COVID-19 Local Information

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Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Tom Locke by emailing ContactUs@KPTZ.org. Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.

Click here for a complete List of all KPTZ COVID-19 PSAs

Vaccinations at Tri-Area Food Bank June 23
2nd Dose Vaccine Clinic on May 29 in Brinnon
New CDC Vax Guidelines May 2021
Mass Vaccination Upcoming Event
Post Vaccination Behavior
Stay Vigilant, COVID-19 Variant
Public Health Gratitude
COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
COVID-19 Vaccinations
WANotify
Pandemic Fatigue
State of Washington Thanks You
Tarboo Lake Covid Testing Needed
Covid JeffCo Pats on Our Backs
Masks and Shields
Masks Are Effective – Coughing
Jeff Co Public Health/Covid-19 Testing
Hand Washing
Top 10 Reasons to Wear a Mask
Washington Listens Call Line
Reopening / Your Behavior
Safe Reopening
Safer Reopening / Testing
Testing Caregivers
Dept. Emergency Mgt. – Mask Fabric
Masks for You
EOC Masks #1
Masks for You
Dr. Locke / Support Local Restaurants
COVID-19 Transmission Fact #1
COVID-19 Transmission Fact #2
COVID-19 Transmission Fact #3
Dr. Tom Locke / Mid-May
Face Masks Q&A
N95 / Surgical Masks
Don’t Call 911 to Report “Stay at Home” Violations
Don’t Flush Wipes
COVID-19 Mask Guidelines
Grocery Shopping
Stay Home

Vaccinations at Tri-Area Food Bank June 23

(June 17, 2021) Jefferson County Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management will host a vaccination clinic at the Tri-Area Food Bank in Chimacum, Wednesday, June 23rd from 9:30am to 2pm. Both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available. You must be at least 18-years-old to receive either of these vaccines. For more information and to make an appointment online or by calling the Department of Emergency Management at 360-344-9791.

2nd Dose Vaccine Clinic on May 29 in Brinnon

(May 24, 2021) Jefferson County Public Health and the Department of Emergency Management will hold a second dose Moderna vaccination clinic at the Brinnon Junior High School located at 46 Schoolhouse Road from 9am to noon on Saturday, May 29.
That afternoon from 1-2:30pm, they will offer a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccination opportunity at the same location. Appointments for that vaccination are preferred; however, walk-ins will be accepted.
To make an appointment for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, register here or call 360-344-9791.

New CDC Vax Guidelines May 2021

(May 7, 2021) The CDC has new guidelines for people who are fully vaccinated.
You’re fully vaccinated two weeks after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after the second dose of other vaccines.
Fully vaccinated people don’t need masks for most outdoor activities, including small gatherings with vaccinated and unvaccinated people, outdoor dining with other households, or walking, running or biking with members of your own household.
Vaccinated people should still wear masks at crowded outdoor activities like sporting events, performances, and parades.
Everyone should continue to wear masks indoors, including hair salons, stores, gatherings of multiple households, theaters, and worship services.
To make an appointment, go to vaccine locator (dot) doh (dot) wa (dot) gov (here).
Or, call the Department of Emergency Management at 360-344-9791 from 9am to 5pm weekdays. That’s 344-9791.

Post Vaccination Behavior

(March 11, 2021) Our state Department of Health has adopted recent CDC vaccination guidance. We can now cautiously lift some restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated.
You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after your Pfizer or Moderna second dose, OR 14 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Fully vaccinated people may now gather indoors with others who are fully vaccinated, without wearing masks, and can meet with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 infection.
We all need to remain vigilant in the face of slowing, but continued viral transmission and more variants, regardless of your vaccination status. Please continue to follow CDC guidelines to keep us all safer until everyone who wants a vaccine can get one.
Thank you.

Stay Vigilant, COVID-19 Variants

(February 25, 2021) COVID-19 infections have been declining across the country as well as in Washington, where Jefferson County has the second-lowest number of cases per capita in the whole state.
That’s great news, but… Every expert from Dr. Fauci to our County Health Officer, Dr. Locke, is concerned about the recent COVID-19 variants first discovered in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Both of these are now in Washington state. The South African variant may render some vaccines less effective. The UK variant is much more contagious and fast becoming the dominant strain in the US.
We’re vaccinating people as fast as we can in Jefferson County, but until that job is done, it’s essential that everyone – vaccinated or not – continue to mask up, wash up, keep your distance, and avoid gatherings with people outside of your household.
If you think you may have symptoms or been exposed to someone with symptoms, please, get tested right away. Thank you.

Public Health Gratitude

(Feb. 10, 2021) KPTZ would like to express our gratitude to Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Tom Locke and Department of Emergency Management Director Willie Bence. And to all our public health professionals, our elected officials, also to the many volunteers who serve our community. Since the pandemic started, you’ve provided the tools and support to empower us to keep ourselves, our families, and our community safe. We appreciate all your hard work!

COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

(Jan. 20, 2021) COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Jefferson County, and moving through the age brackets.
Appointments can be made online at Jeffersonhealthcare.org, at Safeway, at Tri-AreaPharmacy.com, and now at QFC in Port Hadlock.
Please do not telephone the hospital or pharmacy for scheduling.
Go online to make your appointment, instead. Keep trying, and if you can, late at night and early mornings are good times to check.
If you do need help registering, call the local Department of Emergency Management weekdays from 9am to 4pm at 360-344-9791.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

(Jan. 20, 2021) COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Jefferson County, starting with our most at risk citizens and moving down the age brackets.
Currently, Jefferson HealthCare and TriArea Pharmacy, offer vaccines by appointments only. These can be made online at Jeffersonhealthcare.org or TriAreaPharmacy.com.
Both websites have details about the process, including what to expect, what to bring and any paperwork needed to get your vaccine.
If you know anyone who is in this priority group, you are encouraged to reach out and let them know about this vaccination opportunity.
Please do not call Jefferson Healthcare or the pharmacy for scheduling.
KPTZ will let you know when other people in the current tier can get vaccinations, after our most vulnerable folks have received the vaccine.

WANotify

(Dec. 2, 2020) Washington State’s Department of Health now offers WANotify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The privacy-preserving technology works without collecting or revealing any personal data or location. WANotify can be easily enabled in iPhone settings, or downloaded as an app for Android phones. More information at doh.wa.gov.

Pandemic Fatigue

(Nov. 17, 2020) Now that we’re in the “third wave” of the COVID-19 pandemic, our state is experiencing a huge increase – not just in infections, but also, people have “pandemic fatigue.”
Yes, we’re getting pretty tired of wearing masks, staying six feet away from other people, washing our hands all day, and not being able to gather with our friends for a meal or a beer.
Like all pandemics, this one will eventually end. Early vaccine results are promising, but it appears we’re some months away from widespread vaccine availability.
So, fatigued or not, the most important thing for us all to do going forward, is maintain our efforts to slow the spread of infection ~ so our medical system isn’t overwhelmed.
Jefferson County has been doing a superb job. Thanks to all who continue to keep everyone safe!