Today’s briefing includes diverse mental and emotional health hotlines and text-lines, food security resources, and an update on the bill to dismantle the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The briefing is also accompanied by the Spanish-language Reporte Semanal de COVID, produced in collaboration with Latinx En Accion and the TPCHD.
STATE The State Department of Health has released an update about anticipated coronavirus vaccine distribution. The timeline is as follows: A Federal committee is expected to meet December 10th to review Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer vaccine. The authorization would make the vaccine available for use during this declared state of emergency before it […]
STATE Working Washington grants are available they prioritize small businesses from sectors especially hard-hit by the pandemic, like restaurants, fitness centers, and event venues info available online at startup.choosewashingtonstate.com and at bit.ly/WorkingWA3 REGIONAL The Pierce County Energy Assistance Program pays heating bills directly to utility companies for eligible applicants Payments are based on household fuel […]
STATE The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, now states that individuals exposed to the coronavirus should quarantine 10 days instead of 2 full weeks if they do not develop symptoms. If those with potential exposure test negative, the quarantine period can be reduced to 7 days. Washington state health department is in […]
STATE The governor and the Department of Health (DOH) have launched “WA Notify,” an anonymous exposure notification app whose aim is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Washington residents who add WA Notify to their smartphones will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19. […]
Today’s Daily Briefing is accompanied by the Reporte Semanal de COVID, a Spanish-language production of VT RadioUniversal, Latinx En Accion, and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
STATE Bloodbank managers across the state are warning that they are experiencing a critical low supply of blood products, and that if blood donations don’t pick up, blood banks may have to ration out the blood supply. The need for blood products has increase up to 20 percent, while donations have dropped significantly. Donation eligibility […]
STATE The state insurance commissioner’s emergency order that requires health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring coronavirus testing is again extended for another month through December 24th. Insurers must also continue allow a one-time early refill for prescription drugs, and must suspend any prior authorization requirements for treatment or testing of […]
STATE Reports are surfacing about a draft for updated recommendations by health officials for when schools and districts could consider resuming full-time or hybrid in-person learning on school campuses. Any new recommendations have not been adopted by the governor, nor published by the health department for statewide adoption. At this time, the Washington State Department […]
When we went to air, Governor Inslee was holding a press conference discussing the state’s healthcare system capacity to respond to COVID and other health needs. We’ll interrupt our 6pm reply if there are details to share, or include them during tomorrow’s 3pm broadcast REGIONAL The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department reported 343 new […]