Snohomish County Declares State of Emergency

Snohomish County Declares State of Emergency
Posted on 03/04/2020

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.

A joint press conference to address the state of emergency will convene at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 5, in the public meeting rooms on the Snohomish County Campus, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, in Everett.

“We know people are concerned, and this declaration will help us work together to keep people safe,” Somers said. “These declarations formalize the work we’ve been doing together since the first COVID-19 coronavirus case was confirmed on Jan. 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.”

The City of Mill Creek, along with other municipalities in the county, continues to work closely with Snohomish County during the emergency.

“Residents can rest assured that the city is doing all it can to keep residents as safe as possible,” said Mill Creek City Manager Michael Ciaravino. “We will continue to keep the public informed as Snohomish County and partnering cities progress through this emergency declaration.”

The proclamations will make it easier for the health district to use the best available medical strategies to keep communities safe and healthy. It also provides the flexibility needed to respond to the rapidly-evolving outbreak.

The board of health is continuing to ask residents to take the necessary steps to ensure their health and safety. Visit the Snohomish Health District's COVID-19 webpage for the latest information on the outbreak.