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Today, We Are In Phase 2

The COVID-19 case rate is up to 97.2 cases per 100,000 Snohomish County residents. This is the sixth consecutive increase in the case rate, which is calculated for two-week rolling periods. The most recent rate was calculated for the period of July 12 to July 25.
The current rate is 4.5 times what it was in late May and early June, when Snohomish County was approved to move to Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan.This rate is similar to mid-March.

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The statewide situation reportprovides more detail. As noted in last week’s report, this trend in age distribution reflects a similar trend in Florida, where a high concentration of cases in young adults spread broadly into other age groups. New hospitalizations are also increasing across most age groups in the state.
Our transmission rate is still above 1.0, which means cases are still spreading more than we want.

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Remember to Vote

You have your ballot now for the Washington primary! Don't delay (well, if you want you can, right up until August 4), get that ballot either in the mailbox (no stamp needed) or the drop box (at most libraries, including ours).

You can check your ballot status (mine is already in!) at You can also request a replacement ballot there if you can't find yours.

Give Blood!

A reminder to sign up to give blood if you can, either at our Rosehill Community Center pop-up site next week August 3 and 6; or in a location near you!
Not everyone has the privilege of being able to save lives with their blood donation. Give if you can.


Restaurant owners can sign up for a webinar today at 1pm with King County Public Health. They are walking through the amended phase 2 guidance to help explain how to operate safely within the new guidance. Since King County is in our phase 2, as well, it will work for our county. More information here.
And, the State's updated guidance for Restaurants and Bars can be found here.

I was browsing through the State's coronavirus site (yes, it's something I do) and was reminded about all the resources that are available. The Department of Health has some great resources that are helpful to anyone. This is their site, as a reminder!

Ferry Schedule Limited

Because of a continued shortage of available crew during the COVID-19 pandemic, service on the Mukilteo/Clinton and Edmonds/Kingston routes will remain on one-boat weekend service until further notice.
Travelers looking to travel on either route should plan ahead by checking Mukilteo / Clinton Schedule and Edmonds / Kingston Schedule and be prepared for long waits if driving onto a state ferry on the weekends. Customers should consider traveling during non-peak times in the early mornings and later in the evening, and limiting non-essential travel.

Clinical Trials of COVID Vaccine

A Phase 3 clinical trial designed to evaluate if an investigational vaccine can prevent symptomatic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in adults has begun. The vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, was co-developed by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company Moderna, Inc., and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The trial, which will be conducted at U.S. clinical research sites, is expected to enroll approximately 30,000 adult volunteers who do not have COVID-19.
The trial is designed to evaluate the safety of mRNA-1273 and to determine if the vaccine can prevent symptomatic COVID-19 after two doses. As secondary goals, the trial also aims to study whether the vaccine can prevent severe COVID-19 or laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection with or without disease symptoms. The trial also seeks to answer if the vaccine can prevent death caused by COVID-19 and whether just one dose can prevent symptomatic COVID-19, among other objectives. NIH news release is here.

Recovery Can Take Time

A new CDC report emphasizes COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness, including in younger people. The CDC today released the findings of a telephone survey that indicates more than one-third of people who were diagnosed with COVID-19 but did not have to be hospitalized had not returned to their usual state of health within 2-3 weeks of being tested. Among those between the age of 18-34 with no chronic medical conditions, one in five had not returned to their usual state of health. The CDC’s takeaway message? “Recovery from COVID-19 can take a long time, even in young adults.” Read the report here.


Who is Getting Sick?

I know many of us are wondering what are the most risky things to do and where the current cases are coming from. Here is some information from the Snohomish Health District:
Are most new cases linked to specific events or gatherings?
While social gatherings or parties contribute to increased spread of COVID, there is no single hotspot or event. New cases are being detected throughout the county.
An outbreak does not necessarily have to be tied to a single event. It could be a social network of multiple households who become exposed to each other through one or more interactions over time. This is why we emphasize the importance of keeping social groups small (five or fewer) and consistent (the same people over a seven-day period). Even if you see only two or three people at a time, seeing different small groups in the same week can significantly increase the number of people exposed if you become ill.

In the News

This is an interesting article in Crosscut about one woman who decided to work to call out racism in the outdoor industry. A striking example she mentions is a rock climbing wall in Wyoming that was previously known as Slavery Wall. She struggled through December last year to make suggestions to allow users to report sexist or racist route names. The recent incarnation of the Black Lives Matter movement led to a sudden response by REI. The article shares her perspective.

14 things Seattleites wish they had known before the pandemic: Seattle PI. There are some funny ones (who knew jigsaw puzzles could be so fun in quarantine), to touching ones (I would have hugged my family a little longer, if I had known it would be such a long time apart).

Are the skies clearer with cars off the road and people staying at home? Well, as it turns out, not quite. UW Daily covers some new University of Washington research.

Inspiration and Diversions

Dr. Paul is a clinical psychologist at the Everett Clinic. His column in the Everett Herald talks about digging deep to find strength in these uncertain times.

Mountainview Blueberry Farm is open Tuesdays through Sundays for good socially distanced entertainment. More information here.

Five-year-old Everett boy Avery was diagnosed with a rare pancreatic cancer a year and a half ago. According to this heartwarming story on King 5, Avery's neighbors all pitched in to send him to Disneyland, but the park closed due to the coronavirus. Those neighbors put on their own magical parade for him. There's a video! Grab your tissues.

Feeling the travel bug? This won't help. I haven't been to Venice since I was 18, and someday I hope to go back. Venice is actually a collection 124 islands. When settlers first arrived in the 5th century CE, most of the lagoon’s islands were marshy and uninhabitable. The solution? Drive thousands of tree trunks into the lagoon floor to create platforms. And that’s still what’s holding up much of the city today. The wood, never exposed to air, petrified underwater rather than rotting—so some of the posts holding the modern city up are more than 1,000 years old. Here is a video that dives into how Venice works (makes me think about city infrastructure preservation, probably will make you think about travel!).
Though some aspects of traditional Venetian culture have sunk into the background in recent years, the Venetian language lives on. For example, the most-heard word of 2020—quarantine—comes from the Venetian term for the 40-day isolation once imposed on ships that arrived in port with any illness. Quaranta is the word for forty. Feeling the Venice bug at home: make some cicchetti (appetizers) like baccala mantecato or an aperol spritz.

Play some old school Atari Breakout via Google here.

State Guidance

All reopening guidelines can be found here.

Locally, Everett's Getting to Safe Guide is a great resource.

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 91 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (5 new cases in the last two days), and 72 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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