5/15: Friday Update

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  • The governor has published memos for how to resume outdoor recreation for counties in phases 1 and 2 of reopening.
    • The full guidelines can be read at governor.wa.gov in the “News” section


  • UW Researchers are recruiting outpatients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 for a study on whether treatments including hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin can prevent death and hospitalization of Covid-19 patients.
    • Anyone who has tested positive for the virus can call or text 206-773-7129, or email actu@uw.edu to inquire about participating in the study.


  • Pierce County Planning & Public Works Department is offering a free online Vermicomposting class on tomorrow, May 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department notes that 1 in 5 people experience mental illness.
    • People with no previous history of mental illness can find themselves experiencing uncomfortable symptoms like increased anxiety during public health emergencies and alterations to one’s way of living.
    • Resources can be found online at MHAnational.org/covid19.
  • Spanaway Lake is currently under a Toxic algae advisory. Individuals and pets should avoid swimming, wading, water skiing, or fishing until the health department lifts the advisory. More info can be found at tpchd.org/advisories.


  • Starting Monday, May 18, the Tacoma Recovery and Transfer Center will be open seven days per week, from 8 AM to 5:30 PM, for garbage and yard waste loads.
    • The Recycle Center and Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be open to residential customers on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays.
    • The Goodwill drop-off station will remain closed until further notice.
    • Customers must have an active solid waste residential collection account
    • All payments should be made by credit card.
    • Customers are asked to observe physical distancing, wear a face mask, and be patient with significant wait times.
    • More info can be obtained by calling 253-502-2100 or by visiting cityoftacoma.org/solidwaste.
  • Tacoma’s Meadow Park Golf Course will be open 7am to 8pm starting may 22nd.
    • Online reservations and payment will be required to play
    • No drop-in golf will be allowed.
    • Group sizes will be limited to two players from separate households per tee time, with foursomes allowed only if they are all from the same household.
    • Golfers must maintain 6-ft distancing from others and may not touch flagsticks.
  • The Puyallup Tribe will re-open the Fife Emerald Queen Casino location at 10 a.m. on Monday
    • The casino will be limited to 30% capacity
    • The hotel will remain closed for now
    • Patrons will submit to a temperature check upon entering and must wear masks and gloves.
  • The Hilltop Action Coalition will host its monthly meeting virtually on Monday, May 18 at 6pm on Facebook Live. Guest speakers will be Deputy Mayor Keith Blocker, and John Gaines with City of Tacoma Public Utilities.