COVID-19: Keeping You Informed

The County is working in partnership with Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, the State Department of Health, the Governor, our local cities, our Congressional delegation, our local businesses, and non-profit providers. This only works if we know what each of us, (and those we represent) are doing, what is important to our constituents, what the is at the current moment and understand how to work together to problem solve.

Everyday there is more information to digest, and more information to come. To help you stay informed I am sharing the following information.

County Council
The Council is continuing our Council meetings, but we have the ability to call in to the meeting. We are canceling committee meetings, we passed Resolution 2020-35  which directed $500,000 to food banks and shelters during this COVID-19 crisis.  We will continue to respond and provide resources when possible and where needed. Many of us are working with others in the community to provide input and drive policy.

Pierce County
Pierce County has set up this page with updates related to county business, emergency operations, and resources for your family. Click here for the Pierce County Coronavirus Impacts page.

Executive Bruce Dammeier is hosting a virtual Town Hall on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. He will be joined by our directors from Economic Development, Emergency Management. Click here for more information.

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department handles the public health side of our response. They provide evidence-based guidance to other agencies, businesses, and the public. Information on the coronavirus can be found here www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus.

COVID-19 drive-through testing information
A drive-through testing site has been built at the Tacoma Dome.  Starting this Saturday, first responders, healthcare professionals, those at special risk and those that work with critical public infrastructure (grocery stores, public utilities, etc.) will be able to conveniently drive through and get tested.  If you are in one of the priority groups, you can complete an online survey to find out if you eligible for testing and to register. Find out details here.

Washington State
Information on Washington State’s response to COVID-19 can be found at https://coronavirus.wa.gov/.

WA Health Benefit Exchange 
In response to the potential growth of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) today announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance. This special enrollment period (SEP), that runs through April 8, 2020, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder.

Center for Disease Control
Information on the direction and recommendations from the federal government in response to the coronavirus.

Pierce County Economic Development 
Information and resources for businesses impacted by COVID-19 can be found here.

Make it Tacoma 
Facilitates equitable economic growth and opportunity by supporting existing businesses, enabling reinvestment and revitalization, and promoting the attraction and creation of new businesses, living wage jobs, and housing options to enhance the quality of life in the community.

Human Service Providers
If you are a human service provider looking for information on how to navigate during this crisis, resources and advice can be seen here.

United Way of Pierce County (South Sound 211)
Connects individuals and families with programs and services to help them navigate through the barriers that are preventing them from becoming self-sufficient. South Sound 2-1-1 provides access to hundreds of services and programs from Pierce,Thurston and Lewis Counties.

We are in a dynamic time with changes coming to us daily. I hope this help you to get real time information needed to navigate and make choices. I will be available to you through email if you have other issues that I have not addressed. I will do my best to get the information that you need.