7/13: Erica Crittendon, Pierce County AIDS Foundation

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Erica Crittendon talks about how the Pierce County AIDS Foundation works on HIV prevention and supports community members living with HIV. Interview begins at 11:42.


  • The governor has extended eligibility to Washingtonians without children to access Department of Social and Health Services Family Emergency Assistance Program through the duration of the State of Emergency.
    • The measure allows for more people financially impacted by COVID-19 to access social services and assistance programs
  • The governor has also requested an extension of National Guard employment in Washington through the remainder of the calendar year to continue assisting with food distribution, community testing, and contact tracing efforts.
  • The state department of health is reporting that approximately 50 emails or text messages were erroneously sent between late May and early July as part of training activities.
    • The phone numbers and emails used were made up by those in training, and have no connection to actual public health data.
    • All potential recipients were notified.
    • Those who are unsure about whether Health Department communications are real may email DOH.Information@doh.wa.gov or call 1-800-525-0127


  • The Pierce County Library is asking people throughout Pierce County to let the library system know how it can best serve people in the coming months as it continues to provide services during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
    • A link to an online survey is available at Pierce County’s Facebook page @pierceco and at the library’s facebook page @PierceCoLibrary.
    • The link will also be available on the webpage for today’s notes at daily.ktqa.org.
    • The survey is open till July 25th.
  • The library also has a teen-focused instagram feed at PCLTeens where teen librarians are sharing books, zines, and hot topics of interest to adolescents. and more with you!


  • The Community Forum is returning to Tacoma City Council meetings starting tomorrow, July 14th, at __pm, via a virtual format.
    • Tacoma City Council meetings are not currently being conducted in-person.
    • Items of discussion during Community Forum will be limited to matters over which the City Council has jurisdiction.
    • Arguments shall not be made in support of, or opposition to, any matter on this week’s agenda.
    • The Community Forum period will be limited to a total of 90 minutes, and each person may address the City Council for a total of up to two minutes.
    • Those requesting to speak during Community Forum must be listening to the meeting via zoom on their phone or computer, and may request to speak by clicking the “Raise Hand” button near the bottom of their Zoom window or by pressing *9 on their phone.
    • Their full name, or the last four digits of their phone number, will be called out when it is their turn to speak.
    • Council agendas, archives, and meeting access information are available at cityoftacoma.legistar.com.
    • Written comments regarding agenda items must be emailed to cityclerk@cityoftacoma.org by 4pm Tuesday. Compiled comments will be posted online at cityoftacoma.org/writtencomments.
  • Tacoma’s Metropolitan Development Council continues to offer financial assistance to those struggling to pay energy bills.
  • The Tacoma Urban League will host a 2-day virtual conference focused on healthy male engagement and the role mentorship plays in preparing boys for adulthood in their current world.
    • More information on the Male Involvement Program and this weekend’s conference can be found at TheTacomaUrbanLeague.org or by calling (253) 383-2007
  • House of Matthew Permanent and Supportive Housing is offering free all-day Pierce Transit bus passes to those in need. Call 253-301-0508 to schedule a pick up.


  • There are numerous free testing sites in our region:
  • For Pierce County locations, visit TPCHD.org/covidtest.
  • Patients can also call their health providers for tests.
  • In general, patients should arrive at testing sites wearing face coverings and expect the process to take about 15 minutes.
  • Some of the testing sites offer rapid test results, while others have a 48-hr turnaround time