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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?

The City's COVID page is a good one-stop shop for information.

Mukiltean of the Day

Our Mukiltean of April 23, 2020 is Kathleen Shaw! Kathleen is a tireless volunteer with the Community Cat Coalition of Mukilteo (CCC).
CCC's Mission is to enhance the lives of community (feral) cats by promoting spay and neuter and by providing training and mentorship in TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).
Normally, when not out saving cats and educating at countless fairs and markets, you can find Kathleen sewing the most beautifully soft blankets for her feline friends (and an occasional dog or two). But, now with the PPE shortage, her sewing machine is turning out decorative masks to help fill the need. So, if you see people out and about wearing a kitty mask, you can probably thank our hardworking neighbor Kathleen!

Give your pets some extra love today in honor of Kathleen!

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

Pet Support

Through the generous support of, a national nonprofit that protects people, pets and the planet, Seattle Humane worked with a team of shelter partners to create a distribution hub to get GreaterGood’s ongoing donations of pet food and supplies to those struggling financially. Check here for the map of locations. It includes Volunteers of America in Everett and some north Seattle locations that are not too far.

Where to Ask Questions About Business

The State has a variety of web forms for submitting questions. They report that they are able to answer pretty quickly right now
This web pageis designed for business owners and operators to get answers to general business inquiries around financial help or other business assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

If this request is about worker benefits, unemployment, or other specific questions involving workers, please visit the Employment Security Department website at:

If you’d like to clarify whether your business is an essential business during the COVID-19 outbreak, go here:

If this report is about a business that is not following the Governor's proclamation for closure of non-essential businesses, fill out the form here: If you're in Mukilteo, you can email

And! You can always email with any questions and I will answer or connect you to the right spot.

Garbage, Spring Cleaning, What to Do?

As you know, we postponed the annual large item pick up/spring cleaning event that would have happened next week. I know lots of us are home and might be either creating more garbage or doing more yard or house cleaning. You've got options- stock it away to donate when able; or you can put out extra recycling for free, and an extra can/bag of garbage for $4.72. Instructions on how can be found here.

Keep Walking, Biking, Running

KeepItMoving in park

New signage is up in Lighthouse Park and other parks; keep moving and walking through the parks but don't sit and stay!

Poisoning Risk

The Washington Poison Center (WAPC) is seeing an increase in call volumes and spikes in substances common to COVID-19 prevention.
WAPC reported a 22.5% jump in the number of people accidentally getting poisoned by household cleaners and disinfectants.
WAPC warns that COVID-19 has increased the risk of accidental poisoning due to the following:
• New daily routines and also more stress and less focus
• Likely more products at home with increased access to them (cleaners, meds, substances)
• Rumors and misinformation
Please contact WAPC with any questions or emergencies involving potential poisonings at 800-222-1222.

poison center

Fun Diversions

If you're like me, you've watched all of Netflix's pandemic, zombie, infection movies. Here is a list of movies about kindness and good- let's brighten our days instead!

And, here is an article about real life people who are generous and kind, donating some or all of their $1200 stimulus checks.

If you missed Earth Day, there's no reason it can't be Earth Week (Mukilteo Elementary once celebrated Earth Month, so don't let one day hold you back!). Here is a little National Geographic activity. Kids can create drawings of animals or nature, and then all of us can benefit from a neighborhood safari- a walk spent spotting animals!

In normal times, I take dance classes at Century Ballroom. They are starting a dance challenge once a week, with a youtube video that shows the dance and instructions! If you've tried some tiktok dances and want something new, or if you don't know what tiktok is, check it out!

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

Business FAQs on State website
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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