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Posted on: March 16, 2020


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COVID19 Updates:
March 8, 2021
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March 8

Revised COVID testing schedule 

The Snohomish Health District has been monitoring patient volumes and positivity rates at the community-based testing sites and will be consolidating testing sites effective March 8. The 3900 Broadway site in Everett will no longer operate seven days a week, and the Sultan Elementary site that had been operating on Fridays will close. These moves allow staff and other resources to be reallocated to support vaccine site operations. 

 The schedule beginning March 8 is as follows: 

  • 3900 Broadway site in Everett – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • Lynnwood Food Bank site at 5320 176th St SW – open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  
  • Evergreen State Fairgrounds in the front parking lot off of 179th Ave SE in Monroe – open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Appointments for testing are encouraged, and registration is available at Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278. The call center is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers after hours or on weekends can leave a message, which will be returned on the next business day. 

March 3

·         Governor Inslee issued a statement yesterday following President Biden’s directive that all states must prioritize vaccinations of teachers and childcare workers. With this announcement, the state is adding educators and licensed childcare workers to Washington’s Phase 1B-1 immediately. The state’s Department of Health will have more specific information soon on how those workers can access vaccines. You can find additional information here.

·         Monday Governor Inslee updated the proclamation regarding quarantine requirements for air travel. The proclamation previously required air passengers to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival from countries in which COVID-19 variants were detected. The amended order (20-83.1) requires all air passengers to comply with the requirements ordered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when traveling from outside the U.S. to Washington. The CDC currently requires all such air passengers to obtain a negative viral COVID-19 test within 3 days of travel or to present proof of recovery from COVID-19. For other types of travel, the Governor’s travel advisory remains in place. You can find additional information here.

January 28

In a press conference January 28, Governor Inslee announced the Puget Sound and West Regions will move to Phase 2 of reopening beginning Monday, February 1.

The two regions include Snohomish, King, Pierce, Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties. To remain in Phase 2, regions must meet at least 3 metrics:

  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population
  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population
  • ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%.

Regions that fail to meet two or more of the above metrics will be moved back to Phase 1.

Healthy Washington-Roadmap to Recovery Phased Approach

 Click to view a larger imagephased reopening

The Department of Health has announced the new Washington State COVID-19 - reopening dashboard

This dashboard provides an overview of the metrics used in Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery which uses a regional approach for the phased reopening plan. The metrics and corresponding thresholds presented here help determine if it is safe for a region to enter a new phase of reopening.

Four metrics are presented on this dashboard:

  1. The trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;
  2. Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;
  3. Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds; and
  4. 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests.

The metrics and phases are updated every Friday.

Governor Inslee announced "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery", a COVID-19 phased recovery plan.

Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.


The regions are mostly based on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions used for evaluating healthcare services. There will be eight regions of four or more counties, divided according to available health care services based on metrics such as hospitalizations, case data, and disease mobility.

The Eight Regions Are As Follows:

  • Central: King, Pierce, Snohomish
  • East: Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman
  • North: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom
  • North Central: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan
  • Northwest: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason
  • South Central: Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Yakima
  • Southwest: Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum
  • West: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Thurston


A region’s phase will be determined by the Department of Health (DOH) in response to four metric requirements. The final metrics for regions will be calculated on Friday, January 8, and will be effective January 11.

To go forward from Phase 1 to Phase 2, regions must meet all four metrics:

  • Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)
  • Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)
  • ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%

To remain in Phase 2, regions must meet at least 3 metrics:

  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population
  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population
  • ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%.

Regions that fail to meet two or more of the above metrics will be moved back to Phase 1.



March 8

Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce opens fifth mass vaccination site

 A fifth mass vaccination site for the county opened Friday at Angel Of The Winds Arena in Everett.

It is the second walk-up site coordinated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce. The taskforce brings together public health, emergency management, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, human services, transit, public works, and other partners within Snohomish County.

The other four sites remain in place at the Boeing Everett Activity Center, Arlington Municipal Airport, Edmonds College, and Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The two Everett sites are walk-up locations, while the other three are drive-thru. The exact days and hours of operation for the sites vary based on vaccine availability.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being administered at Angel Of The Winds Arena by clinical staff coordinated through the Snohomish Health District. This represents the first use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the taskforce. It is the third vaccine to receive authorization in the U.S. and the first single-dose vaccine.

Information on which vaccine (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, or Pfizer) is being administered at each mass vaccination site is provided at, along with appointment registration links.

In general, the best vaccine is the one you are able to get. All of the vaccines that have been authorized are shown to be safe and effective in multiple rounds of clinical trials, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention encourages people to get the first vaccine available to them. While people may have a preference on which vaccine they would like to get, it is best not to wait if another vaccine brand is available sooner, unless they have talked to their doctor and there is a medical reason to avoid a certain brand of vaccine.

All mass vaccination sites run by the taskforce are by appointment only for those eligible in the current phase. Those with limited or no internet access, or who need language support, can call the COVID-19 call center at 425-339-5278 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

A new registration system is in use for the Angel Of The Winds Arena appointments, and will soon replace the Sign-Up Genius system for the Arlington and Monroe locations, as well. The system is called PrepMod, and it is already used by the Washington State Department of Health and several other counties. PrepMod is expected to streamline record-keeping for the mass vaccination sites as well as improve the user experience for registration.

Keep in mind that the number and timing of appointments are based on vaccine availability, and the demand for vaccines continues to exceed the supply. It may take time to get an appointment.

For more information, please see the full press release here

Governor outlines plan to swiftly make more residents eligible for COVID-19 vaccine 

For the second time in three days, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced changes to state rules that govern who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations. His plan will make hundreds of thousands of more people eligible for shots, even as the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses lags far behind demand. 

In response to a directive from President Joe Biden, Inslee on Tuesday added teachers and school staff, plus childcare workers, to the rolls of those who now can seek vaccine appointments. Previously, that list was largely limited to health care workers and people aged 65 and up. 

On Thursday, the governor said that starting March 22: 

  • Eligibility will be extended, regardless of age, to many more critical workers, including those in certain congregate settings; grocery stores; food processing plants; public transit; public safety, and others.  
  • Vaccines will be available to all pregnant people, age 16 and older; and anyone who lives with disabilities that put them at higher risk.  

See the complete guidance regarding who will become eligible (PDF) for more information. 

Additional high-risk groups will be included as follows: 

  • April 12 – people with 2+ comorbidities who are 50 and older (1B-3)  
  • April 26 – People with 2+ comorbidities who are 16 and older (1B-3)  
  • April 26 – People, staff, and volunteers in congregate living settings (1B-4)  

All of these dates are tentative and subject to change based on vaccine demand and supply. 

“Since the beginning, our state vaccine prioritization process has been focused on helping those who are most at-risk first. This next phase continues with those values and I am glad that we can provide a pathway for this next group to get vaccinated as soon as possible," Inslee said. 

See the state Department of Health press release for full details or watch the governor’s press conference on TVW

OSPI answers questions about COVID vaccine access for teachers 

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has released a three-page Q&A that details COVID-19 vaccination opportunities for educators and offers guidance on access. 

The state Department of Health estimates that 260,000 people in Washington earlier this week became eligible for vaccination because they are Pre-K-12 school staff or childcare workers.  President Biden on Tuesday directed that people in those jobs receive at least one dose of vaccine by the end of March. 

At this time, vaccine supply for teachers and childcare workers is planned to come in part from the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. There are six pharmacy chains in the state that are part of the federal program: Safeway/Albertson’s, Kroger (Fred Meyer/QFC), Costco, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Health Mart Independent Pharmacies.

February 3

Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce Opens New Mass Vaccination Site

A new mass vaccination site opened at the Boeing Everett Activity Center (6400 36th Ave. W.) Wednesday. It is the first indoor mass vaccination site to open as part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce efforts.

Like the drive-thru locations, the site is by appointment only for those who are eligible under the current phase of vaccination. Information on who is eligible, as well as links to register, are available at under the “COVID-19 Vaccine” button. Those with limited or no internet access, or who need language support, can call the COVID-19 call center at

The Moderna vaccine is being administered at the Boeing site by nurses with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association. The exact capacity for the site will vary based on vaccine supply. With enough supply, the location is capable of doing approximately 10,000 shots per week. Operations at the Paine Field location have been suspended and resources reallocated to the Boeing Activity Center. People who received their first dose at the Paine Field site will have their second dose appointment at the Boeing site.

Planning continues for additional mass vaccination sites. The timeline for opening more locations largely depends upon vaccine supply, but plans are underway for at least seven sites total. These would be located in different areas of the county to serve as much of the population as possible, and details on locations will be announced as they are ready to begin vaccinating.

The task force also is moving forward with mobile vaccination clinics. EMS staff with the Snohomish County Fire Taskforce this week began administering vaccines at adult family homes. On Monday, they vaccinated 88 staff and residents at 16 adult family homes as well as 203 staff and residents with the Everett Housing Authority. By the end of the week, they plan to administer vaccines at 35 more adult family homes and to vaccinate approximately 200 more residents at Everett Housing Authority properties. Coordination is ongoing to provide mobile clinics for underserved and historically marginalized communities, as well.

Vaccine supply is still limited, and the number of people in Snohomish County who are eligible and eager to get vaccinated far exceeds the number of doses currently available. Appointments have been booking up rapidly. While more will be added as the vaccine is available, we are not able to schedule far in advance until we have a steadier supply of the vaccine.

Information on which vaccine is administered at each location is noted online with the registration links. Patients should save the vaccination card they are given when they receive their first dose, and it’s a good idea to take a photo on their phone in case the card is lost or damaged. They should receive two doses of the Moderna vaccine about 28 days apart. The second dose should be as close to the recommended interval as possible but may be up to six weeks after the first. Even if the second dose is delayed somewhat beyond that, the first dose does not need to be repeated.

Even after being vaccinated, people should continue to wear a mask in shared spaces, avoid large gatherings, stay home if they feel ill, wash their hands, and clean and sanitize surfaces. It is important to keep up with preventive measures while work continues to vaccinate more people.

The taskforce brings together public health, emergency management, law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services, human services, transit, public works, and other partners within Snohomish County.

January 21

Snohomish Health District Vaccine Appointment and Eligibility Questions and Answers

  • What if appointments are fully booked?

The Health District is unable to open more appointments until they know what the supply looks like for the coming days. It’s hard to project out until there are more predictable vaccine supplies coming through.

Appointments will be added as able. Please continue to monitor the websites every couple of days:

Please also contact your healthcare provider, clinic, or local pharmacy if you are eligible. Unfortunately, it may take some time before you are able to get an appointment.

  • What qualifies as a multigenerational household for Phase 1b1?

There are two categories of people who are eligible under the multigenerational household definition: 

       1.    People who are over the age of 50 AND are not able to live independently who either:
a. are receiving long-term care from a paid or unpaid caregiver, or
                 b. are living with someone who works outside the home  

       2.    People who are over the age of 50 AND are living with and caring for a grandchild
             No one under age 50 is eligible, and no one over age 50 caring for a partner, friend, or child (exception - grandchild) is eligible.  

  •  How do I register for an appointment?

You are encouraged to contact your regular healthcare provider, clinic, or pharmacy to see if they are offering COVID vaccination.

If they are not offering vaccination at this time, you can find information on other providers in Snohomish County at There also are several drive-thru vaccination sites in Snohomish County. These sites are by appointment only and are for people who are eligible in the current phase for vaccination. 

Step 1: If you are not sure if you are eligible, answer the questions at to find out which phase you are in.

Step 2: If you are eligible, go to Scroll down a bit until you see the map. Directly above the map is a section that says “Register” that includes the registration links for the vaccination sites.

Step 3: Click the link for the site you would like to register for and answer the questions. 

If appointments are available, you will be able to book a date and time. If you are unable to book a date and time, it is likely because appointments have filled. More appointments will be added when vaccine doses are available, so please check back every couple of days at that webpage.

  • What if I can’t navigate the webpage, or am asking for someone without internet access?

First, you are encouraged to contact your regular healthcare provider, clinic, or pharmacy to see if they are offering COVID vaccination.

If they are not offering vaccination at this time and you do not have the ability to register online for an appointment at one of the drive-thru vaccination sites, you can call 425-339-5278 to reach the COVID-19 call center for Snohomish County. This is currently staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please be patient, as they have been receiving a high volume of calls and emails regarding COVID vaccine.

  • Second dose questions if you received your first dose at a private healthcare provider or clinic

It is important to get your second dose of the same vaccine brand. Please contact the provider who administered your first dose about second dose follow-up.

  • Second dose questions if you received your first dose at Monroe vaccination site or another Taskforce site where the second dose was not also scheduled:

As you get closer to the date for your second dose, you can register for an appointment at one of our drive-thru sites. The registration links for the vaccination sites will continue to be provided and updated as needed at

You can also contact your regular healthcare provider, clinic, or pharmacy about vaccination options. Save your card with the date you are due for your second dose so you can provide it if needed. Please ensure the vaccine provider is giving the same brand of vaccine that you originally received. All Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce sites are giving the Moderna vaccine at this time.

  • How do I volunteer to help with COVID vaccinations?

 Those interested in volunteering to help with the COVID response can sign up through the Snohomish County Medical Reserve Corps at

  • Can I get one of the “extra” doses at a drive-thru site?

The sites operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce are by-appointment-only and vaccine doses are reserved for those appointments, which have been booking up completely.

Vaccine supply is still limited, and doses do not go to waste. The Snohomish Health District does not have a steady supply of “extra” doses to administer at the end of the day and is currently asking that people do not come to the sites without an appointment.

 January 19

Governor Inslee announced multiple updates regarding the state’s response to COVID-19

Included in the plan is the new Washington State Vaccine Command and Coordination Center (WSVCCC), a statewide public-private partnership to boost vaccine distribution efforts. The collaboration includes Washington corporations, labor unions, health care groups, and government entities. Together, this partnership will work to reach a new goal of vaccinating 45,000 Washingtonians per day. This number is above the current federal allocation for the state, but by putting the infrastructure in place, the state will be prepared to effectively distribute vaccines once dosages sent to states increase.

Additional updates include:

· Washington is moving into Phase 1B of the Department of Health’s vaccine phases, and Phase 1B is changing from individuals age 70 and older to individuals age 65 and older. This change in age threshold aligns with new federal guidance from the CDC and creates eligibility for nearly 400,000 Washingtonians.

· New requirements have been established for providers administering vaccines, including that 95% of vaccine allocations be administered within one week of receipt, that every dose acquired prior to this week be administered by January 24 and that providers submit vaccine data to the state within 24 hours of administration.

· The state will be establishing multiple high-vaccination sites to prepare for future vaccine allocations. Some of the sites will build upon existing infrastructure. The state’s Department of Health will coordinate with local health officials and the National Guard to set up the sites.

· The Department of Health released a new Phase Finder tool, designed to help Washingtonians find out if they are eligible for a COVID vaccine now or if not, to sign up to be notified when they become eligible.

You can watch Governor Inslee’s press conference here, you can find details about Monday's announcements here and you can find DOH’s new Phase Finder tool here.

Deductibles and co-pays for COVID-19 vaccines

Most health insurers in Washington state have signaled their intent to immediately waive all cost-sharing for COVID-19 vaccinations. Policyholders will be covered regardless of where they receive the vaccination. 

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act directs health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for COVID-19 vaccinations 15 days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention authorizes their use. Given that timeline, insurers would be required to waive these fees after Jan. 1, 2021. But many health insurers in Washington state are covering the vaccinations as soon as their policyholders can receive them and regardless of whether the provider offering the vaccine is in the plan’s network.

More from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Find answers to common COVID vaccine questions

Snohomish Health District LogoHow effective is the COVID-19 vaccine? Is it safe? Who will have the opportunity to get it first?

Answers to those and other frequently asked questions are now available, along with other Snohomish County focused information about the vaccines, at


Updates on the new federal stimulus

On Dec. 27, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a one-time payment of $550 to many recipients of Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Later on the same day, the president signed the bill that changes and extends federal CARES Act unemployment benefits. The Employment Security Department is working to deliver Washington’s Pandemic Relief Payment (PRP) program, and the newly extended federal benefits, which begin the week of Jan. 3. Track developments on ESD’s website and social media. 

For now, claimants should:

  1. Continue filing weekly claims.
  2. Watch for updates on and messages in eServices.
  3. Do not call the unemployment claims center with questions - call volume remains high.
  4. If you absolutely must call the claims center about another issue, you’re encouraged to try throughout the day, and not just at 8 a.m. when it first opens. That’s when most calls are taking place.

The new federal legislation that expands and changes CARES Act provisions includes an extra $300 per week for eligible claimants who are receiving benefits from any unemployment program. The extra payment is called Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC). Claimants who are eligible for benefits from the week ending Jan. 2, 2021, to the week ending March. 13, 2021, will receive the extra amount. Read a statement from Commissioner Suzi LeVine about the FPUC payment and other updates about the CARES Act extensions.



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 online 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. Please refer to Community Developments' Building and Permitting page for instruction on submitting your permit application:
  • 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 to 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.

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