COVID-19 have mild illness they can take care of at home, but some people need to see their health care provider or get care in the hospital. When we need health care, we trust that our health care providers will have the resources they need to provide safe care. Things like beds, room in the ICU, and all the gloves, gowns, and masks that protect the healthcare providers and keep their patients safe.

But, there is a worldwide shortage of these gloves, gowns, and masks. There are not enough of these personal protective equipment being produced anywhere in the world. And all over the world, COVID-19 has contributed to an increase in the number of people needing care.

The United States prepares for this very situation by stockpiling supplies in the Strategic National Stockpile. When the state and a health care facility’s normal suppliers can’t find a vendor who can sell them the needed supplies, the state requests these supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile. To help our health care facilities in Washington, the Department of Health, has already made this request for supplies from the federal government.

We have received two shipments so far. That looked like eight tractor-trailer loads and six courier deliveries of supplies since March 4, 2020. That allowed us to send more than 70,000 gowns, 200,000 masks, and 100,000 gloves to more than 50 Washington healthcare facilities.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Social distancing — staying home, avoiding groups of people, keeping kids home — can make a huge difference in the number of people affected by COVID-19 and the number of people who need health care. When we all stay at home, this lets us save limited health care resources for the people who need them the most.
  • Don’t attempt to purchase masks or take them from your health care provider’s office. Masks don’t protect healthy people from COVID-19 during normal, everyday travel and activities. Masks are used in a health care provider’s office to help cover coughs for sick patients and to allow the providers to care for patients safely.

Snohomish Health District guidance for those who develop symptoms

The Snohomish Health District has released guidance for anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 and their contacts on how to prevent the spread to others.

The goals for using mitigation strategies for communities with local COVID-19 transmission are to protect those at higher risk, including people who:

· are over 60 years of age

· have an underlying medical condition, like heart disease, lung disease or diabetes

· have weakened immune systems

· are pregnant.

For businesses and employers:

Snohomish Health District is encouraging workplaces and businesses to provide options for their employees to work from home if possible. If they cannot work from home, employees should minimize their interaction with large groups of people.

People who are sick with cough and fever should not attend work until 72 hours after fever has resolved or seven (7) days after the illness began, whichever is longer. We urge employers to maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits to accommodate these measures.

The Health District continues to add number of resources for businesses and employers to its website at www.snohd.org/ncov2019. One of those items is a table that provides guidance on what to do if employees or family members/close contacts of employees are being tested.

COVID-19 case updates

The Snohomish Health District is reporting the following statistics related to COVID-19 through 2 p.m. March 13, 2020:

 

11 Replies to “COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 13, 2020”

  1. Thank you My Edmonds News, for this excellent update on the Coronavirus as it applies to us locally.
    I often wonder as I watch the reports on TV where and what I have to filter out to learn about the situation locally here and in the county. Your daily and valuable information on the situation is very helpful to people like me in the very high risk group.
    Thank you for being of such great help to us.
    I know you do not wake up in the morning and have his information handed to you but that you have to spend time and effort to extract it from the mass of information covering such a wide area of involvement.
    I hope this attracts more paid membership viewers to My Edmonds News.
    Many thanks to you.
    Ingrid Wolsk

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  2. I agree with Ms Wolsk. My Edmonds News is doing a top notch service to our community. We can show our appreciation by contributing.

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  3. Question: I have heard that there is a substance, or medication that will alleviate the intensity for those suffering the virus.

    fact or fiction and/or just plain information?

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    1. There is evidence that Vitamin D improves your immune response. If you get infected and have been taking supplementary vitamin D there is reason to think you may be less likely to experience complications.

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  4. I’m piling on the praise as well. Thank you Teresa and staff. We are grateful for your help keeping us informed!

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  5. I say Amen to the praise heaped on Teresa and her staff. We get straight foward news without hype or prejudice.

    I see the schools are informing people and have opportunities for help with food and computers. Great!

    I think many of us have concerns for small businesses which do not have deep pockets.
    One idea from a friend: buy gift cards from local businesses which you can use later or give to someone who needs help. This way the business will have cash which will no doubt be short.
    We can all be of help in one way or another.

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  6. Yes, I appreciate My Edmonds News now, more than ever. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE, and keep this vital neighborhood news source alive!

    The Next Door site is also full of our community’s ideas to help each other and our local businesses, with a lot of heartwarming offers to come to the aid of vulnerable neighbors.

    What a lovely community we live in – do all you can to stay safe and help others!

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  7. Many thanks, Teresa, for every day news from Edmonds, but especially during this difficult time during the COVID-19 crisis. It is re-assuring to see the situation and numbers for our own area, which you and your staff make possible. Do take care of yourself and those who work with you as you secure this information for the rest of us.

    Sincerely,

    Gayla

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  8. Thank you so much for this very detailed article. I appreciate your hard work and dedication during this health issue in the US. Love my home town and this community that works together. My Edmonds news you are great! Blessings to each one of you! Michele Gregory

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  9. Someone mentioned vitamin D. There are rules about vitamin D, including maximum per day that people should research at credible sources.

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