A Message from Mayor Jennifer Gregerson on March 5, 2020
Dear Mukilteo Residents and Community Members,
The coronavirus or COVID-19 situation evolves rapidly on a daily basis. The Mayor’s office and our Emergency Operations team are in close coordination with the Snohomish Health District (SHD) and the Department of Emergency Management (DEM). We are following the guidance of the Health District and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and understand the important role that the City plays in keeping our community safe.
Our Police and Fire personnel are prepared to respond to the public who may have COVID-19.
Illness Prevention Tips
Personal Hygiene and Preparedness
For 80% of cases, COVID-19 is a mild illness that does not require hospital or emergency care. Steps that individuals can take to reduce the risk of getting sick with seasonal colds or flu can also help to prevent COVID-19. We cannot eliminate COVID-19, nor is there currently a vaccine, but we can limit its spread by:
- Frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching your face (mouth, nose or eyes)
- Staying home when sick until the illness is resolved
- Covering coughs and sneezes with tissue and washing hands thereafter
- Staying away from others who are ill
- If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections, follow public health guidance and monitor your health. Call your healthcare provider and inform them about your travel history if you need care.
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a cough, fever and/or difficulty breathing, please take care of yourself, your family, your coworkers and seek medical attention. You should call your healthcare provider in advance and follow their guidance. Additionally, please follow the directions of your local health authority, which for Mukilteo, is the Snohomish Health District.
The City of Mukilteo has many services that can be provided over the phone or online. We are happy to serve you without requiring you to come to a City facility if you are feeling unwell.
Sanitation and Cleaning
At this point, it is believed that the virus only lives on surfaces for a few hours. Out of abundance of caution, we are increasing the cleaning and sanitation of share and public spaces in our City facilities such as door handles and customer service desks. We encourage local businesses to also deep clean their offices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC offers employers recommended strategies to use now.
We are following the guidelines of the following public health agencies and we suggest using these resources to find accurate and timely information about COVID-19.
- Snohomish Health District website: snohd.org/ncov2019
- Washington State Department of Health website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- King County Health District website: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.
We will keep you informed throughout this rapidly evolving situation.
Mayor Jennifer Gregerson
These fact sheets are also available in Amharic, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx