1/27: Wednesday Briefing

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  • The state Department of Social and Health Services advises that if you receive a notice for an Eligibility Review from DSHS you must complete that review to continue receiving benefits.
    • While DSHS extended certain certification periods, getting an Eligibility Review notice means your extension has ended, and your Eligibility Review is now due.
    • You may complete your Eligibility Review by calling 877-501-2233.
    • You may also get a reminder phone call from the depts system in the months the review is due for food, cash or medical benefits.
    • These automated calls start mid-month and are completed by the end of the month.
    • The dept notes that towards the end and beginning of each month, their phone lines are at their busiest.
    • Callers are asked to expect extended hold times and notes that the Best time to call is right at 8 a.m., with busiest times between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


  • 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.
      • This equates to roughly 1.7 million Washingtonians, in addition to all those in Phase 1A who were able to be vaccinated in late December and early January.
      • So far, 500,000 Washingtonians have received their first vaccine dose.
      • All vaccine providers in the state will be able to administer up to 100,000 initial vaccine doses per day with at max infrastructural capacity.
    • 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 Washington State Department of Health, along with the Washington State National guard and other partners, is launching 3 mass COVID-19 vaccination sites in Eastern Washington and one in Clark County
      • The sites are currently offering vaccinations by appointment only for those in Phase 1A or in Tier 1 of Phase 1B.
      • Appointments can be made by calling the state coronavirus hotline, or online at prepmod.doh.wa.gov
    • Appointments for the two Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week filled up in just hours on Friday afternoon, shortly after being announced.
      • The department advises that more pop up clinics are expected, including one in Gig Harbor.
      • Due to registration and email issues for this week’s Lakewood and Puyallup pop ups clinics, the department is resending confirmation emails to everyone who registered.
      • Those who received a green check mark at the end of their registration process have confirmed appointments, but through a form error, there are some instances where individuals signed up for the correct location, but the wrong date, and those individuals will have to swap locations for their appointment.
    • 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


  • The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department reported 212 COVID 19 cases today and 224 cases yesterday.
    • The County’s average cases per day over the last 2 weeks is 217, and with a 6-day lag to account for data accuracy, the case rate per 100,000 people is 336.
    • The department also has moved vaccination updates further up the page at TPCHD.org, between the first and second dashboards.


  • The city of Tacoma is facilitating the Resurgence Business Loan Program for small businesses can request to borrow up to $25,000
    • Neither collateral nor equity is required, and loan recipients will not have to make payments until 2022.
    • The Loan is available to small businesses with brick-and-mortar establishments, home-based businesses, and food trucks operating within Tacoma city limits with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.
    • A business must have operated for at least six months starting from, or prior to, June 2020.
    • Detailed application information will be available at makeittacoma.com/resurgenceloan.
  • This evening at 6pm, the city of Tacoma will host a 90 minute virtual community meeting to provide information and respond to questions about the Salvation Army site that will be used as a temporary shelter and warming center.
    • Attendees can listen and participate via Zoom with a computer or phone
    • See the City’s facebook page for details, or call 311 and ask for login information for the meeting
    • Clickable links will also be posted at daily.ktqa.org shortly after this live broadcast.


  • 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:
      • 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