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Today, We Are In Phase 2

No new stats to end the week, but things are on the right track- so stay strong and wear that mask!

Business Grants

Our City CARES for Business grant application is still open, through September 1. Application and information is here. We have over 50 applications so far.

There should be another county-wide grant application opening in about two weeks. That one will only accept a max number of applications, so you'll want to jump on it right away. I'll send it out as soon as I have official details and the link. This is a second round of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants.

Not a grant, but a reminder about the Mukilteo Business Recovery Town Hall on September 1, 8:00-9:00am with Congressman Rick Larsen, and a panel of speakers from business associations and other experts. Find more information here, including Zoom link login information. We will also stream the meeting on Facebook.

In The News

Kamiak High School has a new principal, a former classmate of mine! Stephen Shurtleff has taken over, and is navigating taking the school online with classes starting on Wednesday. Learn more about him here.

Seattle Art Museum, National Nordic Museum prepare for September reopening; Frye Art Museum aims for October – The Seattle Times

Recent state data show adults ages 20 to 39 represent a higher percentage of coronavirus cases than any other age group in the state. This comes as vaping among teens and young adults in our state has also skyrocketed, with nearly 30 percent of high school seniors saying they use vapor products. A new study shows young people who reported ever having used e-cigarettes were five times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than non-users.

The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board recently issued new guidelines for breweries to allow indoor seating again. The brewery must meet certain conditions that allow them to be considered a restaurant versus a bar in order to allow indoor seating. Information on the new guidelines is available on the WLCB website

A reminder from King County Public Health: It is against state and/or federal law for employers to fire workers because they get the virus, because they report concerns abou workplace safety, or because they belong to a group at high risk of getting COVID-19. It is also against the law for employers to retaliate against workers for any of these reasons. You may also be eligible for unemployment benefits and/or sick leave if you meet certain criteria..

COVID Testing Guidance

The Washington State Department of Health’s guidance around testing has not changed: if you have symptoms, you need to get tested. If you’re a close contact of a confirmed case, you need to get tested. Close contacts of confirmed cases also need to stay at home away from others (quarantine) for 14 days after the last exposure even if they test negative for COVID-19, because it is possible for people who test negative to still be incubating the virus, and become contagious later.
People with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 should make testing their first priority. However, timing is key. Testing too soon after an exposure may give you a negative result, even if you’ve been infected. If exposed and you develop symptoms, testing that day or the next is recommended. If exposed and you don’t develop symptoms, waiting 5-6 days after exposure to get a test is recommended (to that point, this article talks about a physician who received 5 negative test results, despite having COVID). People must stay in quarantine for the entire 14 days even if a test is negative.
Getting a test is a lot easier to do now than it was several months ago. If you aren’t sure where to go to get tested, there are many options available: you may call your health provider to see if they can test you, or call your county health department if you don’t have a doctor. If you prefer another method, check your nearby pharmacies, or look online for a local clinic near you offering tests. These tests are free and you do not need insurance to get one if you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or have been a close contact of someone with COVID-19.
When you fall into one of the top two categories: symptoms or contact, you should have a plan for how to get tested in the way that’s easiest and most convenient for you. “It may happen once, it may happen multiple times,” said Dr. Charissa Fotinos, the state’s testing leader and deputy director of HCA, “so it needs to be something that people have a plan for and are comfortable doing as needed for the next several months.”
The state of Washington has plenty of supplies and testing locations are growing across the state. DOH and its partners are working to increase access to testing sites across the state, and tests are available in every county. But more people need to get tested at the right time if we’re going to make the progress needed to find infections and stop the spread of this virus. “Testing is a key piece of our state’s disease control strategy because it helps us identify and control the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, state health officer. “Continued testing will keep us on the path toward containment and a return to a new normal sooner rather than later.”
DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state regarding COVID-19, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. If you need help finding a testing site near you, check with your local health department or district. You may also call 211 for more resources.

State Guidance Updates

Inspiration and Diversions

The Seattle Times reports that 100 years after the last sighting, a female wolverine and her two babies have been spotted in Mt. Rainier National Park. According to the article, only about 300 to 1,000 wolverines remain in the lower 48 states of the U.S.

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City Information

Lighthouse Park, Edgewater Beach and 92nd Street Park reopened on May 5. Bathrooms are open only at Lighthouse Park 7am-7pm. Playgrounds are now open, with warnings about cleaning schedules and advise to use at your own risk posted.

Trails and sidewalks continue to be open for your physical activity! Please respect physical distance of six feet, and put your face covering on as you pass others.

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 www.mukilteowa.gov. 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 110 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases identified in Mukilteo (no new cases), and 93 individuals who are recovered (1 new).

County and city case counts are available at this link, updated each weekday at 2pm.

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