1/22: Friday 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 State’s Employment Security Department is working to update their system to include the additional 11 weeks of Pandemic Emergency payments.
    • The dept advises that the most important thing to do is continue to submit weekly claims if you are unemployed.
    • More important info and guidance is available online at https://esd.wa.gov/covid-FAQ
    • The department is also offering period webinars to help claimants navigate the system, manage their claims, and get their questions answered.


  • The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department reported 300 new COVID-19 cases today and 304 cases yesterday, both of which are above the 2-week average daily case rate of 247.
    • With a 6-day lag to account for data accuracy, the county’s case rate per 100,000 people is 383.
  • All adult household members of Puyallup Tribal Health Authority patients are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines at the PTHA drive-thru clinic
    • The PTHA patient must accompany their household members and show valid ID with a shared address
    • No appointment is needed for the Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm clinic at the former EQC event tent parking lot on East 32nd St.
    • Puyallup tribal members may notify security to advance in line if there is a wait


  • There are numerous free COVID-19 testing sites in our region, including at Multicare, Franciscan, and Kaiser facilities; at Community Healthcare and SeaMar Community Health Centers; at Cheney Stadium, at the Lakewood State Emissions Testing Center, and more.
    • You can go to coronavirus.wa.gov and follow links for “Find Covid Testing Near Me” for specific locations.
    • In addition to permanent regular testing locations, The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept’s mobile testing events this weekend and next week are as follows:
      • Sat, Jan 23: Sumner High School
      • Sunday, Jan 24: Tacoma Dome
      • Monday, Jan 25: Salvation Army Camp Arnold in Eatonville
      • Tuesday, Jan 26: Washington State Fairgrounds Blue Lot in Puyallup
      • Wednesday, Jan 27: Pierce College in Puyallup
      • Thursday, Jan 28: Centro Latino in Hilltop ,Our Savior Lutheran Church at 4519 112th St. E.
      • Friday, Jan 29: Fort Steilacoom Park, Bethlehem Baptist Church located at 48th & Portland Ave E, and Old Spanaway Elementary School
    • No ID is required, tests are free and open to anyone, and most testing runs 10am-3pm, except the Lakewood station goes till 5:30), but check TPCHD.org for specifics
    • Results are available in 3-7 days


  • Washingtonians can find out if they are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines online at FindYourPhaseWA.org.
    • Those currently eligible for vaccination include the following individuals:
      • All people 65 years and older
      • People 50 years and older in multigenerational households, defined as someone caring for their grandchild, niece or nephew.
      • Health care workers at high risk of COVID exposure or severe illness
      • First responders at high risk of COVID exposure or severe illness
      • Residents and staff of congregate living settings such as nursing homes.
    • Next up but not yet currently eligible will be Phase 1B tiers 2-4, which include those who work in group settings that include agriculture, food processing, correction facilities, grocery stores, public transit, schools, and child care.
    • The following health systems and clinics in our region are offering vaccine appointments for eligible individuals:
      • MultiCare, Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, Kaiser Permanente, Sea Mar, Orting Family Practice, OM Life Health Clinic, University Place Medical Clinic, and UW Medicine
    • The following pharmacies also have vaccine programs by appointment:
      • Safeway pharmacies in Bonney Lake & Lakewood
      • Kirk’s Pharmacy in Eatonville
      • Lincoln Pharmacy in Tacoma
      • Alberton’s pharmacy in Puyallup
    • Pierce County Council has approved 4 million dollars from its reserves, to be used for COVID-19 mass vaccination operations
    • SEIU Healthcare 1199NW is looking for current or former healthcare workers to be volunteer vaccinators in locations where they are most needed.