8/10: Monday Update

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No new interview today–just some state and local updates.  Watch the night sky this week for shooting stars!


  • As of today, new rules for fitness centers went into effect across the state.
    • Patrons must have 300 square feet of distance, which equates to staying about 17 feet from any other individual inside a fitness facility in most cases.
  • Also as of today, wedding and funeral receptions are no longer permitted. Services may only take place with 30 or fewer individuals, or 20% venue capacity, whichever is less.
  • Washington’s state commissioner of public lands is urging all residents and visitors to practice social distancing, wear masks, abide by local burn bans, and practice careful fire safety, in order to protect firefighters who lodge https://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3together in camps to be ready to respond to wildfires.
    • The statement comes on the heels of a third wildland firefighter testing positive for COVID-19.


  • Pierce County is enrolling eligible 3 and 4 year-olds for ECEAP preschool for the coming school year.
    • The program is free to qualifying families, and abides by COVID-19 precautions.
    • Program sites are located in Bonney Lake, Buckley, Ehttps://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3atonville, Orting, South Hill, Sumner, and University Place, and Spanish-English dual language programs are available at the South Hill and Sumner sites.
    • Learn more by calling us at 253-798-4400 (press option #4) or by visiting piercecountywa.gov/1973.
  • MetroParks Tacoma and the Lakewood Police Department will be hosting a blood drive on August 12 and 13 at the Lakewood Police Department.
    • Anyone eligible to donate blood products is asked to visit schedule.bloodworksNW.org or call 800-398-7888, especially if you are blood type O-negative, for which there is an urgent need.https://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3


  • The city council will hold its weekly meeting tomorrow, August 4th at 5pm via zoom.
    • It will be broadcast in real time on TVTacoma, at TVTacoma.com, and on the city’s facebook live account.
  • The city will host a community conversation on police bodhttps://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3y-worn cameras on August 13 at 6pm via zoom.
    • Login information can be found at Cityoftacoma.org/bodycameras and on the city’s facebook page under “Events”.
    • If accessing the meeting by phone, call the city at 311 in advance for the meeting phone number.
  • MetroParks Tacoma has deployed orange-vested Park Ambassadors throughout the city to answer questions and remind park visitors how to safely use parks by following COVID-19 guidelines.https://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3
  • The Tacoma Urban league is facilitating free mental health check-ins for Black community members through the end of August, 2020.


  • There are numerous free testing sites in our region:
  • For Pierce County locations, visit TPCHD.org/covidtest.https://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3
    • Tuesday, August 11, testing will be held at Pierce College’s Puyallup campus at 1601 39th Ave SE, and at Centro Latino at 1208 S. 10th St. in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood.
    • Thursday, August 13, there will be two events: one is at Pierce College’s Fort Steilacoom campus in Lakewood, and the other is at the Pierce County Heritage Recreation Center in Puyalluphttps://daily.ktqa.org/episodes/KTQA-DB-20200810.mp3
    • Friday, August 14, testing will be available at the Sprinker Recreation Center and at the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus
    • All events run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, no ID is required, and tests are free and open to anyone.
  • Patients can also call their health providers for tests.