COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 12, 2020

The Tuesday, May 12 data from the Snohomish Health District  paints a picture of incremental progress in our local battle with COVID-19.  The number of active cases in the county (red chart) continues its downward trend, moving from a record high of 1,033 on Friday to 831 in Tuesday’s report, the lowest daily gain since April…

Inslee announces contact tracing initiative aimed at slowing spread of COVID-19

Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday announced the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public, while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. “Contact tracing is another tool in our toolbox for tackling COVID-19 in Washington,” Inslee said. “While…

COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 11, 2020

Several readers provided valuable feedback over the weekend on the addition last week of a linear trendline to our bar charts, pointing out that by showing a simple up, down or stable trend over the full reporting period, it was not providing an accurate picture of data fluctuations and could be misleading. In response, we…

Fraudulent COVID-19 unemployment claims on the rise

Both nationally and in Washington state, there have been many reports that scammers are fraudulently applying for COVID-19 unemployment compensation. In addition, reports are surfacing of fake sites being set up to steal claimants’ personal information. The Washington State Employment Security Department says it would never request personal information, such as an individual’s Social Security number, outside…

From the Snohomish Health District: More details about testing for COVID-19

Testing is one of the key elements of the long-term response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and a crucial piece of being able to resume more business and activities. This continues to be the topic of many questions. Testing options have changed over time and still are changing. There’s no doubt that more testing…

May 21 Edmonds Art Walk, June 27 Wine Walk canceled

Organizers announced Monday that the May 21 Edmonds Art Walk and the June 27 Edmonds Summer Wine Walk are canceled, due to social distancing limitations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. For now, the June Art Walk and August Wine Walk are still on the calendar, with that schedule dependent on implementation of the governor’s phased…

Tips for physical distancing in parks and on trails

As some trails and outdoor recreational opportunities reopen, here’s a graphic that reminds visitors about the importance of physical distancing: For more information on how to remain healthy and safe on trails, visit: Washington Trails Association

Just in time for Mother’s Day: A highly contagious compassion epidemic

Every year, the Saturday before Mother’s Day, 60-70 people would gather at the Edmonds Senior Center for the annual Mother’s Day salmon luncheon. The meal of fresh salmon, mashed potatoes and asparagus was prepared by staff and volunteers and was always a hit. This year, due to the Governor’s Stay at Home, Stay Safe order,…

COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 8, 2020

We have added a new feature to our bar charts Friday. Each now includes a dotted trendline, also referred to as a line of best fit, that shows the general pattern or overall direction of the data over the full reporting period. With daily variations and fluctuations, it is sometimes difficult to see long-term trends,…

COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 7, 2020

The Wednesday, May 7 data from the  Snohomish Health District present a disturbing spike in both total active cases (red chart) and new cases added in the past day (yellow chart), rising by 50 and 57 respectively. Active COVID-19 cases in the county now stand at 1,003, the highest single-day count over the reporting period. But…

Hospitals to resume elective surgeries, triggering surge in blood needs

With new COVID-19 cases in the Northwest projected to decline in the weeks ahead, Washington and Oregon hospitals are preparing to re-start surgeries, organ transplants and cancer treatments that were suspended in March after the magnitude of the pandemic threat became apparent. That means that patient needs and requests for blood are rising quickly, and…

Coronavirus Chronicles: Pregnancy during a pandemic brings change, resilience

Edmonds resident Makayla Jones had planned to deliver her sixth baby —  like all her other children — in a hospital setting. But then a worldwide pandemic changed everything. As hospitals in the area prepared for a surge of COVID-19 patients, Swedish Edmonds Family Birth Center temporarily closed in late March, directing expecting women to…

COVID-19 daily update for Edmonds and Snohomish County: May 6, 2020

The Wednesday, May 6 data from the  Snohomish Health District continues the steady daily accumulation of new cases (yellow chart), with 24 reported since Tuesday. Recovered cases (green chart) ticked upward, with 13 added to the ranks of Snohomish County residents who have kicked the virus, for a total of 1,766 over the full reporting…

Libraries will follow governor’s plan for reopening, Sno-Isle executive director says

When Sno-Isle Libraries might reopen to the public was a topic addressed by Sno-Isle’s Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson during the county’s COVID-19 Monday briefing. “We love that people really want us open; that makes me really happy,” Langer Thompson said. The library system is following Gov. Jay Inslee’s phased approach, in which libraries are included…

Golfers gather — at an appropriate distance — for course openings in MLT and Lynnwood

Under sunny skies, golfers flocked to courses in Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace Tuesday — the day designated by Gov. Jay Inslee to resume some statewide recreation activities after closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Courses reopened under new State of Washington restrictions that must be followed to ensure social distancing. See more in our earlier story…