City Hall Will Reopen to the Public on April 6th
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Appointments required, eligibility verification changing at mass vaccination sites
The mass vaccination sites operated by the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce remain by appointment only for those eligible in the phased approach to vaccination. However, verification requirements for eligibility are changing.
The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has announced that, as of Wednesday, March 31, the Phase Finder tool (www.findyourphasewa.org) will be shut down and will no longer be required as proof of eligibility for vaccination appointments. Without that tool, and given the variety of people who are now eligible based on health, age, employment, or living situation, it is no longer practical for the vaccine task force to perform spot checks of eligibility as people arrive for first dose appointments at the mass vaccination sites. Following state guidance, we will rely on self-attestation from patients that they are currently eligible. Eligibility information will continue to be provided at http://bit.ly/snocovaccine.
Although Phase Finder is shutting down on March 31, people who signed up before then for a notification when they become eligible will still get that notification, according to DOH.
The vaccination sites continue to be by appointment only, and people will be asked to provide verification that they have an appointment as well as a form of ID to show that they are the person for whom the appointment was booked. If it is a second dose appointment, they should also come prepared with documentation of their first dose. If they’ve lost their vaccination card from their first dose appointment, they can download their vaccination record from http://wa.myir.net.
Everyone is strongly urged to follow the phased approach to vaccination. If you are not eligible, you should not sign up for an appointment at this time. The demand for vaccines remains higher than the number of doses we are receiving. Getting vaccinated ahead of your turn may take an appointment away from someone who is at higher risk than yourself. This includes elderly residents, individuals with multiple underlying conditions, and high-risk workers in congregate settings, many of whom still are seeking vaccination appointments.
Eligibility continues to expand and all adults are expected to be eligible no later than May 1. If you are not in the current phase, your turn will come soon. Please be patient as appointment availability remains limited at this time based on the supply of the vaccine.
People should not arrive at the mass vaccination sites without an appointment seeking extra doses. New appointments are made available at the registration links at http://bit.ly/snocovaccine, and updates on available appointments are shared via Snohomish Health District and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management social media channels.
The vaccine task force also is taking additional steps to avoid confusion around second-dose-only clinics. People who received their first shot at mass vaccination sites, including Arlington and Monroe, will begin receiving invitation-only links to register for their second dose appointment. They should watch for that email near the target date for their second dose. This is a new tool through the PrepMod registration system that ties the second dose registration to email addresses. Each patient will be able to register but the link cannot be shared and used to book appointments beyond those second dose patients. This should help prevent confusion around people booking first dose appointments at second dose only clinics.
This is a new feature in the registration system. If invitation-only links become problematic for patients registering for their second dose appointment, the taskforce may return to sending clinic links that are not protected by tying registration to email addresses, with a request not to share those links.
For those who do not have email access, the COVID-19 call center for Snohomish County is assisting with second dose registration. The call center is at 425-339-5278 and is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on mass vaccination sites in Snohomish County, including eligibility guidelines, visit http://bit.ly/snocovaccine.
Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination expands
Starting Wednesday, March 31, eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination is expanding again in Washington. New additions are: people 16 years or older with two or more underlying conditions; people age 60 or older; people, staff, and volunteers in certain congregate settings, specifically correctional facilities, congregate settings where people experiencing homelessness live or access services, and group homes for people with disabilities; and other at-risk critical workers in certain congregate settings, specifically restaurants and foodservice, manufacturing and construction.
The Washington State Department of Health is shutting down the Phase Finder tool on March 31. Eligibility will be kept up-to-date at http://bit.ly/snocovaccine. Please refer to that eligibility information before you book an appointment at any of the mass vaccination sites in Snohomish County.
COVID case counts by city going weekly
Snohomish Health District epidemiologists are busy crunching numbers and putting out a lot of data and reports about COVID trends and vaccine efforts. Starting this week, case counts for cities will only be updated on Mondays instead of each day. It usually takes a couple of days for confirmed cases to be reported to the health district by the labs and providers, so moving to this weekly reporting of case counts will allow more accurate case trends.
Daily case counts and COVID deaths for the county are still available on the state’s data dashboard.
Spending on masks and other PPE is tax-deductible during COVID
The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7 PDF Friday clarifying that the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses.
The amounts paid for personal protective equipment are also eligible to be paid or reimbursed under health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs), Archer medical savings accounts (Archer MSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), or health savings accounts (HSAs).
For more information see the full press release.
Consider your peeps this Easter Sunday
Your group of peeps may be bigger than you think. Keeping Easter gatherings small and safe is an easy way to help stop the spread of COVID. And celebrating outside is a good idea, too.
Community asked to help stop vaccine appointment rumors, leaked links
Everyone can help vaccination efforts go smoothly by seeking and sharing reliable information about vaccination sites, appointments, and eligibility.
All Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce mass vaccination sites are for those who are eligible in the phased approach to vaccination. Check www.findyourphasewa.org if you are not sure if you’re eligible and to get verification. The mass vaccination sites do perform spot checks for eligibility and people without verification can be turned away at the site.
The list of who is eligible has been expanding, and by May 1 all adults are expected to be eligible. Please be patient. We know the wait can be frustrating.
Rumors circulated this week that sites were administering surplus doses to anyone. Those rumors are false. Doses administered at the sites are not surplus. Appointments continue to fill when they are available.
People who are eligible can sign up for vaccination appointments using the links under “Register” at http://bit.ly/snocovaccine. When new appointments are open for online registration, updates also are posted to the Snohomish Health District and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management social media channels.
Some of the links circulated this week also were specifically for second doses. Unfortunately, they were shared with inaccurate information suggesting anyone could sign up for a first dose. The taskforce sent emails to those who booked appointments and shared updates via social media and to the call center to inform people to cancel appointments if they mistakenly signed up for a first dose. Hundreds of people were turned away from the vaccination site in Arlington because they arrived for a first dose at a second dose only clinic. This slowed down operations, and it was understandably frustrating for those asked to leave without a shot.
Second doses are requested and received based on first doses administered, so it is crucial that these designated second doses go toward fully vaccinating people who received their first shot.
While sharing a second dose clinic link with friends or family who need first doses may be tempting, as may sharing posts or messages you see about surplus doses, please be cautious with what you share. Misinformation hinders vaccination efforts.
Please also remember that the PrepMod system is for appointment registration. It does not serve as eligibility verification. People should check their eligibility using www.findyourphasewa.org and also refer to eligibility information provided on the mass vaccination webpage and in the PrepMod clinic information before signing up for appointments. Bring verification of eligibility to the appointment (i.e., your Phase Finder confirmation), as you may be asked to provide it.
Increase in cases involving school sports
The Snohomish Health District has been seeing a growing number of cases involving youth and school sports. Within the last week, the team has investigated at least 10 cases that played or practiced on school sports teams while contagious. Those cases have led to more than 100 close contacts being identified and quarantined.
Since the beginning of the year, we’ve had cases associated with numerous sports, including football, volleyball, soccer, swimming, basketball, hockey, and softball, as well as general weight training.
“Schools, teachers, and students are doing a great job with prevention measures in the classroom, but we need players, coaches, and families to keep that up on and off the court, field, rink, or pool as well,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District. “The impression we get from contact investigations, and the findings from elsewhere related to sporting outbreaks, is that the breakdown in prevention is happening amongst teammates off the field or court.”
This means in locker rooms, on the bus, or in a carpool to and from games, in the parking lot, when breaking for snacks or water, and during get-togethers after the games.
“We remain in the midst of a pandemic and remain vulnerable to getting hit by a fourth wave, particularly if we let our guard down prematurely,” added Dr. Spitters.
To help keep sports and other aspects of life going safely and smoothly:
- Masks should be on when you are around people you don’t live with unless visiting with one other household and fully vaccinated.
- Spread out when riding in a bus and limit carpools where possible.
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, as well as sanitizing high-touch surfaces like door handles, seatbelts, steering wheels, cell phones, etc.
- When indoors or in a vehicle with people outside your household, maximize ventilation and keep the windows open.
Vaccine progress in Snohomish County
Based on data through March 23, more than 114,000 Snohomish County residents are now fully vaccinated. That represents 17 percent of all residents 16 years or older in the county.
With the increasing number of vaccine doses being administered, it is becoming harder to extract data on a regular basis and to differentiate between the type of vaccine administered. To simplify those efforts and provide a clearer bottom line on our progress, the Health District has adjusted how data will be released, as shown in the table below and online at www.snohd.org/covidvaccine.
Snohomish Health District COVID-19 drive-thru testing schedule
The schedule for drive-thru testing for the week of March 27 remains as follows:
- NEW Everett location located at 3715 Oakes Avenue – Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Lynnwood Food Bank site at 5320 176th St SW – open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 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 www.snohd.org/testing. Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278 to schedule a testing appointment. 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.
Estimated timeline to fully vaccinate 600,000 Snohomish County residents
Even with improving supply, it will take quite some time to get Snohomish County fully vaccinated. The goal remains to achieve complete vaccination of all eligible individuals who want to be vaccinated.
National estimates suggest up to 80 percent of adults want to be vaccinated or are interested in vaccination. In Snohomish County, a target figure of 600,000 people represents roughly 90 percent of those adults whom we estimate are interested in being vaccinated.
The speed of vaccination progress is largely dependent on supply. At mass vaccination sites in the county, the capacity to administer vaccines exceeds the current supply.
Looking at future allocations, including state allocations to providers and federal allocations to pharmacies, we anticipate nearly 50,000 doses per week. At that pace, the target of 600,000 vaccinated adults could be reached by mid-August.
If the supply is less, say closer to 35,000, that timeline stretched to mid-October. At 25,000, it would take until around the new year to vaccinate 600,000. These are hypothetical scenarios, but they point out that even with an ideal vaccine supply, it will take at least several months to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated.
Governor adopts CDC guidance on distance between students
The Governor announced in a Thursday afternoon press conference that school districts can immediately adopt new CDC guidance changing the required distance between students in the classroom from 6 feet to 3 feet. The decisions were made based upon the latest data from the CDC and will give school districts the flexibility to make the best choices for their students, teachers, and families. School districts still have the option to maintain 6 feet of distance. The new guidance is available on the DOH website.
The Governor also provided brief updates on the state’s vaccination efforts, reporting 97% of doses received in the state have been administered and over 1 million Washingtonians are now fully vaccinated.
Watch the press conference on TVW.
DOH updates guidance documents
What’s a COVID-19 vaccination card and why should I keep it?
When it’s time for your second dose, remember to take your vaccine card with you! Your provider will update it with the new information. This is proof that you got both of your doses.
¿Por qué guardar la tarjeta de registro de vacunación contra el COVID-19?
Cuando reciba su primera dosis de la vacuna, su proveedor le dará una tarjeta impresa de registro de vacunación. Esta tarjeta le ayudará a mantener un registro de la información de su vacuna contra el COVID-19. Con éste registro, puede asegurarse de recibir su segunda dosis en el momento adecuado.
IRS Criminal Investigation Division pledges to continue investigating COVID-19 fraud
The Internal Revenue Service's Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) marks the one-year anniversary of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act by pledging its continued commitment to investigating COVID-19 fraud.
Over the last year, IRS-CI has been combatting COVID-19 fraud related to the Economic Impact Payments, Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Employee Retention Credit. The agency has investigated more than 350 tax and money laundering cases nationwide totaling $440 million. These investigations covered a broad range of criminal activity, including fraudulently obtained loans, credits and payments meant for American workers, families, and small businesses.
IRS-CI encourages the public to share information regarding known or suspected fraud attempts against any of the programs offered through the CARES Act. To report a suspected crime, taxpayers may visit IRS.gov.
Read the full release.
Is it allergies or is it COVID?
It's allergy season again! Here's how to spot the difference between allergy and COVID symptoms. Allergies are usually chronic and can occur off and on for weeks or months, so keep this in mind when symptoms emerge.
For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/infographic-overlap-symptoms.html
The latest on masks: Layered and snug
We are no longer strangers to wearing masks in Washington. They’ve been a daily part of our lives for most of the past year. Even though vaccination rates are improving in Washington, we still need to be careful. There are new COVID-19 variants showing up now that remind us we cannot drop our guard yet. In light of this, and with new guidance from the CDC, we thought we should take a moment to talk about masks again.
Read the full blog from the Department of Health.
Lo último en mascarillas: su uso en capas y de manera cómoda
¿Qué mascarillas son más eficaces?
Siga leyendo mientras analizamos la información mejor y más reciente que hemos aprendido durante el año pasado.
Coping with COVID-19: Suicide prevention
Most of us have experienced feeling burnt out, exhausted, and overwhelmed as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19. The risk of suicide, depression, hopelessness, and substance use is typically highest during the disillusionment phase of a disaster, and it’s what we’re seeing right now. Contrary to common belief, the greatest risk of suicide is during the spring, not winter. It’s important we learn how to talk about suicide and suicide prevention when people in our lives may be struggling.
Read the full blog.
Effective April 6th, City Facilities will open to public on limited schedule, TUE-WED-THU, 9am - 5pm
Read the full press release here
This Week's Notable Information
On Thursday Governor Inslee also announced that visitation at long-term care and nursing home facilities may resume, eliminating visitation phases. This change is effective immediately and in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can find additional information here.
Last week Governor Inslee extended the statewide eviction moratorium through June 30 to continue protecting families struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the moratorium (20-19.6) was first instituted, hundreds of millions of dollars have gone toward rental assistance — for both tenants and landlords. Additional rental assistance will be available through the recently passed American Rescue Plan Act from the federal government. The governor also extended the proclamation related to utility shutoffs (20-23.15) through July 31. You can find additional information here.
On Friday Governor Inslee rescinded his travel advisory from November 2020. He is advising Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. You can find additional information here.
Lastly, the Department of Health has launched a new web tool to help Washingtonians find a vaccination appointment. The tool looks at various scheduling options from multiple providers to find a vaccination appointment easier and is available in multiple languages. You can find additional information here.
Snohomish County fire agencies part of massive effort to get residents vaccinated
Snohomish County fire agencies are taking a lead role in the massive effort to vaccinate our communities against COVID-19. All 23 county fire agencies are collaborating as part of the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce to operate mass vaccination sites and mobile vaccination clinics.
Mass vaccination sites where Snohomish County fire agency staff are administering vaccines include the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe and Arlington Municipal Airport. Mobile vaccination units are also currently visiting adult family homes and high-risk communities throughout Snohomish County. Trained firefighters and other healthcare personnel are administering vaccines by appointment to residents eligible under Washington state’s vaccine phases.
The Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce is one piece of an extensive effort to vaccinate people and brings together fire agencies, public health, emergency management, law enforcement, human services, transit, public works, and other partners throughout the county. All taskforce vaccine clinics are run under the guidance of the Snohomish Health District and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.
“Vaccinating Snohomish County residents is an all-hands-on-deck effort,” said Jason Biermann, Snohomish County Emergency Management Director. “This massive undertaking is only made possible through teamwork among many people and organizations. Our county fire agencies have taken a lead role from the very beginning. Their operations expertise is invaluable, and we know the way out of this pandemic is everyone working together.”
To find out if you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, visit www.findyourphasewa.org. Eligible residents can schedule vaccination appointments at drive-through locations online at http://bit.ly/snocovaccine. Appointment availability may be limited, based on vaccine supply.
Residents without internet access or needing language interpretation can call Snohomish County’s COVID call center at 425-339-5278.
While our residents patiently await vaccinations, we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19 by wearing masks, social distancing and frequently washing hands. For more resources, visit Snohomish County’s Coronavirus Response and Community Resource Hub at bit.ly/SnoCoHub.
Drive-thru Testing Scheduled March 15 - March 20
Testing at 3900 Broadway, Everett
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Testing at 5320 176th St SW, Lynnwood
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Testing at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Testing is for COVID-19 and is by appointment. Results should be available in 2-3 calendar days. Register for an appointment and find more info at www.snohd.org/testing
Starting March 22, all counties will move into Phase 3. To stay there, Snohomish County must continue to keep COVID case rates below 200 per 100,000 population (the rate currently is 84 cases per 100,000) and to maintain a seven-day rolling average of less than five new COVID hospitalizations per 100,000 population. The first scheduled check-in under the plan is April 12, with reviews coming every three weeks. A county that fails to maintain all the metrics can be moved back one phase. Unlike the earlier version of the Roadmap plan, progress fighting COVID now will be monitored on a county-by-county basis instead of being tracked across multi-county regions
Mask wearing and social distancing are still required, but some pandemic restrictions will be eased, allowing restaurants and other businesses to double occupancy, from 25% to 50%, for example. Spectators also will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. The change affects both professional and high school sports, as well as motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required.
Starting March 17, everyone in Phase 1B2 of the state’s vaccination plan will be eligible for the COVID vaccine. That is five days earlier than was planned. Those who will become eligible for vaccine include workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, and public safety. The list also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk.
See the governor’s Medium page for more information or the Snohomish Health District press release for more details about changes coming under Phase 3 of the recovery plan.
Department of Health adopts CDC guidance on safe behaviors post-vaccine
The state Department of Health on Tuesday adopted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for people who been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Under the new guidance, fully vaccinated people now can opt to:
- Gather indoors with fully vaccinated people in private residences without wearing a mask, and
- Gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household in private residences (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
See the full press release for more information.
Snohomish County Health Officer, Dr. Chris Spitters, also spoke Tuesday about the CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people, noting they “do not eliminate the recommendation to wear masks when out in public venues – even if you have been fully vaccinated.”
Prudence remains a good policy during the pandemic.
“To keep it simple, I would suggest that you just continue as you have been doing, but realize that if you are together in a private space with another household, and you’ve both been fully vaccinated, then I think you can let the masks down,” Dr. Spitters said. “It is also still recommended that all individuals avoid medium- and large-sized in-person gatherings. Again, we still are in Phase 2, so keep it to two households and no more than 10 people. And if you develop any COVID-like symptoms, seek testing and isolate until you receive results, regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not.”
COVID impact on the U.S. economy has been widespread, Census Bureau says
The initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy was widespread and affected people across all age groups and all states while the initial mortality impact targeted mostly older people in just a few states according to independent research by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a devastating loss of life but it has also devastated the nation's economy, data suggest.
During April 2020, the first full month of the pandemic, the United States experienced an additional 2.4 deaths per 10,000 individuals beyond predictions based on historical mortality trends. This was a 33% increase in all-cause national mortality — deaths caused directly or indirectly by the coronavirus.
These additional deaths during the early days of the pandemic were highly concentrated in older age groups and in a few states.
Recent research examined the relationship between the pandemic’s mortality and economic impacts across different age groups and geography.
See the full report for more details.
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 www.snohd.org/testing. 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.
COVID resources and information available for people with visual challenges
Blind COVID assists people who are blind or who live with low vision to ask questions regarding access to COVID-19 resources. People can get help by calling 360-947-3330.
The program is funded by the state Department of Health under a grant given to the Washington State School for the Blind. The goal is to create and find accessible resources for people who are blind, specifically in Washington, but the hope is to reach other individuals as well. These resources specifically deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
At this time, information about Snohomish County resources is limited, but the program offers help in locating accessible testing and vaccination sites.
Blind Covid Access line: 360-947-3330
· 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.
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
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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:
- The trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;
- Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;
- Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds; and
- 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.
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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.
VIEW MORE ON THE METRICS FOR EACH REGION
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 http://bit.ly/snocovaccine, 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.
The new Johnson & Johnson vaccine adds another weapon against COVID
The state Department of Health has prepared a blog post with details about the new Johnson and Johnson vaccine against COVID-19:
“There is an old saying that ‘all good things come in threes.’ That’s now true on the COVID-19 vaccine front. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Johnson & Johnson (J&J), or Janssen, COVID-19 vaccine. The J&J vaccine is the third vaccine is authorized for emergency use in the United States. It joins the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in the fight against Coronavirus. And its arrival will soon make an impact on our state’s supply. So how does the J&J vaccine differ from others? And how will it impact our state’s distribution? Let’s dive in.”
See the full blog post for more.
ICYMI: Snohomish County Vaccine Town Hall available online
Were you unable to catch the Snohomish County Vaccine Town Hall on Tuesday? The event, co-hosted by County Council Chair Stephanie Wright and Vice-Chair Megan Dunn, still can be viewed online. Opening remarks were from County Executive Dave Somers. Panelists included Emergency Management Director Jason Biermann, Rochelle Lubbers of the Tulalip Tribes, and Dr. Chris Spitters and Shawn Frederick from Snohomish Health District.
Slides from presentation
Diapositivas de la presentación
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 bit.ly/SnoCoHub 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.
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 https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/VaccineLocations. 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 www.findyourphasewa.org to find out which phase you are in.
Step 2: If you are eligible, go to
https://snohomish-county-coronavirus-response-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19-vaccine. 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 https://snohomish-county-coronavirus-response-snoco-gis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/covid-19-vaccine.
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 www.snohd.org/mrc.
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.
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
How 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 www.snohd.org/covidvaccine
U.S. Department of Labor expands eligibility for those who declined work due to risk
For many of America’s workers, choosing between unsafe employment and refusing work to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection has serious consequences. Too often, those who do not return to work or accept a job offer over concerns about workplace exposure lose their state unemployment benefits.
In response to a directive from President Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor is issuing guidance to state unemployment insurance agencies that expands the number of instances in which workers may be eligible for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
“Our nation cannot afford to continue compounding the already-devastating effects of the ongoing pandemic-related economic crisis by leaving workers destitute and living in fear for their health and their lives,” said Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Labor Patricia Smith. “Today’s guidance opens the door to relief for workers who have faced difficult, if not impossible, choices between accepting employment in an unsafe workplace to receive a steady source of income, and protecting their health and that of their loved ones.”
The new guidance expands eligibility to three categories of workers:
- Workers receiving unemployment benefits who had their continued regular unemployment benefits’ claims denied after they refused to work or accept an offer of work at a worksite not in compliance with coronavirus health and safety standards.
- Workers laid off, or who have had their work hours reduced as a direct result of the pandemic.
- School employees working without a contract or reasonable assurance of continued employment who face reduced paychecks and no assurance of continued pay when schools are closed due to coronavirus.
“Until now, many workers have faced a devil’s bargain: risk coronavirus infection, or choose some level of safety and live without income support,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Suzi Levine. “Today’s guidance means more workers and families will be able to put food on their tables as our nation fights this virus, while we work to help millions of Americans return to good jobs.”
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:
- Continue filing weekly claims.
- Watch for updates on esd.wa.gov/covid and messages in eServices.
- Do not call the unemployment claims center with questions - call volume remains high.
- 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.
|CITY OF STANWOOD PARKS | FACILITIES AND MEETINGS
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: https://wa-stanwood.civicplus.com/169/Bill-Statement-Management.
- 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: https://stanwoodwa.org/205/Building-Permitting
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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
Click HERE for more information and past updates.