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Mental health care and COVID-19

Strict guidelines about personal distancing have been put in place to keep people safe from the coronavirus. Because of that, some mental health care workers have had to cancel appointments, and not all insurance providers have allowed video sessions.

Meanwhile, patients may be feeling isolated in their homes while they deal with the stress of being newly laid off from work, or worry about loved ones becoming sick.

Have your therapy appointments been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak? If so and you’d like to share your story, please contact Stephanie Davey by emailing sdavey@heraldnet.com, or leave a voice message at 425-339-3192.

OPPORTUNITIES

Fire district lessons

Snohomish County Fire District 7 plans to teach home-school lessons each Tuesday on Facebook Live while schools are closed.

Sessions will cover elementary math and science related to fire service, as well as safety topics. Kids and parents can join in and ask firefighters questions and be assigned “homework,” to keep kids learning and engaged.

Lessons will be posted to the fire district’s Facebook page after the live session at www.facebook.com/SnoCountyFire7.

HEADS UP

Job search requirement waived

The job search requirement to receive unemployment insurance benefits is now optional. The emergency rule will be retroactive to March 8 and will continue until further notice. “Our top priorities in this crisis are to get benefits out to eligible Washingtonians as quickly as possible,” said Suzi LeVine, Employment Security Department commissioner. The agency is encouraging people who are able to fill some of the critical job categories at grocery stores and delivery services. Go to WorkSource or other online job search sites listings.

Marysville keeps essential services

Civic buildings are closed in Marysville, but the city is continuing to offer essential services. Those include public safety, clean drinking water, garbage pickup, wastewater management and road maintenance.

The city hopes residents follow Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, by staying home except for essential activities.

“By doing this, we will do our part to help stop the spread of this virus, keep people safe, and hopefully hasten a return to some level of normalcy,” Mayor Jon Nehring said in a statement.

The city is posting updates to its webpage: www.marysville.com/COVID.

Even with current regulations in place, the city and the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to promote local restaurants that offer takeout and delivery service. Look up “Marysville Tulalip Take-out & Delivery Options” on Facebook.

Business owners still operating in the city are encouraged to submit information to be included on the city webpage. Find out more at www.marysvillewa.gov.

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