5/4: Brendan Nelson, Hilltop Action Coalition Director

By sam No comments

Brendan Nelson shares some of the ways that Hilltop Neighborhood stays vibrant, resilient, and connected.

Interview begins at 7:15.


  • The Special Enrollment Period for Washington State Health Plans ends this Friday, May 8.
    • SeaMar Community Health Centers are available to help advise uninsured individuals who need help selecting a plan by calling 1.855.289.4503.
    • Residents can also visit WaHealthPlanFinder.org to view plans online.
  • More than 100 state parks, trails and boating sites across the state, as well as State DNR and Fish & Wildlife lands, will re-open tomorrow for day use.
    • Gatherings with those outside of one’s household are still prohibited
    • All ocean beach parks and parks along the Columbia River Gorge on the Washington-Oregon border will remain closed to reduce impacts on rural communities and prevent crowds
  • The State Insurance Commissioner has extended the order for insurance providers to waive copays and deductibles for coronavirus testing, to allow one-time early prescription refills, and to suspend prior authorization requirements for COVID-19 treatment.
  • The State Health Department urges individuals who may think they are having a heart attack or stroke not to delay treatment, noting that emergency medical services (EMS) and hospitals have equipment and protocols to ensure the safe treatment and transport of those experiencing a non-COVID-related medical emergency.
  • The American Heart Association released guidelines for rescuers who are willing and able to provide hands-only CPR if they witness someone in cardiac arrest after calling 9-1-1.


  • Avamere Transitional Care of Puget Sound in Tacoma will be one of the nursing homes in the state that will open dedicated units that will house coronavirus-positive residents separately from other long-term care facility residents and patients.
    • The COVID-only wings will be cordoned off from the rest of the facilities and have their own entrances and dedicated staff.
    • The residents there will include those who have been transferred from another long-term care facility, or those well enough to have been discharged from a hospital but who still need nursing care.
    • Recovered residents who have two negative COVID-19 tests over a period of at least two weeks will be able to return to their original long-term care facility or other residential setting.
  • Wednesday, May 6th is the application deadline for The City of Tacoma’s rental assistance program. Call (253) 582-5320 Monday through Friday from 10 AM to Noon for directions on applying.