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Mukiltean of the Day

The Mukilteans of May 28, 2020 are our kids and teens!

These kids are awesome and doing the best they can in this confusing situation. Things are weird enough for adults, and our kids are navigating this strange world along side us and doing the best they can.

Peer relationships are so important developmentally during the teen years, especially; it's really hard to be home all day and away from friends. Add to that the missed commencements, dances, sleepovers, campfires at the beach... Kids are missing out right now, and they deserve to be celebrated for their efforts and sacrifices in reducing the spread!

Tell your kids they are the stars of the day!

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

In the News

You've heard N95 masks should be reserved for healthcare workers. Of course, some of us may have ordered them at some point, or had an opened box at home, maybe for construction work. If that's the case, be wary of N95's with valves. Those are basically an open valve to release your germs, and defeat the purpose of facial coverings and masks. Here is an article about it. (San Francisco Public Health has a photo and message about it here, as well, for a quick peek at what I'm talking about.

Millennials are the unluckiest generation, experiencing slower economic growth than any other generation in US history (New York Times). Interesting to think about this shapes the future, with a generation with nearly zero home wealth, with bigger impacts to their earning power than other generations.

A public health article in the Herald on COVID-19 domestic violence shares the perspective of Snohomish County Domestic Violence Services (DVS) Director Vicci Hilty and other experts. DVS runs an emergency shelter and also offers a number of other supports to victims, such as legal advocacy, emergency funds and prevention. Many of their efforts are on hold, and shelter capacity will be greatly reduced in the coming months, while the need exists and also appears to grow.

Consumer Reports has 7 strategies for adults over 65 to stay safe.

When can you see your grandkids safely? Great tips from the NY Times, including this reassuring phrase: "f both grandparent and child are wearing a mask, a quick hug from a child around the waist or knees, keeping faces as far apart as possible, poses very little risk, Dr. Marr said." It has important tips about meeting outside, staying apart, wearing masks, and disinfecting. It's a good walk through of how to do it.

Pike Place Deliveries

Piroshky Piroshky delivered up to our neighborhood about a month ago, and they have a date scheduled again! They'll be in Everett and Mukilteo on June 4. There is no delivery charge, but there is a $49.95 minimum order, with $35 in piroshkies, since you can also order the best Pike Place Market has to offer from their partnering businesses, including flowers from New Garden, chowder from Pike Place Chowder and fish from Pike Place Fish Market. Order form is available here.

Those reading this in the Puget Sound region, you can check out the full list of other delivery zones here.

Call In Option for Council Meetings

The public may now submit comments to the City Council by calling in (or via video on Zoom) during Council meetings. You can find Council meeting agendas here. The first meeting with this opportunity is Monday June 1, at 7pm. Here are the instructions (you'll want to check this out in advance). They will walk you through "raising" your hand on the video version, and dialing in to raise your hand to speak. I will unmute you for the 3 minute comment period at the beginning of the meeting (we will probably also take comments during items, but it works just as well to speak at the beginning, too).

At the agenda link, make sure to note the link at the left-hand side called City Council Extended Meeting Agenda. That one is regularly updated and gives you a preview of what's coming.

Finally, you can always email the Council (and me) at

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.

State Guidance

All reopening guidelines can be found here.

The Governor released new guidance for faith services yesterday. In counties in phase 1 of Washington’s reopening steps, which includes Snohomish County, organizations can now hold outdoor religious services on their property or adjacent property with up to 100 people, provided they wear face coverings, adhere to the six-foot social distancing guidelines and follow other steps to protect against potential exposure or spreading of COVID-19. For counties in phase 2, religious organizations can hold indoor services with 25% capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, also with face coverings and social distancing. These new guidelines include all worship services, study classes, ceremonies, holiday celebrations, weddings and funerals. Inslee also asked that churches collect voluntary attendee information and keep it for two weeks to aid with contact tracing in case someone later tests positive for the virus.
In all cases, organizations must follow social distancing with a full six feet between pews and between people standing and sitting, which should be identified by markings. Everyone must wear face coverings, organizations must clean and sanitize public areas frequently, educate employees about the virus and how to prevent its spread, and provide personal protective equipment to staff as needed.

You can read the full guidelines here.

Fun Diversions and Inspiration

Tips from the Seattle Times on keeping your internet speeds up!

Cat poems! A video on youtube. Check it out. Henri le Chat Noir is the best (light on cat images, but funny all the same).

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 59 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (1 new case), with no deaths amongst those cases, and 55 individuals who are recovered (1 new recovery since 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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