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Online Resources (Local, State, and Federal)

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD)

This website includes local case numbers, frequently asked questions, links to state resources, information about schools and childcare, information for human services and healthcare providers, business, financial and mental health resources, and much more. 

 

Pierce County Case Counts

To see the most-up-to-date COVID-19 data for Pierce County, visit Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s data page. The page includes information about daily case counts, Safe Start Metrics, and more.

 

State of Washington's Coronavirus Response 

The State's website includes information on the Governor's 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order, what is opened and what is closed, a list of what is an essential business, and a form that can be used to report suspected violators of the governor's orders regarding essential business functions and social distancing, and much more.

 

Washington State Department of Health--COVID-19 Educational Materials in 26+ Languages

 

Washington State Employment Security Department

Has your job status been effected by COVID-19? You can see if you're eligible and apply for unemployment benefits on this web page. Also, workers and businesses can learn more about important changes and subscribe to updates in response to COVID-19.

 

Washington State Department of Health & Social Services-Office of Refugee & Immigrant Assistance

This office created a COVID-19 translated resources directory (PDF) of health education resources (fact sheets, flyers, posters, etc.) organized by language. 

 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC has information on how to protect yourself and what to do if you get sick. 

 

Crisis Text Line

If you are feeling stressed, worried or anxious, text 'HEAL' to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor. Getting support is important to your health. For more, watch this short video about the Crisis Text Line

 

Disaster Distress Helpline 

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster such as the coronavirus (COVID-19). This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all U.S. residents. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. You can also text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

 

Latest News on Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

Last Updated November 20, 2020 at 5:30 PM

 

Inslee announces additional COVID-19 financial support 

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor was joined by Lisa Brown, Department of Commerce director, for the announcement. 

In addition to funds announced on Sunday, the total new economic supports amount to $135 million. Included in that total is:

  • $70 million in business support grants. 
  • $30 million for the recovery loan program.
  • $20 million for rental assistance.
  • $15 million for energy bills for low-income households. 

Find more information on available business assistance here

 

City of Tacoma Launches ‘Celebrate Tacoma’

-- Searchable Database Encourages Support of Tacoma Businesses--  The City of Tacoma has launched Celebrate Tacoma, a searchable database of businesses that sell directly to consumers and are licensed and located within Tacoma’s city limits. Celebrate Tacoma highlights restaurants, local retailers and service businesses that have been especially hard hit by COVID-19. 

To be included in Celebrate Tacoma, local retail, restaurant, café and service businesses are invited to participate in a brief survey.  

Businesses involved in selling guns, sexual products/services, gambling products restricted by federal law including cannabis, or tobacco products/ electronic cigarettes as well as those located outside Tacoma city limits will be unable to be featured in Celebrate Tacoma. The database is informational only and does not represent a recommendation or endorsement by the City.  
The Celebrate Tacoma database, as well as other resources supporting Tacoma’s businesses, are available at MakeitTacoma.com.

 

Inslee Announces Statewide Restrictions for Four-Weeks

Restriction modifications for all counties effective midnight on Monday, November 16, unlessotherwise noted. If the activity is not listed, it should follow its current guidance. All K12/higher education, health care, and childcare are exempt from the new restrictions and will follow current guidance. These restrictions do not apply to courts and judicial branch-relatedproceedings.

  1. Indoor Social Gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited unless they (a) quarantine for fourteen days (14) prior to the social gathering; or (b)quarantine for seven (7) days prior to the social gathering and receive a negative COVID19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. A household is defined as individuals residing in the same domicile.
  2. Outdoor Social Gatherings shall be limited to five (5) people from outside your household.
  3. Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining must comply with therequirements of the Outdoor Dining Guidance. Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of five (5) people. These modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
  4. Fitness Facilities and Gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted but are subject to and limited by the outdoor social gathering restriction listed above.
  5. Bowling Centers are closed for indoor service.
  6. Miscellaneous Venues: All retail activities and business meetings are prohibited. Only professional training and testing that cannot be performed remotely, as well as all court and judicial branch-related proceedings, are allowed. Occupancy in each meeting room is limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits or 100 people, whichever is fewer.
    (Miscellaneous venues include: convention/conference centers, designated
    meeting spaces in a hotel, events centers, fairgrounds, sporting arenas, nonprofit establishment, or a substantially similar venue.)
  7. Movie Theaters are closed for indoor service. Drive-in movie theaters are permitted and must continue to follow current drive-in movie theater guidance. 
  8. Museums/Zoos/Aquariums are closed for indoor service.
  9. Real Estate: Open houses are prohibited.
  10. Wedding and Funerals: Ceremonies are limited to a total of no more than 30 people. Indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are prohibited.
  11. In-Store Retail shall be limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, and common/congregate seating areas and indoor dining facilities such as food courts are closed.
  12. Religious Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. Congregation members/attendees must wear facial coverings at all times and congregation singing is prohibited. No choir, band, or ensemble shall perform during the service. Vocal or instrumental soloists are permitted to perform, and vocal soloists may have a single accompanist. Outdoor services must
    follow the Outdoor Dining Guidance, found here, applicable to the structure or facility.
  13. Professional Services are required to mandate that employees work from home when possible and close offices to the public if possible. Any office that must remain open must limit occupancy to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.
  14. Personal Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits.
    (Personal service providers include: cosmetologists, cosmetology testing,
    hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, master estheticians, manicurists, nail salon
    workers, electrologists, permanent makeup artists, tanning salons, and tattoo
    artists.)
  15. Long-term Care Facilities: Outdoor visits are permitted. Indoor visits are prohibited, but individual exceptions for an essential support person or end-of-life care are permitted. These restrictions are also extended to the facilities in Proclamation 20-74, et seq. All other provisions of Proclamations 20-66, et seq., and 20-74, et seq., including all preliminary criteria to allow any visitors, remain in effect.
  16. Youth and Adult Sporting Activities: Indoor activities and all contests and games are prohibited. Outdoor activities shall be limited to intra-team practices only, with facial coverings required for all coaches, volunteers and athletes at all times.

Read the full press release from Governor Inslee's Office.

 

A Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards on Gov. Jay Inslee’s Latest Announcements 

I am also taking action locally. We are continuing to be innovative in how we provide funding and  support to businesses in Tacoma and Pierce County. We will soon launch Celebrate Tacoma, a searchable database of businesses that sell directly to consumers and are licensed and located within Tacoma’s city limits. Celebrate Tacoma highlights restaurants, local retailers and service businesses that have been especially hard hit by COVID-19. 


The pandemic continues to be extremely hard on the restaurants that add vitality and character to Tacoma. This morning, I signed an emergency rule brought forward by Council Member Robert Thoms that would cap the delivery fees that third-party apps can charge to Tacoma restaurants. These fees – which sometimes exceed 30 percent while not allowing restaurants to adjust their menu prices – have been crippling as a larger percentage of food orders have shifted to online delivery services.

 

Inslee Issues Travel Advisory for Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington on November 13, 2020, recommending a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus. 

 

Eviction Moratorium Extended Through December 31, 2020 

Governor Jay Inslee extended protections for renters as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. The governor first proclaimed a moratorium on evictions in mid-March, then extended it in April, August and most recently in October 2020. For information about the State's housing and food resources, visit the State's Coronavirus web page. 

Tacoma's Rental Assistance Program Available through December 31, 2020

To apply for the program, participants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Households located in the City of Tacoma
  • Households who have experienced loss of employment or reduction in wages due to COVID-19
  • Households at or below 60% Area Median Income for Pierce County

Qualifying households are eligible to receive the following:

  • Two awards of up to $1,000 per household, which is paid directly to the landlord.

The majority of the funds will be awarded through a lottery. Please use the button below to apply. The lottery will be rolling with up to 100 applications selected each week for processing. Applications not selected will remain in the lottery for the next selection period.

 

Apply Now for the Rental Assistance Lottery

  

In keeping with the City’s Welcoming Cities Policy, we will not be tracking or providing information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement about immigration or citizenship status.

 

Some funds have also been set aside for direct referrals by community agencies that are helping to address inequities faced by people of color in our community. If you are a service provider that would like to make a direct referral, please contact LASA at communityengagement@lasawa.org.

 

Contact Information

Individuals experiencing problems submitting their online application, needing language assistance or requesting special accommodations, may call LASA's Homeless Prevention line (253) 582-5320 Monday through Thursday from 9 AM-3 PM.

City of Tacoma Coronavirus Relief Fund Allocations to Date (August 20, 2020)

The City Manager's Office prepared a summary of the COVID-19-related funding sources available and how the City has allocated the funding to date. Read the City Manager's Memorandum to the Mayor and City Council.


All Indoor/Outdoor Live Entertainment is Prohibited Statewide (July 16, 2020)

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health announced a prohibition on all live entertainment, indoor or outdoor, statewide. This includes drive-in concerts, comedy clubs and music in restaurants. The orders go into effect Monday, July 20. Read the Governor's press release.

Face Covering Requirements for Businesses Extends Statewide-Businesses Cannot Allow In or Serve Customers Not Wearing a Face Covering 

Governor Jay Inslee announced that no business may operate, allow a customer to enter a business, or conduct in-person business with a customer in any public setting unless the customer is wearing a face covering or meets at least one of the exceptions outlined in Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03. The extension went into effect on July 7, 2020.

 

Statewide Face Covering Mandate In Effect on June 26, 2020 (June 23, 2020)

Governor Jay Inslee announced that every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. As with previous orders, there will be specific exemptions for those who may be adversely impacted by wearing a facial covering. These exemptions include those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two, who should not wear a face covering. Children aged 2-4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering in public with the assistance and supervision of an adult.

 

In addition, individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is Deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household. Read the Governor's announcement.


Inslee Extends Proclamation Protecting High-Risk Workers (June 9, 2020)

Governor Jay Inslee announced the extension of a proclamation giving high-risk workers the right to protect themselves from COVID-19 without jeopardizing their employment status or loss of income. The proclamation provides older workers and those with underlying health conditions a series of rights and protections, including:

  • The choice of an alternative work assignment, including telework, alternative or remote work locations if feasible, and social distancing measures.
  • The ability to use any accrued leave or unemployment benefits if an alternative work assignment is not feasible and the employee is unable to safely work. Employers must maintain health insurance benefits while high risk employees are off the job.
  • Employers are prohibited from permanently replacing high-risk employees.

 Read the Governor's Proclamation for more information.

 

The City of Tacoma Establishes Rental Assistance Fund (May 13, 2020)

In response to a request from the community to establish a way for people to donate to the rental assistance program, we have opened the City of Tacoma Rental Assistance Fund with the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation. Donations can now be made to the Rental Housing Fund to increase the amount of funding available for people who need rental housing assistance because of COVID-19 impacts. If you'd like to donate, visit our Compassionate Tacoma web page.

 

Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Disclosure: As a fund of Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the Community Foundation has the authority to redirect distributions from the City of Tacoma Rental Assistance Fund if it becomes necessary to protect donor intent. Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (Tax ID #91-1007459) is located in Tacoma, WA and is registered with Washington State’s Charities Program. Additional information about the Community Foundation’s status is available by calling 800-332-4483 or visiting www.sos.wa.gov/charities.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Pierce County Approved to enter Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Recovery Plan (June 5, 2020)

On Friday, June 5, the state secretary of health approved the county to move to Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start Recovery PlanRead the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department's announcement on the approval to move to Phase 2.

 

Criminals Exploiting COVID-19 to Commit Unemployment Fraud (May 15, 2020)

Unfortunately, during this stressful time, criminals are taking advantage of resources. Unemployment Fraud has become a nationwide issue. Tacoma Police Department (TPD) has outlined the steps you should follow if your identity has been stolen and if an unemployment claim has been opened without your consent. Read TPD's Guidelines on what to do if your identity has been stolen.

 

Gov. Inslee Unveils the State's 'Safe Start' Plan for Phased Re-Opening and Extends 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Through May 31 (May 4, 2020)

Governor Jay Inslee signed a new COVID-19 order on May 4 extending the 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order through May 31, 2020. He also announced the state’s 'Safe Start' plan, a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. 'Safe Start' sets a careful approach to emerging from the pandemic. It allows for modifications of business closures and physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. Read More. 

City of Tacoma Launches T-Town Hall Virtual Community Series (April 30, 2020)
The City of Tacoma has launched T-Town Hall, a virtual community event series of four weekly conversations on issues of importance to the community during this unprecedented public health and economic crisis. Each event was hosted by our City Council Members and Mayor Woodards on Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 PM via Zoom. Read the T-Town Hall launch announcement.

Date Council Member Hosts Topic Video File  Link 
April 30 Deputy Mayor Keith Blocker (District 3)
Kristina Walker (Position 8)
Rental Assistance Program and Tenant Rights English Video 
May 7  Catherine Ushka (District 4)
Chris Beale (District 5)
Immigration

English Video 

Spanish Video 

May 14 Robert Thoms (District 2)
Conor McCarthy (Position 7)
Economic Development 
English Video
Spanish Video
May 21 John Hines (District 1)
Lillian Hunter (Position 6)
Education and Children English Video
Spanish Video

 

Report a Business Not in Compliance with 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order

Please refer to the State of Washington's guidance on what's allowed to be opened and what should be closed and if you'd like to report a business that you believe has not been in compliance with Governor Jay Inslee's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order, please report it to the State of Washington. In the event that a complaint about a business is referred from the State of Washington back to the City of Tacoma, the City will then contact the business and communicate the need to comply as appropriate. If compliance still does not occur, the City may then need to refer the complaint back to the State of Washington, specifically the Attorney General's Office, for criminal or civil charges. Please note that violating Governor Inslee’s emergency orders can amount to a gross misdemeanor. 

  

Ways to Stay Engaged & Participate in Virtual Tacoma City Council Meetings

To comply with the 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' Order, City Council meetings are not being conducted in-person. Community members can still participate in multiple ways. All council meetings will be broadcast live on TV Tacoma, tvtacoma.com and on Facebook LIVE. Meeting agendas can be found online.

 

For the regular Tuesday City Council meetings at 5 PM, you can:

  • Send in your public comments via email to cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org before 4 PM each Tuesday. Comments will be compiled and sent to the Council. 
  • Join the Zoom Meeting online or via the telephone by dialing (253) 215-8782 with the Meeting ID: 890 2715 0863.

If a special Friday City Council meeting on the city's response to the COVID-19 pandemic is scheduled, you can:

  • Call and listen in (audio only) by dialing (253) 215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID: 832 6587 6087

Water Flushing Tips from Tacoma Water for Homes and Businesses that Have Been Closed Due to Pandemic 

Flushing your water system now is important for homes and businesses that have been closed, or significantly reduced their water use, under Washington’s 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' order. Corrosion particulates in the plumbing can accumulate, and chlorine residuals normally in the water to provide disinfection may have dissipated, which can cause bacteriological growth. Flushing removes the particulates and refreshes the water in the pipes with clean, chlorinated water from our distribution system.

 

Visit myTPU.org/waterflushing for steps to take to prepare your water pipes after periods of low flow or no-flow conditions.

 

Information for Event Producers from the Special Events Office 

Tacoma Venues & Events’ top priority is the health and safety of guests, clients and employees. The City’s Special Events Office is adhering to the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order and following the expert guidance of public health authorities. Read the City’s Special Events Office message to event producers regarding COVID-19.


'Messages from the Mayor' with Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards

In this video series of messages, Mayor Woodards shares information about what we are doing as a city to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governor Allows Certain Low-Risk Construction Projects to Restart (April 24, 2020)

Governor Inslee announced that certain low-risk construction projects can restart as long as they can comply with his COVID-19 Safety Plan. The safety plan was developed as part of a working group that included contractors and workers and includes requirements related to safety training, physical distancing, PPE, sanitation and cleanliness, monitoring employees for symptoms, and logging job site visitors. Read Mayor Woodards statement on this announcement.

 

Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) Launched by WA Department of Social & Health Services (DSHS) (April 17, 2020)

Some WA residents can apply through DSHS for emergency cash assistance to help meet their immediate needs. For more info on DCAP and to apply, visit WashingtonConnection.org. Información en Español

 

New Regional Website Created to Respond to the Business Community’s Concerns Surrounding COVID-19

The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County to respond to the business community’s top concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a Rapid Response Team and the Rapid Response South Sound website co-sponsored by the City of Tacoma and other local businesses and organizations. Answers are provided to specific questions previously posed by businesses regarding financial, government regulation, human resources, legal and communications/marketing assistance. Businesses and organizations also have the opportunity to ‘ask the experts’ to resolve their issues. Reliable responses will be provided within 24 hours.

 

Tacoma's First COVID-19 Related Death (April 5, 2020) 

On April 5, we were notified by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department that Tacoma has confirmed a loss of life due to COVID-19. This is the first Coronavirus-related death in Tacoma. Read Mayor Woodards' statement on this loss.

 

A Statement From Mayor Victoria Woodards on Governor Jay Inslee’s March 30 Press Briefing (March 30, 2020)

"I want to support Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell by reiterating his request: Please do not call 911 to report violations of the Governor’s order, social distancing violations, or people being outside. We must continue to reserve 911 for people who need immediate emergency assistance. To learn how to best report crime and other issues, visit cityoftacoma.org/reportcrime or you can visit the State of Washington’s website – coronavirus.wa.gov – to report a violation. The Tacoma Police Department believes our community understands the severity of the situation. They recognize that people need to get groceries, pick up medicines, visit the doctor, or engage in other essential activities. When officers encounter someone who is not complying with the order, they know that they have an important role to play in reminding them of the restrictions in place, but they will not be actively seeking out individuals failing to comply with the order and they have no desire to make arrests for violations." Read Mayor Woodards' Full Statement

 

Press Conference on How Washington is Assisting Workers and Businesses (March 18, 2020)

Watch this press conference with Governor Jay Inslee, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan as they provide an update on how Washington is assisting workers and businesses dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19). Video courtesy of Governor Inslee's Facebook page.

 

For Tacoma Business resources related to COVID-19, visit our website www.MakeItTacoma.com.

 

 

City of Tacoma Facilities Closing to the Public (March 17, 2020)

As of March 18, City facilities are temporarily closed to the public until further notice. The City offers telephone and email support as well as online resources. Read the Announcement on the City Closure

  

Additional Resources and Educational Materials


Coronavirus Fliers Available for Download in Multiple Languages

The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has created fliers explaining what the Coronavirus is, how it spreads and how to plan ahead. Download any of these fliers and share with your friends, family, co-workers or neighbors. 

 

Fliers

English

Chinese

Korean

Russian

Spanish

Tagalog

Vietnamese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Tacoma Employee Communication

If operating conditions change, the City of Tacoma will notify our employees via email, phone trees, the employee hotline, our intranet sites GNET/UNET and the City websites.

 

Additional Resources and Translated Materials

 

COVID-19 Resources for Immigrants/Recursos para inmigrantes

Information and resources for immigrants in English and Spanish provided by the Washington State Senate Democrats.

 

En Español-Webinar on COVID-19

This webinar is presented by the City of Seattle, King County Public Health, the City of Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development, and the City of Seattle Office of Labor Standards. 

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Free e-Visits and Virtual Health Consultations at Local Healthcare Organizations

MultiCare

As a public health service and to help avoid further community spread of COVID-19, MultiCare is offering FREE e-Visits to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing), with or without travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea, or anyone exposed to someone who has traveled to these areas.” Get more information and access these services by visiting the MultiCare website.
  

CHI Franciscan

"To provide increased access to care, CHI Franciscan is offering free 24/7 virtual health consultations with a certified healthcare provider to all individuals who may be experiencing upper respiratory symptoms suggestive of a COVID-19 infection. Franciscan Virtual Urgent Care is open to all our communities in an effort to reduce in-person visits to urgent care centers and emergency departments.”  – Ketul J. Patel, Chief Executive Officer, CHI Franciscan

 

How to access Franciscan 24/7 Virtual Urgent Care:

When prompted for payment, use coupon code COVID19 to waive the $35 virtual video consultation fee and to connect with a board-certified healthcare provider.

  • Eligibility for a free visit for COVID-19 is limited to one per individual across all platforms.
  • In accordance with public health guidelines, we are asking patients to avoid going to the emergency room or urgent care unless symptoms are severe (such as a high fever or shortness of breath). If you are concerned about symptoms, we ask that you utilize the virtual care option, or call your regular provider before visiting a facility.