Snohomish County sees dramatic drop in COVID cases

COVID is quickly releasing its grip in Snohomish County, as it is across the nation. The comments that came from county leaders In the weekly coronavirus briefing included:  “amazing,” “proud” and “the trajectory is fantastic and hopeful.” As fast as the Omicron variant swept through this area, it is in an equally fast retreat. That…

Free masks available at branches of Sno-Isle Libraries

Those looking to upgrade their masks for better protection can now get free KN90 masks at their local libraries, the Snohomish Health District said. Upgraded masks, like KN90, KF94 or N95, offer a higher level of protection compared to cloth or disposable procedure masks. Unfortunately, that higher quality comes with a higher price tag, especially when they…

County COVID briefing: Positive numbers for a change as cases, hospitalizations drop

What a difference a week makes. We have the “opportunity to continue to turn the tide,” Snohomish County Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters told the weekly COVID briefing Tuesday. Spitters’ comments were the first of a string of positive data from the county. New cases 16,000 – two weeks ago 9,000 – last week Hospitalizations…

State reopens COVID-19 portal to order free rapid tests online

The Washington State Department of Health is reopening a statewide portal that allows people to order COVID-19 rapid tests online, then have them shipped to their homes. For the second time in less than two weeks, Washington state residents can go to www.sayyescovidhometest.org to order up to five free tests. Recipients will get those tests…

Where to find the free N95 masks coming our way

Free N95 COVID masks are coming your way. They are not here – yet. But major grocery and pharmacy chains in Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace should have the masks in soon. The federal government last week announced the nationwide distribution of 400 million N95 masks – for free. The feds have tapped the Strategic…

State health department launches at-home rapid COVID-19 test portal

In an effort to increase access to at-home rapid tests across the state, the Washington State Department of Health said Friday it is launching a statewide portal that will allow COVID-19 tests to ship directly to households. Beginning Friday, Washington state residents will be able to visit www.sayyescovidhometest.org to order rapid-antigen COVID tests online, and…

Some Edmonds School District students planning ‘sick-out’ protest Friday

Some Edmonds School District students are planning  a “sick-out” for Friday, Jan. 21 as a way to advocate for what they see as the district’s need to increase its pandemic safety measures, which includes a temporary shift to remote learning. Organizers said in an online petition they would like to see the district “switch to…

Mass COVID-19 testing site opening this weekend in Monroe

A new COVID-19 testing site will be opening this weekend at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The site is being operated in partnership with the Snohomish Health District, Washington State Department of Health and Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Testing is a critical part of preventing the spread of COVID-19 and we are thrilled to…

Free at-home COVID tests now available for order

According to the federal government, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests via this USPS link. There is a limit of one order per residential address One order includes four ndividual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests Orders will ship free starting in late January If you need a COVID-⁠19…

County COVID briefing: Slight decline in cases, but hospitals stretched thin

“I would love to be at the tail end of the last surge,” Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers told reporters gathered at the weekly COVID briefing, but  “we are not there yet.” The county has seen a slight decline in the total number of cases – down from an all-time high of more than 13,000…

Edmonds Waterfront Center hosting free COVID vaccine and booster clinic Jan. 17

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is hosting a free COVID vaccine and booster clinic Monday, Jan. 17. It will include pediatric vaccines. Vaccines will be provided by the Snohomish County Health District. To help facilitate vaccinations, here are registration links for people to schedule and enter their information. The link for ages 12 and older: prepmod.doh.wa.gov//appointment/en/reg/1042993607…

College Place Elementary shifts to remote learning until at least Jan. 24

College Place Elementary has joined two other Edmonds School District schools in shifting to remote learning due to a number of staff and students out to illness. According to a letter that Principal Carla Carrizosa sent to families, remote learning started on Friday, Jan. 14. The school plans to return to in-person learning Monday, Jan. 24….

Snohomish County sees spike in COVID cases as Omicron takes hold

Snohomish County reported an all-time high in new COVID cases in the week leading up to Christmas — a total of 2,719 new cases from Dec. 19-25, more than at any other time in our two-year pandemic. That’s 10 times more new cases than were reported in June this year. The chart below tells the…

Health district’s drive-thru testing and vaccination locations closed through Sunday

The Snohomish Health District announced that due to inclement weather, its drive-thru COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations will be closed through the rest of this week. People who had previously scheduled an appointment are advised to watch for the cancelation notification, which will also provide more information. The health district recommended that those with any…

Edmonds School District affected by multi-county wrestling COVID-19 outbreak

Updated with additional details from Edmonds School District. The Snohomish Health District is participating in a statewide investigation involving multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 among vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals connected to high school wrestling tournaments on Dec. 4. The number of cases linked to the events is estimated to be between 80 and 90 statewide, with…

COVID-19 briefing: ‘Likely’ that Omicron variant already in Snohomish County

During Tuesday’s Snohomish County COVID-19 briefing, Chief Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters told reporters that while the state’s three Omicron cases are in Thurston, Pierce and King counties, “it’s likely that it’s already here (Snohomish County). Spitters echoed what other COVID experts have said: that that the Omicron variant is transmitted more rapidly than the…

Mayor: ‘Now is not the time to pull plug on streateries’

The day before a city council public hearing on whether to extend permitting for downtown Edmonds’ temporary outdoor eating structures, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson said he supports continuing the streateries ordinance through the first six months of 2022. “I believe the best way to support the economic vitality of our entire downtown is to continue…

COVID-19 vaccines now available at Ash Way Park and Ride

Starting this week, the Snohomish Health District is administering COVID-19 vaccines three days per week at the Ash Way Park and Ride in Lynnwood. Appointments are required and available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays in December for people ages 12 and up. The site offers drive-through vaccinations including first and second doses, boosters…

County COVID briefing: Demand exceeding supply for kids’ vaccine

It’s a slow start to vaccinating children 5-11 years old against COVID in Snohomish County. Not because parents are reluctant to get their kids the shot, County Chief Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters told reporters during a Tuesday media briefing. It’s because there is not yet enough vaccine for children anywhere in the state. Spitters…