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Today, We Are In Phase 2

From Dr. Redfield, the Director of the CDC: "For your country right now and for the war that we're in against COVID, I'm asking you to do four simple things. Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and be smart about crowds. You do those four things, it will bring this outbreak down. But if we don't do that, as I said last April, this could be the worst fall from a public health perspective, we've ever had."

The State weekly report has this news about our status:
• The reproductive number is hovering around one, which is our goal (well below one is best!). The best estimate of the reproductive number (the estimated number of new people each COVID-19 patient will infect) in western WA was likely between 0.79 and 1.15 on July 26, with a best estimate of 0.97. In eastern WA, the best estimate on July 25 was likely between 0.82 and 1.13, with a best estimate of 0.98.
• We’re starting to see the impacts of people using face coverings across the state. This report suggests that reductions in the reproductive number are attributable to statewide policy changes like the June 23 and July 7 mask mandates and pausing county movement with the Safe Start plan (see the graphic below).

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Local News

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Watch for paint striping this week! Island County is planning to be in Mukilteo this Wednesday-Friday to do the paint striping on our streets. This work is weather dependent. Remember to stay back if you see the painting operation and do not drive over the freshly painted lines.

Take the CORONA survey so to help the state better understand how COVID-19 has impacted you. And you could receive a $100 Amazon gift code! (To take the survey by phone, call 855-530-5787— interpretative services are available.) Go to the survey here: http://wacoronasurvey.com/

The State Superintendent's Office released a report on how to provide education to students with special needs this year. You can find it here.

The Port of Everett signed an agreement for the first of six new retail spaces to be built next year within the Fisherman’s Harbor district of the Port’s 65-acre, mixed-use Waterfront Place development. South Fork Bakery South Fork Baking Company will serve a variety of baked goods and light bites. Product mix will include locally produced foods, pastry, cookies, and decorated cakes. The bakery is to be located at the south end of the approximately 5,200 square foot retail building slated for development site A8 in Fisherman’s Harbor, adjacent to the new Hotel Indigo and coming 266-unit Waterfront Place Apartments. The Port has building design concepts here.

Scam Alert

“You may receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a PUD representative, claiming they are eligible for a refund because you were overcharged. You will be asked for your bank account number or credit card so the refund can be placed in your account or on your credit card. THIS IS A SCAM so that you will provide your financial information that the scammer can use for fraudulent purposes. If you are due a refund from the PUD, we will only contact you if a legitimate mailing address is not on file. That is the ONLY information the PUD would ask a customer for. We would NEVER ask for account or banking information.”

Unemployment Update

Claims Up Slightly

Initial regular unemployment claims were up 5% in Snohomish County compared to the previous week, while total claims statewide continued to dip, the state Employment Security Department reported Thursday.
During the week of Aug. 2 through Aug. 8, there were 22,140 initial regular unemployment claims statewide (down 11.4% from the prior week) and 571,410 total claims for all unemployment benefit categories (down 13.0% from the prior week) filed by Washingtonians, the state said.
Claims filed by people in Snohomish County rose from 2,899 to 3,040 during the same period. Statewide, initial regular claims applications remain at elevated level, roughly triple what was seen at the same time last year.
The state paid out over $273.8 million for 391,025 individual claims – a decrease of $301.3 million and 53,583 less individuals compared to the prior week.

Job Search Requirement Suspended Through September 1

Claimants may continue to answer “no” to the job search question on weekly claims until the suspension is lifted.
Claimants typically required to look for work and document at least three job search activities each week in order to remain eligible for unemployment benefits. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Governor, with support from the Legislature, suspended this requirement on March 8 and the suspension has been extended several times since.

Modeling Report on School Reopening

The State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County on Friday released a new report by the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) that measures the tradeoffs between minimizing COVID-19 related health risks and maximizing educational benefits for students when Washington’s K-12 schools resume instruction. While the educational benefits of in-person learning are well established, the report shows there are still significant risks associated with returning to in-person instruction. Reopening schools in a community where there is a high incidence of COVID-19 and with few public health countermeasures likely would mean classrooms where more than 17% of students and more than 24% of teachers are infectious, the study found.
At the same time, risks could be substantially reduced if school districts required mask-wearing, social distancing, frequent hand washing, the segmentation of students into smaller cohorts and the implementation of rigorous daily symptomatic screening supported by testing, isolation and contact tracing.

Resources

The Internal Revenue Service continues to look for ways to help people who were unable to provide their information in time to receive Economic Impact Payments for their children. As part of that effort, the Internal Revenue Service announced today it will reopen the registration period for federal beneficiaries who didn’t receive $500 per child payments earlier this year.
The IRS urges certain federal benefit recipients to use the IRS.gov Non-Filers tool now through Sept. 30 to enter information on their qualifying children to receive the supplemental $500 payments. The IRS anticipates the catch-up payments, equal to $500 per eligible child, will be issued by mid-October.

State Guidance Updates

Inspiration and Diversions

It's kitten season! For the month of August, Mud Bay Mukilteo will be hosting a donation drive to support the Everett Animal Shelter. Stop by Mud Bay Mukilteo to make a donation!

Here's a Curbed article about the history of the home office, and thoughts on how many more of us are working from home and looking for home office space. Some fun historical home office images, too.

An SOS in the sand actually saved some shipwrecked sailors! (CNN)

With international travel still largely curtailed, the New York Times Travel desk is offering a pictorial trip around the world via these abstract architectural photographs. Can you identify the city in which each was taken? I got 9 out of 16- can you beat me?

Thomas Family Farm has sunflowers in bloom with u-pick opportunities this weekend. They have a 8-9am Senior hour for more vulnerable populations. Tickets for their sunflower festival are timed to ensure physical distancing. Click here for tickets. I went berry and veggie picking this weekend and found the physical distancing worked well, with great systems at both Mountainview Blueberry Farm and Bailey Farm.

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 104 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (3 new cases), and 84 individuals who are recovered (that's 9 new, so a big batch of data must have been updated).

County and city case counts are available at this link, updated each weekday at 2pm.

General Resource Links

 
 
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