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Today, We Are In Phase 2!

But we are on the wrong track right now.

New cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Snohomish County. Last weekend, 200 new cases were reported. The rolling two-week case rate – one of the metrics the state evaluates as part of the Safe Start plan for reopening – is up to 53 cases per 100,000 residents. This is well over double the rate from about a month ago, when the county was approved to move to Phase 2.

A higher proportion of cases are being identified among a younger age group (age 20-40) compared to earlier in the outbreak, when most identified cases were among older adults. Local hospital capacity remains adequate at this time, but increased rates of infection could lead to increased hospitalizations. Young people who become ill may spread the illness to others who are more vulnerable to severe complications, and some young people can become seriously ill, too.

Wear your mask, pack hand sanitizer- let's all do our part to get there.

Here is an easier to read summary of what's open and what's not on the state site. The phase 1 and 2 graphics are at the bottom of this email.

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New Paycheck Protection Loans

The U.S Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications Monday July 6, 2020, at 6am in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan is August 8, 2020.

Businesses: Sign Up for Notifications

As new COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Snohomish County, the Snohomish Health District encourages all employers to review local and state requirements for re-opening. This includes the need to create a Safe Start plan according to sector guidelines, identify a COVID site supervisor for each location, and understand what is expected if one or more employees test positive for COVID-19.

To help the Health District quickly identify those COVID site supervisors, an online form has been created (available here). The Health District is requesting that all employers in Snohomish County fill out the form, which identifies primary and back-up contacts. Completing this form will also ensure your organization is contacted promptly, and through your preferred channels of staff appropriately trained on what to do when contacted.
Full Health District press release can be found here.

Drive-Thru Testing Opportunities This Week

The Snohomish Health District schedule for drive-thru testing for coronavirus during the week of July 6 is as follows:
 Wednesday, July 8 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at McCollum Park
 Thursday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mukilteo Library
 Friday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at McCollum Park
Testing will continue to be available to those who are:
 Sick and have developed any of the following symptoms within the last 14 days:
o Fever, Chills, Cough, Difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle pain or body aches, Headache, Sore throat, Runny nose or nasal congestion, or New loss of taste or smell.
 Asymptomatic individuals who:
o Are a close contact of a confirmed case, or
o Live in a congregate setting, like a shelter, group home or assisted living facility, or
o Work in a location that has had a case,
o Part of a family or social network that has had a case, or
o Work in healthcare, EMS, law enforcement or other fields where work settings have a higher risk of catching or spreading COVID-19, or
o Are part of a racial or ethnic group that has been disproportionately impacted by this virus in terms of rate or severity of cases (this includes people who are Black, Latinx, Native American/Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander), or
o Need testing as required for health care, employment, or travel.

Working WA Business Grant Awards

The state’s Working Washington Small Business Grants program recently announced the businesses that were awarded funds. Grants of up to $10,000 were available through this program. As of July 1, 130 Snohomish County businesses had been awarded grants totaling $707,156. Nearly 500 jobs were retained.
Among the local recipients were 27 healthcare businesses; 25 construction companies; 17 restaurants; 4 manufacturing companies and one doggy day care.
The recipients can be viewed on an interactive map.

Impacts on Domestic Violence Survivors

The National Domestic Violence Hotline has released a special report on data collected regarding how COVID-19 has impacted survivors of domestic violence. The report’s authors noted that external factors that add stress, isolation, and financial strain can create circumstances where a survivor’s safety is further compromised. The COVID-19 crisis has added to these problems. Even more concerning, shelter-in-place orders meant that many would be in closer and more frequent proximity to their abusers.
“Many of us feel isolated and fearful right now, and that’s understandable – these feelings are amplified for domestic violence survivors,” the organization said in a press release. “One way to help survivors is by cultivating hope and focusing on things they can control. This means encouraging the survivor in your life to practice some form of self-care, which could look like regular exercise, video calls with loved ones, or even spending increased time in the shower to have more time away from their abuser.”

Remember you can reach our local 24-hour domestic violence services hotline 425-25-ABUSE. They also list a number of resources here.

Local News

All Sno-Isle Libraries, including our Mukilteo Library, are offering contact-free pickup and return service now. For more information, call 360-651-7194 or go to www.sno-isle.org/contact-free.

The County's Coronavirus data hub now has a map showing all locations that are offering free face masks (just scroll down towards the bottom).

Need Rent Relief? The Coronavirus Relief Prevention Program has up to three months of rental assistance for eligible Snohomish County households. Just call 2-1-1 to complete the eligibility screening, and see more info in the image below.

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The Washington Department of Commerce announced a $120,000 emergency grant to help fund a bulk purchasing plan to supply child care centers statewide with face coverings, cleaning supplies, and more.
The grant will help Child Care Aware of Washington (CCAWA) meet the needs of some of the state’s 5,432 licensed child care centers. An initial survey revealed that more than half of open centers and 67% of open family child care programs were concerned about access to supplies, finding it impossible to locate, much less afford, basic items they needed to meet sanitation requirements and basic needs.

Remember that free drive-in WiFi? It's still out there! In response to the impacts of COVID-19, Drive-In WiFi Hotspots provide free temporary, emergency internet access for Washingtonians who do not have broadband service to their homes. A searchable map of locations around Snohomish County and statewide is now available, you can find it here.

In the News

Politico.com: The world post-COVID will be different. How can we make it better?

Washington Post: How Fauci, 5 other health specialists deal with COVID-19 risks in their everyday lives. It's fascinating! One tidbit from Dr. Fauci: "When I’m finished with the White House, I go shopping for groceries, or to drugstores. I don’t disinfect the bags. In general, I will take the materials out of the bags, then wash my hands with soap and water, and then use Purell, and let everything sit for a day." This article is one of the most interesting I have shared! I love the practicality of the questions and how they answer. It's great.

New York Times: In the Covid-19 Economy, You Can Have a Kid or a Job. You Can’t Have Both.

MSN shares a story about Black Lives Matter protests and coronavirus super spreading concerns.

Politico has an interesting article interviewing descendants of Confederate generals on their opinions about the removal of statues. The majority support it, but not all, and some are bitterly divided inside families.

State Guidance

All reopening guidelines can be found here.

Here is the Safe Start Plan for K-12 Schools, and a new guidance document for colleges and universities.

Locally, Everett's Getting to Safe Guide is a great resource. It's now available in Spanish and Russian, as well.

Inspiration and Diversions

One of my hobbies is social dancing (waltz is my thing, but I've taken a couple swing and salsa classes!) I love this Washington Post article that describes the social dance community and the hope and knowledge that this activity will come back in time.

I visited Nature Together, a delightful retail store on 4th Street in the Lincoln Courtyard yesterday, as part of our Mukilteo Open for Business program. Their online shop is here, with great products available for purchase online and free delivery (order $20 worth) in Mukilteo. If you have been shopping online on the big sites we all know.... check out this link and spread the wealth locally. I love their mountain and wave necklaces, puzzles and games for some good stay home quarantine entertainment, and this "Backpack Explorer Beach Walk" book, to give you new ideas for visiting Mukilteo beaches!

PBS aired a documentary Monday and Tuesday night called The Vote, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. You can watch it online here.
This article talks about the director's process in researching and creating the documentary. As the author wrote, "The documentary fights the notion that women were “given” the right to vote—they battled for it, using militant tactics that (documentary Director) Ferrari says they receive little credit for today. “American women were the first Americans to picket the White House. Women fighting for the vote were jailed and force fed and really introduced a lot of the forms of civil disobedience that continue to be used today,” she says."
Here are 19 facts about women's suffrage from the Conversation.com.

City Information

Lighthouse Park, Edgewater Beach and 92nd Street Park reopened on May 5. Bathrooms are open only at Lighthouse Park 7am-7pm. Playgrounds remain closed until either Phase 3 or when we have full staffing and ability to clean daily.

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 www.mukilteowa.gov. Government services are not slated to reopen until Phase 3 of the new reopening plan, which is mid-June at the earliest.

For more information on city facilities, see this link.

Case Count

Current case count is 77 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (two new cases), with no deaths amongst those cases, and 71 individuals who are recovered.

County case counts are available at this link, updated each weekday at 2pm City counts will be updated weekly starting today.

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 disaster@leo.gov). You can also call the non-emergency line at 425-407-3999.

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