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CORONAVIRUS STORIES COMPILATION FROM THE TRIBUNE

Used ski goggles can double as PPE for medical safety, and a group is collecting them to send to doctors

Those unused ski goggles in your garage can be put to work by medical professionals and fire departments. A grassroots group is collecting ski goggles for the purpose of redeploying them as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  More on this story...


Wearing a facial covering made mandatory statewide

Statewide, wearing a face covering became mandatory starting Friday, June 26 for both indoor and outdoor settings, government officials announced. More on this story...


SHS and GP robotics team making 3D-printed PPE for medical centers across the Northwest

SNOHOMISH — Students at Snohomish and Glacier Peak high schools have teamed up with professional manufacturers to jointly build personal protective equipment supplies desperately needed in the medical field, and are donating these across the Northwest.


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State to use contact tracing and expand testing for COVID-19

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The state has a team of almost 1,400 people to trace coronavirus cases to keep on top of stopping it from spreading. More on this story...

Getting back in the swing of things

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Several golfers enjoyed the warm, sunny weather by visiting the Snohomish Valley Golf Center’s driving range back on Saturday, May 9, the week when golf was reopened to the public, to take advantage of the opening of some recreational facilities.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY —
Tennis, motorsports and guided outdoor sports such as river rafting got the green light, with limitations, from Gov. Jay Inslee late last week. More on this story...


Opioid recovery sessions find new success being online

EVERETT — Using Facebook and telemedicine tools, opioid counseling and recovery services are finding success in keeping clients on-course beyond what they hoped. More on this story...

County’s homeless individuals being cared for during pandemic

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — A host of agencies are coordinating efforts to keep the novel coronavirus in check among the county’s homeless population. More on this story...

Farmers markets adjusting to new COVID-19 rulebook

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Farmers markets are opening, but things are likely going to feel a lot different than usual. More on this story...

Renters get reprieve until June, but what happens next?

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — The state's moratorium on rent being due is extended to June 4, but what have been the effects so far and happens after this timeframe concludes? More on this story...

Some local parks and practically
all golf courses have reopened

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Erik Rodriguez, at the time 12, fishes on the Snohomish River in 2013.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY —
Cities and the county this week are starting to open some parks simultaneously with the governor’s opening of state
parks. More on this story...



Evergreen State Fair canceled this year, as is Kla Ha Ya Days

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — This year’s Evergreen State Fair is canceled, the county announced Friday.  More on this story...


Hundreds of prisoners to be released statewide

The state has begun releasing hundreds of prisoners early to reduce population counts. Some had burglaries, drug offenses, vehicle possession violations, or illegal firearm possession crimes, the Tribune saw. Here's what decisions are being used on who to release, and how people have reacted. More on this story...


Food banks prepare to feed more people

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Local food bank leaders are readying to serve more people, and discuss what they can use for help. More on this story...


Snohomish pharmacy producing hand sanitizer

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish pharmacy has donated 350 bottles of hand sanitizer to local organizations and is selling sanitizer to the public as well. Other independent pharmacies might start, too. More on this story...


Independent contractors, and others so far shut out, can begin applying for state unemployment on Saturday

Hundreds of thousands of independent contractors and other people so far snagged in the system will be able to begin making successful claims starting Saturday, April 18. The website ESD.WA.GOV will begin allowing people to make claims who have been denied...More on this story...

Underlying health affects COVID-19 severity risk

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Underlying conditions have factored into the severity of COVID-19, which affects both the upper and lower respiratory areas. Doctors from Western Washington Medical Group explain. More on this story...

2-1-1 help hotline calls tripled in March

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish County residents made more than 2,000 calls to the 211 resource hotline, and here's what they have asked for help with. More on this story...


While virus models show hope, social limits may stay for now

SNOHOMISH — Models show the spread has plateaued — the curve is flattening within Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee last week indicated that’s not good enough as people are still at risk until the state has a way to do wide, rapid testing and case containment. More on this story...


Mayors write letter to public regarding COVID-19

The mayors of Snohomish County cities issued a joint letter Friday, April 24 to the community. Here is the letter...


Hundreds of prisoners to be released statewide

The state has begun releasing hundreds of prisoners early to reduce population counts. Some had burglaries, drug offenses, vehicle possession violations, or illegal firearm possession crimes, the Tribune saw. Here's what decisions are being used on who to release, and how people have reacted. More on this story...


Snohomish pharmacy producing hand sanitizer

SNOHOMISH — A Snohomish pharmacy has donated 350 bottles of hand sanitizer to local organizations and is selling sanitizer to the public as well. Other independent pharmacies might start, too. More on this story...


Food banks prepare to feed more people

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Local food bank leaders are readying to serve more people, and discuss what they can use for help. More on this story...


Congress working on next wave of COVID-19 public assistance

Information on stimulus checks, unemployment claims, small business loans and small business grants from a telephone town hall Tuesday, April 7. Congress is working on a CARES 2.0 Act to extend benefits. More on this story...


Snohomish County unemployment numbers staggering

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Snohomish County sits near the apex of a rocketing rise in state unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More on this story...


Underlying health affects COVID-19 severity risk

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Underlying conditions have factored into the severity of COVID-19, which affects both the upper and lower respiratory areas. Doctors from Western Washington Medical Group explain. More on this story...


Local spirit-makers shifting to make hand sanitizer

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Area distillers, such as in Arlington, are working to produce and sanitizer and some, such as in Snohomish, hope to start production soon. More on this story...


Crafters and 3D printers producing masks to help with supply

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Everyday craftspeople are jumping in to sew face masks for whoever can use them to help fight medical supply shortages. Inside, find resources on how make one. More on this story...


What can coronavirus feel like? Aches, fever and more

EVERETT — An Everett man, 33, tells his story on what it feels like to be infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, and urges people to take the spread risk seriously.

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Kimberly-Clark site work halts soon after it began

EVERETT — Cleanup of the former Kimberly-Clark mill site has halted while Washingtonians shelter at home to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. More on this story...


Additional coronavirus coverage

Need a doctor? Virtual visits can help lessen virus spread

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Medical clinics are encouraging people to reach them without having to physically visit. More on this story...

COVID-19 virus: what you can do

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Effective hand-washing and social distancing are some of the ways to help prevent spreading the new coronavirus, COVID-19.  More on this story...

Local restaurants strive to keep their footing during coronavirus shutdowns

SNOHOMISH COUNTY — Restaurants explain the tough choices they've had to make, how much business was hurt, and how they have adapted during the restrictions on dining facilities and bars. More on this story...

Public records access altered temporarily by governor

A proclamation from Gov. Jay Inslee temporarily changes how public records are accessed. More on this story...


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