COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 16, 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. Links to our latest coverage Edmonds business owners finding different ways to weather coronavirus crisis Edmonds School District begins distribution of grab-and-go meals during school closure Updated: Latest…

Edmonds business owners finding different ways to weather coronavirus crisis

With Gov. Jay Inslee banning on-site dining and beverage service statewide — along with the shutdown of “non-essential services” — to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Edmonds business owners say they are looking at range of ways to serve the community during this unprecedented call for social distancing. For some, that means shifting from…

Federal disaster assistance loans available to state small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced Monday it is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in many Washington counties, including Snohomish County. SBA Customer Service Representatives will be available to answer questions…

Inslee details statewide ban on onsite food and beverage service, other ‘non-essential services’ — and also expands limits on social gatherings

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday issued an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure statewide of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The governor also included what he called “non-essential services” in the ban, including hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, movie theaters, museums and…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 15, 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. Links to our latest coverage An adventure in online grocery shopping: Tips for first-timers Governor to announce statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars Monday A partial list of Edmonds…

An adventure in online grocery shopping: Tips for first-timers

Okay, my wife and I are tech-savvy – to a point. We use a computer, iPad, iPhones. We text, have Facebook accounts; we can navigate YouTube and Messenger. But we don’t use Instagram or Snapchat, we don’t Tweet, we don’t speak ‘WhatsApp” or “weChat,” we don’t know what TikTok does, or “Viber” either.  You get…

Twist Yoga to suspend in-studio classes starting March 16

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Twist Yoga in downtown Edmonds said Sunday it is suspending its in-studio classes “until at least April 1.” In an email to class members, Twist Yoga Studio Owner and Education Director Jen Mitchell said she made the decision “with a heavy heart,” but added it was “the most responsible and…

Governor to announce statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars Monday

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee Sunday night said he will be signing a statewide emergency proclamation Monday to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities. Restaurant will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. The action is based on “the explosion of COVID-19 in…

Edmonds’ Harbor Square Athletic Club to be closed until at least March 22

Edmonds’ Harbor Square Athletic Club, which announced Friday it was closing over the weekend for deep cleaning after a member tested positive for COVID-19, said Sunday it is temporarily closing through at least Sunday, March 22. In an email to members, the club said it made the decision “with great consideration and out of an…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 14, 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. Links to our latest coverage Rick Steves Europe scrambles to cope with COVID-19 Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood; mobile blood drive in Lynnwood March 16…

Eligible donors urged to continue to give blood; mobile blood drive in Lynnwood March 16

The Washington State Department of Health, alongside partners at Bloodworks Northwest, is encouraging eligible donors to continue to give blood. Growing concerns about COVID-19 is leading to an increased number of canceled blood drives, which is impacting the amount of blood available for those in need. “Our region’s blood stores are extremely low. We should…

Rick Steves Europe scrambles to cope with COVID-19

“It’s overwhelming what’s going on,” Edmonds resident and European travel expert Rick Steves said in a Saturday morning phone interview.  “Europe is locking down just like we are. A lot of dreams are dashed.” Steves has cancelled all tours departing through April 19, closed his Edmonds Travel Center to the public, and arranged for as…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 13, 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. Links to our latest coverage Edmonds School District updates plan for meals, child care, learning during closures Edmonds mayor announces more city facility closures due to COVID-19; municipal…

Edmonds Food Bank to offer online ordering starting Saturday

The Edmonds Food Bank says it will stay open with additional precautions to protect its customers and volunteers in light of COVID-19 concerns. Executive Director Casey Davis says food customers can order online starting Saturday for pick up Monday or Tuesday by using this link: edmondsfoodbank.org/order-food. Alternatively, customers can obtain forms in the food bank parking lot…

Many local churches live-streaming services, but some still holding Sunday gatherings

Amidst mounting challenges brought about by COVID-19 concerns and government directives, South Snohomish County churches are responding in a varying degree concerning the question of how to – if at all – conduct their regular Sunday worship services. A number of local churches have made the decision to cancel their Sunday services for now. Alderwood…

Swedish temporarily stops elective surgeries, announces new visitor policies

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, Swedish Medical Center has announced some new protocols for visitors and also stated it is temporarily stopping elective inpatient and outpatient surgeries for non-life threatening and non-urgent care at all its campuses, including Edmonds. As of March 12, all routine visiting has been suspended at the hospital campuses until…

Edmonds School District updates plan for meals, child care, learning during closures

The Edmonds School District Friday updated its plans for providing students with meals, child care and learning while schools remain closed through April 24. In a new announcement sent from Superintendent Kris McDuffy’s office, the district will continue to prioritize food services, child care and educational resources and support during the extended school closure. The…

Inslee announces statewide school closures, limits visitors to adult family homes

To further slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday announced his intention to sign several executive orders to expand statewide closures of schools, limit large gatherings and expand protocols for adult family homes. Inslee earlier this weekend had announced closure of schools and a ban on large gathers in only three counties…

Snohomish County PUD public offices closed, non-essential business paused

To protect the health and well-being of customers and employees, Snohomish County PUD has closed its offices — including its Headquarters building in downtown Everett — to all public access effective Friday, March 13, and paused non-essential business operations until further notice. The PUD’s decision — which is in line with guidance from the World…