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Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance on Aug. 6 that allows long-term care facilities to offer visitation and other activities. Many long-term care facilities were forced to curtail social activities for residents and visitors earlier this year due to COVID-19.

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Gov. Jay Inslee on Aug. 5 announced new recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health for resuming in-person instruction in public and private K-12 education for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year. Inslee was joined by Chris Reykdal, state Superintendent of Public Instructio…

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While not yet open, renovations are complete for Arlington's future innovation center which will help local entrepreneurs have a space to create.

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Marysville lower-income residents who have fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for new Marysville CARES Community Rent Relief Grants. The two-week application period runs through Aug. 13.

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Motorists in Arlington will soon be maneuvering through a new roundabout that will be constructed at the intersection of 204th Street NE and 77th Avenue NE. 

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The Friendship Walk and 5k Run will go virtual this year in an effort to continue the annual fundraiser that supports Voices of the Village.

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There are lots of wonderful July blooming shrubs that you can choose from when it comes to adding color and excitement to your yard, but probably the most popular one of all is the hydrangea — in all of its many variations.  There are options for full sun to full shade, some with big globes …

Addressing some of the myths associated with COVID-19The last few months have been challenging for everyone. The idea of spending time in quarantine because of a pandemic triggered by a highly contagious virus seems like a plot line from a science fiction movie — so foreign to our everyday lives. Unfortunately, this is our reality. We have all had to make changes in our day-to-day lives: give up social gatherings, become obsessive about hand and surface sanitation, stand at least six feet apart, and wear masks. While these are not welcome changes, these are necessary changes in the time of a pandemic. By adhering to the guidelines, we help decrease COVID-19 transmission, and we protect ourselves and our vulnerable populations as well as public health at large. Our persistence with these practices makes it more likely that we can return to our pre-pandemic lifestyles sooner than later. In comparison to other parts of the country, thus far, Washingtonians have not had to endure significant loss of life from COVID-19. As of July 16, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health reports 1,434 deaths and 4.984 hospitalizations from COVID-19. Washington state was aggressive, acting early to close schools and businesses to slow the spread of the virus. Washington state has also adopted an approach to reopen with a gradual return to normal. Looking at the statistics of other states that closed businesses and schools later and reopened without a phased approach, I want to give Kudos to the public health officials and the government agencies that put the "Stay Home Stay Healthy" plan in place. It has made a difference, and for it to have continued success, we must not become complacent as we are growing tired of these practices and are eager to return to a normal life.  The purpose of this month's article is to address some of the COVID-19-related myths or statements that I have heard repeatedly as a physician. Myth: Masks don't really do anything to protect form COVID-19. Facts: Recent research published in the Lancet and the Lancet Journal of Infectious Disease reveals important data about viral shedding, the amount of time a person infected with the COVID-19 virus  remains infectious, varies significantly from 8-37 days, with 20 days being average. On July 9, 2020, the World Health Organization published a scientific brief which outlined details on routes of COVID-19 transmission. It suggests airborne transmission may play a role in the spread of the disease. Airborne transmission occurs when infectious particles linger in the air.  People are more at risk for this scenario to occur in confined spaces. They highlighted the importance of masks and social distancing to help reduce disease transmission. Both of these factors highlight the importance of covering our mouths and noses when outside of our homes and around other people. If you are unable to tolerate a face mask, consider a face shield instead. Myth: The hype around the COVID-19 is politically motivated and exaggerated. Facts: COVID-19 does not discriminate between red or blue voters, the old or young. All Americans are at risk for contracting this disease. Looking at the number of Americans who are at high-risk for death and serious complications from COVID-19 infection from underlying health conditions is staggering in its potential impacts. The Center for Disease Controls statistics show there are 25 million Americans with asthma, 30 million Americans with heart disease, 34.2 million Americans with diabetes, 10.1 million Americans with compromised immune systems and 15.5 million Americans considered morbidly obese. Since 1984, Dr. Anthony Fauci has served under four presidents as head of the National Institute of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAD). The institute's mission is to lead research to understand, treat, and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases; he has no apparent political skin in this game, and recent attacks on him are unjustified. More people need to take his recommendations seriously to prevent and slow the transmission of this virus or tragically more people will die and/or develop potential long-term complications from this virus, and we won't be able to get back to normal anytime soon. This is truly a time for a non-partisan effort: masks and social distancing are good for all of us. Dr. Stacie Wells, ND, FAAEM is a Naturopathic Doctor & Fellow of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. She practices at the Northwest Center for Optimal Health in Marysville, WA. Contact her at 360-651-9355 or info@ncoh.net.

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The last few months have been challenging for everyone. The idea of spending time in quarantine because of a pandemic triggered by a highly contagious virus seems like a plot line from a science fiction movie — so foreign to our everyday lives. Unfortunately, this is our reality.

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Voters will be receiving their primary ballots in the mail soon which include Lakewood School District funding measures and primary races for a number of federal and state representative positions.

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As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase across the state, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a new limit on social gatherings and a ban on live entertainment across the state.

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The Arlington School District began a free summer meal program on June 29, which is the first time they've been able to run a food program for summer break.

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The number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Snohomish County, as do the impacts on employers and organizations. While the Snohomish Health District typically does not release the names of businesses associated with confirmed cases, there are occasional exceptions based on outbreaks…

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Gov. Jay Inslee on July 8 issued a new proclamation in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee also announced the extension of the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act proclamation and the DOH Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer proclamation. 

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Now that summer has arrived and we are spending more time out in our yards, it is becoming increasingly apparent that at certain times of the day we are not alone. By that I mean that the mosquitoes are out in force and looking for some sustenance. Here are some techniques and more specifica…

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Community groups in Marysville will come together again this year to gather school supplies for families in need for the upcoming school year.

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Newest numbers. For the most recent tally of cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health's dashboard and the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard. As of July 6, the state reported 1088 new cases for a total confirmed case count of 36,985. These new numbers a…

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Newest numbers. For the most recent tally of cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health's dashboard and the state’s COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard. As of July 1, the state reported 728 new cases for a total confirmed case count of 34,151. Total deaths are 1,3…

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Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced a two-week pause on all counties moving forward in the phases until at least July 16. This is to allow more time to see where the numbers are heading, and to give more time for face covering requirements to take hold.

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Led by the Salvation Army of Marysville, local community members, partners, and businesses are coming together to support local students by coordinating efforts to provide school supplies for families in Marysville, Tulalip, and Lakewood.

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On June 25 at about 9:30 p.m., Marysville Police responded to a 911 call from a 37-year-old Marysville man in the 12800 Block of 48th Ave. NE. The man was reporting that he believed his 28-year-old brother killed his 62-year-old mother. The older brother told the 911 call taker that he found…