YWCA cancels April 16 Everett fundraising luncheon; Seattle event still scheduled

The YWCA Seattle-King-Snohomish has canceled the 2020 Everett Inspire Luncheon fundraiser that had been set for April 16, due to COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, the organization said it is moving forward with its 2020 Seattle Inspire Luncheon on May 14. The YWCA “will continue to provide safety for people experiencing homelessness, who are more vulnerable…

Edmonds Theater says it’s closing ‘indefinitely’ beginning March 20

Given the current uncertainly about movie releases in light of COVID-10, the Edmonds Theater announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing “indefinitely” beginning Friday, March 20. “Mulan” has been postponed indefinitely. James Bond has been moved from April to November. “Fast & Furious 9” has been pushed from May to next year….

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: March 12, 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 community adapting to coronavirus concerns Edmonds Art Beat: 10 ways to support the local art scene right now Edmonds School District…

Edmonds business community adapting to coronavirus concerns

It was the customer that Jenny Murphy, owner of Sound Styles in downtown Edmonds, never expected. The woman walked in, told Murphy she was in town working with the federal Centers for Disease Control, and then picked out a blouse, bought it and was off to lunch nearby with a friend. “I try to support…

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

The Edmonds School District said Thursday it will continue to ensure that students have meals and educational resources during the district-wide school closures mandated by Gov. Jay Inslee to mitigate spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Inslee announced Thursday that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close from March 17…

Sno-Isle Libraries will close to public at 6 PM March 13

All Sno-Isle Libraries buildings will close to the public at 6 p.m., Friday, March 13. “We will continually reassess to determine the length of the closure,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson said on Thursday. “This was a difficult decision and was made based on Snohomish Health District recommendations, the Governor’s emergency declaration regarding…

Edmonds CC moves most classes online, says campus visitor tested positive for COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Edmonds Community College says it has moved most of its classes online for the remainder of winter quarter. Many college services are also available for the remainder of winter quarter, including the learning support center and advising, the college said. In addition, Edmonds CC President Dr. Amit B. Singh…

Snohomish Health District issues its own orders related to COVID-19 and smaller gatherings

Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s order Wednesday morning banning events involving more than 250 people in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, Snohomish County’s top health official Wednesday afternoon issued an order that prohibits gatherings of fewer than 250 people — “unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk.” The Snohomish Health District reported 15 new…

Westgate Chapel shuts down after congregant tests positive for COVID-19

Edmonds’ Westgate Chapel has closed all of its facilities after a male congregant tested positive for COVID-19. Pastor Ron Brooks confirmed Wednesday that all church-related operations — including ministries, activities, meetings and its local food pantry — would close “for two weeks — after which we’ll reassess.” The church is located in the 22900 block…

Sno-Isle Libraries cancel all events amid health concerns

Sno-Isle Libraries announced Wednesday that it is canceling all events scheduled for the system’s 23 libraries across Snohomish and Island counties through March 31. “In light of the actions ordered this morning by Gov. Inslee and officials in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties, these steps by the library are prudent and necessary,” said Sno-Isle Libraries…

Edmonds Center for Arts postponing, canceling events at least through end of March

Now that Gov. Jay Inslee has banned events with more than 250 people to minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Edmonds Center for the Arts announced Wednesday that it will be postponing or cancelling all ECA-sponsored events as well as rental performances through the end of March — and possibly longer. In a written statement, ECA…

Snohomish County PUD changes operations to protect against COVID-19

To protect the safety and health of its customers and employees, Snohomish County PUD is making changes to operations and access that may impact customers as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves in the region. The PUD said in a Wednesday announcement that its incident management team continues to follow the utility’s pandemic response plan and work…

COVID-19: Edmonds CC baseball team plays in empty stadium after college bans spectators

There was the familiar sound of batted balls, dugout chatter and player introductions during Wednesday’s Edmonds Community College Triton baseball game, but one sound was eerily missing — the sound of cheering fans. The Tritons and the visiting Lower Columbia College Red Devils played their Northwest Athletic Conference baseball game Wednesday night in front of…

City: One Edmonds resident has tested positive for COVID-19

The City of Edmonds says that one Edmonds resident has tested positive for COVID-19, and that person is currently under quarantine. That information comes from Edmonds Mayor Nelson, who learned it from the Snohomish Health District, and was announced Monday on the city’s Facebook page. “Edmonds residents are reminded that through reasonable precautions, such as…

Blood supply hits emergency level due to coronavirus concerns

The Pacific Northwest’s blood supply is at risk of collapse in coming days. That’s according to the latest news from Bloodworks Northwest. The accelerating number of blood drive cancellations due to the closure of schools, businesses, and events over coronavirus concerns has put nearly 60% of the community’s blood supply in jeopardy, the organization says….

Homage closes Lynnwood office to the public through March 20

Lynnwood-based Homage, which provides services to older adults and those with disabilities in Snohomish County, announced Saturday it is closing its offices on 196th Street Southwest to the public at least until March 20. All but essential staff will be teleworking “to hope prevent the spread of coronavirus,” Homage said in an announcement. “At Homage,…

Local churches changing how they worship in response to coronavirus outbreak

With government and public concern high over the COVID-19 coronavirus, a number of South Snohomish County churches have taken notice and are making — or are being forced to make — concessions regarding how they conduct Sunday morning services and other various gatherings. One Lynnwood church has even shut down its entire campus, not just…

State provides resource list for businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus

If your business or employment situation is being impacted by the Covid-19 coronavirus, here’s a partial list of state resources that the governor’s office has compiled: Financial assistance The Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies that request an extension on tax filing. The law grants the Department authority to extend…