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Celebrating Service Providers

Several weeks ago, I proclaimed each of the Waste Management truck drivers who serve our community as Mukilteans of the Day. The drivers, and Waste Management, loved it, and interviewed me to ask about the nomination! Their video can be viewed here.

Today, We Are In Phase 2!

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

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.

Local News

The Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network study offers free research kits that test for current COVID-19 infection from the comfort and safety of your home. Kits are delivered within 24 hours of enrolling on their site, and results are available online within a few days of returning your test. Right now, their queue is full, but they open up the sign-up each day at 2pm. It is targeted to King County, but it looks like anyone in the region might be able to participate (I couldn't click through since it's not live right now).

King County Public Health data dashboardon COVID-19 and those experiencing homelessness. They make up 2.5% of all COVID diagnoses in King County since March 1. It seems like the other stats are similar to those I have seen for all populations (rates of hospitalization, ICU admission and death).

Resources and Information

Johns Hopkins University has a listing of each state's school reopening plan (very impressive!). It can be found here. The JHU eSchool+ Initiative’s new education tracker examines state plans in 12 categories from academics to protecting kids from Covid infections. The tracker is meant to add equity to the conversation by looking at whether states are actively addressing disparities between students, given how many kids were left behind this spring, according to said Annette Anderson, Deputy Director of JHU’s Center for Safe and Healthy Schools. “At the end of the day, it's about trying to make sure that when we reopen, that the reopening benefits all,” she said.

In the News

Yale Climate Connection: Wildfires off to slow start in much of the West, but trouble expected starting in mid-July. Data comes from the National Interagency Coordination Center.

Washington Post, via the Herald: COVID-19 has highlighted the struggle of working moms. As the author puts it: "we can lobby for equal wages, promoting women, and harassment-free workplaces, but progress toward true equality hinges on chores; the diapers and the dishes and the hundreds of other essential tasks that must be performed, even if we pretend they don’t exist; and 2) unless we want to deal a blow to women’s careers and mental health, we shouldn’t try to return to business-as-usual until we address that “usual” has been pretty sucky for working parents."
I have to share this quote, too, as to what parents who have to work in the fall when schools may not be open or might be open for a day or two a week: what are they to do? "perhaps shove their 4-year-olds in the laundry room for nine hours with a Lunchable and a boxed set of “Paw Patrol.” I can speak to the unfortunate success of a Paw Patrol binge for a certain 5 year old I know!

New York Times: The scientist leading Columbia University's premier climate change laboratory is the first woman to do so, and has been interested since she was a child (check out the cute comic her dad drew when she was a kid!). She addresses their important research, and focuses on equity and diversity in scientific fields.


New York Times interactive story (love those) on how coronavirus cases have risen as states have reopened. For me the main lesson is that how a state reopens really matters (for instance, California's "haphazard reopening process that gave people a false sense that they were in the clear." I have that sense here, too).

BBC: the real reasons why lockdown is so exhausting (too many decisions with every day!).

New York Times: how the coronavirus short-circuits the immune system.

This is terrible. France 24: the widow of a French bus driver who was beaten to death after asking 4 passengers to wear the required face masks for boarding, says their family is destroyed.

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

Give yourself a six minute mental health break and watch this video of famous dance scenes from movies, all cut to the sound of Footloose!

New York Times interview about the movement to give women the right to vote, which is reaching it's hundred year anniversary.

Take a staycation at Snohomish County's "luxury lodgings," including Mukilteo's own Silver Cloud (Herald article)! They have waterfront rooms where you can watch the ferry come and go. Remember, the boat will be moved to the new terminal next year- take advantage of the chance to watch it now.

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 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, with no deaths amongst those cases, and 72 (one new recovery) 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 You can also call the non-emergency line at 425-407-3999.

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