Pierce County Response to Covid-19 (04.24.2020)
I hope this email finds you safe and well. I wanted to provide you with another update of what Pierce County is working on. Thank you to everyone who has reached out to our office. Please continue to ask questions and give helpful suggestions.
We are continuing to see Coronavirus numbers moving in the right direction, but we still have a bit more decline to be in the clear. Currently, we are reporting 1,287 confirmed cases with 47 deaths (3.5%).
Pierce County unemployment initial claims were 11,016 for the week starting April 12th. This is the lowest since the week of March 8th and down from 19,377 for the previous week (April 5th).
March 8th 1,791
March 15th 14,757
March 22nd 22,286
March 29th 22,379
April 5th 19,377
April 12th 11,016
Still a very high number, but nice to see that it is making a strong move down.
Small Business Relief
The Pierce County Council approved an expanded small business relief package. The Council approved up to $3,000,000 in small business loans to support Pierce County businesses. Upon approval, businesses would be eligible for a 12-month, no-interest loan.
The plan has been expanded to include:
Businesses in Pierce County, both unincorporated and inside of incorporated cities.
Businesses of 20 or fewer employees.
Businesses may receive $1,000 per employee, up to $20,000 total.
Businesses that have had a change in ownership in the past 12 months may be eligible.
For more details please contact Pierce County Economic Development Department.
Food Insecurity and Homelessness
Many people were struggling prior to the Pandemic and others find themselves in need of support for the first time. The Pierce County Council has provided support to address growing food insecurity and homelessness.
$500,000 for Emergency Food Network to provide emergency food across the county.
$1,000,000 to address homelessness in Pierce County.
Census: 10 questions - 10 minutes – 10 years
Have you filled out your census yet? Constitutionally mandated, the census happens every 10 years and helps to guide routine state and federal funding and prioritize emergency response in urgent times.
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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 Health Department
Pierce Transit Superior Court District Court
Where to go if you need help
Washington 2-1-1 (community resources)
WorkForce 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