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Here is my daily update, some COVID-19 information, some other useful information! Please forward as widely as you would like.
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Mukiltean of the Day

The Mukiltean of May 26, 2020 is Jenna Neijem!

Jenna, owner of Jenna Marie Salon in Mukilteo, is fully involved in our community offering her services to anyone, making sure you leave her beautiful establishment with a smile. As the person nominating her shared, "Her team works their magic to make us look and feel like a million bucks and to top it off she always makes sure you leave with a beautiful bouquet of flowers!! Always making you feel as though you just won the Ms. Mukiltean of the Year!!"

Jenna continues to keep her business closed until a later phase, so put her on the list of options to tame these mops we've all grown when she opens!

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

Respect One Another

King County Public Health shared a post about a disturbing incident with a message sent to the Seattle Indian Health Board. Their post speaks to the long history of discrimination and hate suffered by our native tribes and tribal members. As Mukilteo continues to build our relationship and recognize our connection to the Tulalip Tribes, I think education about that history is important for our community.

City Council Vacancy

The City of Mukilteo is seeking applicants to fill the unexpired term of City Council Position No. 1 vacated by former City Councilmember Anna Rohrbough who has moved out of the area. You can learn more here and apply at this link.

The Path to Phase 2 Opening

Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and the County’s Health Officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, delivered some challenging news on Friday during a virtual press conference.
While progress has been made in slowing the spread of COVID-19, there are still too many new cases here to relax intervention measures June 1, they said during a media briefing.
Dr. Spitters used the graphic below describing case counts to help explain the math.

case count math for SnoCo

“What we're really looking for is to get that 80 or less cases in a two week period,” Spitters said. “And just to give you an idea of where we're at, the last 14 days we had 308 new cases report. So we're about three and a half times above where we need to be.”
The Snohomish Health District has posted a video of the briefing and transcript. And, our local resident Todd Cook has a useful blog post that translates it (probably start there if you're interested!)

What about other Counties? Here is the two week count of cases by County.

Health Insurance Regulations

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic. Kreidler’s order is in effect until June 21 and requires health insurers to:
--Continue coverage of additional methods for providing telehealth, 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.

For more information check out the news release.

In the News

Fortune magazine: Where does the six-foot rule for social distancing come from? story on why a pioneering University of Washington study on coronavirus testing was stopped, and what it means for vaccine and testing studies.

State Guidance

All reopening guidelines can be found here. Nothing new since the May 19th releases.

Fun Diversions and Inspiration

NASA and SpaceX are launching astronauts tomorrow at 1:33pm (Pacific Time), the first time in our country since 2011! Check out this link and mark it on your calendar for tomorrow.

If you and your kids are looking for a laugh, Google Dirds. Here's my favorite:

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.

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 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 58 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (2 new cases), with no deaths amongst those cases, and 54 individuals who are recovered (recovery count is same as Friday).
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.

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