Directive From Mayor Jennifer Gregerson:
As of today, March 23, I am directing each of us to take the following precautionary actions, effective immediately and until further notice:
Stay home, except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services, or perform essential public infrastructure construction. Homeless individuals are not subject to this directive, but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.
“As of today, there are more than 540 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Snohomish County alone and ten deaths,” said Mayor Gregerson. “There are cases in nearly every city in our county, including Mukilteo. Statewide there are nearly 1,400 confirmed cases. These are unprecedented times and pose enormous risk not only to our public’s health, but also our economy and quality of life.”
The virus that causes COVID-19 is easily transmitted, especially in groups. The Snohomish Health District states that “The closer the contact between people – and the more people in a group – the greater the risk of passing along viruses.” Especially at risk are those who have a compromised immune system; are pregnant; have a serious condition such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease; or have a cough, fever, and/or difficulty breathing. People older than 60 are especially vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. It is essential that the spread of the virus be slowed to protect the ability of public and private health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety.