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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2021
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SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Many traditions and favorite pastimes have looked a bit different. Last October, we were still a couple months away from the COVID vaccines being available. Fast forward to today and we have 70 percent of Snohomish County residents 12 years and older fully vaccinated, with more choosing to get their vaccine each day. This means that with a few health and safety measures, trick-or-treating is a go!
However, our case and hospitalization rates remain high. Our ghosts and goblins under 11 are not yet able to get the vaccine, and we still have more than 170,000 eligible residents who are unvaccinated. This leaves many community members who do not have protection against the virus and are at increased risk.
In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, like Snohomish County, people two years and older should wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings and while attending outdoor activities where close contact with others is expected. This would include your fall favorites like festivals, pumpkin patches, trunk-or-treating events, zombie rides, and corn mazes.
If planning to go to a large event outdoors, please know that the statewide mask mandate requires that masks are worn at large outdoor events of 500 or more people. This includes all people five years and older, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.
For those going trick-or-treating, remember to:
For those passing out candy:
Consider alternatives, especially if immunocompromised or at higher risk of complications:
The Washington Poison Center also has some recommendations to keep the spooky fun safe:
The testing schedule for the week of October 18 is as follows:
Appointments for testing at the District’s locations are required, and registration is available at www.snohd.org/testing.
The Ash Way Park & Ride location is a dual site, splitting operations to be a vaccine site two days a week and testing only for three days. It will be offering vaccines only on Wednesday, Oct. 20 and Thursday, Oct. 21. Vaccines offered will be primarily Pfizer. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson will be available as supplies allow. First, second, third, and booster doses will be available. Appointments are required and are can be done online at www.snohd.org/drivethru
Those without internet access, needing language assistance, or requiring additional support in scheduling can reach the Health District’s call center at 425.339.5278 to schedule a testing or vaccine 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.