From a March 16, 2020, Snohomish County news release.
In consultation with other Snohomish County leaders, Executive Dave Somers announced the restriction of public access to select county facilities, primarily those in the Administration Buildings on the county campus in Everett, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
These county facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, with limited exceptions.
“COVID-19 is impacting our daily lives, and we must adapt to a new normal. We are making science-based decisions at the recommendation of our health officers. We know these measures are extremely disruptive for our families and businesses in the short term, but they are necessary for our health and the well-being of our community in the long term,” said Somers.
He went on to say, “To save lives and preserve our health care system, we must enforce these social distancing measures. In order to protect the public and our employees we will close some county facilities to the public starting tomorrow. We will continue to do what we can to disrupt the infection rate and keep our community healthy.”
Here are the county departments and services that remain accessible to the public during the restriction of public access to the Administrative Buildings:
Basic Health and Other Human Service Programs
- Health and Human Services will offer limited services by phone, e-mail, FAX and mail for Energy Assistance, Homeless Housing, Housing and Essential Needs, and Veterans Services
- The Medical Examiner’s Office remains open.
Public Safety and Access to Criminal Justice System
- The Sheriff’s Office will continue to respond to 911 calls and ensuring the jail provide a safe, secure and humane detention facility. Homeless Registered Sex Offender (RSO) check-ins have moved to the 1st Floor of the Courthouse (Tuesdays) and all other RSOs can check-in Monday-Friday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
- District Court Protection Order and Compliance Hearings will still be heard in all divisions.
Access to Snohomish County Public-Facing Services
- The Sheriff’s Office will process concealed pistol licenses (CPLs) at the Courthouse Monday-Friday between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- The Snohomish County Jail reception area will be closed. Attorneys will have access through Inmate Accounts with proper identification.
- The passenger terminal at Paine Field, Public Works Permit office, and all County parks remain open.
- Public Records requests and services will be by appointment only
The following departments and/or services have limited access for the public. Please refer to the individual department websites for more information:
- Assessor’s Office
- Auditor’s Office
- Carnegie Resource Center
- The Diversion Center is not accepting new clients.
- District Court : Until April 24th, all civil and traffic matters, with the exception of protection orders and compliance hearings, have been suspended. Criminal matters are limited to essential motions as outlined in the Emergency Order. The jail calendars will continue as before. Civil and criminal matters may be heard upon approval of a judicial officer.
- All non-mandated fingerprinting services from the Sheriff’s Office are suspended until further notice
- Hearing Examiner
- Human Resources
- Performance Auditor
- Planning and Development Services
- Prosecuting Attorney
- Public Advocate
- Public Works
- Snohomish Health District (except for certain off-site inspections)
- Superior Court criminal cases have been postponed until April 24th and civil cases until June 1st.
- Treasurer’s Office