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See below for today's COVID-19 information. Please forward as widely as you would like.
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I'm taking a break this weekend, so watch for my next email on Monday!

What's New Today?

My dad texts my family group a message every Friday, and the day doesn't really start until we get it! He sent it today, of course: "Happy Friday!"

Case count update- 51 people diagnosed with COVID in Mukilteo, and 42 of those people are recovered.

Spirit Week: Today is "dress to impress" day, a chance to get dressed up and wear some fancy clothes! Plan your outfits for dinner, and post on City of Mukilteo Facebook page, or email me!

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Some great photos from neighborhood "lights on" Thursday. Get inspired for next week!

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Mukiltean of the Day

Our Mukiltean of May 1, 2020 is Andrea Toth Nelson. Mrs. Toth Nelson came to the U.S. as a refugee from Hungary in the late 1980's. She carved her own path through many personal challenges, and she never gave up. She worked three jobs, went to school at night, raised her children and now is a remarkable elementary teacher in the Mukilteo School District. She makes her home with her husband in Mukilteo.

Thank you to Mrs. Toth Nelson for her contributions to our community!

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

Libraries Online!

Sno-Isle Libraries customers have long been able to check out and stream digital ebooks, audiobooks and movies (although I've found myself enjoying an actual book on the couch this month... but I love me some Sno-Isle Library Overdrive book borrowing). With our community libraries closed to the public and all in-person events cancelled until further notice, library staff have been working to move as many of its services, programs and events as possible online.
Sno-Isle Libraries now offers online library card registration so new customers can jump in access all of Sno-Isle Libraries online services.
With a growing list of new online events, you'll find children’s storytimes, book groups and writers’ groups, and pub trivia and family trivia events.
No Netflix, or tired of the choices? Sno-Isle Libraries has increased the monthly borrowing limit for free video streaming on Hoopla for movies and TV shows, and on Kanopyfor movies.
Don't want to flip through magazines from the grocery store? Customers can access more than 3,200 magazine titles offered by RB Digital and more than 1,500 comics and graphic novels on Hoopla, OverDrive and RB Digital.
You can keep up to date with coronavirus news and public health resources, access ALLDATA for vehicle repairs, do genealogy research with Ancestry Library (login at this link), get online tutoring through BrainFuse, learn new employment skills with, or learn a new language with Mango (create a login first).

It's enough to keep you busy!

More Week-Long Activities

Not only is this Mukilteo's Spirit Week, it's also Small Business Week. Today the Small Business Center suggestion is to send 5 small businesses a caring message. It's great if you send those messages to businesses you know, if you want to share a message to all Mukilteo business, send it to the Chamber of Commerce Director and she can share those thoughts with everyone!

Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County continues to run their online auction this week, check it out here!

Safe Hiking

We are all thinking about getting out to parks on Tuesday and the coming weekends. This Seattle Times article shares some tips for safe hiking behaviors and what you should plan for. It has the same guidance as the Governor has shared (bring water, soap, sanitizer, masks, be ready to leave if crowded); but it's readable!

Also, remember National Forests and Parks are not open.

Harbour Pointe Golf Course Reopening

I know many of us have enjoyed walking on the trails in the Harbour Pointe Golf Course. Beginning on Tuesday May 5, they will be open 6am-6pm and will no longer allow non-golfers to walk their trails.
They will be following all the rules and recommendations for reopening, with amended operations to fit.

Learning Resources

Harvard has free online classes, with certificates upon completion, available here. There are web development, computer science, religion, science, cooking... a lot of choices!

Facial Coverings

Remember, masks should be paired with physical distancing of 6 feet (CDC guidance). Next week, Whole Foods is joining Costco in requiring masks to shop. Whole Foods will also be providing masks for customers who don't have one.

I wear my facial covering whenever I leave my house, though I know walking in my neighborhood is pretty low-risk for sustained close contact with others. It makes me feel like I'm respecting others as I pass them on somewhat narrow sidewalks.

In the News

WSF will restart their work on the ferry terminal tomorrow! News article here.

Paine Field's commercial air service provider, Propeller Airports, has implemented a new fever detection system. Prior to entering the TSA checkpoint, all passengers will be screened by a thermal camera that reads their body temperature. Passengers flagged as having a temperature will be offered secondary screening and if a fever is confirmed, the passenger and the airline will determine their ability to travel.

Not in the news, but more data- here is the Governor's full data presentationfrom Wednesday's press conference. It's what's behind the next recommendations on reopening and dialing things open.

Washington Employment Security reports that a total of 787,533 distinct individuals have filed for unemployment insurance since the week ending March 7th. They have paid out nearly $1.5 billion in benefits to Washingtonians. 504,284 individuals who have filed an initial claim since the pandemic began have been paid.

Fun Diversions & Good News

Learn about a new dinosaur!

In addition to the library storytime, the Snohomish County Rotoract group has a bunch of online videos reading stories to kids, accessible on their facebook page!

Join the Everett Public Library's Northwest History Room in their new Community History Project to document our experiences during the COVID pandemic. You can submit personal accounts, photographs, poetry, art, and anything else you would like to share about how you are staying home and staying safe. Information can be found here.

Idaho potato farmers are donating potatoes all around the country, to individuals, food banks and others.

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

Lighthouse Park, Edgewater Beach and 92nd Street Park will reopen on Tuesday. 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

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.

NEW information- 42 of those people are 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. They are open for summer camps, but space is limited. To register and secure your spot for 2020 summer camp, contact the Mukilteo Boys and Girls club directly or email unit director Kim Gaffney ("

• 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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