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Today, We Are In Phase 2

Wear your masks, keep your social interactions to a small group of under 5 others per week. If you've expanded your "bubble," make sure everyone else is following all the guidelines, too.

If you forget what's in each phase, this is a good cheat sheet on the state website.

In the News

Marketwatch: A small study is raising questions about whether young children could be coronavirus super spreaders, even as the country deliberates how to reopen schools in the coming weeks: Kids under age 5 may carry a much higher coronavirus viral load than older children and adults.

Local News

Emergency dispatchers in Snohomish County have received a handful of calls this summer from people concerned about giant hornets. To be clear: none of these insects have been captured in Snohomish County. The state Department of Agriculture encourages anyone who wants to report a sighting to call 1-800-443-6684 -- NOT 911. Reports also can be made at agr.wa.gov/hornets.

This month, the off-ramps towards SR 104 to Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace will be closed nightly for light rail construction. The Herald has details.

Unfortunately, our Edmonds/Kingston and Mukilteo/Clinton routes will remain on one-boat weekend service until they have crewing available to allow them to increase service.

Construction crews have poured concrete for the new Mukilteo ferry terminal transit center, where commuters can hop on or off their buses.The transit area features a drop-off point, including two ADA spots, where drivers can stop briefly to drop people off before continuing back out to First Street. The new terminal is scheduled to open at the end of this year.

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Tips for Mask Wearing

Wearing glasses with face coverings can be tricky. The Joint Information Center prepared this quick video to provide a few easy tips on how to make them work better together. Check it out here.

Domestic Violence Report

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On March 16, 2020, the National Domestic Violence Hotline began collecting data to track exactly what impact COVID-19 had on those affected by relationship abuse. During the first two months of the pandemic, The Hotline found while slow at first, contacts to The Hotline increased by 9% compared to the same period in 2019. In addition, roughly 10% of all contacts cited COVID-19 as impacting their current situation. 90% of all contacts answered reported experiencing emotional or verbal abuse, where their abuser used threats, intimidation, or humiliation to gain power and control. 24% of all contacts reported economic or financial abuse in their situation – this is also something that may increase in the face of growing unemployment and the long-term economic challenges as a result. Download the full report here.
For any victims and survivors who need support reading this, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can chat at thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.
You are not alone.

Into the Trash

With so many of people homebound right now, consumption of products and packaging is on the rise.
Republic Services is encouraging customers to brush up on tips for how best to reduce waste and recycle, and to take steps to keep face masks, gloves and disinfectants out of the recycle bin. Masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, paper towels- none of it is recyclable (though you should be able to compost paper towels).
Here are some recycling tips, and education ideas!

Restaurant Guidance

King County Public Health has a good q&a on restaurants and bars with the current state guidance. A couple highlights from it:
-Bar style seating and counter service are not allowed in Phase 2.
-Reusable menus are now allowed with sanitizing between uses.
-Self-service salad bars and buffets are now allowed, with the following restrictions:
* Physical distancing of 6 feet between customers, with floor markings
* Hourly utensil change out, or wash/rinse/sanitize, and hourly cleaning and sanitizing of other common touch points
* Staff monitoring to ensure these requirements are met
* Sneeze guard type cover
* Provide hand sanitizer for customers at beginning AND at end of the salad bar/buffet
* Signage as a reminder of physical distancing, face coverings, hand sanitizer use, staying home with symptoms, no reuse of utensils or plates.

Long Term Care Facilities

Gov. Jay Inslee and officials from DSHS and DOH announced the “Safe Start for Long Term Care” plan. The plan establishes criteria for long-term care facilities to safely allow visitors, provide trips for residents outside the facility, group activities, and more. It goes into effect Wednesday, August 12. As with schools, allowable activities at LTCFs depends on sustained prevention of COVID-19 transmission in the community.

This graduated restart plan for long-term care will give providers, residents and families direction for resuming normal activities, like visitation. The plan includes a number of public health metrics that must be met in order for facilities to move through the phases. It is modeled after the Safe Start plan.

To move forward in phases, long-term care facilities also must go 28 days without a resident or staff member testing positive for COVID-19. These facilities must also have at least a 14-day supply of PPE on hand.

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State Guidance Updates

Inspiration and Diversions

This thread on twitter tells the back story of Green Eggs and Ham! Sixty years ago this week, on August 12, 1960, Dr Seuss published what would become his best-selling book of all time. Written as the result of a $50 bet between Seuss and his publisher Bennett Cerf, it has since sold more than 8 million copies. Click here, and then click on "show this thread."

Mountainview Blueberry Farm is open for u-pick Tuesdays-Saturdays. Their site is here, for more information.

High-Trek Adventure is just off of Beverly Park Road next to Paine Field Community Park. Their site offers details on activities available, including summer day camps. They also have their COVID Safety Plan posted on the site. They are booking reservations for the ropes course and ziplining, axe throwing laser tag, & mini golf.

Drive-in movie tomorrow at Thomas Family Farm in Snohomish, details here. Finding Dory is at 5pm and Star Wars: Rogue One is at 8pm.

Herald: Practice the art of doing nothing to nurture inner peace.

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 101 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (1 new case), and 75 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

 
 
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