5/21: Laura McDonald, Hope Grows Here

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Laura McDonald of Multicare explains the Hope Grows Here campaign, window gardens, and surprise flower drops orchestrated by Multicare, Tacomans, and South Sound residents.

Interview begins at  9:45.


  • Governor Inslee is not planning to mandate masks in public in Washington State at this time
    • He has stated that broad usage of face coverings by people in public indoor spaces is ideal, and has generally put the recommendation in guidelines for reopening each business sector
    • At the county level, King, San Juan, and Spokane Counties have declared that people must wear masks in public, and it is strongly recommended by officials in Snohomish and Pierce counties.


  • Sea Mar Community Health Clinic att 31405 18th Ave S in Federal Way is offering free COVID-19 testing every Tuesday 12 p.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Tests are for suspected active infection, not antibodies
    • Tests must be scheduled over the phone by calling 253-681-6600
    • People who schedule a drive-thru appointment will remain in their cars for their test.
    • People who schedule a walk-up appointment will receive their test outside under a tent.
    • Health insurance is not required, nor is it required that you be a current or past SeaMar patient.


  • Pierce County is providing free personal protective equipment (also called PPE) to county businesses, while supplies last, to help with COVID-19 workplace safety compliance.
    • Businesses must fill out a Request Form at www.piercecountywa.gov/BusinessPPE and indicate the type of PPE needed.
    • More information can be had by calling (253) 798–6150 or by emailing PCBizPPE@piercecountywa.gov.


  • Healthcare workers in the Tacoma area can now get free transportation to and from hospitals through Medstar by calling 1 (800) 236-2011 or by using the “GOIN’” smartphone app.
  • The University of Washington is planning to resume many in-person classes when the fall semester begins September 25 at all three campuses, including UWT.
    • Large lecture classes will likely remain online
    • Students taking in-person classes can expect to wear masks, and have classrooms sanitized between uses
  • The City of Tacoma received a donation of 70,000 disposable medical masks, and hundreds of medical gowns from Fuzhou, China as part of the Sister Cities program.
    • The PPE is being distributed to shelters, food banks, and healthcare centers, as well as being stored in case of a fall or winter resurgence of COVID-19.