State announces new COVID relief funds to support nonprofits helping youth

The need for youth programs that provide learning, mentoring and social-emotional support to students and young adults has never been greater, but COVID-19 has significantly impacted the ability of many nonprofits to keep their doors open. The Washington State Department of Commerce is partnering with School’s Out Washington to distribute approximately $9 million in state…

Snohomish  County Council passes resolution recognizing importance of school meal programs during COVID-19 

The Snohomish Count Council on Wednesday passed a resolution recognizing the efforts made by Snohomish County school districts to maintain and expand their meal programs to continue serving children during school closures due to the Covid-19 epidemic.  With Snohomish County residents among the earliest known cases of COVID-19 in the country, local school districts had to rapidly develop…

Snohomish Health District resumes drive-thru COVID-19 testing

With the air quality starting to improve, the Snohomish Health District said it is resuming its drive-thru testing operations at the 3900 Broadway site in Everett. The new schedule is as follows: Saturday, Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22 from noon…

Money still available for families in need through Edmonds Cares Fund

Tapping into the Federal CARES Act and re-allocated city funds, the City of Edmonds continues to distribute money from its $450,000 Housing and Supplementary Relief program, offering grants of up to $1,000 for one- and two-member households and $1,500 for households of three or more members to cover expenses related to rent/mortgage, food, medical bills,…

Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing: Wildfire smoke, flu season add to health complications

Wildfire smoke, coronavirus and the flu season headline this week’s Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing Tuesday. What a perfect way to help observe September, which just happens to be Disaster Preparedness Month. Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers added a little irony to the briefing: “Tt seems’, he says, “like we’ve been in a disaster all year.”…

Local charity provides COVID relief in Cambodia

SE Asia Foundation, an Edmonds-based charitable organization, has announced the completion of a successful fundraising campaign to provide assistance to impoverished villages in Cambodia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of nearly of $43,000 were made to vetted non-government organizations working with the residents of small villages outside of the city of Siem Reap. The…

Coronavirus Chronicles: UW student helps seniors go digital for health and connection

When she was 15, Nhu Nguyen came with her family to the Northwest from Vietnam, settling first in South Seattle then moving to Edmonds, where she attended Edmonds-Woodway High School and Edmonds College. Now, at 22, she’s a University of Washington senior, double majoring in public and global health and biology– a relevant education in…

Elementary schools can start planning for in-person learning, county health officer says

Citing “ongoing moderate but declining COVID-19 transmission,” Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters said that officials can start planning for in-person learning at elementary schools. The guidance for public and private K-12 in Snohomish County– based on the Washington State Department of Health’s Decision Tree for In-Person Learning framework — defers to schools on how to…

New emergency grants available to small businesses in Snohomish County

The Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) will be accepting applications for emergency grants up to $10,000 each, intended to cover a variety of expenses associated with the impact of COVID-19. For-profit businesses located in Snohomish County with up to 20 employees, especially those in unincorporated areas of the county, are encouraged to apply. Funding comes…

Wildfire smoke alert continues for Puget Sound region through Sunday

A wildfire smoke alert for serious health problems continues from the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency and the health departments of King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Unhealthy air is expected throughout the day Saturday and it will be unhealthy for sensitive groups on Sunday. Winds blowing from the west should begin to clear out…

Department of Health: Tips for staying safe during wildfires and ongoing pandemic

As wildfires rage across the entire West Coast, a giant wave of smoke has blown across Western Washington, creating worsening air quality that will likely linger for days. The air quality across Washington has the potential to reach extremely unhealthy levels, and the Washington State Department of Health wants people to be prepared. It’s not…

Community Health Plan of Washington awards $230k to nonprofit organizations, including one from Edmonds

Aiming to promote equity in health care, Community Health Plan of Washington donated $230,000 to multiple local community-based organizations that directly serve communities of color and others disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic — including the Edmonds-based Project Girl Mentoring Program and the Lynnwood-based Latino Education Training Institute. Community Health Plan of Washington, a not-profit…

Need a mask? Verdant has you covered at free drive-thru events Sept. 12, 17

Stop by the Verdant Community Wellness Center in Lynnwood to pick up a cloth face mask to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 during two drive-thru events. Verdant will host these free drive-thru events Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. – noon and Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5-6 p.m. at Verdant Community Wellness Center,…

Edmonds Fishing Pier could close unless more people mask up

The City of Edmonds said Friday that unless more people comply with the state’s mask-wearing directive, it will have no choice but to close the Edmonds Fishing Pier to all visitors. After receiving reports from concerned residents that few people are wearing face coverings on the fishing pier, the city on Friday launched a week-long outreach…

Possible California wildfire smoke in Puget Sound region starting Thursday

A plume of wildfire smoke from California is expected to pass over the Puget Sound region starting Thursday, Sept. 3, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency says. At first, most of the smoke will be overhead. It will likely have minimal impacts on ground-level air quality, with moderate air pollution levels at most. If smoke…