Tablets provide critical connection between COVID-19 patients and families

When Edmonds native and Iditarod racer Jan Steves found herself stuck in the Puget Sound area due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, she wasn’t about to sit still. “I came down from Alaska several weeks ago to be with my daughter while she was recovering from influenza and pneumonia,” she said. “It was supposed to be…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 13, 2020

  The Monday, April 13 data from the Snohomish Health District continue the trends of the past week with a gradual but steady flattening of the total caseload (sum of active, recovered and deceased) over the reporting period (bottom chart, blue line). Monday’s numbers show an increase of 41 over yesterday’s figures, pushing the grand total…

44th Street Sliders to give away free meals to those in need April 15

The Cheeseburger Babies Foundation, the charitable arm of 44th Street Sliders (formerly Red Onion Burgers) on Wednesday, April 15 will be giving away 600 to 1,000 meals to those in need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals will be distributed in the restaurant parking lot, located at 21005 44th Ave. W. in Mountlake Terrace, beginning at 1 p.m., using social distancing…

Sponsor spotlight: Business Continuity Planning During a Pandemic

By Randy Fredlund, Peoples Bank As the spread of COVID-19 and measures to contain it bring drastic changes to workplaces across our area, businesses must find a way to continue delivering their services while ensuring the health and safety of employees and customers. Companies looking for guidance on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) may turn to…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 12, 2020

  The Easter Sunday, April 12 data from the Snohomish Health District continue to build on the past week’s trends of flattening numbers of total cases, decreasing numbers of new cases and increasing numbers of recovered cases – all strong indicators that efforts at social distancing are helping stem the advance of COVID-19 in Snohomish County….

Snohomish County looking at hiring freeze and other steps to preserve core services

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Snohomish County Council Chair Nate Nehring have announced a series of budget steps they are considering in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a hiring freeze, eliminating any discretionary raises, canceling travel and training, and other fiscal management tools. Early budget estimates predict that the county’s general fund budget…

Sponsor spotlight: Key coronavirus tax changes — what every taxpayer should know

In addition to filing delays and stimulus payments, the IRS is implementing many changes in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some of the major topics that could affect you and your family. Early distribution penalty waived The 10% early distribution penalty on up to $100,000 of retirement withdrawals for coronavirus-related reasons is waived…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 11, 2020

    The Saturday, April 11 data updates from the Snohomish Health District continue a week of positive trends, showing a steady increase in numbers of recovered cases accompanied by a steady decrease in the number of active cases, reflecting statewide trends. There were 84 fewer active cases (lower chart, yellow line) during the previous 24…

Support Local: Brisk business for Edmonds Localvore Survival Kits

An update on those Edmonds Localvore Survival Kits created to showcase the products of local retailers: According to Pam Stuller of Walnut Street Coffee, 10 of the 17 kits sold out within 36 hours of being launched on edmondslocalvore.com. The boxes are filled with everything from coffee to art supplies to spa products and more, and were…

Website connects those who need masks — to those who make them

Is your organization in need of homemade masks? Over 3,000 people in Snohomish County have offered to help. According to the Providence Institute for a Healthier Community, if you need masks, register at givewelllocal.com and check “homemade masks” on the form. Community members will connect directly with you to help provide masks. And, if you’re…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 10, 2020

While the April 10 data updates from the Snohomish Health District continue to show a steady increase in the total number of cases (blue line), it is important to keep in mind that this a cumulative count over the reporting period reflecting the number of people who have contracted the disease since reporting began. This line…

Going outdoors this weekend? Stay safe, stay close to home

Spring weather is likely to encourage more people out for walks and bike rides on what is a holiday weekend for many. The City of Edmonds wants you to stay safe as you venture outdoors, and asks that you continue to follow the governor’s stay-at-home orders aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. “As the…

Food banks need extra support as they ramp up to meet demand fueled by COVID-19

With demand already doubling and expected to increase further as the COVID crisis deepens, local food banks – and their customers – are feeling the strain.  Now more than ever they need help from the community to support their mission to serve our neighbors in need. The Edmonds Food Bank operates out of the Edmonds United…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 9, 2020

While the April 9 countywide data updates from the Snohomish Health District continue to show a steady increase in the total number of cases over the reporting period, they are not increasing as steeply as in late March, and there is at least one piece of particularly good news buried in Thursday’s numbers. The health district…

Supporting Local: Boxes of local love featuring essentials from Edmonds retailers

Here’s a way to support downtown Edmonds retailers and enjoy boxes filled with stay-at-home essentials: Buy an Edmonds Localvore Survival Kit. The boxes — filled with everything from coffee to art supplies to spa products and more — are the brainchild of Rogue Boutique owner Kimberly Koenig and Carrie Hulbert from the Edmonds Downtown Alliance.  Also assisting with…

Local libraries may be closed but Wi-Fi access is available outside

For those who don’t have internet access at home, a significant downside of the stay-at-home orders to fight COVID-19 has been the accompanying closure of Sno-Isle Libraries branches and its free wireless connection. This is especially true for those who need to go online to perform essential tasks, such as applying for unemployment or job…

COVID-19 daily report for Edmonds and Snohomish County: April 8, 2020

The April 8 countywide data updates from the Snohomish Health District show a steady increase in the total number of cases over the reporting period. While the pandemic continues to build, it is not doing so as quickly as in the last week of March, with the latest data revealing an increase of only 39 new…