Main topic of weekly COVID-19 briefing? Boeing’s future in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 impact on Boeing’s future in Snohomish County topped the county’s coronavirus briefing Tuesday. Boeing has already announced it will cut back 787 production in Everett from 10 Dreamliners a month to six a month next year. Here are the key numbers on Boeing’s economic impact in the county: 30,000 employees at the Everett…

COVID-19 update for Aug. 3, 2020: Global, national and state perspective

The coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the world. Cases now surpass 18 million while deaths approach 700,000, with no letup in sight. The United States continues to lead the other nations of the world in total COVID case numbers and deaths. The following map from Johns Hopkins University provides the latest statistics as of…

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing to continue this week at McColllum Park

The Snohomish Health District announced on Monday that it will continue drive-thru testing this week at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. S.E. in Everett. Online registration is now open at www.snohd.org/drive-thru-testing, with appointments for this week starting Tuesday, Aug. 4. Testing is expected to remain at McCollum Park through the end of this week. The…

Five months into the pandemic, tips for fighting COVID-19 stress

Yes, there is such a thing as COVID stress. Burnout. Overload. “We are so saturated with information,” says Pat Morris from Volunteers of America Western Washington, “that there’s a sense of powerlessness among all of us. When are we going to get back to normal? When is this going to be over?” The information saturation,…

Sponsor spotlight: Get rid of your kids’ summertime blues

Let’s be honest. This is a strange summer. With many recreation activities canceled or significantly altered because of this year’s pandemic and social distancing guidelines, families need to be creative to keep their kids energized and engaged. Never fear! Here’s a list of activities to create a memorable summer for your kids: Organize a family…

CoronaCoaster – the Pandemic Times: Record your stories for history

Have a story to tell about your life in the age of coronavirus? Willing to share it with others via video? It is no exaggeration that we are in historically unique times. A group of local organizations have come together to launch a new community-based video project, CoronaCoaster, to provide a historical record of the…

Looking Back: 102 years ago – 1918 and the Spanish Influenza Pandemic

In October of 1918, the world was still fighting WWI, and although the end of the hostilities was near, censorship of the news still remained.  Therefore, it was left to the non-combatant country of Spain to report that civilians in many places were becoming ill and dying at an alarming rate.  These circumstances gave rise…

Edmonds School District to delay reopening of schools, offer remote learning this fall

Following the advice of county health officials, the Edmonds School District announced Wednesday it will forgo reopening schools in the fall for the 2020-21 school year. Instead, the district will be moving forward with its remote-learning model, Continuous Learning 2.0. In a letter addressed to families, Superintendent Gustavo Balderas said the district will be moving…

State Department of Health launches COVID-19 survey

The Washington State Department of Health has launched the Community Recovery-Oriented Needs Assessment, or the CORONA survey. The survey is an effort to assess the behavioral, economic, social, and emotional impacts and the needs of communities across the state as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The CORONA survey results will inform immediate, long-term, and…

Snohomish Health District recommends county’s schools prepare for remote learning this fall

Given the “continued upward trajectory”of COVID-19 cases in the county, Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters on Wednesday recommended that Snohomish County public school superintendents and private school administrators plan for distance learning this fall. A health district announcement noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance for K-12 administrators to aid in preparing…

COVID-19 update for July 27, 2020: Global, national and state perspective

The national coronavirus caseload continues to soar, with 18 states setting single-day records last week according to the COVID Tracking Project. The United States continues to lead the world in overall case numbers, as the most recent (July 27) map from Johns Hopkins University shows: But while we lead in overall case count, we rank…

FDA warns of toxic hand sanitizer products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when…

Commentary: Join Snohomish County Parks in celebrating Park and Recreation Month

Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local park and recreation professionals, such as our staff at Snohomish County Parks, Recreation & Tourism play in conservation, health and well-being,…

COVID-19 July 24 update: Washington State, Snohomish County and local numbers

Updated July 25 with local case numbers. The State of Washington reported 766 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths over the July 21-22 period, pushing the total since the pandemic began to a sobering new record of 50,009 cases and 1,482 deaths as of July 22 at 11:59 p.m., according to the following summary…

Walkable Main Street: Restaurants see benefits, merchant response mixed

Love it or loathe it, Walkable Main Street — the City of Edmonds initiative to make the heart of downtown a weekend pedestrian-only zone — will continue at least through the summer according to Patrick Doherty, Director of Economic Development for the City of Edmonds.  Now after four weekends, the growing pains are beginning to…

Inslee announces he’s rolling back some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman Thursday announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. It has been four months since the governor announced the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Since then, cases in…

Edmonds College, Snohomish County partner to produce locally sourced PPE

Edmonds College and Snohomish County announced Thursday their partnership to produce locally sourced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The college has produced 200 face shields at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center at Snohomish County’s Paine Field Airport. Front line workers and first responders across Snohomish County have experienced difficulties procuring consistent supplies of PPE…

State: Claims for unemployment benefits decrease from previous week

Unemployment claims decreased in all categories in the latest figures reported by the Washington State Unemployment Security Department. During the week of July 12 through July 18, there were 29,438 initial regular unemployment claims (down 27.3% from the prior week) and 673,444 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 4.7% from the prior week)…