KP Bischoff Food Bank announced they could use “ready-eat” food suitable for kids, meaning foods that do not need to be cooked such as yogurt, cereal, fruit, etc. To learn how to donate to them visit: http://www.kpbischofffoodbank.org/
Are you interested in space? The next launch window for the SpaceX Falcon 9 manned mission (Demo-2) is tomorrow starting at 12:22 pm our time. You can live stream the launch and/or get more information here: https://www.spacex.com/launches/
The Tacoma Pierce County Opioid Task Force will be holding 3 data review sessions regarding its work and resources on the subject. Each session will cover the same information. Families, community groups, non-profit service organizations, students, etc. are encouraged to attend. Data will be presented in a “user-friendly” way. The 3 sessions will be:
Session One: Tuesday June 9, 2020--- 10:00-11:30 AM, Session Two: Wednesday June 10, 2020---10-11:30 AM, Session Three: Thursday June 18, 2020---2:00-3:30 PM
For questions or comments or to reserve a place, please contact Trevor Higgins at: firstname.lastname@example.org FAQ’s I’m hearing about fraud more; can you give us any insight?
Yes, a bit. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson spoke this morning to the Gig Harbor Rotary Club. He said his office is seeing 3 main types of fraud right now.
Unemployment Fraud – as reported in the news, this is big and goes far beyond Washington State borders. According to Mr. Ferguson, the State Attorney General’s (AGO) office has helped recover over $300 million of these funds.
Fraud using grandparents – this is still happening in large numbers. Grandparents get a call purportedly from a grandchild who is “in trouble”. The voice is often muffled, and the fraudsters are very good at getting information from you. If you get one of these calls, chances are it is NOT your grandchild.
Selling fake things, especially “cures” for Covid-19. The AOG’s office has gone after websites and charlatans selling fake or non-existent Covid vaccines and hand sanitizer at $400 for a tiny bottle Visit the AOG’s office for more information: https://www.atg.wa.gov/ or for specific scam information: https://www.atg.wa.gov/scam-alerts
Covid-19 Updates Thursday, May 28th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Gov. Inslee has updated guidance on religious gatherings for those counties in Phases 1 & 2, including funerals and weddings. Beginning today, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties may host up to 100 people for outdoor services.
Stay tuned for more: Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor will be a drive-thru Covid-19 testing site on June 17th, 18th, and 19th. More specific details will be here as the dates draw nearer.
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Key Produce Express (not a business, but people helping farmers and community members alike) does trips to Eastern WA to pick up fresh produce, but only if they have enough orders. They drop off at Lakebay. To see what is being offered this week (asparagus) and to order, visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Key-Pen-Produce-Express-109556680741978/
Harbor Hope Center runs two homes (one for boys and one for girls) for homeless or displaced teens in our area. The one for girls just recently opened and has residents. The organization could use help in securing/replacing fencing, some dirt and seed for grass, and seed for a garden. To find out more or donate, please contact: email@example.com or visit their website at: https://harborhopecenter.org/
The Tacoma Pierce County Coalition to End Homelessness meets weekly on Fridays at 9:00 am. To see agendas or find out how to attend meetings, visit: http://pchomeless.org/
FAQ’s Part of feeling cut off from everything is that I don’t know what local groups and agencies are doing and sometimes it feels like nothing is being done. What is happening out there? When we don’t have our personal “catch-up” sessions with people while running errands or working, it is easy to feel out of the loop.
There is A LOT going on! I just got out of a meeting that happens every two weeks and here are just a few of the things being worked on that were discussed:
Senior meals are being delivered weekly and there is cooperation between organizations such as Children’s Home Society and the Gig Harbor Senior Center to create pen pals
Groups are coming together to provide housing, supplies, food and other necessities to people in need Efforts continue to pinpoint internet issues on the KP and work towards fixing those issues Greater Gig Harbor Foundation is working with the City of Gig Harbor to explore ways to help local small businesses
State and county representatives are actively searching out ways to listen to needs and get help Local churches are creating and distributing resource guides and actively working on being shelters for homeless or those in need
Peninsula School District has and is reaching out to all students to check on them
Other organizations work together to do wellness checks
Also from Coordinated Community Care – an opportunity to use the “Serve253” system to hold a ‘virtual drive’. Any non-profit organization that is part of the Coordinated Community Care effort can list a “drive” for money or needed supplies and people can donate. The organizers will either buy the supplies or give the raised funds to the requesting non-profit. For more information contact Caryn Bel-Palo at: HCC Office <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Peninsula Violence Prevention Coalition will be holding their monthly meeting tomorrow, May 27th at 9:30 am. This is a Webex meeting, meeting number (access code): 965 495 135, meeting password: pCyrCu49vN2 To dial in: 415-655-0003
The VA offers a weekly podcast called “Borne the Battle” which covers a wide range of topics related to Veterans. You can find it on most podcast apps including Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRADIO. For more information visit: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/borne-the-battle-podcast/
FAQ’s There has been a lot in the news lately about changing Covid-19 numbers. Is there a way to figure out some truth to it all? Ahh, the old phrase, “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics” seems appropriate here. Statistics are not inherently wrong or meant to be misleading. In fact, they are extremely useful in seeing trends and making sense out of large amounts of data. However, since they are, in their most basic sense, a representation of the numbers used to build them, if those numbers are not clearly defined or the gathering of the data inconsistent, then the statistics can easily be muddied. In addition to muddied numbers is the fast-changing situation. Until a few weeks ago, everyone thought the first US case of Covid-19 case was here in Washington. Experts now know that we had cases in the US prior to February and in other places besides Washington. It is unrealistic to think that data will not change as we learn more about the disease and its spread. Take testing – knowing who has the disease, who has had it, and who has been exposed are pivotal pieces of information. Yet, as we know, not everyone has been tested for Covid-19. Testing is still mainly reserved for those experiencing symptoms, those who have been exposed, health care workers, and first responders. That leaves a lot of untested people out there. We know (because of how Covid-19 has spread) that there are many people who have had it, or have been exposed, but since we have not or cannot yet test everyone, we don’t have a “true” number of people who have had Covid-19. This is unfortunate, because this is the number used when figuring out death rates, transmission rates, cases per capita, etc. Because there is not a “true” tested number, experts either use the numbers they have (actual tests) or they estimate the “true” number. Either way, there is room for error. So, you are saying numbers/statistics will change due to changing or better information? Yes. We will continue to see changing numbers as we get a better handle on the disease and how to combat it, as well as when we start to test more people. Some people will continue to question all of the data and put a political spin on it, one way or another. The fact is, we’re still learning which means we don’t have all the answers, and possibly never will. Quick note on the above quote: Funny enough, the phrase “Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics” is generally attributed to Mark Twain, however, that is because he wrote in his autobiography that he had heard it from Benjamin Disraeli (a former British Prime Minister). Dig a bit and one can find that there is no written record (other than Mark Twain’s claim) that Disraeli ever wrote that. It was a variation on a phrase that was in vogue during the 1800s both in the US and in the UK. So, matching the theme of this FAQ, even famous quotes sometimes have fuzzy origins!*********************************************************************************** Covid-19 Updates Thursday, May 21st, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Tomorrow at 11:00 am is the next installment of the Covid-19 Business Info Series hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the Economic Development Board of Tacoma-Pierce County, and the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. To get details on tomorrow’s installment or access previous ones, visit: https://www.tacomachamber.org/business-info-series.html
The Washington State Dept of Veteran’s Affairs has canceled all Memorial Day activities for this year.
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The Suicide Prevention Coalition will now be meeting (virtually) every two weeks in order to better share resources and give support during this time. The next meeting will be on June 3rd at 6:30 pm. Stay tuned for more meeting information.
Reminder: The Key Peninsula Veterans' Aisle of Honor on Memorial Day at the Vaughn Cemetery has been cancelled.
1 Herring Fish communicate by passing gas, yes, as in farting Captain Crunch of sweet cereal fame has a first name and it’s Horatio Abraham Lincoln spent time as a bartender (well, he co-owned a store that had a license to serve alcohol…bartender sounds cooler) Sperm whales have best friends There is someone who has the world’s largest collection of small versions of the world’s largest things
Goats have accents Looking at old photos can improve your mood There is actually a shell station shaped like a cell (Winston-Salem, NC) Octopuses gather shiny things and make gardens out of them A group of porcupines is called a “prickle” The inventor of Pringles is buried in a Pringles can. Original flavor. There’s a bridge just for squirrels in Longview, WA called the “Nutty Narrows”
********************************************************************* Covid-19 Updates Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
FAQ’s OK, stupid question, but what is Zoom? And zoom bombing? It seems that everyone gets it but me. Oh, once again, you are not alone! ZOOM is one of many internet applications that allow for real-time, video communication. Other flatforms (applications) you may have heard about are Go To Meetings and Microsoft Teams. Each of these services have bells and whistles that they like to sell their customers, such as call-in services, chats, recording options, etc. The way they make their money is when companies or school systems buy licenses, generally through subscriptions. Many, many school systems have bought subscriptions from Zoom in order to teach virtually. Some of these applications, like Zoom, offer some aspects for free In general, all of them allow people who are not paying customers to join meetings for free. “Zoom Bombing” is when someone who isn’t supposed to be in the meeting is able to hack or trick their way in and cause issues. Zoom increased their security after this started happening and now most meetings require an invite and a meeting password or code. How are these platforms different from Skype? Skype was an early version of face-to-face real time communication which is still in use. It is not designed to be a substitute for in-person meetings, so it lacks many of the bells and whistles that Zoom includes. Do I have to have a special computer set-up to use these meeting platforms? Not necessarily, it depends on how you want (or are able) to join the meeting. If you just have a phone, you can call in and it is like a big conference call If you have an old computer without a camera, you can join without video If you don’t have a microphone on your computer, you can join and just listen but not talk You can use your smart phone, if you have one, to join a meeting with full video and audio capabilities I’m still really nervous about using these platforms, how can I learn? If you are nervous and want to learn, ask a friend or family member (who knows about one of these platforms) to start a meeting and walk you through it. I did this with my Dad so our whole family could do a Mother’s Day meeting. It worked well, but we definitely needed the practice run to make sure my Dad was up to speed on it!
FAQ’s I know life is ok, but I still feel so out of control and frustrated and any other hosts of feelings. Do you have any thoughts on how to deal with these feelings? This bears repeating: if you are experiencing feelings like this, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!! Our world has been turned topsy-turvy in so many ways that it is often hard to identify what it is that is getting to us. Conversely, some things are the same such as our homes that still stand and roads that still work. There are few obvious signs of a pandemic and it is hard for our brains to process an unseen virus when we’re used to seeing or thinking about “disasters” in terms of destruction (like earthquakes or hurricanes). Overall, the experience(s) we are all dealing with are traumatic in some way. Pat Vivian from the Community Consulting Project wrote a blog which touches on this. The following are a few things she mentioned that are helpful to keep in mind. To read the full blog, visit: https://washingtonnonprofits.org/staying-sane/ Understand what you and others are feeling is normal. Because this is new to all of us, we are building the roadmap as we go along and learning as we go. Accept that with no roadmap available, we will make mistakes. Being able to reflect on and learn from our mistakes and successes allows us to move forward Share experiences and feelings with others. The enforced isolation means we need to communicate in order to connect and share Celebrate unity, caring for each other, and coming together. These are the things that will let us get through this experience and thrive again.
************************************************************************************ Covid-19 Updates Monday, May 18th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
KP Business & Organization Info Thank you to our KP Fire and Pierce County Sheriff Departments as they responded to a sad and exceptionally tragic fire in Vaughn last night.
Links Among the many questions surrounding PPP loans is the one about proving “need”. The Small Business Administration has clarified this and has issued a “Safe Harbor Provision” which you can read here:
In a nutshell, "Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith." Since most non-profits borrow less than that, this is a welcome provision . Washington Non-Profits has an amazing number of resources, some free, some for members only. Visit them at: https://washingtonnonprofits.org/
Are there similarities to the Mt. St. Helens explosion and the Covid-19 crisis? Yes, actually, there are!It was traumatic for the state and shut down commerce on the east side for some time.Schools were closed – according to remembrances from people living in Moses Lake at the time, school was done until September after the eruption.
Masks!! If you lived anywhere where there was ash (and there were smaller explosions that sent ash west a few weeks after the big one) you had to wear a mask for a while.
Where can I learn more about the eruption of 40 years ago? Lots of places – here’s some quick links to both information and look-back articles about the eruption:
Friday, May 15th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Today and every Friday – Nourish PC has a food truck which stops on the KP and serves anyone in need. The truck will be at Lake Katherine Village from 1:00 to 3:00 pm Church of the Latter-Day Saints, 12521 134th Ave. from 4:30 to 6:30 pm For more information see: https://nourishpc.org/
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The KP Partnership/MTI/KP Community Services dental van clinic originally scheduled for March will take place once MTI is allowed to do procedures again. We hope for later in the summer and will keep signed-up patients posted.
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church in Gig Harbor offers lay counseling (for a suggested donation). Call (253) 853-0291 to discuss options. The church also hosts “Mental Health Monday” videos at 12:00 on Mondays https://www.facebook.com/ChapelHillPC
FAQ’s You wrote about masks a few weeks ago, now people are angry about them. Why all the drama? The masks are being worn, and being advised to be worn, in order to help stop the spread of illness. Although some debate to what extent masks work, most health officials agree that they are 1 aspect of keeping ourselves and others safe, especially when used alongside social distancing, washing hands, and similar measures. The drama happens when masks become a symbol of how people are feeling and dealing with this crisis. Some people feel it is over-reach of government and is too controlling Some people feel it is a social duty and makes total sense Many people feel somewhere in the middle. Do I have to wear one? No, you do not; however: Some businesses have instituted policies regarding masks, such as Costco. Just like the old, “No shirt, no shoes, no service” signs of the past, businesses have the right to refuse service in certain cases. If you chose not to wear a mask, they can choose not to let you in. Some localities (like King County) have directed people to wear masks in public places. Although there is no enforcement of this on a personal level, there is at a business level. https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/masks.aspxI feel I can’t win – people will be angry if I wear one and angry if I don’t. Ultimately, we each need to make the mask choice based on our own reasons and hope that choice will be treated respectfully. Know that you are not alone if you are feeling confused, frustrated, and/or out of control. If these feeling get to be too much, you can call the Pierce County Crisis line: 1-800-576-7764 Covid-19 Updates
Thursday, May14th, 2020
These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Timely NewsTomorrow and every Friday – Nourish PC has a food truck which stops on the KP and serves anyone in need. The truck will be at Lake Katherine Village from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Church of the Latter-Day Saints, 12521 134thAve. from 4:30 to 6:30pm For more information see: https://nourishpc.org/
The KP Civic Center has announced that this year’s Livable Fair, originally scheduled for May 9th, has been canceled as opposed to postponed. If your organization paid for a booth, you can either donate the cost or ask for a refund by calling Stephanie Warren at: (253) 884-3456 or emailing: email@example.com
FAQ’sHow are families on the KP dealing with this crisis?It depends. Each household has its own challenges and deals with things in its own way. What we do know is that it is impacting everyone. We are hearing more stories about stress and anxiety and fear.
We are also hearing more stories of generosity, graciousness, and caring. A word often used in community health circles is “resiliency”. Simply put, “resiliency” is the ability to weather the challenges in life. It is used broadly, as the following examples show:Economic resiliency is the ability to keep paying bills in times of financial turmoilHealth resiliency is the ability to bounce back from an illness or not get sick in the first placeEmotional resiliency is the ability to handle new or ongoing challengesCommunity resiliency is a community’s ability to work together through pain, changes, and hard timesIt is fair to say that everyone is being challenged right now, and that means existing resiliency may not be enough for some families.What can I do to help?The KP is a resilient community, it is filled with caring and generous people. Things that help are:Volunteering when able (https://serve253.com/)Giving financially when able (Longbranch Foundation has giving options for area non-profits: https://www.longbranchfoundation.org/)Checking in on neighbors, family, friends, and colleagues. Many people are more isolated than ever before and social contact, even if virtual or waving across a yard, is important.Be patient with your fellow humans, this is a time of unprecedented stress.
Monday, May 11th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Timely News Organizations wishing to request National Guard help for June must do so by Friday, May 15th. To do so, fill out form 213RR (attached to email) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to fill out areas 1,2,4,7, & 8. The National Guard also has a liaison desk which can be reached at: (253) 512-1369
KP Business & Organization Info On Wednesday at 7:00 pm, the KP Community Council will be holding a virtual meeting through Zoom. Access can be through Zoom or dial in. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7659294088 Phone in: (253) 215-8782 meeting ID: 765 9294 0887 meeting password: 254467
The KP Business Association is creating a Word Art in honor of Scott Gallacher. If you would like to add to this memorial piece, please take the word survey by May 13th at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B3KVZ73"
FAQ’s Our household is using a lot more cleaning stuff to make sure we’re killing any Corona virus germs. Could this hurt our septic system? Most septic systems are pretty robust, but all of them depend on helpful bacteria which can be killed if not taken care of correctly. Things that can cause problems include harsh cleaning agents and using more water than the system can process in a short timeframe, both of which may be happening now during the Covid-19 crisis when we’re all home. Is there any way to find out if we are harming our septic system? One way would be to talk to the experts. The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department can answer those questions at their webinar happening Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 pm https://zoom.us/j/92411814591So what if I’m harming my septic system, doesn’t all the stuff go in the ground anyway? Your septic system does not work alone. It feeds into the groundwater of the local area. When working correctly, this is not a problem. If not working correctly, harmful things may get into the surrounding groundwater which can cause issues with near-by wells and other water ways, including creeks, rivers, and ultimately, the Puget Sound. A bad septic system damages a lot more than your yard.
Brought to you by the KP Partnership, the KP Council and numerous other local organizations
Friday, May 8th, 2020
Today! Between 12:30 and 1:00 pm look up to see a fly-over by the USAF C-17 Demonstration team.
KP Business & Organization Info A need for Volunteers! From the Mustard Seed Project-
“Be a hero for a local senior!” · For many of our older neighbors, the frailties of age get in the way of outdoor chores. When their yards are untidy, elders feel deeply embarrassed while neighbors worry about safety. The Mustard Seed Project's yard & garden volunteers make a difference for Key Peninsula seniors by mowing, raking, weeding, trimming, and planting. Imagine the huge difference you could make for elders just by mowing a lawn! · For more information on becoming a Yard & Garden Hero, contact Heather Anthony, Program Manager, at 253-884-9814 or email email@example.com.
· Download the "Community Volunteer Network" application and submit via email or mail to PO Box 182, Vaughn, WA 98394: http://themustardseedproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Updated-Volunteer-Application-7-5-18.pdf
This weekend’s virtual tour is in honor of the 75th anniversary of VE day, or Victory Europe day at the end of WWII. The National WWII Museum in New Orleans has some interesting exhibits/articles/podcasts about the time: https://www.nationalww2museum.org/
Worth another mention:
Comcast is offering “free” (for a few months anyway) service for certain people: https://www.internetessentials.com/
Tests, more tests, no tests….can you please help make sense out of what is available in terms of Covid-19 testing?
o We’ll do our best, accurate information about tests and how many are available is difficult to get.
The following are things we do know: o There are two main types of tests, one that tests for an active infection (viral test) and one that tests to see if a person has had the infection (antibody test) o Depending on what type of test you get (there are variations such as blood, nasal swab, etc.) results can be same day or in 3-5 days. o There are still not enough tests and/or test processing facilities for everyone to get tested ·
Are there still limits on who can be tested?
o Yes, there are, and the limits are placed by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our own WA Dept of Health.
o The CDC guidelines have a priority list which was recently updated. Priority cases are listed below, but more information about the CDC guidelines can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/hcp/clinical-criteria.html
· Priorities for Covid-19 Testing (as per CDC)
o High Priority § Hospitalized patients with symptoms § Healthcare facility workers, workers in congregate living settings, and first responders with symptoms § Residents in long-term care facilities or other congregate living settings, including prisons and shelters, with symptoms o Priority § Persons with symptoms of potential Covid-19 infection, including: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea, and/or sore throat. § Persons without symptoms who are prioritized by health departments or clinicians, for any reason, including but not limited to: public health monitoring, sentinel surveillance, or screening of other asymptomatic individuals according to state and local plans.
· Is there guidance from local Health Care Providers? o Yes. The following was just released by CHI Franciscan and gives a decent run-down of how they are handling testing: "COVID-19 testing is on everyone’s mind and CHI Franciscan wants to help you stay informed".
A few things to remember about the general types of COVID-19 tests in use:
1. “Nasal/Throat Swab Test”– tests for ONGOING infection. Results within 3 days. Per CDC guidelines, testing is limited to symptomatic patients due to limited availability of test kits. Offered at FMG Triage Centers and other locations.
2. “Rapid Test” – tests for ONGOING infection. A nasal swab. Results same day. Testing is limited to symptomatic patients and pre-operative patients due to very limited availability of test kits. Not currently offered to general patients.
3. “Home Test” – tests for ONGOING infection. A nasal swab (self-administered). Results available within 3 days.
kits are only available ONLINE for healthcare workers and first responders. These tests are not available through CHI Franciscan.
4. “Antibody Test” (e.g. UW, Labcorp) – tests for PAST EXPOSURE. Blood test. Results in about 3 days. Very limited availability. Current use – research studies. Possible future use for plasma donor determination. Test is not FDA approved at this time.
5. Other “Rapid Antibody Tests” – local labs are offering rapid blood tests. These tests have not been approved by the FDA so accuracy is uncertain. We are not recommending this for our patients at this time. ·
Are other people frustrated by all of this?
Yes. Healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers alike are frustrated by testing limitations and lack of tests. Once again, we are not alone in the confusion caused by Covid-19. ·
Is there good news?
Yes! There is a lot happening that looks beyond individual testing, including looking at sewage and wastewater for evidence of the virus.
A recent Washington Post/Seattle Times article talks about work being done here in Pierce County: https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/an-early-warning-system-for-coronavirus-infections-could-be-found-in-your-toilet/
Thursday, May7th, 2020These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
The Washington State Dept of Health and Gov. Inslee’s office have created and updated a “Risk Assessment Dashboard” which measures Washington’s Covid-19 risk in 5 areas. It will be updated every Wednesday.
Links The Economic Development Board of Tacoma/Pierce County has a page full of information and helpful links for businesses and dealing with Covid-19, including a “Back to Work Toolkit” https://www.edbtacomapierce.org/covid-19/
FAQ’s Murder Hornets?! Are they real?No and yes. Don’t you just love ambiguous answers like that? Read on for clarification:
There are no “murder hornets” out to murder you or those you love.There are Asian giant hornets. They are big (up to 2 inches long), aggressive (they will aggressively protect their territory and handily take out European honeybee hives), and their sting has a powerful neurotoxin which can cause extreme pain and, if there are a lot of stings, death. Oh, and their stinger can go through most bee suits.
Are they here? According to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) there were 2 confirmed sightings in December of 2019 near Blaine, WA and 2 probable sightings near Custer, WA. These were the first ever sightings of Asian giant hornets in the United States.
British Columbia also had 2 confirmed sightings in fall of 2019.This means they are here, but hopefully, not in large numbers yet. It is imperative that we stop their advance before their numbers increase. This is why we are hearing about them now.
I want to emphasize, the sightings are north, near the Canadian border and the WSDA is focusing their trapping efforts in the northern counties of Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, and Island.
The hornets are not yet in Pierce county that we know of.
How can we stop huge, murderous, hornets? By reporting them and letting the WSDA experts take them out.
Because the threat to our agricultural economy is huge, the WSDA is making a full-out effort to find, identify, and eradicate any colonies that are starting in our state. To do this they need the help of people to report sightings.
I have beehives? Is there anywhere I can go for information on how to protect them?Yes, contact WSU Extension scientist Tim Lawrence at: (360) 639-6061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-Key Peninsula Partnership for a Healthy Community *************************************************************************************************************** Covid-19 Updates Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Kitsap Economic Development Alliance holds a weekly business webinar. This week’s topic is: “The New Market Place: Meeting Your Customer Where They’re At”. Thursday, May 7th at 10:00 am. The webinar is free but does require registration. To find out more and register, see: http://kitsapeda.org/media-center/covid-your-business-webinars-archive/
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Be on the look-out for a new electronic reader board to be installed soon at the Key Center Fire Station! Links The “Stem for All” Video Showcase is an opportunity to see what sort of STEM learning is being developed around the country. Take a look at the programs and vote for those you like through May 12th! To see, learn more, and vote visit: https://stemforall2020.videohall.com/
Add to your calendar – Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept will be doing a Zoom conference on Septic System Basics next week on May 14th. To take part, access Zoom at: https://zoom.us/j/92411814591
A .pdf of Frequently Asked Questions about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available at: https://www.sba.gov/document/support--faq-lenders-borrowers
FAQ’s •\\tWhat are Covid Parties and why are they in the news? o\\t Covid parties are where people go to parties with others that have been exposed to the virus in the belief that they will get exposed and therefore, build immunity. The goal is to build a “herd immunity” by getting lots of people exposed at once. o\\tThey are in the news because some of these parties have happened in our state, the most recent confirmed one being in Walla Walla.
•\\tDoes it work? Can someone build immunity by being exposed? o\\tMaybe? But, this a dodgy gamble because: o\\tScientists and medical experts do not yet know if this virus is a “one and done” like Chicken Pox or similar sicknesses. There is not yet enough evidence to say that being exposed to or having Covid-19 provides future immunity. o\\tIt’s a big risk. If you are exposed, you stand a chance of getting extremely sick, as does anyone you come into contact with for the next few weeks.