Snohomish County mass vaccination sites closing down

Mass vaccination sites in Snohomish County are closing after six months and more than 318,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered. In making the announcement Thursday, the Snohomish Health District notes that while “vaccination against COVID-19 remains vital,” vaccine supply has stabilized, demand is down and other providers such as clinics or pharmacies are in a…

All Snohomish County facilities will reopen to the public July 6

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers announced Wednesday that with the lifting of pandemic restrictions, Snohomish County government facilities will reopen to the public Tuesday, July 6. When visiting county facilities, visitors and staff are required to follow Washington state and Snohomish Health District guidelines, including wearing masks if unvaccinated. “Snohomish County residents can be proud…

State reopening set for Wednesday, but don’t ditch your mask

As Washington State officially prepares to reopen Wednesday after residents have spent more than a year living with COVID-19 restrictions, Gov. Jay Inslee said the state still has “work to do” and the State Department of Health reminds people that masks will still be required in some places. “Washington has come a long way since…

Snohomish County leaders propose COVID-related hazard pay for county employees, grocery workers

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers Tuesday proposed ordinances to the Snohomish County Council to provide supplemental pay to front-line, public-facing county employees and certain grocery workers in unincorporated Snohomish County. With the re-opening of businesses later this month, the tightening labor market and the spread of new variants, this supplemental pay will ensure essential government…

City of Edmonds announces updated mask-wearing policy for employees

Starting June 7, City of Edmonds employees who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have the option of going without masks at work. The city announced Friday that employees can request an exemption from wearing a mask and social distancing in the workplace. This is in response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement that Washington State would…

From lottery cash drawings to gift cards, Inslee announces vaccination incentives

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced new incentives to help encourage unvaccinated Washingtonians to get the COVID shot. The Washington State Lottery will be conducting a “Shot of a Lifetime” giveaway series during the month of June, working with state agencies, technology companies, sports teams and higher education institutions across the state to offer a myriad…

Sno-Isle Libraries adapting as state’s pandemic safety rules ease

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a year of transition to Sno-Isle Libraries, and June will see more changes as public health rules are expected to ease. Throughout the pandemic, Sno-Isle Libraries staff have been working on ways to bring more services to customers with contact-free delivery options, online programs and events, and the gradual reintroduction…

State Department of Health launches mobile vaccination service

The Washington State Department of Health has launched a new mobile vaccine service called “Care-A-Van” that will deliver vaccines to communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The department said it is working closely to support community partners and local health jurisdictions to increase vaccine access for priority communities, which include: Counties with higher vaccine gaps by…

Free COVID-19 vaccination clinic June 2 at Edmonds United Methodist

Edmonds United Methodist Church will be hosting a COVID Pfizer vaccination clinic that will be run by the Snohomish Health District on Wednesday, June 2 from 5-7 p.m. A second dose will be guaranteed on June 23. All people age 12 and up are welcome. There is no ID required. Spanish language translation will be offered onsite. Walk ups…

Sponsor spotlight: Paktia Pharmacy now administering COVID-19 vaccines

Paktia Pharmacy is providing free COVID-19 vaccines to eligible patients in partnership with the U.S. government. Eligible patients can visit https://www.healthmart.com to make an appointment or call Paktia Pharmacy at 425-967-5375 “We are proud to help Edmonds fight COVID-19 and are here to help the most vulnerable and most at risk of suffering from COVID-19,”…

Community Transit offering customers free rides to get vaccination

Community Transit is now offering people free rides on the bus to get their COVID-19 vaccination. The free round-trip does not require customers provide any documents. They can simply state they are traveling to get the vaccine or returning from receiving it. The free ride can be used to travel to mass vaccination sites, a…

County leaders say COVID-19 case rates remain flat, are hopeful to stay in Phase 3

Snohomish County leaders said during a May 11 briefing that due to stable COVID-19 case rates they are hopeful the county will be able to remain in Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan when Gov. Jay Inslee’s statewide two-week pause on counties’ phase movement is expected to end next week….

Nearby option for COVID-19 vaccine: Shoreline Center

If you are looking for a nearby option for a COVID-19 vaccine, a reminder from our friends at Shoreline Area News that the UW Medicine North King County Vaccination Clinic in Shoreline provides walk-in vaccinations for Pfizer (age 16+) and Moderna (age 18+) first and second doses. Located in the auditorium at the Shoreline Center…

Starting May 10, over $10 million in grants available to help nonprofit community organizations

The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with ArtsFund to provide over $10 million in grants to help community organizations across the state that have been impacted by the pandemic. The Nonprofit Community Relief grant application portal opens Monday, May 10 for eligible Washington state organizations The grant program focuses on arts, culture, science and…

COVID briefing: ‘Sigh of relief’ as Snohomish County gets rollback reprieve

Snohomish County gets a reprieve. There is no rollback to Phase 2 COVID restrictions for the county; in fact, no rollbacks statewide.  That’s the news from Gov. Jay Inslee, who says all counties will stay where they are for the next two weeks. That means shopping, dining, outdoor recreation all stays where it is; we…

Advance appointments now optional at Snohomish County mass vaccination sites

Starting Wednesday, May 5, all mass vaccination sites operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce will begin offering on-site registration for people who do not have a prior appointment. People may arrive at the sites during open hours to receive their vaccine even if they do not have an appointment. Vaccinations will be provided as…

Inslee announces two-week pause on phases

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a two-week pause on movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Under the pause, every county will remain in its current phase. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated. The decision was made in consultation with the Department of Health, and reflects current…

Downtown popup COVID testing sites are scams, Edmonds police say

The Edmonds police sent out a warning Wednesday regarding two curbside COVID test sites that have appeared in downtown Edmonds during the past few days, labeling them as “scams” involving potential identity theft. Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Josh McClure said police made the determination after officers spoke with workers staffing the pop-up sites at 5th…

County COVID briefing: As numbers continue to rise, return to Phase 2 likely next week

The weekly COVID media briefing from Snohomish County officials was marked by a growing concern over the county’s stubbornly rising numbers of case rates and hospitalizations, the two critical metrics used by Gov. Inslee’s office to determine which reopening phase will be operative. On March 11 Inslee rolled out the revamped Roadmap to Recovery program,…

Beware of ‘unusual’ COVID testing sites, health district says

We had inquiries from readers Monday asking about free COVID testing being offered near the Edmonds ferry terminal, as it appeared that proper testing protocols weren’t being followed. Turns out, the Snohomish Health District has also received questions about the operation and is investigating. “We have received a couple emails from folks about the Edmonds…