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What's New Today?

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Keep that purple out today to support our Kamiak High School seniors!

Tuesday's theme is Picnic In Your Front Yard. Our police officers will be doing more neighborhood patrols around 12:30-1pm to wave hi to picnickers tomorrow.

Also- Governor Inslee will have a press conference (watch live here at 2:30pm) with a variety of park and recreation officials. Might be the announcement about limited family outdoor recreation.

Mukilteo SpiritWeek 041620-TUESDAY

Mukiltean of the Day

Our Mukilteans of April 27, 2020 are our school para-educators. The transition to remote learning protocols has nearly eliminated the day-to-day interactions between students and para-educators in the school district. The lack of student interaction has been difficult, but nevertheless para-educators are finding ways to contribute:
* Working closely with teachers on the transition to virtual classrooms
* Helping to create and distribute homework packets
* Assisting teachers during virtual meetings with student families
* Working on behalf of the district to find donors willing to help feed our districts children; even working with local supermarkets to donate grocery bags to help with food deliveries.
* Stocking the shelves and getting food deliveries out to students in need.

Thank you to our school para-educators for their work!

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

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More Week-Long Activities

Not only is this Mukilteo's Spirit Week, it's also Small Business Week. Today their suggestion is to find 3 small businesses, comment on their social media and share a post from them. You can follow along at the Washington Small Business Development Center facebook page.

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County also launched their online auction this week, check it out here! New items are posted for bid each day at noon. Incidents of domestic violence increase in situations like the one we are in. Your support for their work is so important. Get to auction shopping, each day this week!

Businesses Reopening

Some low-risk construction is now allowed to reopen, and people are going back to work today. These workplaces must comply with the guidance described in this document. If they don't, as the document says, they "must be shut down."
At a minimum, these workplaces need to maintain 6 foot physical distancing, and the employer must provide masks, eye protection and gloves to every employee.

Consequences of not complying with a clean and safe work place could include:
* Rising case counts, resulting in longer stay home orders for everyone.
* Closure of the business for longer, with a more difficult impact to that business
* Health impacts to everyone going into the business- employees, owners, customers, delivery workers

However, most of us will not know if businesses are complying behind closed doors. Our community relies on those who know to speak up or report it if they need to.

Do not be afraid to talk to employers about the rules they need to comply with, and if that doesn't work, you can ask for support in getting compliance:
Workplace safety and health complaints may be submitted to the L&I Call Center: (1-800-423-7233) or by email: It can be an anonymous complaint. Be sure to include business name and address and details about the violation.
General questions about how to comply with construction safety practices can contact the state’s Business Response Center.

Resources, Updated

The IRS Get My Payment Tool seems to be really working! If you haven't gotten any payment and want to check or if you need to input your direct deposit info, check it out here.

The CDC added guidance on individuals developing a care plan. A care plan is a form that summarizes a person’s health conditions and current treatments. Many care plans include a summary of your health conditions, medications, healthcare providers, emergency contacts, and end-of-life care options (for example, advance directives). People complete their care plans in consultation with their doctor, and if needed, with help from a family member or home nurse aide. Just like having a will, a care plan is a good thing to have at any time. Find more here.

In the News

Seattle Let Scientists Lead From earlier this month, a great New Yorker article about how Washington has used data to guide our decisions, highlighting Seattle's choices in February and March. I found the discussion on leadership in a health crisis really interesting, too.

If you have canceled flights, you should be able to get a cash refund (under federal law). If you're sitting on some vouchers that you want to get cash for, here are tips on how to do it from some experts (Washington Post article).


The Seattle Times has provided an opportunity to reflect on some of those we have lost to COVID-19. As they wrote, "Each data point you hear about represents a human life whose loss is felt by countless other people. Here, we chronicle some of them." Article available here. Grab a tissue.

What Can You Do?

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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 52 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo, with no deaths amongst those cases (that's one new one, it's been the same for several days). 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 is open and available for childcare. "Our staff is committed to helping our members with their distance learning, and working with the district to facilitate that here at the club! In appreciation of their efforts to keep our community safe and healthy, healthcare workers will receive free childcare during this time. In appreciation for the hard work all our families are doing, we are offering a very discounted child care rate to help them through this time."

• 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: No special hours, normal operations for all customers 8am-8am every day. They do have one-way aisles, cart cleaning and protections at check-out.
These stores have special hours for those over 60 and in at-risk populations:
Safeway: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7am-9am
Target: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7am-8am
Whole Foods: every day, 8am-9am.
Discounted laptops for nonprofits and low-income households
• [Link to request free masks from the Snohomish County Mask Brigade] (

• 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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