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Today, We Are In Phase 2!

Wear your mask, pack hand sanitizer- let's all do our part to get through this. The CDC Director, Dr. Redfield, said last week that we could control the virus in 4 to 8 weeks if everyone in the US wore a mask (article here).

Here is an easier to read summary of what's open and what's not on the state site. The phase 1 and 2 graphics are at the bottom of this email.

The state Department of Health reported 1,292 new cases Thursday out of the 19,381 cumulative cases statewide.
The seven day rolling average of new cases per day, from June 26 to July 2, was 629 cases per day. This is also the highest since the pandemic began. More details can be found in the Governor's Friday post.

Our County's snapshot for the week is here.

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Impacts of Stress During COVID

(From the CDC): How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your background, your social support from family or friends, your financial situation, your health and emotional background, the community you live in, and many other factors. The changes that can happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways we try to contain the spread of the virus can affect anyone.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
 People who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (for example, older people, and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions).
 Children and teens.
 People caring for family members or loved ones.
 Frontline workers such as health care providers and first responders,
 Essential workers who work in the food industry.
 People who have existing mental health conditions.
 People who use substances or have a substance use disorder.
 People who have lost their jobs, had their work hours reduced, or had other major changes to their employment.
 People who have disabilities or developmental delay.
 People who are socially isolated from others, including people who live alone, and people in rural or frontier areas.
 People in some racial and ethnic minority groups.
 People who do not have access to information in their primary language.
 People experiencing homelessness.
 People who live in congregate (group) settings.
There are proven, healthy ways to take care of yourself and cope with stress. Learn more here.

COVID Research

A study from FAIR Health based on private insurance data found that chronic kidney disease and kidney failure were the most common comorbidity among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.

A Swiss group evaluated how COVID-19 moves in family situations. In contrast to influenza, children are rarely the vectors for spread into a family. In only 8% of family units was a child the first person to be symptomatic.

WHO launches independent review of the international response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A WHO-led mission may investigate the pandemic’s origin. Here are the key questions to ask from Science.com.

Local News

Remember, don't take your quarantine frustration out on the road. Respect the speed limit on Mukilteo streets (including where it's 25 miles per hour generally north of 6th Street).

The Health District has a new blog describing contact tracing, what it is and how it works. Read it here.

Our State Insurance Commissioner extended requirements for additional insurance coverage through August 16. All health insurers must
 Continue coverage for providing telehealth via methods including telephone and video chat tools such as Facetime, Facebook Messenger video chat, Google Hangout video, Skype and Go-to-Meeting.
 Cover all medically necessary diagnostic testing for flu and certain other viral respiratory illnesses billed during a provider visit for COVID-19 with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.
 Treat drive-up testing sites for COVID-19 as a provider visit with no copay, coinsurance or deductible.

Testing

Given the demand and delays in results, the Health District will once again pivot its operations to increase testing capacity in Snohomish County. For the week of July 20, the Health District will only offer drive-thru testing at McCollum Park located at 600 128th St SE in Everett. The schedule is as follows:
 Monday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Tuesday, July 21 from noon to 7 p.m.
 Wednesday, July 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Thursday, July 23 from noon to 7 p.m.
 Friday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The smaller sites have seen 80-120 individuals per day, but have added complexities in planning multiple locations and transporting equipment around Snohomish County day-to-day. By consolidating testing at just the McCollum Park location, and limiting the need to move between sites, the goal is to get 225-250 people per day next week. Plans are also underway to identify 1-2 larger sites to move to in August to further increase capacity.

These sites all require appointments by registering in advance. You can read more about the process here.. You can register for an appointment here.
You can always just start with your own doctor if you are seeking a test.

COVID treatments

As a new drug, remdesivir production is just ramping up. Gilead Sciences distributed more than 90,000 courses for use in July, but with more than 60,000 new cases of COVID-19 every day, it’s not a surprise that hospitals are running short of the drug. More of the drug will be available in August and September, but it’s clear the disease is outrunning the drug manufacturing process.

Phase 2 Restaurants

King County has a good summary interpreting the current restaurant guidance for Phase 2 (here). As you have seen if you've visited restaurants: masks are required, menus are single use (they can reuse now if they sanitize them), no bar seating, no live music. You can also read about the rules regarding buffet service and single use condiments (it's why you won't see any salt and pepper, ketchup, soy sauce, or anything else on your table).

NAVAL Training Exercises

Naval Station Everett will be conducting a security training exercise in the harbor around the Everett base July 21-23, which you might hear if you're in the area. The exercises are scheduled to occur each day between 9am and 2pm. During the exercise, those near the base may hear mass warning announcements from the base's outdoor speakers. The training will include security boat maneuvers in the harbor and the firing of blank rounds to simulate gunfire. No live ammunition will be used.
The Navy regularly conducts training exercises to maintain and improve
security and emergency response qualifications. These exercises help prepare for a potential real emergency.

Inspiration and Diversions

You MUST check this one out (I don't think it's mobile friendly, unfortunately). this site, Window Swap shows 10 minute videos from other people's views out their windows. It's super calming. I clicked on it and got this gorgeous view from Germany (see below), with bird song and everything. I recommend it for your Monday needs.

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State Guidance

All reopening guidelines can be found here.

Here is the Safe Start Plan for K-12 Schools, and a new guidance document for colleges and universities.

Locally, Everett's Getting to Safe Guide is a great resource. It's now available in Spanish and Russian, as well.

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 81 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo, with no deaths amongst those cases, 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 disaster@leo.gov). You can also call the non-emergency line at 425-407-3999.

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