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…

State Health Department: COVID-19 data shows encouraging signs as well as reasons for caution

The Washington State Department of Health Friday released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19. Report findings include: Declining COVID-19 transmission provides an opportunity to get case and hospitalization rates under control before the faster-spreading B.1.1.7 variant takes hold in the state. The best estimate of the reproductive number (how many new people each COVID-19…

Reminder: Help for anxious kids, parents in next Sno-Isle Libraries Issues That Matter Jan. 30

The second installment of Sno-Isle Libraries’ Issues That Matter series is titled “How to Recognize Anxiety and Depression in Kids” and focuses on the needs of parents and caregivers with children at home. Join Sno-Isle Libraries staff and mental health professionals from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30. The coronavirus pandemic is adding stressors that families couldn’t…

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing events scheduled in Lynnwood, MLT this week, next

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. Free, drive-thru events are scheduled to take place: Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Meadowdale High School, 6002 168th St. S.W.,…

Edmonds Waterfront Center hosts COVID vaccine pilot

The email from the Snohomish Health District came in Tuesday morning. Could we use 100 COVID vaccines for eligible members this week? By Thursday we had mobilized our staff, recruited volunteers, contacted & and scheduled 100 members, and prepared the Edmonds Waterfront Center for our first-ever visitors. We have been in communication with the health…

State’s first cases of U.K. COVID-19 strain found in Snohomish County

The COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom has been found in testing samples from Snohomish County. That’s according to a Saturday announcement from the Washington State Department of Health along with the Snohomish Health District and the UW Medicine Virology Lab. The UW Medicine Virology Lab detected two cases of the COVID-19 variant…

‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Panelists offer advice for coping with pandemic pressures

While there is no roadmap for maintaining emotional well-being during a pandemic, behavioral health experts speaking during a recent Sno-Isle Libraries webinar provided a wealth of advice and resources for coping with COVID-19 pressures. During the Jan. 14 webinar, the first of three in the library system’s “Issues That Matter, Pandemic Pressures” series, speakers offered…

County COVID-19 briefing: Vaccine supply, website glitch means a wait for shots

If we had more vaccine, we could vaccinate many more people in Snohomish County. That’s the big takeaway from the county’s weekly COVID update Tuesday. The three drive-through locations (Monroe, Everett, Edmonds College) have the capacity to give shots to 30,000 people a week, according to County Executive Dave Somers. Somers said the county is…

Inslee announces state plan for widespread vaccine distribution and administration

Gov. Jay Inslee Monday announced an updated statewide vaccine distribution and administration plan to increase the number of Washingtonians vaccinated and establish infrastructure capable of mass vaccinations in the coming months. With the expanded vaccine distribution system, the state set a goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day. Included in the plan is the Washington…

Coronavirus Chronicles: For health care workers, vaccination brings some relief, hope

Edmonds resident Peter Zyniewicz received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, a milestone of hope after witnessing so much tragedy. “It’s a little like when you’re younger and you wake up to find Christmas presents under the tree,” said Zyniewicz, an emergency room nurse. “I can’t believe it’s finally here.” Over the…

Snohomish County to remain in Phase 1 of state recovery plan next week

Based on new regional data published by the Washington State Department of Health, Snohomish County will remain in Phase 1 for the week begin Jan. 18. That’s the word from the Snohomish County Health District, which said in a Friday announcement that the Puget Sound Region continues to meet three of the four criteria laid…

Need a laptop or Wi-Fi? Sno-Isle Libraries can help

Sno-Isle Libraries is expanding the laptop loan program with Laptops to Go and Wi-Fi Hotspots to Go. Sno-Isle Libraries customers can place a hold in the catalog under the new program to borrow one of 124 laptops or one of 50 Wi-Fi hotspots for use at home. Laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots are available for checkout…