COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 2, 2020

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Another month at home, let’s emerge healthier

Our social distancing efforts are beginning to “flatten the curve” here in Washington. Even so, models from the University of Washington suggest that we may see 1,400 deaths from COVID-19 in this state, and it is clear that more people will die if our social distancing efforts stop right now.

That’s why, today, Gov. Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for another month until May 4. By staying home, we are keeping our communities as healthy as we can. We are slowing down the spread of the virus and buying more time for the state to build hospital capacity.

We must continue this isolating act of community togetherness — staying in our homes as much as possible to protect ourselves and people we love. While we are at home, let’s pay attention to the reasons we are doing this. Connect with the people you love. Make online purchases from the small businesses that give your community life. Order takeout from the restaurants you miss the most. Notice the gifts we’ve given the earth in this time — the skies in famously smoggy Los Angeles are clear and blue. The carbon monoxide emissions in New York City are down 50 percent compared to last year this time.

Let’s take care of ourselves and our relationships. Think about how you want to emerge from this crisis. Rested, looking forward to opportunities to be with your loved ones, ready to keep the air clean by working at home more often.

Take care of your body with nourishing foods, lots of sleep, deep breaths, and exercise. Focus on the parts of your life that bring you energy and joy: clean, cook, nurture, garden, sing, play games, create, love, read, write. Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks. Go for a walk and wave to your neighbors from six feet away. Ask them if they are well and if they need anything.

Take care of your mental health. If you feel so overwhelmed you struggle to get through the day, call your health care provider, therapist, or mental health provider and set up a telemedicine appointment. Check out these resources to help support your mental health or that of a loved one:

And if you are in crisis, don’t hesitate to call the 24-Hour Crisis Line at 866–427–4747 or text HEAL to 741741 to get confidential text access to a trained crisis counselor any time of the day or night.

Find more resources for your emotional, mental, and behavioral health on the state coronavirus website.

Practice compassion

Check in with your loved ones today. Are they staying home and taking care of themselves? Encourage them to stay home and stay safe.

4 Replies to “COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 2, 2020”

  1. I also like the graphs and coverage. Being a stats person I took them a bit further and added some trend lines and also calculated a rate of increase. The good news is that the rate of increase in the number of cases seems to have peaked last week — between 3/26 and 3/28–averaging about 20% per day.. This may also coincide with the time testing became more prevalent and consistent. Since then the rate of increase has slowed substantially to an average of 5% per day. Can’t really do the same analysis for death rates as fortunately there aren’t that many cases. What we can see is that the death rate (as a % of confirmed cases) is ranging between 2 and 3%. So major progress on the home–or should we say stay-at-home–front. This analysis suggests that if we keep this up, we are surely going to see a peak at some point. There is not enough data on the downward side to predict when that peak will be. But there is definitely some light at the end of the tunnel and it might not be that far away. Let’s all do our part going forward–the weather is also trending toward positive, so let’s make sure we maintain our distance and keep the positive trends going.

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  2. I don’t think we will can get valid statistics until testing of the general populace, whether or not members are symptomatic, is available.

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