As we head into the weekend, my heart is heavy knowing the uncertainty, fear and loss our community is experiencing. It’s tragic to see cases continue to rise across our country and world. I see our city in a very different place than we were just a week ago – quiet streets, closed restaurants and storefronts, and empty schools and playgrounds. I am sad about the emergency situation we’re in, and how deeply it’s affecting us all.
I also feel incredibly grateful knowing that so many of you are hunkered down, staying home and staying healthy. Thank you. This is what we need to do. This is how we fight.
Although it may be difficult in this stressful time, I encourage you to use this time to take care of yourself and your family. Get extra rest, sleep in, go for a walk. Perhaps play a game with your kids, or cuddle up on your sofa and reread your favorite book. I can tell you my cats are using this time well and finding my lap or laptop whenever they can, reminding me to take a moment to breathe deeply and be grateful for my health, while I appreciate some kitten time. My daughter is missing friends and family, but I love seeing her face light up as she connects with Grandma and Grandpa via FaceTime. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Now, more than ever, is when we need to practice kindness and look for those opportunities to bring a little cheer to each other’s lives.
For people experiencing homelessnessSnohomish County and community partners are expanding shelter capacity for COVID-19 emergency sheltering to provide immediate assistance for those most vulnerable to COVID-19 in Snohomish County. Expanded sheltering capacity helps protect everyone in the community against the spread of COVID-19, including people experiencing homelessness, particularly parents with children, veterans, and other vulnerable individuals. Exercise is important and Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order still allows people to go outside for walks and exercise, as long as social distancing of 6 feet is maintained. We closed our parks gates, amenities and active areas (ball fields, beaches, sports courts, etc.) this week, but Everett parks and trails are open for passive recreation. If you do go outside for some exercise, stick to nearby parks or trails for a walk, bike ride or stroll with your dog (on a leash) and make sure you keep at least 6 feet between you and others, and avoid groups and crowds. If you feel sick, stay home.Everett for EverettNeed essentials and not sure what’s open? Visit coronavirus.wa.gov to learn more about what’s open and what’s prohibited during Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. EverettforEverett.com also has a list of businesses that are open and following social distancing rules so you can shop local when you need essentials.
In the ongoing effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our communities, the governor today ordered the closure of restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities statewide. He also placed additional limits on social gatherings. The new orders go into effect tonight at midnight and are in effect through March 31. Take-out, delivery and drive-thru food and beverage services are not banned.
These are unprecedented times and these circumstances are placing a tremendous burden on our local businesses, our economy and our overall quality of life. I know this isn’t easy. In fact, it’s awful. But if these very difficult, decisive actions truly slow the spread of COVID-19, our health care systems will have better capacity to respond and to save lives.
The virus we’re facing is serious.
Over the weekend, the number of COVID-19 cases in Snohomish County increased to over 200; the total in Washington has passed 900, and nationwide is nearly 3,500. Health officials warn these numbers could double every week – unless we take bold, immediate action. Our health care system is already overwhelmed and will not be able to keep up with increased demand for care. I therefore urge everyone in our community to take this health threat seriously, and to do your part to reduce the spread.
I’m asking our local employers to encourage teleworking for all staff for whom it is feasible to do so, and take other measures to isolate workers who cannot work remotely.
I’m asking our residents to avoid all non-essential interactions with others, and avoid all unnecessary travel outside the home.
And, I’m asking us all to look out for each other, and help where ever we can. That includes taking care of yourselves. Staying healthy is more important now than ever, so please practice good hygiene, get plenty of rest and exercise, and eat well. Many of our local restaurants will offer delivery or drive-thru service.
We have the ability to slow this pandemic down, but only if each and every one of us does our part. The severity of this is in our hands and I know that together we can get through this very difficult time.
I want us to look back on this with the knowledge that we did everything we possibly could to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community.
Today, as many of you heard in the news, President Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency. Governor Inslee also expanded statewide orders to temporarily close schools, prohibit large gatherings, and tighten rules for nursing and assisted care facilities.
I know these may seem like drastic or scary measures.
We are dealing with an unknown health threat, one that infects more people and touches more lives every day. Bold actions are needed to keep this virus at bay and our community safe.
I am committed to doing everything I can to limit COVID-19’s impact in Everett. I’m continuing to work with Snohomish County Executive Somers and his team, Governor Inslee, our health experts and other regional partners to coordinate our response to the COVID-19 situation.
Together we’re looking not only for ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, but also ways we can mitigate the adverse consequences. School closures, event cancellations, and social-distancing measures are impacting our local businesses, creating child-care challenges and taking a toll on our economy.
We’re actively looking for ways we can help and hope to have more to share on that soon. In the meantime, I encourage you to continue to do your part, too.
Stay informed. Wash your hands. Stay home if you’re sick. If you’re over the age of 60 or have a compromised immune system, please try to avoid places where you might get exposed. And for all of us, let’s be good neighbors to each other and help each other out.
Situations like these are what truly bring out the best in us and make our community stronger. I am impressed and inspired with the response I’m seeing within our city – from the bravery of our first responders and health care workers, to the dedication of our nonprofits, innovation of our local business leaders, and the good will of our residents. I’m more confident than ever that we’ll get through this.
We had a delightful gathering at the Legion Golf Course Greenside Grill on Saturday, December 7. Thanks so much to our planning committee – Joni, MaryVee, Kari, Tim, Jackie, Holly, John, Dotti – and our hosts, Rex and Bambi from the Greenside Grill.
We raised money for both Christmas House and Volunteers of America and collected a whole bunch of toys.
We also got to honor the creativity and holiday joy of several neighbors who decorated their homes for the season. Thank you to everyone who adds to the light of the season! Click the button to view the homes /neighbors who won on our Facebook page.
The houses we honored for Best Daytime were late set-ups in 2018 and we’re so pleased that we got to award them this year. Check out this two house display across from the hospital!
Best Nighttime – 1504 Grand
Randy likes to win. He was recently recognized with a Rejuvenation and Transformation Monte Cristo Award. When I sent out the “nominate your neighbor” form, he nominated himself several times in each of the categories. The judges selected his home for Best Nighttime because of the creative lights and scary appearance.
Best Overall – 1219 Hoyt
And, finally, there was a house that just creeped everyone out. Even Julie Muhlstein, neighbor and writer for the Everett Herald featured this home. Inspired by the 1976 movie, The Omen, it featured Mandy the nanny, graveyard, swaying ghosts, and a wonderful scene both day and night.
Thanks to our lovely guest, Anna Marie Jackson Laurence, the daughter of U.S. Senator Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson and Helen Jackson. She is living back in the neighborhood and told us about her growing up in a political family. It was also a treat to be at Washington Oakes, formerly Washington School, where Anna Marie attended grade school.