Mayor Nelson declares state of emergency in Edmonds due to COVID-19

Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced Thursday he has signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency in the City of Edmonds in response to increasing impacts of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak in Snohomish and King Counties. The mayor also announced the closure of some city facilities and the cancellation of some programs. “I recognize that…

Edmonds Senior Center announces suspension of all programs and activities starting March 5

The Edmonds Senior Center said that starting Thursday, March 5, it is suspending all programs and activities in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The center’s administrative office will remain open and the board and its committees will continue to function. Executive Director Farrell Fleming said Wednesday the center made the decision “out of an abundance…

Swedish Edmonds says it’s prepared to accept coronavirus patients

As the Snohomish Health District announced Monday that a fourth county resident has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, Swedish Edmonds Hospital says it is prepared to treat infected patients. So far no coronavirus patients have been sent to the Swedish Edmonds, but the hospital “will work with our partners in…

Mayor activates City of Edmonds COVID-19 Response Group

Addressing concerns related to the coronavirus disease outbreak, Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced Monday that he is activating a City of Edmonds COVID-19 Response Group. The group, which includes select city staff and a hospital representative, “is tasked with preparing and responding to likely impacts to our city from the coronavirus,” Nelson said. “This includes protecting the…

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Washington

Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) continues to rise in Washington, and across the country. Pregnant women experience some of the worst outcomes from untreated STDs, including from congenital syphilis, which is a growing problem in Washington. From 2014 to 2018,…

Tips for safely soothing teething pain and sensory needs in babies, older children

Teething is normal but may be a painful experience for infants and toddlers. Too often, well-meaning parents and caregivers who want to ease a child’s pain turn to medications and products that could be harmful. That’s the word from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which issued a consumer notice about the practice last week….

Edmonds artist gets helping hand from medical device

Edmonds artist Whitney Buckingham-Beechie, featured artist in this Thursday’s Art Walk Edmonds, is a sculptor as well as a painter who works in mixed media — wax with indigo dye. “Indigo is alive,” she said, “so it’s unpredictable.” What she didn’t fully appreciate was the unpredictability of creating art with mild hand tremors. “I’ve had…