COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 9, 2020

While the April 9 countywide data updates from the Snohomish Health District continue to show a steady increase in the total number of cases over the reporting period, they are not increasing as steeply as in late March, and there is at least one piece of particularly good news buried in Thursday’s numbers. The health district…

Supporting Local: Boxes of local love featuring essentials from Edmonds retailers

Here’s a way to support downtown Edmonds retailers and enjoy boxes filled with stay-at-home essentials: Buy an Edmonds Localvore Survival Kit. The boxes — filled with everything from coffee to art supplies to spa products and more — are the brainchild of Rogue Boutique owner Kimberly Koenig and Carrie Hulbert from the Edmonds Downtown Alliance.  Also assisting with…

Local libraries may be closed but Wi-Fi access is available outside

For those who don’t have internet access at home, a significant downside of the stay-at-home orders to fight COVID-19 has been the accompanying closure of Sno-Isle Libraries branches and its free wireless connection. This is especially true for those who need to go online to perform essential tasks, such as applying for unemployment or job…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 8, 2020

The April 8 countywide data updates from the Snohomish Health District show a steady increase in the total number of cases over the reporting period. While the pandemic continues to build, it is not doing so as quickly as in the last week of March, with the latest data revealing an increase of only 39 new…

Edmonds claps, makes music for essential workers

A group of Edmonds residents came out of their homes at 7 p.m. Wednesday to clap and make music for the heroes in the medical field, the grocery and pharmacy, and other essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle — and Tom Dockins captured it on video. Resident Gayla Shoemake said about…

Sponsor spotlight: What you need to know NOW regarding COVID-19 stimulus payments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recently signed into law provides a one-time payment, among other items, to individuals to help ease the economic strain caused by the coronavirus epidemic. Here are the details of the stimulus payment initiative. Who qualifies to receive a payment? A one-time payment of $1,200 will be…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 7, 2020

While the April 7 countywide data updates from the Snohomish Health District show a continued upward trend in overall number of cases, there are also signs of leveling off from the steep increases of the last week of March. Encouragingly, this is accompanied by a continuation of the upward trend (although not as marked as April…

Inslee announces emergency grant program to help small businesses

Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday announced a new program aimed at helping small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant (WWSBEG) program is being offered by the Washington State Department of Commerce to provide a limited number of businesses with emergency funds of up to $10,000. Businesses eligible for the…

Due to low ridership, Community Transit to further reduce service starting April 13

Community Transit will further reduce bus trips on Monday, April 13 to align with low ridership levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency’s new reduced service schedule will represent a total reduction of approximately 30% over regular bus service levels. “Transit remains essential for many in our community who are working critical front line jobs,”…

Edmonds CC extends remote operations through May 10, all spring classes online

In accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to extend his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4, Edmonds Community College will extend its remote operations and will serve students and the community remotely through May 10. College offices will reopen to the public on Monday, May 11 (pending further notice). All spring quarter classes…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 6, 2020

The April 6 data from the Snohomish Health District give cause for cautious optimism that we may be turning a corner in our local battle with COVID-19. In the countywide data chart, note yesterday’s steep rise in numbers of recovered cases (green line), while the overall number of cases since the initial outbreak (upper blue…

Sound Transit shuts down nearly all construction systemwide due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Due to COVID-19 risks, Sound Transit said Monday it is directing contractors to suspend almost all construction on its region-wide transit expansion projects — including the Lynnwood Link light rail extension — starting immediately through May 4. The very limited work that does continue will focus on tasks considered critical and/or necessary to ensure that…

Edmonds Schools Foundation works to ensure students are fed during COVID-19 crisis

In the face of COVID-19, the Foundation for Edmonds School District says the efforts to feed school district children through its Nourishing Network have not stopped or slowed down —they have increased. “Program changes and expansions have not been easy, but our staff and volunteers have been incredibly creative and adaptive,” Foundation Executive Director Deborah…

Cline Jewelers presents Fun with Gems: Games and activities for kids during quarantine

Are your kids, grandkids, nieces or nephews in need of some entertainment at home? Then check out these fun grade-specific, gem-related activity packets from Cline Jewelers and Roger Dery Gem Design. Download HERE:https://bit.ly/2wV6bji According to the Cline Jewelers website, Roger Dery’s holistic and ethical practices are backed up by 36 trips to Africa, visits to…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 5, 2020

Our latest coverage Cheers: Stay connected with a Virtual Happy Hour Updated April 5: Directory of Edmonds restaurants offering takeout, delivery As ECA events canceled, city council Tuesday to consider proposal for early sales tax distribution Recreation in a pandemic: Snohomish County says ‘stay close to home’ From the Governor’s Office We’re in this together…

Cheers: Stay connected with a Virtual Happy Hour

So, you have done all the puzzles that had gathered dust in the closet; done them twice even. Every parent has binge watched Frozen 357 times. Singles hate trying to live their lives without best friends right there. Wearing a mask, no matter how “artsy” they are, is a huge pain. What now? Remember, it’s 5…

Recreation in a pandemic: Snohomish County says ‘stay close to home’

The Snohomish County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department has reinforced guidelines to help residents understand how to “recreate responsibly” during the pandemic. The new tag line: “If you take a car, the park is too far!” A sunny day in Snohomish County reveals busy beaches, crowded trails and people parking illegally near parks, the department…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 4, 2020

The Snohomish Health District started supplying case counts on weekends again, so we are able to provide you with the latest numbers as of April 4. If you want to create a face covering and don’t sew, a reader supplied this link on Facebook, offering an easy alternative: Our latest coverage Coping with isolation: Buddhist…

Reminder: Add a business, nonprofit to our ‘Support Local’ directory

Run a business or non-profit and want to get the word out about ways customers can support you during the COVID-19 outbreak? Maybe you’re shut down under the governor’s orders and could use donations to help you pay your rent? Or are promoting the pre-purchase of your goods or services — thus providing a little…