Rising COVID cases mean restrictions likely to last past Christmas, officials say

The bad news from Tuesday’s Snohomish County COVID-19 media briefing? Coronavirus case rates are up 20% from a week ago, now 368/100,000 people. As a result, the governor’s recently announced “Stay Safe” restrictions are likely to last past Christmas. However, officials also announced there’s a free COVID smartphone app that may help keep you safer from COVID-19….

Expect our weekly COVID-19 report later this week due to data delays

Readers: Our weekly COVID-19 report will be late this week due to delays in reporting local data by the Snohomish Health District.  According to officials at the Health District, the delay was caused by the combination of the long holiday weekend and the large numbers of new cases. We depend on this information to build…

New smartphone-based notification tool alerts state residents of COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health on Monday announced the launch of WA Notify, a notification tool designed to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive…

Coronavirus Chronicles: Jazz performer won’t let the pandemic silence her music

Musician Marina Christopher had her 2020 all planned. In January, she was in New York City playing bass with a touring group. She had other stops scheduled and was ready to drop in at a favorite spot, Vito’s in Seattle, for another gig. But, 2020 had other plans for the Mountlake Terrace-born-and-raised artist. She has not let…

Mountlake Terrace High hosting drive-thru COVID testing Dec. 2 

The Verdant Health Commission, City of Mountlake Terrace, and Medical Teams International will host free, drive-thru, non-invasive COVID-19 testing at Mountlake Terrace High School from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2.   Verdant and Medical Teams has increased testing capacity at this event by adding staffing to reduce wait times. Signage will be posted to indicate wait…

Five local drive-thru COVID testing events scheduled in December

The Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International will partner with local organizations to host free, drive-thru, non-invasive COVID-19 testing events on five dates during the month of December. The next events take place: Wednesday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mountlake Terrace High, 21801 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace Saturday, Dec….

Hundreds turn out for free COVID-19 testing in Edmonds

Hundreds of people took advantage of free drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday in the Edmonds-Woodway High School parking lot. Vehicles snaked their way through the high school’s south parking lot — located off 76th Avenue West — for the non-invasive coronavirus test. There was also a walk-up station for those not driving. The event was sponsored…

Reminder: City to offer free COVID testing at Edmonds-Woodway HS Nov. 23

The City of Edmonds is partnering with the Verdant Health Commission and Medical Teams International to provide free, non-invasive COVID-19 testing Monday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Edmonds Woodway High School South parking lot (enter off of 76th Avenue West). This is a drive-thru event, but walk-ups will not be turned…

Inslee announces additional $135 million in COVID-19 financial support

Gov. Jay Inslee Friday announced additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor was joined by Lisa Brown, Department of Commerce director, for the announcement. “We know this pandemic is taking an economic toll,” Inslee said during a press conference Friday. “On Sunday we announced $50 million in…

Inslee announces cap on third-party delivery fees to help restaurants

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced a new cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms, such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and others. “We recognize the challenges posed by COVID-19 to our restaurant community, and we’re grateful to third-party delivery platforms that have made it possible for Washingtonians to continue supporting local…

WIAA board votes to delay start of winter sports season until Feb. 1

In light of surging COVID-19 case numbers statewide, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Executive Board, which governs high school sport in Washington state, voted Tuesday to amend the current season schedule for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Under the new schedule, the traditional winter sports season will be delayed to Feb. 1,…

Snohomish County Superior Court suspends jury trials until at least January 2021

The Snohomish County Superior Court on Wednesday announced the suspension of jury trials until at least Jan. 8, 2021. A statement was released by the Honorable Bruce I. Weiss, Snohomish County Superior Court Presiding Judge cited the rising number of COVID-19 cases statewide and locally. “This has been a very difficult decision to make, but it…

Sno-Isle Libraries services continue under new COVID-19 restrictions

A full-slate of contact-free and online services will continue to be available from Sno-Isle Libraries under the latest COVID-19 restrictions announced by Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday, Nov. 15.  “We know that many of our customers enjoy holding a book while reading and we have procedures in place to help make that possible,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois…

Layoffs and revised menus ahead as Edmonds restaurateur prepares for indoor dining ban

Already struggling to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant industry will be particularly hard hit by the latest restrictions Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday. For Edmonds restaurant owner Shubert Ho — who along with partner Andrew Leckie operates four restaurants in the city plus a catering company — Inslee’s ban on indoor restaurant…