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Posted on: March 16, 2020



COVID19 Updates: May 29, 2020
City Hall Remains Closed to the Public

Snohomish County Commissioners, along with the Snohomish Health District, have voted and approved submission of the application for variance to move to the county to Phase 2 of the Governor’s Safe Start Plan.

This is a significant move for our local economy and getting people back to work in a safe manner. The next step will be for the state to approve the application.

Washington’s Phased Approach to Reopening Business and Modifying Physical Distancing Measures





High-Risk Populations*Continue to Stay Home, Stay HealthyContinue to Stay Home, Stay HealthyContinue to Stay Home, Stay HealthyResume public interactions, with physical distancing
RecreationSome outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking)All outdoor recreation involving fewer than 5 people outside your household (camping, beaches, etc.)-Outdoor group rec. sports activities (5-50 people)
-Recreational facilities at <50% capacity (public pools, etc.)
Resume all recreational activity
Gatherings (social, spiritual)
  • None
  • Drive in spiritual service with one household per vehicle
Gather with no more than 5 people outside your household per weekAllow gatherings with no more than 50 peopleAllow gatherings with >50 people
TravelOnly essential travel

Limited non-essential travel within proximity of your home 

Resume non-essential travelContinue non-essential travel

Business / Employers
  • Essential businesses open
  • Existing construction that meet agreed upon criteria
  • Landscaping
  • Automobile sales
  • Retail (curb-side pick-up orders only)
  • Car washes
  • Housecleaning
  • Pet walkers

  • Remaining manufacturing
  • New construction
  • In-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.)
  • Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)
  • Real estate
  • Professional services/office-based businesses (teleworking remains strongly encouraged)
  • Hair and nail salons/Barbers
  • Restaurants <50% capacity table size no larger than 5

  • Restaurants <75% capacity/ table size no larger than 10
  • Bars at <25% capacity
  • Indoor gyms at <50% capacity
  • Movie theaters at <50% capacity
  • Government (teleworking remains strongly encouraged)
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • All other business activities not yet listed except for nightclubs and events with greater than 50 people

  • Nightclubs
  • Concert venues
  • Large sporting events 
  • Resume unrestricted staffing of work-sites, but continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene

*High-risk populations are currently defined by CDC as persons 65 years of age and older, people of all ages with underlying medical conditions (particularly not well controlled) including people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, people with severe obesity, people with diabetes, people with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis, and people with liver disease; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

CCS Launches the Snohomish County Diaper, Wipes, and Formula Distribution Project

Catholic Community Services (CCS) has received funding from the Community Foundation of Snohomish County to distribute emergency baby diapers, wipes, and formula to any Snohomish County family who has been impacted by COVID-19, joining forces with community partners to coordinate distribution sites throughout the county.    For general information, please call CCS PREPARES Program at 206-487-2414 or Snohomish County Network Builder at 425-760-1895.

Stanwood Distribution Site:  Stanwood Camano Food Bank - 360-629-2789

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Washington

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Washington has been approved to operate Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which provides assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures.

Washington will be able to operate Pandemic EBT, a supplemental food purchasing benefit to current SNAP participants and as a new EBT benefit to other eligible households to offset the cost of meals that would have otherwise been consumed at school.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Washington had approximately 511,000 children eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch, or approximately 43% of children in participating schools.

For more information please read USDA’s news release.

Sno-Isle Libraries Launches Virtual Worker Retraining Pilot Program

Sno-Isle is currently inviting potential participants to apply for the Virtual Worker Retraining pilot program. The goal of this project is to help out-of-work individuals gain access to in-demand jobs in Information Technology. Sno-Isle Libraries plans to assist 20 individuals to achieve a CompTIA A+ certificate, an entry-level IT certification that is required for many IT help desk jobs.

Twenty applicants will be accepted, provided with a study guide and, eventually, an exam voucher for the two tests required for CompTIA A+ certification. Participants will be placed in a “learning circle” led by two library staff facilitators. Sno-Isle Staff will not act as content experts or teachers, but rather facilitators, allowing for peer-led discussions around the content.

  • Applicants should live in the Sno-Isle Libraries service area (Snohomish or Island county), have some beginner IT background and be ready to study for the test.
  • Individuals will have had their employment impacted by COVID-19.
  • Priority will be given to applicants who are underrepresented in IT. 

The application period is open and will close on June 10.  Read more or apply here.

Unemployment Fraudulent Unemployment Claims are on the rise

If you suspect that you may have been effected, follow these steps:

 Step One – Contact your employer’s HR department to report the incident.

 Step Two – Immediately contact WA State Employment Security Department to report the fraud. 

  • Toll-free number: 800-246-9763
  • Faxing a letter to: 360-902-9771
  • Email (preferred method of notice)

Complete an online benefits-fraud reporting form on ESD’s website:

 Step Three – Report the fraudulent activity to the three Major Credit Bureaus.

• Experian 1-888-397-3742
• TransUnion 1-800-680-7289
• Equifax 1-888-766-0008

 Step Four – File a fraud report with the Federal Trade Commission (

 Step Five – Keep Notes
Hang on to any paper trail that you can reference: such as notes, copies of emails, reports, letters received, etc.


Past Updates

Gov. Inslee Provides Update on COVID-19 Response

Gov. Jay Inslee gave an update to the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday. The briefing included a short discussion of allowing some non-urgent (elective) surgeries and procedures and an announcement that the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order will be extended past May 4, without a specified end date. There was a lengthy discussion of the metrics that must be considered to start opening the economy in phases. The Governor plans to show the phases in which the economy will be reopened in a news conference on Friday, May 1.       View the recording on TVW.

Inslee Issues Additional Guidance on Construction Activities

On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a plan to allow current construction projects to be completed. Today, the governor clarified the initial guidance memo and issued a guide to frequently asked questions about construction activities. 

The guidance is an addendum to his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” proclamation, the construction requirements that apply to all previously and newly authorized construction activities in Washington as long as Gubernatorial Proclamation 20-25, or any extension, is in effect.

Authorized construction now includes:

•    Construction previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and Gov. Inslee’s March 25, 2020, memo on construction.

•    Construction not previously authorized under Proclamation 20-25 and the March 25, 2020, memo that was in existence on March 23, 2020. For purposes of this memo, in existence means construction activity that is a) needed to fulfill an obligation under a contract effective prior to March 23, 2020, or b) authorized by a government-issued permit obtained prior to March 23, 2020.

To comply with the order to re-open, Contractors and builders will be required to have strict workplace safety guidelines in place, in order to start projects back up.  
Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements

Use IRS Non-Filers Tool to Get Economic Impact Payment;

Many Low-Income, Homeless Qualify 

New Spanish language version unveiled 
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reminds low-income Americans to use the free, online tool Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info to quickly and easily register to receive their Economic Impact Payment. 

Recommendations on Cloth Face Coverings

The Washington State Department of Health and the CDC now recommend that we wear cloth face coverings in public places where we cannot reliably stay six feet away from other people. This might include your weekly trip to the grocery store, or a necessary trip to the doctor’s office or pharmacy. Or it could be more frequent, if you are an essential worker, and your job unavoidably brings you within six feet of people.  Read More Here.

Effective May 4, all Costco members and guests must wear a mask or face covering that covers the mouth and nose at all times while at Costco. This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 2 or to individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. The use of a mask or face covering should not be seen as a substitute

Mayor Kelley joined other mayors in Snohomish County to collaborate on a message to our communities.  

Thank you, Mayor Kelley for the long hours and tireless efforts you have given to helping the community throughout the pandemic.

In a press conference April 20th, Governor Inslee spoke about the safe return to public life in Washington State.

The return to public life will occur in measured steps, guided by science, and informed by our public health needs, ability to mitigate impacts, and the response of our communities and will use that data to make decisions about loosening or tightening restrictions on the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. A preliminary three-step plan was laid out:

1. Protect the Health and Safety of Washingtonians
2. Facilitate a Safe Start and Transition to Economic Recovery
3. Support All People and Communities

Governor Inslee’s Policy Brief can be read here.

We will continue to post information as it is received. Please monitor this page for updates.

Governor Inslee Expands Eviction Moratorium and Adds Additional Protections for Residential and Some Commercial Tenants

In a press release issued April 16, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a new proclamation that extends and expands the original order through June 4th.  Just as in the original order, the new order prevents landlords from evicting in all situations that fall within the Landlord Tenant Act, and prohibits law enforcement from assisting in any evictions, but today’s proclamation also:

  • Prohibits residential evictions in other dwelling situations, including but not limited to:
    •  Lots/parcels (some motor home owners own the vehicle but lease the lot)
    • Transitional housing
    • Public lands – camping grounds
  • Prohibits enforcement of agreements to vacate.
  • Prohibits a landlord from requiring a non-paying tenant to move to a lesser unit, and prevents landlords from threatening to take action against tenants.
  • Prohibits landlords from assessing or threatening to assess late fees or other charges for non-payment.
  • Prohibits landlord from assessing (or threatening to assess) rent for housing/parcel where the tenants access or use was prevented as a result of COVID. Such as
    • Seasonal/college housing closed;
    • People who planned to move in but are prevented from doing so due to COVID-19;
    • People who were forced to leave due to COVID needs of their own or others.
  • Prohibits landlords from increasing rents or deposits for residential and commercial units.
    • As it relates to commercial rental properties, this prohibition applies only if the commercial tenant has been materially impacted by the COVID-19, whether personally impacted and is unable to work or whether the business itself was deemed non-essential or otherwise lost staff or customers due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • This proclamation protects commercial tenants by prohibiting rent increases or threats of rent increases.
  • Prohibits landlords from treating unpaid rent and charges as an enforceable debt, unless the landlord demonstrates by a preponderance of the evidence to a court that the resident was offered, and refused or failed to comply with, a reasonable repayment plan that was reasonable based on the individual financial, health, and other circumstances of that resident.

Note: All rent payments delayed through this moratorium will still be owed but a landlord must offer a tenant a reasonable repayment plan to enforce any collection of that debt.

Read the full proclamation here.

Snohomish County to Provide Update on COVID-19 Response 

The Joint Information Center will host a Zoom press opportunity tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. with Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers, Snohomish Health District Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters, and Snohomish County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Matt Lacy. 

The video will be posted at noon the same day and available for viewing at 

Verdant Health Commission Update

The Verdant Health Commission is partnering with a number of local organizations to increase access to services to support the health of our individuals and families in need.

Verdant’s focus so far has been on investing in programs to increase access to nutritious food and mental health services. To date, Verdant has invested approximately $189,000 and the partnerships already in place include:

Access to Nutritious Food 
• Edmonds Food Bank
• Lynnwood Food Bank
• Foundation for Edmonds School District

Access to Mental Health Services 
• Center for Human Services
• Project Access Northwest

Partnerships that includes both nutritious food and mental health access include: 
• Korean Women’s Association

For more information please visit Verdant Health Commission.

WorkSource Centers Open Online to Provide Access to Jobs and Employment Resources

Employment Security is a proud partner in the statewide WorkSource system, which provides employment and training assistance to job seekers and businesses. While WorkSource centers are closed for in-person services during the COVID-19 outbreak, customers can still get help from WorkSource staff by phone and through the Live Chat feature on The website provides access to thousands of Washington jobs and other employment resources. Chat agents cannot answer unemployment benefit questions

WA Food Fund Needs More Donations

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee urged more corporations and residents to donate to the state’s food assistance fund to help meet increasing demands. More than $1 million has been raised for the WA Food Fund, but $12 million is still needed. Every dollar donated helps provide meals for a child or family in need. Visit to learn more and donate.

Your Well-Being is Important 

This crisis has put tremendous stress on families, whether you’re working from home, furloughed, laid-off, or a student trying to figure out how to continue your education.It’s critical that you take care of yourself and your family’s mental health and well-being.

Resources to Protect Seniors 

It’s important that we do everything possible to protect those most vulnerable to dying of COVID-19. People over the age of 65 are especially at risk.  Gov. Jay Inslee recently issued a proclamation to protect high-risk workers, including those aged 65 and up or anyone with pre-existing conditions that make them more vulnerable. There’s also a new and comprehensive resource page for seniors, which you can find here.

FDA - How You Can Make a Difference During the COVID19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in our everyday lives. As we each do our part to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease, we look to the helpers all around us and wonder if we, too, could do more. Here are some ways you and your family can help. Read more from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) 

Watch Out for Scams Related to Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) urges the community to be on the lookout for scams related to the Economic Impact Payments. The IRS will not send unsolicited electronic communications asking people to open attachments, visit a website, or share personal or financial information. Remember, go directly and solely to for official information. The IRS tool to check the status of your stimulus payment, update your banking information or address, or for non-filers to enter payment information to get their checks is at

SBA Unable to Accept New Applications for the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs are saving millions of jobs, providing much needed relief, and helping America’s small businesses make it through this challenging time. As of this morning, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is currently unable to accept new applications for the PPP based on available appropriations funding. Also, the SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the EIDL COVID-19 related assistance program, including EIDL Advances, based on available appropriations funding. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza issued this joint statement with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “urge Congress to appropriate additional funds for the Paycheck Protection Program — a critical and overwhelmingly bipartisan program — at which point we will once again be able to process loan applications, issue loan numbers, and protect millions more paychecks." Additional Resources for Small Businesses The SBA and local partners are committed to help small businesses recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. The following are additional resources for small businesses:

 • Funding: SBA 7(a), 504 and microloans, on which the SBA is offering Debt Relief; or, SBA Express Bridge Loans.
• Advising: The SBA Resource Partner Network for business resiliency readiness advising and training.
• Tax Relief: IRS information about tax relief for businesses.
 • Washington State Resources

Parks & Trails

Parks and trails in our area are owned by City, County, State and Federal governments. While most are closed under the Stay Home Orders issued by State and Federal government, the plans for re-opening will come from each jurisdiction. Below are links to each for interest in understanding the status of the park or trail.

U.S. Forest Service

Washington State Parks

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

Snohomish County Parks

Island County Parks

Multilingual Resources Available through Snohomish

Health District

The Snohomish Health District has increased access for multilingual residents. Novel Coronavirus 2019 information is now available for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

For more information please see the links at the top of the Snohomish Health District’s webpage.

Further Cuts to Community Transit Service Announced 

Community Transit announced it will make additional cuts to service as a result of significantly reduced ridership during the pandemic. Some routes may be cancelled indefinitely. Details of the changes are to be posted at by Friday, April 10. These additional cuts are set to take effect on Monday, April 13. News release here.

Sno-Isle Libraries Takes Programming Online 

Since Sno-Isle Libraries customers can’t get to programs for the time being, Sno-Isle Libraries will bring programs to customers in digital form. New digital programming is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 10, initially with virtual book club groups, Ready Readers storytimes and pub trivia. Read the full blog here.

Call 211 to Reach Washington State Coronavirus Call Center

The state Department of Health is partnering with Washington 211 to answer your questions about coronavirus from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time seven days a week, and better provide the information you need, the way you want it. Washington 211 replaces

the department’s novel coronavirus call center. Callers should continue to dial 1-800-525-0127 and press # to be transferred to a Washington 211 call taker. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 for help.

New Marketplace Exchange Matches Recently Furloughed or Laid Off Employees with Critical Open Jobs, the inventor of the Talent Intelligence Platform, together with FMI – The Food Industry Association, launched the Eightfold Talent Exchange, a nationwide marketplace connecting HR and business leaders to immediately employ associates whose jobs are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Employers: Current employers can invite employees to participate in the program. Employers will be able to add lists of impacted employees and send them a link to register for the Exchange.

For Employees: Impacted employees can create or update profiles and answer questions about their job preferences, information that is readily available for hiring companies to see.

For more information please visit’s Talent Exchange.

AARP Warns of Coronavirus Scams

AARP has again warned its membership of a significant increase in scam reports made to Federal Trade Commission. As of April 7, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had received 13,372 consumer complaints related to the outbreak, including more than 7,500 about coronavirus fraud. Victims reported losing nearly $9.6 million.

Types of scams being reported include questionable cures and treatments, financial scams promising quick returns, and phishing schemes designed to get your personal data.

What You Should Do:

  • Be educated! There is no known cure for COVID-19 at this time and there is no vaccine available.
  • Be skeptical. If a claim for an untested or little-known product sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Carefully check the email addresses for messages supposedly coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization. Best practice is to visit their actual websites by typing or into your web browser to get reliable, up-to-date information.
  • Do NOT open attachments or click on links in unsolicited emails or texts about medical products or global health crises.
  • Make sure you are up to date with your security software, browser and operating system, and run antivirus software regularly.
  • Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission at or to the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.

Tenant and Homeowner Resources Available

Stable housing is critical to staying home and staying healthy. If you’re facing an eviction notice or foreclosure on your home, there may be resources available to help.

On March 18, Governor Inslee issued a moratorium to stop all residential rent-based evictions through April 24, 2020. If you, a friend, or family member have been served an eviction notice, you should reach out to the following groups:

  • COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Complaint form: The Washington State Attorney General’s Office create an online form for complaints about evictions in violation of the Governor’s moratorium on certain residential evictions during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Solid Ground is a non-profit dedicated to ensuring housing stability for tenants and homeowners. Solid Ground is available to answer questions via their Tenant Services Message Line at 206-694-6767. Leave a message and someone will return your call.
  • Landlord/tenant disputes are inherently a legal issue. The Northwest Justice Project (NJP) can help connect you with legal resources to protect your rights. They provide legal assistance to qualifying individuals on non-criminal matters. You can reach NJP through the CLEAR hotline at 1-888-201-1014 weekdays between 9:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
  • Tenants Union of Washington State is a non-profit dedicated to protecting the rights of Washingtonian renters. The Tenants Union gives neighborly advice on how to deal with your landlord, approach disputes and your options when facing eviction. They are not legal experts and cannot provide direct counsel. You can reach their hotline at 206-723-0500.

You can still face an eviction for illegal activity or for creating a nuisance.

If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and are no longer able to make your mortgage payments, there are some resources available to help:

COVID-19 Relief from Auto Insurers and Lenders

Many auto insurers and lenders are offering relief in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact your insurance company and lender directly to discuss options if you need assistance. Below are some of the relief programs currently being:

  • 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
  • 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

Parent & Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has provided information for parents and caregivers about COVID-19 in English and Spanish. This resource will help parents and caregivers think about how this infectious disease outbreak may affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. Knowing important information about the outbreak and learning how to be prepared can reduce stress and help calm anxieties.

For more information please visit NCTSN’s webpage.

COVID-19 Impact on Passport Renewals

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.

For more information please visit the U.S. Department of State’s webpage.

April 1, 2020-

Gov. Jay Inslee was joined by Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste and the police chiefs of Bellevue and Spokane to announce a three-step process for enforcement of the Stay at Home order for non-essential businesses. He stressed that enforcement will be a locally driven decision. Step 1 will focus on education and encouraging voluntary compliance. Step 2, if compliance is not achieved with Step 1, will focus on citations or suspensions or revocation of business licenses. Step 3, if compliance is not achieved with Step 1 and 2, will result in the business being referred to the State Attorney General’s office for possible charges. Anyone in the state will be able to visit to report suspected business violations of the order. In Snohomish County, reports can also be made to the Snohomish Health District Environmental Health Division at 425-339-5250.

Yesterday the Governor was joined by Kris Johnson, President & CEO of the Association of Washington Business, and Dan Nordstrom, CEO of Outdoor Research, in asking manufacturers throughout the state to make safety and testing equipment needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


Companies interested in helping in this effort can review the How You Can Help tab on the state’s coronavirus website then contact City Administrator Jennifer Ferguson for assistance getting connected with the state. Email: | Phone: 360-454-5209.

Additionally, here are a few updates announced in recent days: 

  • On Tuesday evening Governor Inslee issued additional guidance on his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. In this update the Governor provided clarity related to the automotive industry, renewable energy, recreation, retail, and a variety of other areas. You can find the March 31 guidance bulletin here.
  • The Governor also signed a proclamation Tuesday that waives the post-retirement statutory work limitations for PERS, LEOFF, and PSERS to allow experienced employees to return to work for essential jobs, including in medical, public health, law enforcement and other critical positions.
  • Lastly, on Tuesday Governor Inslee and the state’s Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced that the state is taking steps to assist Washington homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to COVID-19 restrictions. DFI’s guidance to companies servicing mortgages in Washington urges them to work with homeowners adversely impacted by COVID-19, including payment forbearance for those who need it. DFI’s website has a list of financial resources for Washingtonians impacted by COVID-19.

Do Not Call 9-1-1 with Questions About the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” Order 
Please don’t call 9-1-1 with questions or concerns about the state’s recent stay-at-home order stemming from the coronavirus outbreak. 9-1-1 should only be used in the case of an emergency to ensure that those who need immediate, life-saving help can get the attention they need without delay. If anyone has questions about the order, direct them to

Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Extended To April 30

Over the weekend, Federal Social Distancing Guidelines were extended to April 30. More information: 

Snohomish County Isolation and Quarantine Facility Opens This Week

Snohomish County is preparing a COVID-19 isolation and quarantine site to open this week at the Angel of the Winds Arena in downtown Everett. This facility will provide a site for temporary isolation and quarantine for those who may not be able to recover in their own home or who are among the county’s unsheltered population. People who have COVID-19 would remain in isolation there until they are no longer contagious (e.g., 1-2 weeks), and those who were exposed but not ill would be quarantined until having passed through the 14-day incubation period. The primary mission of the facility is to reduce transmission to the public.  For more information please read the press release. 

New Snohomish Health District Blog Post 

The Snohomish Health District shared a new blog post on supporting essential workers. For more information, please read the blog post

Personal Protective Equipment Donations Needed in Snohomish County

Help first responders and healthcare workers in Snohomish County save lives! Donations of new, unopened personal protective equipment (PPE) are now being accepted at Haller Park in Arlington and Willis Tucker Park in Snohomish, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., today and 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday. Accepted items include: N95 masks, surgical masks, surgical gowns, medical gloves, medical safety glasses, medical face shields, Tyvek suits, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Items NOT accepted include: non-PPE donations, used PPE, food, drink, perishable items or money (accepted online only: Handmade PPE donations will be accepted at the Haller Park location only.

Snohomish County Sheriff Reminds of U.S. Forest Area Closures

Due to COVID-19, Mt. Baker-U.S. Forest areas are currently CLOSED. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue deputies continue to see people parking and trying to access trailheads at many locations. If you take a car, the park is too far. Please help our community slow the spread of COVID19. Stay Home, Stay Safe and Save Lives!

SnoCo Gift Card Challenge

Join the Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC)in supporting local small businesses in the SnoCo Gift Card Challenge on Friday, April 10. EASC challenges each of you to purchase at least one gift card from a local small business in our community! This is an easy way to support our business community. Plus, you can pay-it-forward and donate your purchased gift cards to local healthcare professionals, first responders and essential workers in our community to show your appreciation

Please invite other community members to this challenge.

If you are a local business and offer gift cards, please tag your business.
If you tag @EconAllianceSC and the business you are supporting,you will be entered for a chance to win a gift card.

Donate blood

There’s a vital need for blood donors right now. Visit Bloodworks Northwest oAmerican Red Cross to schedule your donation.

Economic Impact Payments Update

The IRS is expecting to begin distributing stimulus deposits and checks in the next three weeks. If you filed a tax return for 2018 or 2019, you will not have to do anything.

Furthermore, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service today announced that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.



Park restrooms, playground areas and other public areas where there is typically a gathering are closed as per the Governor Order to Stay at Home

City Council, Board & Commission Meetings

Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-28, issued March 24th,  suspends certain statutory requirements in the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) and Public Records Act (PRA) for 30 days. The public will not be permitted to attend the physical location of the City Council and Commission Meetings, attendance will be through a “Virtual” Meeting Room. Instructions will be posted prior to the scheduled meetings.

City Hall Customer Services closed to Public walk-ins. 

Utility billing payments.
Customers should make all payments either by US Mail, online, by phone, or the drop box in front of City Hall, rather than in person. To learn how to make payments on line visit this page:

  • To make a payment by phone, please call 360-629-2181, and select option 0 for the finance department. 
  • Customers having difficulty making payments should contact the finance department immediately.

Level of service changes for Building Permit Plan Review and Inspections:

  • City Hall is not open to the public for walk-in customer services at the permit and inspections counter. Building Permit applications may be submitted electronically via email to AMy Rusko at  Please include a PDF of the plans with the application.  Please contact Amy for questions about Larger Plan packets that are not able to be emailed.
  • You may pay for your permit fees over the phone by calling 360-629-2181; press 0 and our finance department staff will be able to assist you.
  • Plan review and revisions will be handled via email and phone conferencing.
  • Occupied Structures. The City will be performing limited inspections within occupied structures. If the work to be inspected is located within an occupied structure we will perform a virtual inspection via SKYPE, Video Conference Call or other methods agreeable to the Building Official.
  • Please continue to call or email your inspection requests into the City and we will contact you on the best way to complete and finalize your permit. Our inspection phone number is 360-454-5217; our inspection email address is
  • New Construction. For new buildings under construction, our Inspectors will be practicing social distancing, as per the Health Department, for their safety as well as that of our customers. While performing site inspections, Inspectors will control their social distance on job sites and will require that contractors step back away from the area being inspected.

Stanwood Police Department

Main lobby closed to Public. For Emergencies call 911.

Fingerprinting and Concealed Pistol License processing at Stanwood Police Department is not available. New Concealed Pistol License (CPL) applications, CPL renewals and fingerprinting services are available through the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Information related to online processing can be found on the Snohomish County Sheriff’s website.

North County Regional Fire Authority 
Stanwood Station 99 and all NCRFA Fire Stations - The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the way firefighters interact in the community. Even in non-emergency situations fire personnel will be adhering to social distancing rules. In responding to medical calls, one firefighter will come to your door dressed in protective gear to ask you a few questions before entering. They may also ask you to wear a mask. Also, we would like to remind everyone that fire stations are closed to visitors at this time. These changes are for your safety and the safety of our first responders.

Be Honest with 9-1-1 about Coronavirus Symptoms
If you have a need to call 9-1-1 for emergency services and you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please notify the operator that you have or think you might have COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives. This will ensure police and fire/EMS personnel can be adequately prepared when they arrive at your home. Omitting this information can put the lives of our first responders at risk.



Essential Links and Phone Numbers For Up-To-Date Information

World Health Organization -
Center for Disease Control and Prevention -
Snohomish Health District - 
Snohomish County - 
Snohomish County COVID-19 Response & Community Resource Hub - 
Washington State - 

Snohomish County COVID-19 Phone Line: 425-388-3944
Washington State COVID-19 Hotline: 1-800-525-0127, then press #.

Rumor Control: Fact or Fake Resource 
The Snohomish County Joint Information Center (JIC) has put together a Fact or Fake resource to address rumors in the community. Please email the JIC at with rumor concerns. FEMA has also launched a Coronavirus Rumor Control page.

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