1/7: Thursday Briefing

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  • State-level updates on COVID-19 can be found online in multiple languages at coronavirus.wa.gov.
  • Dialing 311 will get you to the City of Tacoma’s non-emergency information line.
  • The state’s Coronavirus Q&A line is staffed 7 days a week, 6am-10pm, at 1-800-525-0127. For interpreters in other languages, press # when they answer and say your language.
  • You can also text the coronavirus Q&A line at 211-211 in any language.
  • Dialing 211 will connect you to community resources statewide through United Way, and you can also visit wa211.org online.
  • Many resources are available for adults and youth experiencing distress, as well as those caring for anyone experiencing emotional distress.
    • The “Washington Listens” support line for managing stress and getting referrals for behavioral health services is 1-833-681-0211.
    • The Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 800-273-8255 for English, o en espanol: ocho ochenta y ocho, seis veintiocho, noventa y cuatro, cincuenta y cuatro 1-888-628-9454
    • The Crisis Text Line provides confidential text access from anywhere in the U.S. to a trained crisis counselor when you Text HEAL to 741741. If you text FRONTLINE to 741741, you’ll be connected with a crisis counselor trained to help frontline workers in the fight against COVID.
    • Teens can call or text the Teen Link number at 866-833-6546
    • And individuals struggling with substance use or addiction can call or text the WA Recovery Help Line at 366-789-1511


  • The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reports that about 20% of the state’s allocated coronavirus vaccines have been administered to patients since they were first authorized in December.
    • Washingtonians who are belong to the Phase 1A vaccination group are eligible right now to get the vaccine, and the state anticipates members of group 1B may start getting vaccines by mid month.
    • 477 facilities across the state are officially enrolled to provide COVID-19 vaccine, including CVS and Walgreens pharmacies that are contracted to provide vaccines for longterm care facilities.
  • Healthcare providers can go to covidvaccinewa.org for resources to share with patients, as well as a downloadable vaccine provider toolkit.


  • The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department reported 302 new COVID 19 cases today and 243 cases yesterday.
    • The County’s average cases per day over the last 2 weeks is 248, and with a 6-day lag to account for data accuracy, the case rate per 100,000 people is 386.
  • esidents of Pierce County can go to tpchd.org/vaxtothefuture to keep up to date on vaccine efforts in our county, including when you might be eligible for vaccines based on availability, and your personal factors like age, health, work, and living situation.


  • There are numerous free COVID-19 testing sites in our region:
    • For King County locations visit KingCounty.gov.
    • For Pierce County locations, visit TPCHD.org/covidtest.
    • Friday, Jan 8: Bay Terrace Apartments at 2550 South G St., and State Emission Inspection Station in Lakewood.
    • Saturday, Jan 9: Tacoma MetroParks Vassault Park, Eatonville Middle School, Fort Steilacoom Park, and the State Emission Inspection Station in Lakewood.
    • No ID is required, tests are free and open to anyone, and most testing runs 10am-3pm, but check TPCHD.org for specifics
    • Results are available in 3-7 days