Pierce County Response to Covid-19 (04.03.2020)
With Governor Inslee’s announcement that we will be under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order until May 4th we are beginning to see how life may operate for the next several weeks.
We are seeing case numbers across the U.S. that are stunning and sobering at the same time. My hope lies in the numbers from Washington state, and more specifically Pierce County. We acted quickly, and people by and large were more accommodating. This has Washington state on the leading edge of reaching our peak and seeing the numbers decrease sooner than other parts of the nation.
I have also witnessed an amazing spirit of cooperation. People looking out for the common good and watching out for each other. People getting out for a walk and picking up litter along the way. People going the extra step to order take-out from local restaurants looking to keep some cashflow going. Schools delivering life-line food supplies for needy families. Companies working to fill the gaps for needed PPEs.
Please let me know what random acts of kindness you have witnessed.
Pierce County by the numbers
Pierce County unemployment claims for the week of:
March 22nd 22,145
March 15th 14,730
March 8th 1,559
March 1st 950
Pierce Transit ridership : 10,000+ daily boardings (essential workers and critical needs)
Covid-19: Pierce County has 571 confirmed cases and 7 deaths attributed to the virus.
Please keep our friends and neighbors in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Helping our hospitals flatten the curve
District #5 will be home to one of the first Covid-19 Temporary Care Centers. This underused hotel will provide a place to work in conjunction with our hospitals to house recovering individuals that don’t need ICU level of care and others who may need quarantine facilities but cannot stay at home.
Please join us Monday April 6th at 5:30 for an online town hall on the opening of the first Care Center.
I am confident this will be a useful method for answering questions and receiving key information to address community concerns.
Below is the Zoom meeting information for the event. Please feel free to share this announcement through your channels.
When: Apr 6, 2020 05:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Town Hall
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
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Webinar ID: 335 094 149
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adWFYCWmTP
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How can I help? Let me know
While this situation is serious, I strongly believe we can get through this together by remaining calm, informed and prepared. I want to hear from you: How can I help you?
Please send me an email at: [email protected]
Click on the following links for up to date information
Real Time Covid-19 Case Data Washington State Department of Health
Tacoma-Pierce County Department of Health
Pierce Transit Superior Court District Court
Where to go if you need help
Washington 2-1-1 (community resources)
Work Force Central (employment assistance and job listings)
WA ST Unemployment Claims
Crystal Judson Family Justice Center
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, they are here to help.
Small Business Assistance
Small Business Administration (SBA) Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
Pierce County Economic Development City of Tacoma Economic Development