Only three weeks left for small businesses, non-profits to apply for a forgivable PPP loan

Time is running out for small businesses and non-profits to secure a forgivable Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan. The Washington Economic Development Association, the National Development Council and leaders of the Washington Small Business Recovery Working Group encourage organizations to visit SmallBizHelpWA.com for available resources. Businesses interested in this assistance should: Find a lender at SmallBizHelpWA.com…

Taskforce emphasizes eligibility, appointment requirements for mass vaccination sites

All mass vaccination sites operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce are by appointment only for those eligible for vaccination in the current phase, the Snohomish Health District said Tuesday. The health district issued this announcement: Washington State Department of Health (DOH) established phases for vaccination that prioritize our most at-risk residents. These phases are…

Protections extended through July 31 for electric, natural gas customers

The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission extended protections for electric and natural gas customers struggling to pay their bills due to the ongoing economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. State regulators recently extended an order — previously set to expire on April 30 — preventing investor-owned energy utilities from disconnecting customers for nonpayment through…

Edmonds woman co-founds website aimed at easing pain of finding COVID shots

When Edmonds resident Kirsten Andrews’ 75-year-old mom tried to sign up for her first COVID vaccination, she ran into the all-too-familiar brick wall of hopelessly complex (and often maxed out) websites, clogged phone lines that leave you on hold for hours (if you’re lucky enough to get past the busy signal), and, for the fortunate…

Reminder: Snohomish County councilmembers sponsoring COVID-19 vaccine town hall March 2

Snohomish County Council Chair Stephanie Wright and Vice Chair Megan Dunn will be co-hosting a regional remote Town Hall Meeting regarding vaccines and vaccine distribution in Snohomish County on Tuesday, March 2 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.. Panelists will include Dr. Chris Spitters and Shawn Fredrick from the Snohomish Health District, Jason Biermann from Snohomish County Department of Emergency…

Sno-Isle Libraries gradually reopening community libraries to customers

Sno-Isle Libraries said it is gradually reopning community libraries to its customers, with Grab ‘n’ Go service being offered this week at the Brier and Lynnwood libraries. “Library customers tell me every day they appreciate the adaptions we have made, but really need access to our in-building services,” Sno-Isle Libraries Executive Director Lois Langer Thompson…

County COVID-19 briefing: Cases continue to decline, vaccine frustration lingers

Declining COVID cases, but lingering vaccine frustration marked Snohomish County’s latest coronavirus briefing Tuesday. The vaccine pipeline is slowly reopening here. Dr. Chris Spitters, the county’s chief health officer, said during the briefing that the county is getting deliveries that were promised last week and getting this week’s vaccine allotment as well. That means 30,000…

New hours for state COVID-19 information hotline

The Washington State Department of Health said it is optimizing the hours for the state COVID-19 information hotline to better serve the public. As of Feb. 22, the hotline will be open from: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and observed state holidays Hotline specialists can answer…

Washington State Department of Health provides update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The Washington State Department of Health said during a media brieding Thursday that it continues to make progress with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts. As of Feb. 15, more than 1,201,120 doses of vaccine have been given across the state, which is nearly 83% of the 1,453,425 doses that have been delivered to…

State health department to host Feb. 18 webinar on COVID-19 vaccine phases

The Washington State Department of Health will host a live webinar Thursday, Feb. 18 to discuss the phasing and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in state. The webinar, “Understanding WA’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases,” will feature Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health; SheAnne Allen, COVID-19 vaccine director and Dr. Christopher Chen, medical director – Medicaid,…

Free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Lynnwood Thursday

With COVID-19 rates remaining at high levels and vaccine roll out ramping up slowly, getting tested for COVID-19 and taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus remain vital. A free, drive-thru event is scheduled to take place Thursday, Feb. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Homage, 5026 196th St. S.W. in…

DOH expands school testing initiative to encourage more in-person learning

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Washington Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) and Health Commons is expanding its COVID-19 testing service for schools and adding voluntary testing options to its toolkit for school districts. This is part of the ongoing effort to expand in-person learning to more…

State Health Department to focus on second doses of COVID-19 vaccine this week

Appointments to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be extremely limited in Washington state this week as the Washington Department of Health State focuses on second doses. The Department of Health is still determining exactly how many first doses will be available during the week. For these available first doses, the department said…

Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce opens new indoor mass vaccination site

A new indoor mass vaccination site opened at the Boeing Everett Activity Center Wednesday. It is the first indoor site to open as part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce efforts. Like the drive-thru locations, the site — at 6400 36th Ave. W. in Everett — is by appointment only for those who are eligible…

COVID Weekly Report for Feb. 2, 2021: Entering second year of pandemic, it’s vaccines vs. variants in a worldwide race against time

Snohomish County vaccination site at Paine Field. (Photo courtesy Snohomish Health District) While the U.S. and other nations make steady but incremental progress in ironing out the many startup wrinkles bedeviling efforts to get vaccine to an increasingly anxious and frustrated public, the coronavirus is not sitting still. Capitalizing on its short generation time and…

‘We have the capacity, we don’t have the vaccine’: County officials recognize frustration of those seeking COVID shots

There is one message in Snohomish County’s latest COVID briefing update Tuesday: “We have the capacity to administer 50,000 shots a week, but we don’t have the vaccine.” Reporters heard, “we don’t have the vaccine,” time after time during the briefing from Chief Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters and Department of Emergency Management Director Jason Biermann….

CoronaCoaster local video series now live; volunteers welcome for new episodes

The first five episodes of CoronaCoaster — a community video project aimed at capturing local experiences of living through the ups and downs of the coronavirus pandemic — are now live for public viewing. CoronaCoaster randomly pairs intergenerational teams of two “co-stars” to share their individual stories in 10-minute Zoom episodes. The co-stars decide what…