COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 27, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Council votes to remove firearms restrictions from mayor’s emergency powers; OKs temporary lift of plastic bag ban In an open letter, Edmonds mayor asks landlords…

Snohomish County PUD temporarily suspends reading meters, amends billing process

With a focus on keeping its employees and customers safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Snohomish County PUD announced Friday it has temporarily suspended reading meters and sending meter readers into the field. In a statement, PUD spokesperson Aaron Swaney said the delivery of critical power and water services remains unaffected. Additionally, PUD residential and small…

Council votes to remove firearms restrictions from mayor’s emergency powers; OKs temporary lift of plastic bag ban

At a special Friday afternoon meeting, the Edmonds City Council voted unanimously to remove the mayor’s ability — during an emergency —  to prevent citizens from carrying or possessing firearms. The controversial subsection G provision, contained in the city’s recently amended disaster preparedness ordinance, had been a flashpoint for Second Amendment advocates and had even…

Port of Edmonds moving into emergency operations status March 28

For the safety of Port of Edmonds staff, tenants, customers and the public, the port is moving into an emergency operations status effective Saturday, March 28. According to Brittany Williams, the port’s manager of properties and marketing, this essentially means that the following operations will be closed until further notice: All Port offices Forklift operations…

Sponsor spotlight: New coronavirus law requires small business to provide paid leave

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is a new law passed in late March that offers COVID-19 assistance for both employees and employers. This new law provides businesses with fewer than 500 employees the funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. Here…

In an open letter, Edmonds mayor asks landlords to work with business tenants

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson on Friday posted an open letter to Edmonds commercial property owners, asking them to “find a way to work with tenants to weather this financial storm.” “Perhaps you can consider delaying rent payments or spreading payments out over a longer period of time,” Nelson said in a letter that was posted…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 26, 2020

    Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Second day of Chromebook distribution for Edmonds students Emergency council meeting Friday to address firearms language, plastic bag ban Edmonds Waterfront Center construction…

Second day of Chromebook distribution for Edmonds students

Thursday marked the second day of Chromebook distribution to the thousands of kindergarten-to-eighth grade students in the Edmonds School District; parents and students are picking up the laptop computers as the district puts together its plans to educate students at home while schools are closed due to COVID-19 concerns. The distribution is taking place at…

State unemployment insurance applications increased 843 percent over previous week

The Washington State Employment Security Department reported Thursday that it saw 133,464 new claims for unemployment benefits for the week of March 15-21, an increase of 119,310 claims — or a 843% — over the previous week. “This data shows the enormity of the situation unfolding in our state,” said Employment Security Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine. “The velocity and…

Online shopping in the age of COVID-19: Package safety and delivery concerns

COVID-19 has turned online shopping in our community upside down. Here are two key questions: Are packages delivered to our homes safe from COVID-19? How long is it now taking to pick up or deliver online orders? Are delivered packages safe from COVID-19? There is no simple, single answer. But the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

Edmonds Waterfront Center construction temporarily shut down due to governor’s mandate

The Edmonds Senior Center announced Thursday that construction on its 26,000-square-foot Edmonds Waterfront Center will be temporarily shut down due to a statewide stay-at-home mandate from Gov. Jay Inslee related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The senior center received notice of the shutdown from project contractor W. G. Clark Construction. “The governor issued additional construction guidance to…

Emergency council meeting Friday to address firearms language, plastic bag ban

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson has asked the Edmonds City Council to meet Friday afternoon to consider two items: Removing language related to the possession of firearms now in the city’s Disaster Preparation and Coordination ordinance, and temporarily lifting the city’s plastic bag ban in light of the COVID-10 epidemic. The meeting will be conducted virtually…

Reader view: The season may be lost, but you can still help Girls on the Run

The following was written by Megan Wolfe, executive director of Snohomish County Girls on the Run, a 10-week empowerment and fitness program for girls in third through sixth grades. It was canceled this spring due to the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been trying to process my grief over our canceled season for the past week and a…

Sponsor spotlight: PUD here to help those impacted by COVID-19

Impacted by COVID-19? The PUD wants to help. Families in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic have an ally in Snohomish County PUD, which recently took swift action to help customers affected by the virus. That means if you or somebody you know has been impacted by the sudden loss of income or employment…

Community Transit, Sound Transit announce service reductions, other changes beginning March 30

As community members are encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, transit ridership has seen a decrease in ridership prompting  service reductions beginning Monday, March 30. Community Transit announced Thursday a plan to reduce most bus services by approximately 25%. This COVID-19 related reduction in service will go into effect March 30, and continue…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 25, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness School district consolidates food prep, expands locations for ‘grab-and-go’ meals Lynnwood’s Temple…

School district consolidates food prep, expands locations for ‘grab-and-go’ meals

Now in its second week, the Edmonds School District’s current distribution of “grab-and-go” meals to children and youth continues to evolve with a consolidation of meal preparation sites and the addition of more distribution locations. The district is passing out free breakfasts and lunches to 1- through 18-year-olds while schools are closed during the COVID-19…

Lynnwood’s Temple Distilling pivots from spirits to sanitizers

As demand for cleaning and sanitizing products skyrocket amid COVID-19 concerns, a Lynnwood distillery has pivoted from bottling spirits to producing sanitizers. Since word got out that AJ Temple — owner of Temple Distilling Company — had switched from producing gin to making hand sanitizer, he has struggled to keep up with orders from customers,…

Five Community Transit employees tested presumptively positive for COVID-19

Community Transit announced Wednesday that five more employees have tested presumptively positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Wednesday morning, Community Transit CEO Emmett Heath said all employees are following guidance to stay home at the onset of symptoms. Last week, Community Transit announced four drivers had tested positive for the virus and have since…

Good Works: When an ER visit turns into an act of community kindness

It all started with a visit to the Swedish/Edmonds emergency room. “Last Tuesday evening my 7-year-old was playing with our pet guinea pig when it bit her on the finger,” explained Edmonds resident Tiffany Sjong. “It looked like it might need stitches, so I packed her in the car and drove over to the Edmonds/Swedish…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 24, 2020

Publisher’s note: We have created this ongoing report on information related to COVID-19 as it applies to our communities. It will be updated regularly to reflect changing information. Our latest coverage Council Tuesday approves moratorium on business and residential evictions, plus emergency compensation plan It’s business as usual for Dick’s Drive-In amid COVID-19 outbreak Washington State…

Washington State Ferries to remain on winter schedule due to ridership declines

Washington State Ferries will extend its current winter sailing schedule through the end of next month due to declines in ridership from COVID-19. The spring sailing schedule will now tentatively begin on April 26 rather than March 29. Customers should continue following the winter schedule. All vehicle reservations made for dates between March 29 and…