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See below for today's COVID-19 information. Please forward as widely as you would like.
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What's New Today?

Make sure to complete the census!

Homeowners Associations can now have remote, virtual meetings if they need to hold their annual or monthly meetings (new Governor's proclamation here). I am happy to attend your virtual meeting if you want to have me answer questions or share information! Email me to invite me.

Mukiltean of the Day

I have decided to share a good news story about a fellow Mukiltean each day!

Our first one is Mark Shallow. He is the team leader for his neighborhood's Adopt a Street program. He has a habit of pausing his walks suddenly to run over to a piece of litter on the street or in the bushes. He doesn't limit his efforts to his neighborhood, he also works to clean up the area near the Kamiak tennis courts!

Follow Mark's example and keep an eye out for trash! With all the eyes on the street, we should be able to keep our sidewalks and grass areas in good shape.

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

Online Shopping for Good

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County has pulled out their auction items and given us all a chance to do a little online shopping with a purpose! Starting next Monday at noon, you'll be able to bid and buy packages. Check out the items on their site now!

Each day will have new items. Once you click the category for the day (i.e. Kids Entertainment) you will be able to see the 5 items up for bid that day. Click on a listing for more information about the item. You will be able to bid on the item from that page. The auction is set-up to alert you via email if you’ve been outbid on an item.

Once the auction closes, winning bidders will be notified via email with payment and pick-up instructions. DVS Staff will be providing no-touch, drive-by pick-up.

Provide Feedback on Bus Service

Light rail is scheduled to open NEXT YEAR at Northgate, and Sound Transit and Community Transit are assessing how to re-position their buses to take advantage of the service. You can provide feedback here. The updated proposal includes increased trip frequency and longer operating hours on select routes, especially in the evening; and more choices for riders to transfer to light rail at Northgate or continue to downtown Seattle by bus.


Athletic gyms and fitness centers are supposed to allow customers to cancel their memberships at any time, for any reason, including the inability to access their gym or fitness due to the global pandemic, provided those requests are issued in writing. They are supposed to issue refunds (not credits) within 30 days. Any gym failing to comply is violating the Washington State Consumer Protection Act, and will face legal action from the Attorney General. More information is here.

Department of Health has an FAQ with a handful of somewhat random questions, from where you can get health insurance, to how to get help in stopping smoking and how to keep your mask from fogging up your glasses. The last one is pasted below, I'm planning on trying it!

How do I keep my mask from fogging up my glasses? The first thing to try is to make sure the mask is tight against your nose and cheeks so that less air comes out the top of it to fog your glasses. You can also try, just before putting your mask on, washing your glasses with soapy water, shaking off the rest of the water and very gently blotting them dry. This should leave behind a thin layer of soap that will keep the water vapor from fogging on your glasses.

Snohomish County PUD Assists Customers Impacted by COVID-19
In March, Snohomish County PUD announced a Community Support Planto help customers experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan makes funds available for residential and small business customers affected by COVID-19 who may be struggling to pay their electric or water bills. They have also paused late fees and disconnections for non-payment, made their Budget Payment Plan more flexible, and made enhancements to their Income-Qualified Assistance Program.

There is some DSHS cash assistance now available to some families who qualify. Some Washington residents can apply through the Department of Social and Health Services for emergency cash assistance to help meet their immediate needs.

Health Data Analysis

Great Youtube link with the some of the State's health experts (who I heard on Sunday's call): Kathy Lofy, MD & Cathy Wasserman, PhD, MPHprovide an overview on COVID-19 data posted on the Department of Health website. DOH has been continually adding new data to its online dashboard which now includes hospitalization rates, negative test rates and demographic information regarding race/ethnicity.

Some Fun Diversions

Do you miss our parks? The County has 360 views of many county parks to check out from your couch, and daydream a little. Campsite 8 at Flowing Lake looks cozy.

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

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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