Pierce County Response to Covid-19 (05.02.20)
I hope this email finds you safe and well. WE did it, we made it to May!! I, for one, am happy to have April in the rearview mirror. 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.
Governor Inslee’s Proclamation
At the media event yesterday afternoon, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home – Stay Healthy order until May 31st. He also noted that opening the state would be in phases with a basic premise that the phases could be 3+ weeks, depending on data.
This link is to the four-phases: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/PhasedReopeningChart.pdf
During his presentation he referenced a COVID-19 Dashboard with the data sets and information, along with “dials” of key public health data that drive the opening of our recovery. This link is to the data dashboard he referenced throughout his presentation: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/4_29_DataVisualizations.pdf
This link is to the Governor’s page on what is (currently) open and closed: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/whats-open-and-closed
Lastly, the Governor noted that some of the smaller counties with limited COVID-19 incidence can begin to reopen, and that other counties, through the data of the health departments, may be able to apply to open earlier than the state outlined.
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, Pierce County is reporting 1457 confirmed cases with 51 deaths (3.5%).
On a sad note, nationally we just surpassed over 500 Veterans and over 25 active service members who have died from Covid-19. We are also seeing increases in fatalities among healthcare workers and other first responders. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
While we have shown some good numbers, Pierce County’s new infection rate remains a constant rate of just under 30 new reported cases a day. We will continue to monitor the numbers and adjust as needed. Right now, we find ourselves in a position to relax some local rules.
Pierce County Opening Up
If you believe you are at risk, “Please Stay Home, Stay Safe.” For those of you that must travel, please use appropriate personal protection.
- County parks and golf courses to open May 5, 2020 with use restrictions and guidelines. As recreation centers remain closed, stay updated with a complete list of program and event cancellations.
- Beginning on Sunday, May 3, yard waste will be accepted three mornings each week at three Pierce County transfer stations.
- Phase 1 Construction restarting. More details at Pierce County Planning and Public Works.
I will keep you updated as we see more openings over the coming weeks.
Small Business Relief
To date, over 500 of our local businesses have applied. We still have capacity for several more small businesses, please let your small business friends know.
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 incorporated cities.
Businesses of 20 or fewer employees.
Businesses may receive $1000 per employee, up to $20,000 total.
Businesses that had a change in ownership in past 12 months may be eligible.
For more details please contact Pierce County Economic Development Department.
Census: 10 questions - 10 minutes – 10 years
Have you filled out your census yet? Constitutionally mandated, the census happens every 10 years and helps 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 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