COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 16, 2020

Some social distancing observed by Kevin O’Keeffe on the Edmonds waterfront Monday.

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 business owners finding different ways to weather coronavirus crisis

Edmonds School District begins distribution of grab-and-go meals during school closure

Updated: Latest restaurant list for Edmonds — takeout, delivery, closed

Federal disaster assistance loans available to state small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

Inslee details statewide ban on onsite food and beverage service, other ‘non-essential services’ — and also expands limits on social gatherings

Washington State Department of Health update

Coming together to stay apart: Social distancing and daily life

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The new orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will be in place through March 31.

If it has started to seem like social distancing might be a major inconvenience, well, yes, it is. It’s a huge disruption. But social distancing interventions are absolutely necessary now to slow the spread of COVID-19. Every one of us must do our part to slow the spread of this virus right now. This protects us and our loved ones who are at high risk for severe disease.

Let’s talk about what social distancing means for our daily lives.

  • It generally means we stay out of places where people gather: Places like movie theaters, religious gatherings, public transportation, group fitness classes, coffee shops.
  • We all need to stay at home as much as possible. And when it isn’t possible, we need to work together to stay at least 6 feet away from each other.
  • Many people cannot work from home. If it is at all reasonable for you to do your work at home, please do. Every day.
  • The schools are closed to keep the kids away from each other so that they do not spread germs to one another and to the community. We need to keep them away from each other. Please do not arrange large playdates, sleepovers, or parties. Take your children to parks and enjoy the outdoors. Take lots of walks outside, but get used to saying, no, sorry, you can’t come pet the dog.
  • Use a grocery delivery service to reduce the number times you need to go to the grocery story. If you do need to physically go to the store, try to go at odd hours when they won’t be busy, and be sure to wash your hands before and after your trip.

Stopping a pandemic in its tracks calls for cooperation, patience, hand washing and, yes, isolation. We can do it.

And all the while we are working to stay physically apart from one another, think about what you can do to maintain connections with your friends and neighbors. Drop off a great book on a neighbor’s porch with a little note. Call a friend to check in. Help your kids draw a picture or a card to mail to a relative. Stay connected, from a distance of at least 6 feet.

Snohomish Health District update

Snohomish Health District suspends most in-person services 

Starting at noon on Monday, March 16, the Snohomish Health District will be temporarily closed for in-person services.

This is part of the ongoing effort to reduce spread of COVID-19. Businesses and organizations in our community are being required to ensure social distancing and other health measures in their operations. It is important that the district does the same. The closure of the front counter reduces person-to-person contact and lessens the risk for staff and the public.

Services being impacted include:

  • Customer service counter located on the first floor of 3020 Rucker Ave. will no longer be open for in-person birth and death certificates, water testing, permit application submittals, payments, etc.
  • Quality improvement clinic visits by the Vaccine Preventable Disease team have been suspended, and Vaccine for Children compliance clinic visits will continue on a case by case basis.
  • Maternal child health programs, including WIC, are continuing via telehealth, not through in-person or home visits.
  • The Viral Hepatitis Outreach program has suspended all off-site outreach, including jail and community-based testing.
  • Sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing and investigations have limited response capacity and clients should anticipate delays.

Online and phone services will continue, as well as inspections and permit reviews. For birth and death certificates, visit or call 425-339-5290. Permit applications, online payments, inspection results and other services also are available at People can also call 425-339-5250 for questions about permits, payments, and other environmental health services normally provided at the front counter.


  1. I have Edmonds Vitamins & Herbs. I am here until there is a mandate not to be. Regular hours: 10-6 Monday through Saturday. I am delivering and mailing supplements to those who must stay indoors due to compromised immunity.

  2. We need to urge Gov. Inslee to postpone real estate taxes. This must be done very soon, to relieve households worst hit by the virus and the economic slump. Many of us on market-based fixed incomes need this as well as out-of work families. The state needs the income, but may of us also need our homes.

  3. Thank you so much for this very extensive list of local restaurants coffee house and eateries of their hours, closures and services. To those of us in need of them this is very helpful.
    Again, thank you for the great job you are doing in keeping us up to date and locally informed about this virus, our most challenging situation.
    Please let me know when I have to bring my subscription dues to My Edmonds News up to date. The fact that you are available to anyone on line with or without a paid subscription is an example of the excellent care you invest in our community.
    I hope everyone sends in to support your efforts for us.
    Thank you.
    Ingrid Wolsk

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