City of Sultan Coronavirus Update - March 15, 2020
City leadership has been in regular contact and consultation with Public Health officials, Snohomish County Emergency Management, and local leaders including Volunteers of America, Sultan School District, Fire District 5, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office related to our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
Volunteers of America is available to help support individuals who are affected by Coronavirus. The Sultan Food Bank is open and available for those who need it. Weekend meal bags are being made available for youth in the community. The SEND program will continue to deliver meals to home bound seniors and persons with disabilities.
For more information about any of these services, please contact VOA at 360-793-2400.
The Sultan School District is closed to in person instruction per the Sultan School Board and Governor’s orders. Lunch and breakfast will continue to be provided to those who need it and will be delivered using school buses to certain drop off locations. This meal service will begin tomorrow, March 16th. Child care is also being coordinated for families of first responders, healthcare workers, and free and reduced lunch students. For more information about the School District’s response, please visit their website at www.sultanschools.org or contact them at 360-793-9800.
Fire District 5 continues to provide fire response and EMS services. Fire Chief Halverson has asked that we share some helpful tips with regards to emergency services and response. If first responders are called to your house and you are able to meet them at the front door you are asked to do so. This will help inform first responders what level of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) they need to use. With limited supplies of PPE, this step will help conserve those resources for when they are most needed. Residents are also asked to limit use of 911 and hospitals for essential needs. The response to COVID-19 has the chance of overwhelming these services so you are asked to only use them if absolutely necessary.
The Visitor Information Center (VIC) located across the street from City Hall will be closed for the next two weeks. If you have any questions related to the Chamber of Commerce or VIC, please contact Debbie Copple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, please avoid visiting City Hall in person if you do not have to. City staff are available to assist with most matters over the phone or email. Utility bills can be paid online at no additional cost. There are also two drop boxes located for customers as well. There is one located at the post office outside the main entrance and another in City Hall just inside the entrance doors on Main Street. Please contact City Hall at (360) 793-2231 for questions/concerns related to city business.
Passport applications will only be processed on a limited and appointment basis. Please call City Hall to inquire about availability for passport processing.
Reservations for City Facilities including parks are cancelled for the next 30 days. No reservations will be made for the next 30 days.
We are doing our best to conduct city meetings via Zoom Conference Calling. There is currently a hearing on the Wyndham Highlands scheduled for March 18th at 1:00pm. While in-person attendance is available, participants are encouraged to join the meeting remotely. Details about this meeting and how to join can be found at https://ci.sultan.wa.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=73.
Moving forward we will be making decisions about upcoming meetings and notify through Facebook, City Website, and postings at City Hall about potential for virtual participation.
Governor’s announcement regarding food and entertainment establishments
In an announcement last night and a press conference this morning, Governor Inslee announced additional restrictions regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. This included limiting public gatherings to 50 people (previously 250) as well as limitations on certain businesses.
The orders closed in-person dining at restaurants and bars and closed recreational and entertainment businesses for 2 weeks. The ban does not apply to grocery stores and pharmacies.
The order still allows take out, delivery, and grab-and-go options for these businesses.
We are encouraging folks to patronize our local businesses using these options as many of our small businesses will be hurt financially by this order. Together, we can continue to support our local businesses through this difficult time.
Crises like this have a tendency of bringing out the best in people. We have noticed an outpouring of support over social media for families and businesses affected by this outbreak. Continue to offer services if you can and check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly and sick. By pulling together, we will make it though this.
Please do not hesitate in reaching out to City Hall with any questions at (360) 793-2231.