9/30: Wednesday Update

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  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or “WIC”, will continue to offer enrollment, health screenings, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and food benefit interviews remotely via phone or videochat for as long as the declared national public health emergency goes on.
    • To find WIC services in your area, text “WIC” to 96859, visit https://ParentHelp123.org|ParentHelp123]] and check out the ResourceFinder, or call 1-800-322-2588
  • The Washington Youth Development Nonprofit Relief Fund will be providing general operating fund grants to youth development programs supporting young people most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and furthest from educational justice.
  • The Tacoma Urban League is offering technical assistance to help small businesses and entrepreneurs prepare applications for accessing federal and local funding for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • The National Weather Service in Seattle states that the newly rolled-in smoke from California wildfires will remain mostly aloft, will NOT be anything like the smoke event earlier this month, and should be fairly short-lived this week.
  • Several marine areas of Puget Sound will reopen for recreational crab fishing on Thursday, Oct. 1.
    • Areas include marine areas 4 (Neah Bay, east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line), 5 (Sekiu), 6 (eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca), 7 (San Juan Islands), 9 (Admiralty Inlet), and 12 Hood Canal (North of Ayock Point).
    • In each open area, crabbing will be allowed seven days a week through Dec. 31.


  • The Memorial Service for former Tacoma Mayor Harold G. Moss will be held tomorrow, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m., on the day that would have marked his 91st birthday.
    • Anyone can attend virtually by watching TV Tacoma, or by viewing the livestream at tvtacoma.com or facebook.com/cityoftacoma
    • Shortly after the memorial service, at approximately 3:30 PM, Mayor Moss, along with his family motorcade, will take a final drive across the Harold G. Moss Bridge in Tacoma.
    • In honor of the life and legacy of Mayor Moss, flags will also lower across all City facilities on October 1, 2020.
    • Mayor Moss passed away at his home with family on September 21, 2020 following longstanding health conditions unrelated to COVID-19.
  • Tacoma Public Schools and the Metropolitan Development Council will host a free virtual college prep night for high school students Thursday, Oct 1st 4:45pm-7pm designed to introduce students and parents to available college resources.


  • There are numerous free testing sites in our region:
    • Metro Parks’ Verlo Park and Church for All Nations will host testing events on Thursday, Oct 1st
    • Fort Steilacoom Park, University of Puget Sound, and Trinity Church Food Program Building will hold testing events on Friday, Oct 2nd.
  • No ID is required and tests are free and open to anyone.
  • Many testing events run all day from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, but check TPCHD.org/covidtest for times.
  • Community Health Care, with locations in Tacoma, Spanaway, and Lakewood, is offering testing for COVID-19, even if you are not a Community Health Care patient.
    • Call (253) 722-2161 for a Tele-Health Screening Appointment