As city officials continue to closely monitor evolving events related to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) in our region, Mayor Jon Nehring has signed a proclamation of emergency.
The emergency proclamation is not a cause for alarm. It is a formal step in a process that facilitates coordination with other agencies including Snohomish County and the Snohomish Health District, which intend to issue similar statements, and grants the city access to additional resources.
“The most important thing at this time is to prepare and take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus,” Mayor Jon Nehring said. “Informed citizens are the first line of defense for themselves and their families.”
The city also has partially activated its Emergency Operations Center for monitoring purposes. City leaders are holding regular internal policy meetings to review the latest updates and implement preparedness plans as needed. We are in daily contact with regional experts including the Snohomish Health District and Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. We are also working in coordination with Snohomish County, schools and local community organizations.
The Snohomish Health District urges everyone to practice excellent hygiene to help combat this virus. That includes washing your hands thoroughly and staying home when sick. Find more information, FAQs and health safety advice for both the general public and specific groups at https://www.snohd.org/484/Novel-Coronavirus-2019.