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What's New Today?

Remember- we are not out of the woods. Keep staying home except for essential activities. Stay away from anyone you don't live with. Physically distance.

Governor Inslee has a 3:30 press conference today: link here to watch. The Secretary of the Department of Corrections, Steve Sinclair, will also be joining the Governor, so the topic is probably the spread in the Monroe Correctional Complex and efforts statewide in our correctional facilities.

Costco Access

Costco is temporarily allowing priority access to warehouses for Costco
members who are health care workers and first responders such as
police officers, EMTs and firefighters. Healthcare workers and first
responders who present a Costco membership card and official
identification of their role, will be allowed to move to the front of any
line to enter the warehouse


You're probably not thinking about renewing yours, and you would not be surprised to hear that there is a long wait.
While people can still apply in person for a U.S. passport at some acceptance facilities and renew through the mail, significant delays receiving passports and citizenship evidence documents should be expected. Please consider waiting to apply until normal passport operations resume. Expedited services have been suspended. In-person service at passport agencies or centers will only be available for customers with a qualified life-or-death emergency and who need a passport for immediate international travel within 72 hours.

Silver Linings

A great KUOW story with inspiring initiatives that will brighten your day. Read to smile about what others are doing, or get inspired to try your hand at one of these sometimes simple ideas.

Also, let's celebrate our very own UMC, who has created a portable hand washing station. This is a great innovation for our working world in the future, too. Moving this hands free station to construction sites where a sink is far away will surely increase hand washing! Check out the KIRO story about it here.

Face Covering Donations

Our County is leveraging guidance from the Snohomish Health District on best practices for making, donating, and using face covers in Snohomish County during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim is to make the face covers available at area food banks AND for them to arrive in individually sealed plastic bags with an accompanying message explaining steps users should take before putting them on their faces.

Instructions on how to prepare and package face coverings for donation can be found on the City website.

A map with food bank locations and info is available here.

Taking Care of Kids

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network site has some good resources for parents and caregivers taking care of kids and wondering about long term impacts. Here is some of the content available there:

▪ Focus on supporting children by encouraging questions and helping them understand the current situation.
▪ Talk about their feelings and validate these
▪ Help them express their feelings through drawing or other activities
▪ Clarify misinformation or misunderstandings about how the virus is spread and that not every respiratory disease is COVID-19
▪ Provide comfort and a bit of extra patience
▪ Check back in with your children on a regular basis or when the situation changes
Focus on supporting children by encouraging questions and helping them understand the current situation.
Talk about their feelings and validate these
Help them express their feelings through drawing or other activities
Clarify misinformation or misunderstandings about how the virus is spread and that not every respiratory disease is COVID-19
Provide comfort and a bit of extra patience
Check back in with your children on a regular basis or when the situation changes

There is age specific information at the links on the site, here is one of them. Check out pages 4-5 to see what to look for and how to handle reactions in preschoolers, kids ages 6-12 and ages 13-18.

Something we can all do to help take care of kids is to donate to the Mukilteo Schools Foundation relief efforts. Really specific needs are listed here.

Insurance Relief

COVID-19 Relief from Auto Insurers & Lenders
It's a long list, you should contact your insurance agent for options. There are a few with automatic refunds and discounts, which is great to see.

Allstate: 15% off April and May premiums
Ally Loan Payments: loan payments can be deferred for up to 120 days
American Family Insurance: returning $50 to its customers, per vehicle
Amica Mutual Insurance: penalty-free grace period through Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Auto-Owners Insurance: plans to announce a special COVID-19 premium refund program in the near future to assist personal auto customers
Bank of America Loan Payments: offering payment deferrals
BECU: offering payment relief, loans, and other resources
Citi: offering payment deferrals for credit cards and personal loans for 2 statement cycles*
Chase Loan Payments: offering auto loan and lease, credit card, and mortgage payment assistance
Farmers Insurance: will not cancel due to non-payment through May 1, 2020; due dates for policies up for renewal can be extended until at least May 1
Geico: offering a credit in the same amount for customers who renew their policies before Oct.7, or on any newly purchased policies
Key Bank: offering payment deferrals, temporary assistance loans for existing customers, and has suspended repossessions of vehicles, residential property foreclosures, and evictions
Liberty Mutual/Safeco: 15% discount on auto premiums for the next two months
Progressive: will not cancel or non-renew any active policies due to non-payment through May 15, 2020
• State Farm: contact your agent for options
USAA: auto insurance holders will get a 20% credit on two months of premiums
Washington Federal Mortgage Lender: monthly mortgage payments can be deferred for three months
Wells Fargo Loan Payments: suspended residential property foreclosure sales, evictions, and involuntary automobile repossessions. Also, on a case-by-case basis, Wells Fargo is offering fee waivers and payment deferrals.

What Can You Do?

cloth face covers

Face Covering guidelines from the CDC available 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 40 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

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.

• 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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