Submit your Public Health questions to Dr. Allison Berry by emailing [email protected]. Note: The weekly deadline for these to be submitted is on Fridays at noon, to be answered at the following Monday’s BOCC meeting.
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Jeff Co Restaurant Vax
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Masks: Three Reasons
Mask Up Again
Post Vaccination Behavior
Stay Vigilant, COVID-19 Variant
Public Health Gratitude
COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
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
Top 10 Reasons to Wear a Mask
Washington Listens Call Line
Reopening / Your Behavior
Safer Reopening / Testing
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
The following is an important message from Dr. Allison Berry, Health Officer for Jefferson and Clallam Counties:
“We are stretched beyond what we can give. It’s very different than what we are used to seeing in health care. It is painful for those of us who have been fighting this fight for a year and a half to be still at this point now.
I want to acknowledge we know how to stop this. If everyone went out and got vaccinated today, we could stop this. If everyone wore a mask when they were indoors and avoided these crowded indoor settings, we could stop this. We know how to stop COVID now, we just need everyone to do it. The vaccine is incredibly safe. It is incredibly effective. It would make all the difference. So if you are unvaccinated right now, please go get vaccinated today. Please wear a mask when you are indoors.”
I’m Michael Stipe, singer of REM. It may seem like the end of the world as we know it, as coronavirus numbers continue to climb, but there is something we can do to keep our friends and loved ones healthy. The coronavirus vaccine is safe, it’s easy to get, and it protects against serious illness and death. I got my shots and now that I’ve done what I can to protect myself and those around me, well, I feel fine.
For Jefferson County information including how to become vaccinated, KPTZ’s website has COVID-19 Local Info on the right hand side of the homepage.
Let’s stand in the place where we live!
(September 3, 2021) A KPTZ reminder: All patrons entering an indoor restaurant or bar in Jefferson and Clallam Counties must provide proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to Public Health Officer, Doctor Allison Berry. Indoor bars and restaurants can pose a high risk for COVID-19 transmission, since they encourage unmasking of large groups of people indoors. The goal is to make these safer places, and to reduce transmission in our communities, allowing our hospitals to keep functioning and our schools to stay open more safely. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a completed CDC vaccination card, or a photograph of your proof of vaccination. A person is fully vaccinated when they have received all the required doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 and 14 days have passed since the final dose. Thank you for helping us keep Jefferson County safe.
(August 27, 2021) The third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available in Jefferson County on a limited basis, for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Those who are immediately eligible include cancer patients, transplant recipients, HIV and those in treatment using drugs that may suppress their immune system. Vaccinations are available from primary care providers and pharmacies for these groups, with expectations that they will be available to the general public as vaccine supplies become available. People do not have to get the booster where they got their original shot. The Department of Emergency Management is planning to open clinics for immunocompromised individuals. For more information visit the Jefferson County Public Health webpage or call the Department of Emergency Management at 360-344-9791.
(August 27, 2021) Here at KPTZ all of our staff of volunteers are 100% vaccinated. We believe that getting the vaccination and wearing a mask is something we can all do to combat COVID-19. We understand that being vaccinated does not guarantee you won’t get infected, however, it does reduce your risk of being seriously ill, or hospitalized. So join us here at KPTZ combat the virus by getting vaccinated and wearing a mask. Thank you!
(August 14, 2021) Even though Jefferson County has one of the highest vaccination rates in Washington, we’re seeing more infections now than at any time during the entire pandemic. Local infections are spiking because unvaccinated people who don’t wear masks are infecting other people. The rise in infections is putting everyone at risk, vaccinated or not. Some Washington hospitals have run out of ICU beds, and though temporary beds can be added, there aren’t enough qualified people to staff those beds. In Jefferson County, the elevated caseload has exceeded the capacity of our health department to follow-up on new cases, making it harder to contain outbreaks. Consequently, Dr. Allison Berry, our public health officer, is requiring everyone 5 years old and over to wear masks in all indoor public spaces including stores, restaurants and offices in both Clallam and Jefferson counties.
(August 4, 2021) Have you noticed how busy the road into Port Townsend is? The parade of cars doesn’t end. With the uptake in COVID-19 cases in our county I think it’s a smart idea to mask up again. We know that not everyone got vaccinated so it’s up to us to take precautions for our health and theirs’. So I’m wearing my mask outside in large groups and definitely masking up for indoor public places. Do you listen to KPTZ for the weekly updates on the pandemic? I think it is more important than ever to know the latest information on what’s going on. Monday mornings at 9:45, here at 91.9FM and streaming on KPTZ.org.
(August 4, 2021) Hi I’m Buzzy Donahue. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed again. How about you? Here we are over a year in a half in to this pandemic and there are more people in Jefferson County getting ill than there were this time last year. What happened? We did everything right, we stayed home, washed our hands more than we ever have, wore our masks when out, and yet here we are. Because not enough people have gotten vaccinated the pandemic is still here, more contagious than ever. I don’t know about you but I don’t bounce back when I get sick like I once did so I’m all for staying healthy. That’s why I’ve decided to mask up when I go into stores and even outside with large groups. That way I’m protecting you and me.
(August 4, 2021) I wear my mask in public for three reasons:
- HUMILITY: I don’t know if I have COVID-19, as it is clear that people can spread the disease before they have symptoms.
- KINDNESS: I don’t know if the person I am near has a child battling cancer, or cares for their elderly mom. While I might be fine, they might not.
- COMMUNITY: I want my community to thrive, businesses to stay open, employees to stay healthy. Keeping a lid on COVID-19 helps us all!
KPTZ thanks you for doing your part.
(July 27, 2021) Washington COVID-19 infections recently shot up 133% over two weeks, and the Delta variant accounts for more than 80% of new cases. Clallam County has recorded 15 Delta infections. The Delta variant is dangerous because it creates a much higher level of viral load, and can cause an infection in four days instead of six.
Dr. Allison Berry, health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties, is joining health officers from neighboring counties in recommending everyone wear masks in indoor public settings, even if you’re vaccinated. And if you haven’t gotten your vaccine yet, please think about the people most at risk: children too young to be vaccinated and those with compromised immune systems.
We’ve all made sacrifices, but infections are spiking because too many of us remain unvaccinated, and too many unvaccinated people are spreading the virus by not masking up.
Please, do your part so no one has to mask their pie hole any longer than they need to. Thank you.
(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.
(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.
(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!
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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!