First let me say how grateful I am for the amazing way this community is rallying together and supporting each other during these uncertain times. Yesterday as many of you no doubt heard,
Governor Inslee issued a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order for all of Washington State. I know this may seem extreme to some, but I fully support this action and believe it is exactly what is needed to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a major public health threat, one that is new and unfamiliar. I urge you take this order seriously. This disease is touching more and more of our lives and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Today the total number of confirmed or probable cases in Snohomish County reached 645; 172 of those cases are Everett residents. My heart goes out to all who have already lost loved ones to this.
This virus is taking an economic toll, too, and costing lost wages, lost jobs, lost businesses. It’s affecting every corner of our community and our way of life. This is hard. And while there are no magic solutions for any of this, the City is working within the Snohomish County Emergency Coordination Center to develop and implement strategies to address these challenges. This includes childcare, student meals, homelessness resources, sheltering, business support – and more. I will share updates on these plans as they materialize.
Yesterday Governor Inslee said, “it’s time to hunker down in order to win this fight.” Together we have the ability to reduce the spread of this disease and to keep our community healthy. Stay home, take time to take of yourself and your loved ones, and be well.