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See below for today's COVID-19 information. Please forward as widely as you would like.
I want to hear from you, contact me anytime.

What's New Today?

The City's COVID page is a good one-stop shop for information.

Mukiltean of the Day

Our Mukiltean of April 22, 2020 is Koah Horn! Koah is on the front lines as a medical assistant at Providence in Mill Creek. She leaves not only her home each day, but also two wonderful kids. She is also a student studying nursing, committed to a future of taking care of others. She deserves recognition for all that she accomplishes in these difficult times!

Let's support Koah and stay home and healthy!

Do you know of someone who deserves to be the Mukiltean of the Day? Nominate them!

Stay Home Stay Healthy

It makes sense to start thinking and planning for reopening. However, until reopening happens, Mukilteo continues to stick to the guidelines of the Governor's order, and will continue to educate the public on the issue. If you are concerned about violations, please email to notify us for enforcement/education.

Today is the time to plan for reopening. It is not the time to reopen and rollback the work we have done so far.

Your first plan should be to get your own mask. Your business will need personal protective gear and masks appropriate to your work activities. You might need similar supplies for your customers. Most businesses still probably have 2-6 weeks to get ready, and some of these supplies have weeks-long back orders. Plan now.

What We're Feeling, How We're Reacting

Immediately following a traumatic event victims attempt to address five fundamental questions (source here):

What happened to me/others? (shock, disbelief, disorientation, confusion)
Why did it happen to me/us? (fear)
Why did we do what we did during and right after this event? (guilt and feelings of inadequacy)
Why have we acted as we have since the event? (confusion and worry about their sanity and ability to recover)
Will we be able to cope if this event happens again?

The graphic below is about a date-specific type disaster, but other sources presented these stages as 2-5 year process.

Feels like a lot of us are in the disillusionment phase right now. We're not alone, and it's perfectly normal to feel stressed and angry.

My Message, as Your Mayor

We have all done well to limit cases and deaths from COVID. It feels like a distant memory, but our state used to be the home of the highest number of cases in the country. We are now not even in the top ten, and that is thanks to the steps we have all taken- staying home, closing our businesses, and staying apart. I know it has been truly challenging and at times, painful.

There are steps we can take now to prepare ourselves and our city to reopen, slowly and safely. It’s important to hold steady and to keep following the public health guidelines and data that have informed our actions so far. That data is what our state will use to determine safe next steps to re-open the economy.

Be assured, your City government and leadership team is working very closely together, and we are closely linked with Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District, and other mayors and regional partners on our plan for dialing our economy back up and reopening our businesses as soon as it is determined we may do so safely. This process will be a sector-based, gradual and phased-in approach – with testing, tracing, monitoring and evaluating – to ensure that we don’t trigger a resurgence of COVID-19.

Our Governor hasn't offered specifics or dates, and you can only trust my predictions so far! I know we are all looking for information, so I'll throw this out there. My sense is that residential construction will reopen on May 4 or in the following seven days (I think May 12 is more likely). I think retail might open 3 weeks after that. I think other sectors will open in another 3 weeks after that. September and school reopening might be when we get to large public gatherings again. All of this will restart or be dialed back if cases rise or we see new outbreaks. Part of the challenge for the state is to institute the testing and contact tracing so they can lock down any case outbreaks and be able to keep things open while they deal with new cases.

I will continue to keep you updated, to share all that I know. If this email feels like it's not enough, remember the second half still has all the good federal, state, regional, etc resources that have great, solid information for you.

Take-out for Lunch or Dinner

Mukilteo's Spiro's Restaurant is trying to reopen for take out; they'll be open tomorrow, Thursday, at 11am. Give them a call and help make the day successful for them (menu link). (425) 353-1700. They may also be on doordash and postmates for delivery.

In the News

Sort of "in the news," information about antibodies- what we know and don't know- from King County Public Health. Link here.

Last night's PBS documentary is amazing, highlighting Providence as well as Mukilteo's Kaas Tailored. You can watch online here.

The FDA has authorized the first at-home COVID testing kit. Press release and information here.


Remember this site if you're looking to dive into excellent graphs and data, worldwide. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington.

The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) offers daily webinars that cover the application process for unemployment benefits and common mistakes that delay payments. View the presentation slides here. See the schedule and sign up here.

Washington State Superintendent Chris Reykdal will host a webinar
Thursday, April 23, from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PST to outline the current
status of Washington’s schools and answer questions. Register here to attend the webinar.

Student Loan Relief: The Washington Department of Financial Institutions announced today that Washington borrowers with commercially-owned Federal Family Education Program Loans or privately held student loans who are struggling to make their payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for expanded relief. Relief options include: a minimum of 90 days of forbearance; waiving late payment fees; ensuring that no borrower is subject to negative credit reporting; ceasing debt collection lawsuits for 90 days. More information available here.

Recovery Efforts

I met yesterday with Snohomish County Councilmember Megan Dunn and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin. We have a great partnership started to help launch Councilmember Dunn's advisory group to the County's Economic Recovery Taskforce. I'm optimistic that our team will connect people together for a good conversation about what we need, to help direct our countywide efforts. Business owners, nonprofits, arts communities, etc, who want to participate, email me so I can get you connected either on an advisory group or to fill out the survey.

Fun Diversions

hand washing

What Can You Do?

cloth face covers

Face Covering guidelines from the CDC available here.

Interested in donating face covers? Get instructions here:

Follow Physical Distancing Guidelines, stay 6 feet away from anyone you don't live with.

Use hand sanitizer/wipes as you enter a grocery store (the Mukilteo QFC has wet wipes available at the entrance). Wash hands immediately upon returning home.

Tell Others to also stay at home and stay apart.

Give blood- schedule online (to help minimize social contact) at (no mobile blood drives because they have issues transporting themselves to sites. But they have great procedures in place at their facilities).

Leave Some for Your Neighbors, Your Healthcare Providers, and Emergency Responders
• Your actions matter!
• Buy what you need and leave supplies for your neighbors, healthcare providers, and emergency responders.

If you feel like you need to reach out for support, do not hesitate to contact the Disaster Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to talk with crisis specialists. They are available 24/7.

Looking for ways to help? This state site is a good one stop shop for individuals and businesses:

City Information

All parks are closed except for 76th Street/Community Garden entrance to Japanese Gulch for trail access. If you want to access Big Gulch, I would encourage you to park at the library, rather than on the street near 92nd Street Park.

Trails and sidewalks continue to be open for your physical activity! Please respect physical distance of six feet.

All City Facilities closure: City operations will continue via primarily phone, email and online. The public is encouraged to call (425) 263-8000 for assistance with City services or visit our website at

Remember the non-emergency number at (425) 407-3999 or email If you have an emergency, call 911. (But don't call with questions about the Governor's order and what's open or not). You can also report violations or questions about violations to the State via this link.

For more information on city facilities, see this link.

Case Count

Current case count is 51 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo, with no deaths amongst those cases. County case counts are available at this link, updated each weekday at 2pm.

If our ratio of recovery is the same as the County, approximately 33 of those cases should be recovered.

General Resource Links

City of Mukilteo COVID-19 page

Snohomish Health District
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
COVID-19 Testing Guidelines from Public Health – Seattle & King County
Find information in other languages
Washington State COVID-19 Response

What to do if you are sick: CDC Resources

Watch out for COVID related scams. If you are unsure about whether something is real or a scam, the Justice Department created a central fraud hotline (1-866-720-5721 or You can also call the non-emergency line at 425-407-3999.

Comprehensive Resource List

Business FAQs on State website
Learn if your business is considered essential and can continue to operate following the Governor’s March 23 Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.
• Would you like to request to be essential (or not)? Fill out this form: to petition this issue.
• The Washington Department of Commerce has created a list of crisis planning tools and resources where you can get information about emergency grants, disaster loans, and other small business support.
• The Washington State Department of Revenue has information about tax filing deadlines, extensions, and relief.
• Greater Seattle Partners, City of Seattle, and the Chamber have launched a survey for businesses, freelancers, and gig workers to learn about needs and help target future support.
Comprehensive and Updated FAQs For Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus – Fisher Phillips
Best practices for when a food service employee gets sick.
Best practices for food pick up and delivery.

Snohomish County Links
Local SnoCo resources for businesses
Federal Small Business Adminstration Loans
King County Public Health signs for businesses to post

Cash assistance calculator: from the federal government’s stimulus package, of up to $1,200 per person depending on income, will be sent to households in early April.
• If you have lost your job due to COVID-19, you can file for unemployment benefits.
Bartender Emergency Assistance Program
Resources for Restaurant Workers
• Mortgage and Rent. If you don’t have enough money to pay your rent or mortgage, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Otherwise, some suggestions are below:
--Washington Homeownership Hotline (877-894-HOME)
--Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggestions
--Rental assistance & counseling (800-569-4287)
--List of Housing Counseling Agencies
--For renters, the Governor issued a statewide moratorium on evictions of residential tenants for non-payment of rent until April 17
• Federal Student loans. If you need help with your student loans, you may be able to temporarily suspend your payments by applying for a deferment or forbearance from the US Department of Education.
• Utility bills. If you need help paying your utility bills, contact your service provider immediately.
--Puget Sound Energy and PUD will not shut off service during the emergency. Most utilities also offer assistance programs for people in need.
--The Utilities and Transportation Commission offers energy assistance programs.
--The federal government offers assistance programs to help with telephone and heating bills.
o Comcast is offering free WiFi hot spots, unlimited data, and no disconnects or late fees.
• Health Insurance. The Washington State Insurance Commissioner has information about health insurance, as well as how to get insurance through the Washington State Exchange if you need it.
• Food assistance. If you need help with food, every school district in the state is providing grab and go lunches for children, and there is additional help at many local food banks including the Mukilteo Food Bank.
WIC food assistance is still available, as well.
• The Mukilteo Boys and Girls Club has remained open this entire time, providing childcare and support to our healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers. Healthcare providers are receiving free child care at this time, and other families are receiving care at a very discounted rate.

• If you feel like you need to reach out for support, do not hesitate to contact the Disaster Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to talk with crisis specialists. They are available 24/7.
• Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County has their 24 hour support hotline available for those not feeling safe at home- 425-252-2873
Restaurants that are open for take out or delivery- access this list, developed by city staff with great support from business owners in the community.
This is another countywide link, with similar info.
Special Shopping Hours for Seniors, Other At-Risk People
A number of local grocery stores have special shopping hours for senior citizens and others with vulnerable immune systems.
QFC begins this week, 7-8am Monday-Thursday.
Albertsons, Haggen, and Safeway Tues. & Thurs. from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Target Wednesdays, first hour after opening; Whole Foods Daily, one hour before opening to the general public.
Discounted laptops for nonprofits and low-income households

• Social/Sober Support
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
Unity Recovery
Suboxone Forum
Support Groups Central
LifeRing Secular Recovery
In the Rooms
Medication Assisted Recovery (MARA)

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