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Mukiltean of the Day

The Mukiltean of May 15, 2020 is Nicole Bain!

She started the Adopt a High School Senior Facebook page. Approximately 120 seniors in the Mukilteo School District have been "adopted" to support and surprise for the next month. She was reluctant to lead the way because of her busy job as a child psychologist and a mom to three, but she saw the need and stepped up. It has been a huge hit-- the stories and community support have been amazing!

Check out the link and adopt a high school graduate, or post your own kid!

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

Utility Relief

Alderwood Water, as well as Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District, are not charging late fees, not disconnecting service and do offer payment plans. More information available here.

The same is true for the City of Mukilteo's stormwater utility billing- no late fees, and we honor the payment plan process through Mukilteo Water and Wastewater District.

Unemployment Fraud

The Employment Security Department (ESD) has seen a rise in unemployment fraud and is taking additional steps to combat it. These fraudulent claims are generally coming from people who have not filed (we had a half dozen in Mukilteo yesterday).

One of those actions ESD is taking to combat fraud is delaying all payments 1-2 days this week in order to validate claims as authentic. In addition:
• Dramatically increasing the number of agents on the fraud hotline; 100 more of whom just started on May 13.
• Hiring more fraud investigators.
• Cross matching data with other state agencies and across the country to detect fraud activity.
• Working with the U.S. Department of Labor to detect and prevent fraud.

For more information read ESD’s news release.

It's Mental Health Month

There are many kinds of loss during COVID-19. It’s easy to forget how you once looked forward to that summer with your friends before everyone went their separate ways. Resources for teen mental health can be found here.

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Honoring High School Graduates

Are you looking for a way to honor high school graduates? The state just released guidance on graduation options (available here).

Graduates can always be honored at home, but I know many are looking for ways to honor them in our community. As the link says, before planning a ceremony outside the home (only allowed in Phase 2, sometime after June 1- until the Governor changes that), consider the following:
• The safest option right now is for everyone to stay home.
• Given the importance of the graduation milestone, having an event outside the home may encourage people in high-risk groups (particularly older adults and people with underlying health conditions) or ill individuals to attend rather than stay at home.
• What accommodations need to be made to ensure equitable participation (e.g., students and families without access to a vehicle).

There are ideas at the link.

Free Online Courses From WSU

Washington State University (WSU) Extension Forestry and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Stewardship education program are offering 11 free online classes. Classes cover everything from growing your own mushrooms to boosting wildlife habitat on your property to preparing your trees for climate change. All classes are free, but preregistration is required. People who wish to participate in the classes but are unable to attend can register and receive a link to the recordings.

Check out the list of classes here.

Student Loan Help

To provide relief to student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers have automatically been placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows borrowers to temporarily stop making monthly loan payments. This suspension of payments will last until Sept. 30, 2020, but borrowers can still make payments if desired. Read the borrower Q&As to learn more.

For borrowers participating in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program who have a Direct Loan, were on a qualifying repayment plan prior to the suspension, and work full-time for a qualifying employer during the suspension, will receive credit toward PSLF for the period of suspension as though on-time monthly payments were made.

State Guidance

The latest releases from the Governor on reopening:

Outdoor Recreation

Department of Health Guidance on Graduations

All reopening guidelines can be found here.

Resources

Looking for information about your pets? Health District has tips here!

If you've heard about the new cases in children, you might be interested in reading King County Public Health's guidance and definitions on multi-system inflammatory condition in children. The CDC has issued a case definition for MIS-C disease, and healthcare providers who have cared or are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to Public Health within 24 hours.

In the News

King County Public Health posted information about their efforts to reduce COVID-19 spread in long term care facilities. They have focused on reducing transmission of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities through infection control guidance and testing. In the month of March, there were 748 positive cases of COVID-19. That number has since dropped to 72 cases thus far in May. This downward trend suggests that a public health response in partnership with long-term care facilities can have a large impact in reducing the spread of illness. (more links/information here)

Businesses and organizations are worried about consumer confidence. Here is an article from MainStreet.org that talks about both sides of reopening- business and the public concerns. One part that was interesting to me is the idea of habit formation. "For example, have you grown used to being able to swing past your favorite downtown restaurant and having them bring your food out to your car? Have runs through downtown and your local park taken the place of a treadmill at the gym? Research suggests on average it takes 66 days for people to form a new habit, but it can range from as few as 18 days to 264 days."

Beach Open for Physical Distancing

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Love this photo from the Travel Sketcher on Instagram of people enjoying our beach the safe way!

Fun Diversions and Inspiration

Teacher and staff staged a car caravan parade in Tulalip, waving to their elementary school students (video on Facebook).

Tulalip students posted a video about why they wear masks. Inspirational 10 minute video here.

Ask Alexa to wash your hands!

Zoom has overtaken our conversation about video chatting, but Google has their meetup rooms and Facebook just launched Messenger Rooms. I haven't tried them, but they can be created through the Messenger app on your phone or the News Feed, as well as Groups and Events. They have some augmented reality and fancy backgrounds available. They're working on making the same feature available in Instagram and WhatsApp.

Check out a birthday photo from the Hubble Space Telescope! The telescope launched 30 years ago and has been taking deep-space views ever since, 24 hours a day. To celebrate its anniversary, NASA has collated 365 of its most stunning images and is letting you see what it snapped on your birthday (or any day). Just enter the month and day at the link, and you'll be shown a photo and an explanation of what you're seeing. Check out some images and think about the universe...

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May 12, 2019, photo from the Hubble Space Telescope

City Information

Lighthouse Park, Edgewater Beach and 92nd Street Park will reopened on May 5. Bathrooms are open only at Lighthouse Park 7am-7pm. Playgrounds remain closed.

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.

Remember the non-emergency number at (425) 407-3999 or email cv19violations@mukilteowa.gov. 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 54 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (1 new), with no deaths amongst those cases, and 51 individuals who are recovered (1 new).
County case counts are available at this link, updated each weekday at 2pm.

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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