Gov. Inslee: “Stay Home, Stay Healthy”

— Created March 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed According to Gov. Jay Inslee, it is time to “hunker down.” In an address to the state Monday evening, Inslee announced he is requiring all residents to stay home. This order, which is enforceable by law, will last at least two weeks and could possibly be extended. “It’s time to hunker down […]

State parks are closed, the marathon’s postponed, but outdoor activities remain

— Created March 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Each year in mid-April, hundreds of participants run the Deception Pass Bridge as part of the Whidbey Island Marathon. This year, with the unprecedented effects of COVID-19 in Washington state and beyond, the race has been postponed to a “to-be-determined” later date.  In the wake of Whidbey Island taking community […]

Island Transit reduces service amid coronavirus outbreak

— Created March 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Island Transit has implemented its emergency service plan, greatly reducing bus service for Whidbey and Camano Island residents. The plan went into effect Monday, the result of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. Although services have been reduced, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order is not expected to further reduce services. “The Governor’s declaration […]

Whidbey’s food banks are still up and running

— Created March 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed In this time of uncertainty for many, keeping one’s family safe and well nourished is of paramount importance, something that can be especially worrisome for those who rely on food banks to feed their families. With dedicated staff and volunteers, food banks on Whidbey Island are stepping up and staying safe as […]

Strict measures to fight Coronavirus will impact business

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Gov. Jay Inslee has enacted strict new measures to help minimize, or at least slow, the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. As many know, Monday Inslee announced all restaurants, bars, entertainment and recreational facilities will be closed until the end of the month and he imposed more limits on large gatherings, […]

Schools work to provide food to students during closures

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Before the announcement of the closure of restaurants and many other businesses, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced schools across the state are to be closed through April 24, in hopes of containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The mandated closure has parents scrambling to make arrangements for their children’s care and […]

WhidbeyHealth opens drive-through COVID-19 testing site

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Island County – 11 cases confirmed as of press time Tuesday – WhidbeyHealth announced it has opened a drive-through site to collect specimens for Coronavirus, COVID-19 testing. The location opened at 8 a.m. Monday. Patients can call to determine whether they meet criteria to […]

COVID-19’s cost to the arts

— Created March 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The arts community is one of the earliest economic casualties of the Coronavirus pandemic. As stringent new guidelines were issued last week to restrict the size of gatherings, concerts, plays and stage productions around the country were forced to close. Now, in the wake of Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest restrictions, even museums […]

First COVID-19 case confirmed in Island County

— Created March 10, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Island County has its first case of Coronavirus. In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Island County Public Health (ICPH) officials confirmed an Island County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the release, the individual is a man in his 50s and is being cared for at a location outside […]

Make Way for Musselfest

— Created March 4, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller Whidbey Weekly Ready the spoons and prepare to taste test across the town of Coupeville this weekend during the annual Musselfest event and chowder competition featuring 16 local restaurants. Festivities get underway at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with tastings starting at 11 a.m. For over three decades, the Penn Cove […]