Like many communities, Monroe faced many challenges with the onset of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). While its impacts have eased since early 2020, the virus’ health and economic impacts will be long-term. Since COVID-19’s outbreak, the city has relied on the expertise and guidance of public health agencies such as the Snohomish Health District, Washington State Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. These agencies have extensive data, public health guidance, and resources to help you (and the people you care about) should COVID-19 impact your health or business.
In Washington state, mask requirements have changed as more became known about the virus’ transmission. Mask requirements changed on April 3, 2023, but will be mandatory in certain types of facilities. Snohomish Public Health encourages masks when on public transportation (e.g. bus, airplane), in high-risk settings (e.g. crowds), and in other situations.
- Snohomish Public Health Call Center 425-338-5278 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday)
- Washington Dept. of Health Vaccine Locator
- Center for Disease Control Symptoms and Testing Guidelines
City officials responded to the Governor’s Declaration of an Emergency by quickly adopting policies that allowed for assistance to residents and businesses. Several emergency Executive Orders were issued by the Monroe City Council.
In addition to Snohomish County’s Partnership Proposal grant program which awarded $250,000 to the city, approximately $2.35 million was awarded to impacted Monroe businesses through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Funding supported housing and rental assistance and mental health services for students. Funding helped non-profit agencies and businesses meet payroll, provide hazard/premium pay, and make physical improvements to ensure safe work environments.