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What's New Today?

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I was able to participate in a call with the Governor, State Health leaders and mayors from all cities in the state. My takeaways:

Snohomish County is doing the best; King County is not decreasing very quickly but showing some positive signs. Some counties in eastern Washington are several weeks behind (and these decisions will all be statewide).
The State's website with data is good place if you want to investigate stats on your own and make your own guesses. Ignore the last 7 days.

Next section below includes more of my notes from the call:

What Does Reopening Look Like?

Sometime soon (May 4? May 12? My guesses), certain sectors will reopen (the Governor specifically mentioned construction and retail as sectors they are in talks with).
People will be wearing masks, vulnerable populations will be told to still stay home. We will be in a constant state of reconsideration of closure, for 12 months.

What do "Modified Community Mitigation Measures" look like after reopening?
* Continued physical distancing, hygiene and environmental sanitation
* Employee screening
* Establish clearly defined measures using reliable timely data so that we can re-institute more restrictive community mitigation measures if necessary
* Vulnerable adults will be told to still stay home
* Others, maximize physical distance
* Limit social settings to groups of less than 10
* Think very carefully about when we open large venues
* No gyms, no bars, some elective surgeries on an out-patient basis
* No visitors to senior facilities or hospitals
* No Organized youth activities
* Large venues under strict physical distance- dining, movies, sports, places of worship
* Continue telework, return to work in phases, close common areas, minimize non-essential travel

Unemployment Assistance

If you are self-employed, an independent contractor, a part-time worker who was ineligible for regular unemployment benefits or someone that works with a business that does not report your wages and hours to ESD, you will be able to access the new application now. Look for eligibility details, application instructions and more resources on their website.

Health District Updates

The Health District posted some guidelines for businesses as they begin to think about reopening. More information is here.
Here are some highlights:
* If telework is an option, promote and encourage that as much as possible.
* Evaluate options for staggered shifts to reduce the number of employees in an area at a given time.
* Ensure that employees will perform self-health checks before coming to work.
* If an employee becomes unwell during the work day, have plans send them home immediately.
* Understand that cloth face coverings will be a new normal for a while, especially where physical separation cannot be maintained for an extended period.
* Encourage employees to wash hands prior to leaving work and again upon arriving home.
* Changing and laundering clothes, or showering after working, are other good practices.
* Review more suggestions in Pandemic Planning Guide for Businesses.

These are recommendations for business planning. It is not a signal for the broader community to begin hosting playdates, visiting with friends or family, etc. Snohomish County and Washington still remain under a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

How Closure Decisions Are Made

King County Public Health posted an article about how decisions about closures are made. I read this in the context of the phase we are moving into. When we hear about contact tracing, it is clear that that will change how we communicate about COVID-19. When one person is diagnosed, and the Public Health District institutes contact tracing, that means within 48 hours all of the people they have been in close contact with (less than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes) will be contacted. However, it won't be something is broadcast. Even if it is a contact that happens in a workplace, if you are not part of that close contact group, you may not hear about the case. That is not something to be afraid of, but it will feel different than our current situation, I think.

Friday's Case Data

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In our couty, day by day case data shows flattening, but also steadiness, too.

Some Fun Diversions

Check out John Krasinski's Some Good News tonight for his 2020 Prom special with some exciting guests!

Seattle Symphony Brahms performance on facebook livetoday at 2pm.

Ballard's opera manperforming his front yard each day.

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 49 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.

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

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.
• 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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