Great News For Nursing Homes In Everett And Snohomish County

March 19, 2021


Word in this afternoon from Snohomish Health with very poritive news for Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities in our area.

Information provided by Snohomish Health District. Click to enlarge the chart.

For the first time in over a year, there are no COVID outbreaks at assisted living or supportive living facilities in Snohomish County. In addition, there is only one skilled nursing facility and one adult family home with active outbreaks. Provided no additional cases are reported, the two remaining sites are anticipated to be cleared by the end of the month.

“This is a remarkable recovery from late-December when we had over 100 cases being reported weekly from long-term care facilities and all 17 skilled nursing facilities in the county with ongoing outbreaks,” said Dr. Chris Spitters, Health Officer for the Snohomish Health District. “It’s a welcome relief for everyone.”

Since March 2020, there have been more than 150 outbreaks and nearly 2,000 cases associated with long-term care and similar facilities in Snohomish County. These facilities—more than 600 in number throughout the county—have also linked with at least 345 hospitalizations and 273 deaths through March 6.

This decrease is the result of the commitment to infection control and prevention measures, vaccination, and the sacrifices made by the residents, staff and their families over the last year. It also shows how much of an impact that these safe and effective vaccines are having in such a short time in settings where risk of both transmission and severe disease is highest.

“This is an exciting milestone in controlling the pandemic for these residents, staff and their families that have been among the hardest hit,” said Dr. Spitters. “The vaccination effort is already delivering great results, saving lives and letting us get back to enjoying timed with loved ones. I hope people who are on the fence about whether to get the vaccine recognize these incredibly favorable results and choose to make an appointment to get vaccinated themselves just as soon as they are eligible.”

Given these promising trends, Governor Inslee announced that visitation at long-term care and nursing home facilities may resume immediately. Outdoor visitation remains the safest, preferred option, but indoor visitation will be permitted for visitors or residents who are fully vaccinated. Compassionate care visits will still be permitted, regardless of vaccination of either party.

Note that indoor visitation will not be allowed if there is a current outbreak in a facility, or for residents with either a confirmed case of COVID-19 or in quarantine due to exposure to the virus. Facilities will still need to follow prevention practices like symptom screening, PPE and testing, environmental cleaning, etc.

Vaccination updates and where to find more information on if you are eligible:

Following the move to Phase 1b2 on March 17, Governor Inslee announced that the remaining two tiers of Phase 1b will become eligible on March 31. The expansion will now include:

  • Anyone with two or more comorbidities
  • Anyone between the ages of 60 and 64
  • Anyone living in congregate settings (correctional facilities, group homes for those with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, etc.)
  • Additional workers in congregate settings (restaurants, manufacturing, construction)

Phase 1b2 added roughly 50,000 more eligible adults in Snohomish County this week. The next round opening March 31 will add another 150,000-200,000 people locally.

Snohomish County residents should visit the Phase Finder tool at prior to making an appointment for vaccination. The Phase Finder tool is designed to help people in Washington find out if they are eligible for a COVID vaccine now or if not, sign up to be notified when they become eligible. Verification of eligibility may be requested during spot checks of patients arriving for vaccine appointments.

As a reminder, there are a number of ways to look for available vaccines:

  • Information on the Snohomish County Vaccine Taskforce’s mass vaccination site is provided at, along with appointment registration links and which vaccine (Johnson & Johnson, Moderna or Pfizer) is being administered at each site.
  • Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has updated its vaccine locator page at allowing people to search by their ZIP code.
  • The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program in Washington is receiving 72,000 doses of vaccine directly from the federal government. The pharmacies taking part in this program locally are Albertsons, Costco, Health Mart Pharmacies, Rite Aid, Kroger, and Walmart. These sites will prioritize educators, school staff, and childcare workers this month, but anyone who is eligible for vaccine can make an appointment at one of the pharmacies. For a full list of Federal Retail Pharmacy Program locations, visit  Vaccine Finder is run by the federal government.
  • Veterans of all ages may contact the VA’s Puget Sound Health Care System at 206-716-5716 to schedule an appointment or contact their VA primary care team directly.
  • People in Snohomish County over 65 years of age, without internet access, or requiring language assistance may contact the call center from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 425.339.5278 Monday through Friday.

Keep in mind that the number and timing of appointments are based on vaccine availability, and the demand for vaccine continues to exceed the supply. It may take time to get an appointment, but please keep at it even if you do not get an appointment during your first attempt. It could take up to a few weeks to get a spot.


Governor Inslee announced that all counties will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery, effective Monday, March 22. Some detailed industry and event guidance have been released, including:

More guidance will be updated and posted online by March 22 at

Under the updated plan, Snohomish County will again be evaluated independently and not as part of a region. On April 12, and every three weeks thereafter, DOH will review data for all counties and update their phase status.

Provided Snohomish County maintains a 14-day case rate at or below 200 per 100,000 residents, and five or fewer new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents in a seven-day period, then the county remains at Phase 3. Should the numbers be higher than that, or if the hospital bed occupancy in Snohomish County exceeds 90 percent at any given time, the county would slide back to Phase 2.


As the County moves to Phase 3 and spectator events are permitted, the Health District will begin moving its testing operations at 3900 Broadway near Funko Field to a nearby location. The last day of operations at that site will be Thursday, March 25. On Friday, March 26, the new site at 3715 Oakes Avenue will open.

The schedule for the week of March 21 will be as follows:

  • 3900 Broadway site in Everett – Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • NEW Everett location located at 3715 Oakes Avenue – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lynnwood Food Bank site at 5320 176th St SW – open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Evergreen State Fairgrounds in the front parking lot off of 179th Ave SE in Monroe – open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments for testing are encouraged, and registration is available at  Those without internet access or needing language assistance can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278 to schedule a testing appointment. The call center is staffed 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers after hours or on weekends can leave a message, which will be returned on the next business day.

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