FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2020
Heather Thomas, 425.508.4980
COVID-19 Testing, Data Updates, and Reminders
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish Health District will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Given this, all regular weekly data updates will be released on Tuesday, September 8.
The Health District is continuing testing at 3900 Broadway in Everett, in the large parking lot near Everett Memorial Stadium.
For the week of September 7, the schedule is as follows:
- Monday, September 7 – closed for Labor Day
- Tuesday, September 8 from noon to 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, September 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Thursday, September 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Friday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
In addition to the Everett site, the Health District will also be offering testing at the Lynnwood Food Bank on Tuesday, Sept 8. Appointments will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 5320 176th St SW.
COVID-19 testing is available to anyone, and strongly encouraged for individuals that fit the following criteria:
- Anyone with any of the following COVID-19 symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea); or
- Close contact of a confirmed case; or
- Anyone who lives or works in a congregate setting; or
- Work in healthcare, EMS, law enforcement or other fields where work settings have a higher risk of catching or spreading COVID-19; or
- Part of a family or social network that has had a case.
Registration is now open at www.snohd.org/drive-thru-testing. Insurance information is collected and the lab will bill insurance. There are no co-pays for COVID-19 testing. If you do not have insurance, the test will be provided at no charge.
COVID-19 Prevention Practices for Labor Day Weekend
Here is a short list of things to remember when it comes to gathering together in the time of COVID-19:
- Outside is safer than inside.
- Small groups are safer than large groups.
- Less time together is safer than more time together.
- Within six feet, face coverings are better than no face coverings.
While a Zoom happy hour might be your safest choice, an outdoor barbecue with one other family, with the chairs set up six feet apart, where the hand sanitizer flows freely, and everyone goes home early, is a less risky option, as far as these things go.
Read the full blog post from DOH here.
Updated Guidance for Agritourism
Governor Jay Inslee announced updated guidance for agritourism as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan on August 28.
The guidance has been updated to allow for additional activities:
- Animal viewing
- Hay/wagon/train rides
- Children’s play equipment/games
- Private firepit/bonfires
Read the full updated guidance here.
Data Updates and COVID Activity Snapshot
The Health District is providing updates Monday-Friday with total confirmed, total probable, and a breakdown of cases by city. The report for the week ending August 22 has been posted, as well as the updated COVID activity snapshot that provides metrics aligned with the Phase 2 approval. As noted earlier, data will not be posted until Tuesday due to the holiday weekend on Monday.
As a reminder, countywide data is available through an interactive dashboard from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) online at www.snohd.org/524/COVID-19-Data-Dashboard. Additional information also is available through DOH’s Risk Assessment Dashboard at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/covid-19-risk-assessment-dashboard.
The community is encouraged to help prevent the spread of illness and to support the response to this outbreak by staying informed and sharing reliable information. This is a very fluid situation and information will be updated at www.snohd.org/ncov2019 and the Health District’s social media channels.