Today is the last day to take the following business survey from Pierce County Economic Development: We appreciate your business investment in Pierce County. Please take our survey to help us better understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on your business and what type of support and services you need during this challenging time. Your feedback is valuable and will help us determine the most effective ways to facilitate business recovery in Pierce County. Please take a few minutes to respond by Tuesday, June 30 The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WD68R83
If you are still in need of PPE, please contact the County's Emergency Operations Center at (253) 798-7470 and ask for the Logistics section. The County is providing PPE, at no cost, to behavioral health providers, and other nonprofits and businesses in Pierce County.
FAQ’s I may be traveling by air soon. What do I need to know? Air travel is possible but different since the Covid-19 Pandemic started. Many airlines require masks at all times and are serving limited drinks/meals. Some airlines are beginning to book to full capacity, but most are still flying with a policy of “leaving the middle seat open” in order to help with proper distancing. SeaTac airport has done a number of things to help keep travelers and workers safe including: Increased cleaning regimens Pre-booking of parking Requiring masks in all public areas SeaTac does have some restaurants and vendors open To find out more regarding travel through SeaTac Airport, visit: https://www.portseattle.org/news/airport-travel-different-know-what-you-can-do-prepareIs there a general place I can look for travel information? The CDC does have a travel consideration page with information and links. You can find it at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.htmlI’ve heard that some states are banning travel from other states, is this true? Yes, in part. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut have all issued mandatory quarantines for people coming from certain “hot spot” areas (including in some cases, WA state). It is not clear how these mandatory quarantines will be enforced or if they reasonably can be. For more on this: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/travel-bans-quarantines-dont-stop-covid1-9-spread-but-can-delay-it#How-travel-bans-do-and-dont-work The Department of Defense has issued a travel restriction for military members to the following 3 states: California, Florida, and Michigan.
Covid-19 Updates Friday, June 26th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
From Pierce County Economic Development: We appreciate your business investment in Pierce County. Please take our survey to help us better understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on your business and what type of support and services you need during this challenging time. Your feedback is valuable and will help us determine the most effective ways to facilitate business recovery in Pierce County. Please take a few minutes to respond by Tuesday, June 30 The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WD68R83
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The Mustard Seed Project is offering complimentary fabric masks (varying options) and disposable non-surgical masks to Key Peninsula seniors in need and their family caregivers. Please call 253-884-9814 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Limited supply available!
CHI/Franciscan is hiring locally for people to screen staff and visitors to hospitals. Information about job and applying is below: Cunningham Elite Staffing Call the Recruiter - Stephanie at 253-514-1252 The position is call Hospitality Specialist (for CHI), Pay $13.75/hour The job is to screen both staff and visitors/patients at entrances Every hour imaginable is available and can request to work at any of our 7 area hospitals.
The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation has spearheaded a major fund-raising event to help businesses throughout Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula get through the Covid-19 crisis. “Band Together” will be a series of Friday night concerts starting July 3rd and running through October. To learn more, visit: https://www.ghkpbandtogether.org/about
Pierce County allocated $1.5 million in CARES money towards vouchers for Pierce County families to access any 0-12 years old licensed child-care program, or any school aged only program. The funding will support 300 children attending childcare for 3 months. Child Care Resources will administer this program. To qualify for financial assistance to pay for childcare, applicants must be an essential worker or have their income, work or access to childcare negatively impacted by COVID-19. Apply by calling or texting the Child Care Aware of Washington Family Center at 1-800-446-1114 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or call: (253) 884-3456. Or visit: https://www.childcare.org/
In the coming months, Child Care Resource and First 5 FUNdamentals will engage community partners, to identify reforms that will ensure childcare is available to families not only during the COVID-19 pandemic, but well into the future. If you would like to be part of the conversations, please fill out the following on-line form: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/_00nm4EKzrfUTTWvO4vv_g
Do you need support due to stress from COVID-19? Call Washington Listens, a line that provides nonclinical support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19. People who call Washington Listens will speak to a support specialist and receive information and connection to community resources in their area. The program is anonymous and no identifying information is maintained. People who staff Washington Listens will receive basic training needed to provide support to individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic. To reach Washington Listens, call 1-833-681-0211.
FAQ’s Today is a mix of question-Are all people who have applied for unemployment benefits dealing with long waits (sometimes many weeks)? Many people are, that’s for sure! The following is from Washington’s Employment Security Department’s update: The Employment Security Department is working to address a current backlog of 33,393 claimants. The average wait time for adjudicated claims has been eight weeks. The Employment Security Department will temporarily restrict inbound claim center calls to prioritize customers waiting the longest for their benefits. Customers will still be able to apply for benefits and submit weekly claims online or by phone at 800-318-6022. Customers may also call 833-572-8400 for answers to general unemployment questions NOT specific to a particular claim. Special holiday alert: All Washington state agencies will be closed July 3-4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday, as will the U.S. Postal Service and most banking institutions. However, ESD claims center staff could be making outbound calls over the holiday weekend to resolve pending claims. Once again, I find myself on social media wondering what the truth is. Can you repeat your post about how to quickly vet information found on social media? Absolutely – here it is: There is an easily learned skill set that will help you quickly evaluate digital information. It was developed by a digital literacy expert at WSU Vancouver and is called SIFT (see story at: https://news.wsu.edu/2020/02/27/detect-coronavirus-misinformation-30-seconds/) The 4 steps in SIFT are: Stop – when you feel emotion or an urgent need to share…STOP and use next tools Investigate the source – learn about techniques such as “hover” to see basic information about source Find better coverage – quickly do a cross-news check to see if other outlets are coving story Trace claims, quotes and media to the original context – tracing claims can be as easy as looking at the date of the original story (recent or a few years old?), same with quotes To see more detailed descriptions and to learn the process, visit: https://infodemic.blog/Now that it is mandatory to wear masks, I need to get some. Where can I get them? If you want to buy something snazzy, look on-line, there are masks galore. If you can follow directions, there are multiple patterns available on-line from super easy “no-sew” to more complicated custom designs. Many organizations in the area have received masks from the county to distribute, including ours. If you need a mask for yourself or your family, please write to us at: email@example.com and we will set you up or help you find masks close to where you live. Isn’t the mask thing just another attempt to curtail my individual freedoms? That is certainly one way to look at it. Another way is that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and leaders are trying their best with what information they have to keep us ALL safe while reopening the economy. It will be a personal choice whether or not to comply, of course. Businesses don’t have to let you in though, so be aware of that. As with all things, confusion abounds. For more information on the mask wearing in WA, visit: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/information-for/you-and-your-family/face-masks-or-cloth-face-covering Here’s one regarding “Myths & Facts”: https://medium.com/wadepthealth/myths-and-facts-about-cloth-face-coverings-f68513ad501a For information regarding a fake ADA flyer people are using: https://www.ada.gov/covid-19_flyer_alert.html?fbclid=IwAR29B92IBRroU5mkDkhoUpIZqXH8Mz-8IM2I6n_lqDluXW_ejbUBVAz_Als And on some of the legalities around ADA guidelines and masks: https://www.adasoutheast.org/ada/publications/legal/ada-and-face-mask-policies.php?fbclid=IwAR3C5N02bmMDyS1Cx8-sn8N3Cs2OIRrhsjIYnQomnLT1CEQSO_7Q4FomR8w
Covid-19 Updates Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
This evening at 7:00 pm! The “All in WA” benefit concert is free to attend (virtually) and proceeds from the event will go to Washington workers and their families. To find out more, visit: https://allinwa.org/ The concert is available on King 5 (channel 5), Kong, Twitch, KREM, KSKN, and at https://allinwa.org It will also be available to stream on Amazon Prime starting at 8:00 pm.
The KP Community Office in the Key Center Corral is open again! Also, with that, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department will be resuming hours (virtually) to help KP residents. To talk with a TPCHD person, come into the office on Tuesdays or Thursdays and a virtual meeting will be set up for you then and there.
The KP Civic Center needs volunteers for their Fireworks stand. Shifts are open June 28th through July 4th. To volunteer or find out more email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: (253) 884-3456
NourishPC, the organization which runs the Mobile Food Bank on the KP is looking for volunteers. They need volunteers to box and distribute groceries in the following locations/times: Lakes Area (Lakewood) - Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m Edgewood – Wednesdays from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m. Thursday from 2 – 7 p.m., Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., & Saturday from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Northwest - Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Warehouse – Weekdays 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. loading mobile food banks (4 people needed) Warehouse - Weekdays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. packing groceries for distribution Volunteers are asked to commit to a full shift and if possible, sign up for more than one shift a month. All volunteers must be 17 years or older and able to bend, lift, and carry at least 25 lbs. For more information or questions on how to register for a volunteer shift, please email: email@example.com Links
The Tacoma News Tribune (TNT) would like to do a story on Covid-19 relief and are looking for businesses and/or organizations in our area that have received funding to understand if the program has been beneficial or not. If your organization has received funding and you would like to share your experience with the TNT, please fill out a short survey at: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article243744177.html?
The Tacoma Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) has a resource person available to help organizations plan for summer programs in terms of cleaning, hygiene, etc. Also, the TPCHD is asking organizations whose clients may be dealing with domestic violence situations to contact them as the department needs data (in accordance with privacy laws, of course) to retain critical funding for domestic violence programs. To touch base regarding either of these programs, please contact Judy Olsen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peninsula School District is looking for an amazing person to teach Trades and Technology at Key Peninsula Middle School in the upcoming school year. Persons with at least 6,000 hours of industry experience and the willingness to work toward or currently holding Career and Technical Education Teaching Certificate are encouraged to apply. The application can be found at: https://www2.wrdc.wa-k12.net/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wpeninss71/rapplmnu03.w
FAQ’s What is with the changing numbers for Covid-19 cases and deaths? The changes make it difficult to know what is true. This is a great question and the answer fits solidly into the “it’s complicated” zone. The reason numbers change though, can be primarily attributed to two things, a decentralized health reporting system and the newness of the virus. Note – this information is in regard to the United States only. Other countries (like China) have their own reporting issues that may be different than ours. First – a decentralized health reporting system. Although we do have the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) which tracks numbers, it gets most of its information from the states. Each state has its own reporting system which (ideally) then feeds into the national. Of course, each state has a number of counties which also (often) have their own health departments and reporting systems. Additionally, some states rely on hospitals to provide them with information, while others rely on regional or county health departments, which in turn get information from hospitals and other health care entities. With all these reporting agencies, it is easy to see how reporting anything accurately can be difficult, for instance: Is there a plan for avoiding and finding duplicate case counts? Do all entities use the same definitions? This was in the news just this week – what counts as a death by Covid-19? For a while, some entities were checking to see if the dead person tested positive from Covid-19. If they did, regardless of the cause of death, the death went under the Covid-19 column. Clarifying and standardizing what deaths should be related to Covid-19 and which should not is a complicated and time-consuming process. This process is made more difficult by a host of issues, not least of which are: Figuring out and agreeing to who decides on the definitions Overworked health department employees Overwhelmed healthcare entities/people Political pressures An economic crisis Doing most everything virtually Second, the everchanging information surrounding Covid-19. This is such a new virus and so much is unknown about it that we are finding out new things every single day. Testing was limited at first and is still limited to some extent (also a complicated subject). Because of that, all statistics surrounding Covid-19 will adjust from time to time. Referring to above – trying to ramp up a system of testing and reporting for a brand-new disease is difficult in the best of times. We are not in the best of times.
Covid-19 Updates Thursday, June 18th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, this week the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. To find out more and access portal, visit: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
The KP Civic Center is running a very short survey to get a feel for how the KP community will feel about public gatherings as we move into the next opening “phases”. To respond to the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6T6265G
FAQ’s I have a PO Box and have not received a Census ID or code. How do I get counted? This was a question multiple people asked us after Tuesday’s update. We reached out to our local Census representative and this is what we found out. YOU CAN get counted and it is extremely important that you do! If you have a PO Box and did not receive a code (Census ID), it’s ok, there is a link on the page where one enters the code that says, “If you do not have a Census ID, click here” https://my2020census.gov/login Once you click there, the system asks where you were living in general on April 1st of this year. Clicking on the top option (“A US state or Dist. Of Columbia”) will bring you to the page which asks for your street address. This is the address you would use to tell the fire dept where you live, or the address you give to a delivery or service person. IF you do not have this address, or you have a rural route address, click on the box that says, “I do not have a street address” and hit, “next” This is where some people get stopped. Keep going, regardless of how you answer this and the next question, you will be brought to a page that asks for the city, state, and zip code of where you live. It will also ask for a description of where you live. This allows people to add in that they live in a rented room over a garage, or a mother-in-law cabin, etc. This area also provides a place for people who are experiencing homelessness to put that in – everyone is important for this count, especially those people who are often left out of these types of counts/surveys. What if I put in information and someone else at our address did too? The Census Bureau has experience and methods to deal with the possibility of duplicate counts. In rural areas, apartments, and shared housing situations the “address” is not always clear-cut, and the Census Bureau knows that. Has the Covid-19 crisis affected the Census counting? Yes, it has. Usually there are teams that start in the spring and go door-to-door to count households that may have not yet responded or are having difficulty. This year, the deployment of those teams has been delayed and is just now beginning to happen. The deadline to submit information for the Census is generally July of the census year. This year the due date has been extended by 120 additional days.
Covid-19 Updates Monday, June 16th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Tomorrow morning at 11:00 am, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce are hosting their Business Info Series Conference Call/Zoom. Guests will include Congressman Derek Kilmer, Ryan Wheaton from Pierce Transit, and Tacoma Councilmember Kristina Walker. To access via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/843841095 Webinar ID: 843 841 095 By phone: (253) 215-8782, meeting ID: 843 841 095
The Covid-19 testing site at Chape Hills church originally scheduled for this week has been postponed.
KP Business & Organization Info The Key Peninsula has only returned census information for 45% of households. Most of the state and county are above 60%. To fill out information for your household, or get more information, visit: https://www.piercecountywa.gov/5853/2020-Census or https://2020census.gov/en.html You may also call and talk to a real person to answer the 10 census questions, the whole thing should take less than 10 minutes. To call in your information, dial (toll-free): (844) 330-2020 Additional phone numbers for languages other than English, visit: https://2020census.gov/en/languages.html
FAQ’s Why should I fill out the census? The Census is a constitutionally mandated count of everyone in the US (“everyone” can be debated on another day). The numbers gained from the census are CRITICAL in making sure our community gets proper representation and our share of federal funds. Census numbers help determine: Number of representatives to Congress our state has (which also determines electoral college votes our state gets for presidential elections) School lunch program funds, as well as many other educational programs our district uses Funding for roads, highways, and other infrastructure Rural water and wastewater systems Funding for safety services, including our fire department The list goes on – if we don’t get our numbers correct, we stand to lose millions of dollars of federal funds What questions are asked? There are 10 questions, mostly regarding how many people (including their ages and genders) were living in your household on April 1st of this year. There are NO questions regarding US citizenship They will NOT ask for your social security number To see the questions asked, visit: https://2020census.gov/en/about-questions.htmlCan the information I provide be used in court against me? No. Your privacy is protected, and no information may be released that identifies you personally. What if I can’t access it on-line? You can call and talk to a person to do the survey, it takes less then 10 minutes Here’s the toll-free number: (844) 330-2020
Covid-19 Updates Friday, June 12th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Both Peninsula High School and Gig Harbor High School will be doing a car parade for graduates tomorrow, Saturday June 13th at the Tacoma Narrows Airport in Gig Harbor. PHS will start its parade at 10:00 am and GHHS will start at 1:00 pm. For more information visit the school websites – PHS: https://phs.psd401.net/ GHHS: https://ghh.psd401.net/families-community/graduation
Many Tacoma area businesses will be closing today, Friday June 12th, in support of the Black Lives Matter statewide “Day of Action”.
Pierce Transit bus and shuttle fares will be reinstated this Sunday, June 14th. For more information visit: https://www.piercetransit.org/PT-fares/
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Many KP Businesses are beginning to open again now that Pierce County is in Phase 2. The Key Pen News has a quick link to businesses that are open and how open they are. Visit: https://keypennews.whatsopen.news/
Pierce County Libraries are improving their virtual experience as they wait to reopen. They are using numerous platforms from Zoom to YouTube to bring story times and other activities to you. For more information, visit: https://www.piercecountylibrary.org/files/library/pierce-count-library_001_001_001.pdf
Northwest Trek and Pt Defiance Zoos will be opening next week on June 18th! Timed, ticketed entries and some other restrictions will be in place to assure safe social-distancing. For more information visit: https://www.nwtrek.org/ and https://www.pdza.org/
FAQ’s •\tThe numbers regarding Covid-19 are starting to blend together, our county is moving into Phase 2, and we’re beginning to get out again. Can we stop worrying about catching Covid-19 here? o\tWhile we do need to live our lives, the frustrating truth is that no, we do need to stay concerned. Covid-19 is not gone from our country and although there are fewer cases in our area, there are still hundreds of new cases in Washington state daily. o\tInfectious disease experts say the Covid-19 virus will be with us for some time and until we have a vaccine or achieve herd immunity, it will continue to infect people and create “outbreak hotspots”. o\tOur society will need to continue finding ways to walk the line between total quarantine (and economic damage) and unnecessary deaths (and healthcare overload). •\tSometimes we hear that the “warm weather” will make it go away, is this true? o\tProbably not. The warm weather COULD make transmission more difficult in some ways, or people being outside more may lessen how it spreads, but it won’t just “go away” because it is warm. o\tThe following article is an interview with a leading infectious disease expert which discusses a number of these things: https://www.bluezones.com/2020/06/covid-19-straight-answers-from-top-epidemiologist-who-predicted-the-pandemic/?fbclid=IwAR0C35hAGPEaFR5oXN2L68VKCDwWMXtAmFqWoRcPtDslPLb87lNRlm_0Bf4 •\tIt is frustrating that we don’t have answers. o\tAgreed, this whole thing is scary and frustrating. We are used to having more answers about our lives and when there are questions as big as this crisis has posed, we tend to get stressed. o\tWe will find out more as the virus is studied. Some of the information will conflict with previous information. We will probably continue to be stressed about it all. o\tFor guidance on living with uncertainty, visit: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/dealing-with-uncertainty.htm
Covid-19 Updates Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
PAVE Pierce County, which offers support for those with disabilities and their families, is hosting a free, virtual, educational conversation around Developmental Disability Services (DDA) from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. To get more information, visit their FB event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1338602796328847/ Or their homepage at: https://wapave.org/
Free Covid-19 testing is still available at the Tacoma Dome on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00am to 4:00 pm, sponsored by Kroger (QFC & Fred Meyer). To find out more or be virtually screened, or make an appointment, visit: https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing
FAQ’s It’s that time of year – rabbit time (or, if you are a Loony Tunes fan – “rabbit season/duck season!”). Why are there little burrows with baby bunnies all by themselves? If you are home a lot now, like most of us, you may be noticing the wildlife that exists around us more than you have before. Washington has two native species of rabbits, the Nuttall and the Pygmy and two introduced species, the Eastern Cottontail and domesticated rabbits. We primarily see the Eastern Cottontail and domesticated ones in our area Breeding season goes from February through August and the mothers have a gestation period of 30 days. That’s a lot of baby-bunny potential! Mothers create shallow nests, called forms, for their young. They often leave the babies alone in order to prevent predators from finding them, visiting in the early morning or late evening. If you find a form with babies, leave them alone, the mother will most likely be back. After 2 or so weeks, the babies can start eating vegetation and after 4 weeks are eating alongside their mothers. Rabbits are an important part of the food chain and provide meals for many predators including large hawks, owls, domestic dogs, coyotes, foxes, skunks, long-tailed weasels, gopher snakes, and domestic cats. Rabbits only live 1 to 2 years in the wild. For more information on WA rabbits, visit: https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/00629/wdfw00629.pdf
Covid-19 Updates Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
The Angel Guild plans on re-opening this Thursday, June 11th. There will be social-distancing guidelines in place, including reduced numbers of customers in store at once. Donations will be welcome again staring on Saturday, June 13th. Please call to confirm both openings before visiting: (253) 884-9333
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The Key Peninsula Community Council will be holding their monthly meeting tomorrow, Wednesday evening, June 10th, at 7:00 pm. To RSVP write to: email@example.com
Worth another mention: There is a Prompt Care option on the Key Peninsula. To find out more, please call: (253) 884-9221
A blog post from the Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept on how contact tracing is done: https://www.tpchd.org/Home/Components/Blog/Blog/21584/333?fbclid=IwAR1CWXOv7MBoG06gnWkYZfj-u7IYKz7DJjSLwHFvAfjHigwdo6fk3t-TM5I
FAQ’s •\\tA lot of creativity has been unleashed during this crisis. Do you have some sources? o\\tI do! \\tToday - poems and limericks- many can be found here: https://www.startribune.com/out-of-thousands-of-entries-to-the-star-tribune-limerick-contest-here-are-the-best/570078932/?refresh=true
A mosquito with no fear of DEET Sought a sip of my blood for a treat She claimed, “To alight On your arm is alright, For between you and me are 6 feet.” Anne Phares
Holding meetings on a computer Instead of being a commuter We miss face to face And long to embrace For now, we just hope to unmute her Peggy Soll \\tAnd from Poetry 4 Kids - https://www.poetry4kids.com/poems/ My parents have canceled our summer vacation. We won’t take our road trip and travel the nation. We’re staying at home for the total duration, and will not be leaving this single location. They said that the name of this strange situation is something that’s known as a family “staycation.” You might think that I would be feeling frustration or some other similar sorry sensation. But I’m feeling nothing but joy and elation, and giving my parents standing ovation. You see, what this means is, by my calculation, I’ll have the whole summer to play my Playstation. — Kenn Nesbitt
Friday, June 5th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
KP Business & Organization Info From The Mustard Seed Project and Seat of the Pants Productions – 45 minutes of sweet, Aretha Franklin, work-out dance moves for ANY age: https://vimeo.com/426109416 Key Peninsula Community Services continues to serve the community during this time. The Food Bank is open regular hours. Meal baskets are now being offered twice a month. Senior meals (over 60) are being provided through either delivery or drive-through pick up. Newsletters are available online Friday Free table outside with a wide variety of free items – open to anyone to drop off or take as needed Links
FAQ’s The world feels like it is coming to pieces. I am stuck at home and feel powerless. What is something I can do? You can listen. In a time of upheaval, sickness, stress, confusion, sadness, and anger, you can make a commitment to listening and hearing others. One of the greatest signs of respect we can offer anyone is to hear their story. To truly hear someone, work to listen: Without forming judgements Without creating a counterargument in your mind Without creating a “solution” to whatever you perceive is a problem Without dismissing the words because they are not of your experience Listening is powerful. It does not mean you agree with the other person, but it means you have taken the time to hear, and hopefully, consider their experience, and that can make a difference.
Covid-19 Updates Thursday, June 4th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Peninsula High School will be celebrating its graduates in a number of ways, two significant ones are a “Graduate Car Parade” at Tacoma Narrows Airport on June 13th at 10:00 am and a postponed graduation ceremony, currently scheduled for 11:00 am on July 25th at Roy Anderson Field. For more information visit: https://phs.psd401.net/
FAQ’s Pierce County has applied for Phase 2 status, what does that mean exactly? It means our county leaders, along with the Tacoma Pierce County Health Dept. have applied to the state for the next phase in the “Safe Start” process. The application required the county submit a plan for how it would handle keeping citizens safe while relaxing Covid-19 safety measures. To see the whole 28 page plan from TPCHD visit: https://www.tpchd.org/home/showdocument?id=7144 To see Pierce County’s paperwork: https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=4692 Now the state will decide on whether or not to grant the status, rumor has it we can expect Phase 2 opening early next week. What will be open? A lot more, but with restrictions. Retail, hair salons/barbers, pet grooming, in-home cleaning, restaurants (with reduced capacity, no more than 5 per party) will all be allowed. To find out more, visit: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2020-05/PhasedReopeningChart.pdfIs there news specific to local stores and retailers? There are some updates for businesses that were planning on moving to Gig Harbor, here’s 1 update: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/article243103691.html Another on Pierce County in general: https://q13fox.com/2020/06/03/pierce-county-businesses-prepping-for-phase-2-reopening/Should we feel things are, “back to normal” yet? No, you shouldn’t because they are not. Pierce County is still reporting new cases every day, yesterday Pierce County had 22 new cases confirmed. Recommendations from the TPCHD still encourage us to take precautions and stay at home as much as possible. See below for recommendations from TPCHD during Phase 2: Continue to spend time with family and those you live with. Choose five friends or non-household members you would also like to see regularly. When you play, eat out, visit, or otherwise socialize, try to limit your close contacts to this group. You can reduce the risk of infection while enjoying more Phase 2 freedom. Check in with family, friends, and coworkers by phone, social media, or video calls to make sure they are OK and to offer encouragement. Worship with your community of faith in the modified, allowable ways. Exercise, eat healthily, and take care of your health issues. Remember that you still need to take medicines, get your children vaccinated, and otherwise keep up with health care. Continue to stay home as much as possible and limit non-essential travel. Continue all those healthy hygiene behaviors you have been doing—wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home if you are sick, clean high touch surfaces regularly. Wear face coverings when you are in public and especially when you cannot easily keep physical distance from others. If you are over 65 years old, with medical conditions, or are immune compromised, you may need to continue to stay home. Everyone’s health is different: check with your health care provider.
Covid-19 Updates Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
In order to avoid “Zoom-bombing” issues, many groups are asking users to be sure their Zoom applications are fully updated and to verify their identities. You can do both when accessing a meeting, or go to https://zoom.us To check for updates, visit: https://zoom.us/download
Washington State Parks opened a number of parks to camping this week, however, our 2 are not on that list. They are open for day use. To see which state parks are now allowing camping, visit: https://parks.state.wa.us/1181/Parks-opening
FAQ’s What travel is possible right now? Good question – there are still significant complications to travel, depending on where you are wanting to go. Within Washington State It depends on county and which phase that county is in. The non-essential travel ban has been lifted, although we’re all encouraged to stay home as much as possible still State parks are open, but not all are open equally. See: https://parks.state.wa.us/1181/Parks-opening National Parks are slowly reopening, but activities available are on a park by park basis. Please check: https://www.nps.gov/state/wa/index.htm Within the US: Air travel is allowed, although flights are less frequent and different states have their own restrictions SeaTac Airport is open, but requires masks be worn by workers and travelers Driving is possible from state to state, but check with individual localities and businesses for their status Internationally The US borders with Canada and Mexico are still closed to non-essential travel Both the Centers for Disease Control and the US State Department have issued travel advisories To see CDC information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html The US Department of State advises US citizens to NOT travel internationally at this time: https://www.state.gov/travelers/ If you are foreign national wanting to enter the US, there is a long list of countries that have restrictions impacting entry into the US. *********************************************************************
Covid-19 Updates Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Timely News Gov. Inslee has extended the eviction moratorium for an unspecified period. More details will be released later today, but to read the basics visit: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/coronavirus/article243182411.html
On Thursday, June 4th from 9:30 to 10:30 am PST, the Tacoma Tribune/McClatchy News will be holding their 2nd Live-stream installment about the Covid-19 Crisis. To learn more and/or register, visit: https://go.mcclatchy.com/covid-19-bending-the-curve/p/1
Tomorrow at 1:00, Sen. Emily Randall will be doing her weekly live chat with leaders from K-12 Education. Visit her FB page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/senatoremilyrandall/
KP Business & Organization Info The Key Peninsula Business Association will be holding their monthly business meeting this evening at 6:30 pm via Zoom.
Tomorrow, Wednesday June 3rd, at 6:30 pm the Gig Harbor Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition/Survivors of Suicide will be holding their regular meeting via Zoom. To access: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7330131103?pwd=c3RjcHZ4ZGErSkRUMGVlV1doblgxUT09 Meeting ID: 733 013 1103 Meeting Password: 12345 Call-in: (253) 215-8782
Links Pierce Transit is looking for a 501c3 agency that can help distribute FREE all day passes to help people get to work, medical appointments, and other important activities once they start collecting fares. The tickets would be for people who can't afford to purchase an all day bus pass. Pierce Transit would let riders know to contact these 501c3 agencies if they can't afford a ticket. In return, Pierce Transit will provide free all day passes to the agencies through a grant they were awarded. Please contact Kim McGilvery Community Development Manager at 253-581-8038 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Sunday, June 14th, Pierce Transit will reinstate regular fares on busses and shuttles. For more info: https://www.piercetransit.org/news/?id=456
FAQ’s •\\\\tSo much anger in the air! I try not to feel it, but I do, is this normal? o\\\\t Yes, it is. Unless you are living under a rock you have noticed great upheaval in our country. It is difficult to walk through a day without some sort of stress, above and beyond the normal, hitting us in the face. •\\\\tI don’t want to yell at my kids or spouse, and I want to calm down – thoughts? o\\\\tThere is such a thing as “displaced aggression”, meaning, when people are angry and can’t lash out at a known target (boss, politician, situation) the person lashes at a target closer to them, like a friend or family member. o\\\\tCalming down can be difficult to do for the following reasons: \\\\tAnger can be strangely empowering so sometimes we hold on to it even if it is mentally, emotionally, and/or socially unhealthy \\\\tThere’s a saying in social media, “Enrage and Engage” – it’s a way to keep an audience watching and clicking, and it works \\\\tHumans tend to “replay” things that upset them, that increases our anger big time \\\\tLife is NOT normal right now – there is upheaval in so many areas of our lives, it’s scary and confusing, and yes, angering, and it doesn’t seem to be stopping o\\\\tHowever, there ARE ways to help keep the anger at a minimum: \\\\tMinimize your exposure to news and social media \\\\tGo for walks, nature can help calm the soul \\\\tLaugh, watch or listen to something funny, play a fun game with the kids \\\\tRecognize that the anger is there, acknowledge it, and do your best not to “replay” it in your mind o\\\\tHere’s one article with some thoughts on anger: https://elemental.medium.com/misplaced-anger-why-you-have-it-what-to-do-about-it-8e506e996d7c o\\\\t10 anger management tips: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/anger-management/art-20045434 o\\\\tDealing with Covid-19 frustration in the workplace: https://www.tlnt.com/how-to-help-employees-deal-with-frustration-during-covid-19/ o\\\\tAnd – for those who are not angry, but deal with angry people – this one is for you: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/dealing-with-angry-people.htm
Covid-19 Updates Monday, June 1st, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
Timely News The “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that Washington State has been in for most of the last 2 ½ months has now expired. Exactly what that means is dependent on where one lives. For more on Gov. Inslee’s Friday press conference on this, visit: https://medium.com/wagovernor/inslee-issues-safe-start-proclamation-for-county-approach-to-re-opening-d479030c23e6
Pierce County is in the process of applying for Phase 2 status and (signatures happening as we write/read). The Pierce County plan will go to the state for final ok. For more on this: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/coronavirus/article243168101.html? https://www.tpchd.org/Home/Components/Blog/Blog/21578/333
KP Business & Organization Info Worth another mention: The Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition is partnering with Living Life to host a free, 1-hour on-line learning opportunity to help people identify mental health and potential suicide issues. This class can be done on your own time. For more information or to sign-up, contact Anne Nesbit at: email@example.com
Links St. Vincent Du Paul of Port Orchard will be re-opening next Monday, June 8th from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Donations will be accepted starting the following week. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/stvincentdepaulportorchard/+
FAQ’s •\\\\\\\\tThe “Stay in Place” order has expired now. So what? Are businesses open? Parks? Movies? o\\\\\\\\t “So what?” indeed…. o\\\\\\\\tAs with everything these last few months, there is constantly changing information which leads to confusion, and often, frustration. This is what we do know: \\\\\\\\tWashington is moving to reopen, but slowly and is going county by county and by phases •\\\\\\\\tPierce County is still in Phase 1, but is applying for Phase 2 •\\\\\\\\tIf Pierce County moves into Phase 2, more stuff will be open, but not at full capacity - a number of “distancing” guidelines will still be in place •\\\\\\\\tWe will still be encouraged to stay at home as much as possible •\\\\\\\\tWhy can’t we just get on with life? o\\\\\\\\tThis big fear is that Covid-19 is not gone, just in retreat, and that another wave will hit and we’ll be back where we started. o\\\\\\\\tLife as we knew it will be a long time in returning. Economically, it will take some time to get everything rolling again, even if we didn’t have the phases. \\\\\\\\tWe will all need to find patience in abundance for the process.
******************** Covid-19 Updates Friday, May 29th, 2020 These updates are a joint effort by the KP Partnership, The KP Council, and numerous other local organizations
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
· 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 email@example.com
-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/
KP Business & Organization Info
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
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•\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\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.