Everett Closing Senior Center Due To Coronavirus Concerns

March 4, 2020


Activities in Everett are starting to be postponed as the Coronavirus outbreak continues.

There are several announcements that came out today regarding closures and postponement of events in Everett, Washington due to concerns over the outbreak of Coronavirus cases in Snohomish County. There was also a declaration of a State of Emergency for Everett and Snohomish County.

Carl Gipson Senior Center Closure:

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Everett, WA – Govt is temporarily closing the Carl Gipson Senior Center until further notice. At this time, there have not been any reported COVID-19 cases at the Senior Center. This temporary closure is intended to protect the health of those who face the highest risk of illness from COVID-19. City staff look forward to reopening once the public health risk has passed!

Everett Emergency Management Cancels Spring CERT Class:

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling the Spring Cert class. Many of our staff and instructors need to be available for staffing and other duties as it relates to the coronavirus news. This message is not meant to cause panic or alarm, but we do want to make sure we make the safest decisions possible to protect our staff, family, and community members while maintaining service to our community. We do not have dates yet for a reschedule. As for the September and October/November sessions, it is too early to tell if those will be canceled as well. All students who were enrolled for the Spring series or on the waiting list have been notified via email. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Everett Fire Department participation on hold as LLS Firefighter Stairclimb Postponed:

Stairclimb update: Taking into consideration the safety and health of the participants, volunteers, staff members, and the public, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has decided to postpone the March 8th stairclimb due to the coronavirus news. They recognize “first responders must be able to perform their duties without distraction” and barriers. Although our firefighters were anxious for Sunday’s event, we honor and respect the decision and thank The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for keeping the safety and health of our members, their family, and the public as their first priority. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new date! In the meantime, if you would like to help donate to our firefighters fundraising efforts, you can visit https://www.llswa.org/site/TR/LLSWA/llswaFF….
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State of Emergency declaration for the City of Everett and Snohomish County, in coordination with the Snohomish County’s Health Officer:

Out of an abundance of caution over the spread of COVID-19, Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and City of Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin are declaring a State of Emergency for Snohomish County and the City of Everett, in coordination with Snohomish County’s Health Officer Dr. Chris Spitters, who has simultaneously declared a Public Health Emergency for the County.

“We know people are concerned, and this declaration will help us work together to keep people safe,” Executive Somers said. “These declarations formalize the work we’ve been doing together since the first COVID-19 coronavirus case was confirmed on January 21, 2020. Collaboration with all of our partners is what makes Snohomish County resilient. The public can be assured we are responding as quickly and decisively as possible.”

“These proclamations make it easier for us to continue to work with our partners as we use the best available medical strategies to keep our community safe and healthy,” said Dr. Spitters. “It also provides the flexibility needed to respond to this rapidly evolving issue.”

“The Board of Health will be convening to consider a resolution that formally authorizes the Snohomish Health District to use emergency reserves in this response,” said Stephanie Wright, chair for the Board of Health and Snohomish County councilmember. “We stand ready to support the staff and our partners in the efforts critically needed in the coming days and weeks.”

“We are working in collaboration with the County to ensure our residents are up-to-date on the situation,” said Mayor Franklin. “These are precautionary steps to ensure we have maximum flexibility as a community to respond. We ask our residents to take necessary steps to ensure their and their family’s health and safety.”


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