Community Transit seeks input on transit use in response to COVID-19

During the state’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order Community Transit’s bus ridership has decreased approximately 70%. The agency has launched a survey to learn more about how riders and others view transit since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, and their priorities for the future. The survey is open to all Community Transit customers and…

State unemployment rate at 15.4% in April

Washington’s economy lost 527,000 jobs in April and the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted monthly unemployment rate for April increased from 5.1 percent to 15.4 percent, according to figures released Wednesday by the State Employment Security Department (ESD). “The April jobs report numbers confirm what we already expected based on the record number of individuals who have…

Despite healthy reserves, Edmonds bracing for long-term COVID-19 economic impacts

Although the City of Edmonds has healthy budget reserves, officials are already preparing for the long-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, Assistant Finance Director Dave Turley told the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night. Turley said the goal of his Tuesday briefing was to share the city administration’s current thinking on how the pandemic will…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 19, 2020

The Tuesday, May 19 data from the Snohomish Health District present a mixed bag of good and concerning news. New cases per day (yellow chart) is continuing its slow but steady upward trend, with 28 new cases reported Tuesday. But at the same time, more people are recovering and recovering faster. Total active cases in…

Using social media to market through COVID-19 crisis focus of May 20 small business webinar

Edmonds-based Bizmktg.com is sponsoring a free “Small Business Survival Guide – Marketing Through This Crisis” webinar series that will show you what’s working now and how to get the most out of your marketing investment. The third installment of the seven-week series is Wednesday, May 20 at 12:15 p.m.  Social media expert Emily Caddell will discuss how to…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 18, 2020

The Monday, May 18 data from the Snohomish Health District overall look encouraging, despite showing a slight uptick in resurgence of the virus in several of the metrics we track. We have also added three additional charts. The first displays the latest data on how people were exposed to and acquired the virus. The other…

Inslee announces restart of all medical services in Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced the state’s plan for all elective procedures to resume. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen, Inslee said. The proclamation requires that providers: Have appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers If…

Was your identity stolen for unemployment benefits? Edmonds police advise what to do next

Police departments are usually the ones warning the public about scams, but in the case of the recent wave of fraudsters applying for Washington State unemployment benefits, police employees themselves are among the victims. Like many local police agencies, the Edmonds Police Department has received reports of residents who were victims of what the State…

Staff member at Edmonds PCC tests positive for COVID-19

PCC Community Markets said that a staff member at the Edmonds store has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee last worked in the store on May 9. In an announcement on its website, PCC said it has been in contact with both the King County Health Department and the Snohomish Health District. “They have informed us…

COVID-19 Daily Report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 15, 2020

With one very notable exception, from the numbers standpoint the week ended on a positive note in the local battle with COVID-19. The Friday, May 15 data from the Snohomish Health District show a drop from yesterday’s spike in the number of new cases added (yellow chart) in the past 24 hours, with the new figure…

Reminder: Sunday night’s the deadline for next Keep Edmonds Strong T-shirt order

Nearly $2,000 has been raised for local businesses and nonprofits so far through sales of the Keep Edmonds Strong T-shirt, aimed at supporting local businesses and nonprofits during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. The deadline to order for the next printing run is midnight this Sunday, May 17. My Edmonds News has partnered with…

When did coronavirus first arrive? County briefing explores reports of early cases, discounts ‘patient zero’

The recent flurry of stories and speculation about when and where the coronavirus first entered the United States and Snohomish County took center stage in Friday morning’s press briefing by the Joint Information Center (JIC), Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center. Speakers included County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters, and Mark Murphy,…

COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 14, 2020

In contrast with Wednesday’s more rosy report, the Thursday, May 14 data from the Snohomish Health District show a resurgence of the virus in several of the metrics we track. But bear in mind that a one-day aberration does not necessarily auger the start of a new trend; only if these continue over an extended time…

Edmonds Historical Museum still accepting COVID-19 survey responses

The Edmonds Historical Museum is still gathering responses to its COVID-19 survey, which will provide information for the historic record. Businesses and individuals can find the survey here: https://bit.ly/2ydLnnx “Since we began collecting responses last month, over a 100 people have shared stories on how COVID-19 has affected their everyday lives,” said Katie Kelly, Museum…

More than a million workers have now filed for unemployment benefits, other assistance

More than a million workers in Washington have now filed for unemployment benefits or other related assistance since early March, a grim milestone as the state continues to grapple with the unprecedented economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, our online news partner The Seattle Times reports. For the week ending May 9, the Employment Security…

COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 13, 2020

The Wednesday, May 13 data from the Snohomish Health District provide a welcome dose of encouragement in the progress of our local battle with COVID-19 and, if these trends continue, suggest that we may finally be turning the corner in Snohomish County. Most notably, the number of active cases in the county (red chart) continued its…

Some Edmonds shops begin offering curbside pickup under state Phase 1 rules

Shops in Edmonds are coming back, slowly reopening. New state rules mean “non-essential” stores can sell and deliver to customers by curbside pick-up. This lifeline comes just in time for local business owners. At Rogue clothing boutique, owner Kimberly Koenig says that even with online orders, the impact of COVID-19 has cut her business by…