As of March 23, the WSU Snohomish County Extension office will be closed to the public. While we expect this disruption to be temporary, it will last until at least May 4, 2020.
In response to the rapidly evolving events surrounding COVID-19 (also called novel coronavirus), WSU and Snohomish County are following guidance from local health departments, the State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Stay up to date on COVID-19
Snohomish County Health District COVID-19 website
Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 website
Snohomish County’s COVID-19 Resources website
Providence’s Give Well Local COVID-19 Community Needs website
Along with the public health office recommendations, please know the following:
- An effective strategy for minimizing the spread of the virus is greater social distancing, which can include more effective use of technology. WSU Extension is requiring alternatives, such as phone calls or Zoom videoconferences in place of face-to-face meetings.
- Please contact us in advance during regular business hours if you anticipate needing assistance connecting via Zoom.
- Anyone who is sick or exhibiting signs of illness should stay home.
- Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering.
- Follow preventive hygiene guidance, including washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, and use hand sanitizer if you can’t wash. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into your sleeve or a tissue, which you then throw away. Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently.
Resources for Parents
Check out our 4-H program’s Stay Home Stay Healthy Resources web page. You’ll find links to help parents with children at home remain engaged with learning, online collaboration help, and the latest news on COVID-19 from WSU.
Connecting People, Resources and Knowledge
WSU Snohomish County Extension programs connect the people and communities of Snohomish County with the knowledge base of Washington State University to promote quality of life and advance economic well-being through fostering inquiry, learning, and the application of research.