Virus Watch Reports

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 5/22

On Tossed Salad, host Phil Andrus and guest Lynn Sorensen, RN, discussed the Safe Start plan’s Phase 2 variance for Jefferson County, which is expected to be approved by the Washington Board of Health to begin after Memorial Day.  They also talked about the difficulty in producing a COVID-19 vaccine. Lynn explained that the best possible vaccine would be one dose, would not have to be refrigerated, its production and distribution would be well coordinated, and all 7.5 billion people on earth would get vaccinated. That would be a miracle. And it’s not expected to happen.

JCF’s Emergency Response Fund ~ 5/19

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jefferson Community Foundation President and CEO Siobhan Canty is a regular guest of Chris Bricker on Morning on the Salish, at 10:30am Tuesdays. Each week Siobhan shares updates on JCF’s work to strengthen the landscape of services available to people and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which has raised more than $436,279 to date. If you belong to a nonprofit working to help those in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, grant applications will be accepted on a weekly rolling basis for emergency funding. Go to JCFgives.org to learn more. 

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 5/19

On today’s Morning on the Salish, Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN and Chris Bricker expressed how they feel constantly on overload – or have a case of COVID or Pandemic Fatigue from the constant news and media barrage about the pandemic. They agreed how important it is to take a periodic sanity break in order to not burn out. Turning off the relentless news and going for a walk, or working in your garden can help create balance in this upside down world.

We are still in the early stages of this pandemic according to Dr Tom Locke and now is not the time to let our guard down or relax the prescribed mitigation practices of hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks.

Their conversation concluded by reading the poem Pandemic written by Rev. Lynn Ungar.

County Public Health Report ~ 5/18

Dr. Tom Locke addressed the concerns related to the County’s potential variance offered by the governor, for moving into Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan. Department of Emergency Director Willie Bence discussed emergency planning issues in light of the potential for tourism here in upcoming days and weeks.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.

Compass for 5/16/2020

This week on the Compass we talk about charting a course out of lockdown with Jefferson County Public Health Officer Dr. Tom Locke, whose steady steering hand on the wheel of hometown COVID-19 pandemic crisis management has earned him the honor of having a sandwich named after him by a local eatery.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 5/15

On Tossed Salad, host Phil Andrus and guest, Kate Keenan, Retired Communicable Disease Investigator from San Diego County, discussed a recent article by Dr.  Erin Bromage characterizing elements of environments that provide from the safest to the most risky chance of exposure to an infected person with COVID-19…..where as many as 50% of people with active infection are asymptomatic. 

As the state proceeds through the four phases of re-opening our community, outside settings with continued social distancing appear to provide the least risk of exposure, while small crowded settings with poor ventilation and crowded with people appear to be the most risky.  All individuals 65 of age and older are still advised to shelter in place and limit themselves to essential outings.  Outdoor activities still remain a good source of protection as well as a boost to one’s mental  health to everyone, along with continued hand-washing, masks and social distancing.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 5/12

Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN joins Chris Bricker for a conversation and to share new developments related to the variance potentially offered to Jefferson County. On Morning on the Salish, host Chris Bricker and she discussed various aspects of the phased re-opening process defined by Governor Inslee and the possible option of a variance for Jefferson County. Expanded testing, increased hospital surge capacity, expanded capacity to conduct contact tracing, and support for those isolated and quarantined all need to be in place as a condition for application. All communities are moving from drastic mitigation practices to manageable suppression of COVID-19 infections.

Local News for 5/12

May 12, 2020: Local News – One new COVID-19 case reported; reopening rally scheduled.

County Public Health Report ~ 5/11

Dr. Tom Locke discussed the new, 29th COVID-19 case that surfaced in Jefferson County on Friday, May 8, including the impact this may have on the County’s potential variance offered by the governor, for moving into Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan. Department of Emergency Director Willie Bence expressed concerns over the availability of PPE in upcoming days and weeks.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 5/08

Phil Andrus speaks with Lynn Sorensen on Coronavirus updates, including cases of “COVID Toes” now added to the list of COVID symptoms. They discussed the pros and cons of the variance offered to Jefferson County in the governor’s phased rollout to the Safe Start order.

JCF’s Emergency Response Fund ~ 5/05

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jefferson Community Foundation President and CEO Siobhan Canty is a regular guest of Chris Bricker on Morning on the Salish, at 10:30am Tuesdays. Each week Siobhan shares updates on JCF’s work to strengthen the landscape of services available to people and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which has raised more than $385,112 to date, and dispersed $292,808. If you belong to a nonprofit working to help those in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, grant applications will be accepted on a weekly rolling basis for emergency funding. Go to JCFgives.org to learn more. 

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 5/05

Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN joins Chris Bricker for a conversation and to share new developments related to the variance potentially offered to Jefferson County in Gov. Inslee’s May 4 COVID-19 order for the 4-phase “Safe Start” plan.

County Public Health Report ~ 5/04

On Monday, May 4 at 9:45am, Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County Public Health Officer, and Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management provided public updates during the County Commissioners’ weekly meeting about COVID-19 and our county’s preparedness.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 4/28

Chris Bricker asked Kathleen Keenan to comment on an article that appeared in The NY Times on March 20, 2020 in an oped piece regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. The article was written by Dr. David L. Katz, a preventive medical specialist. His article described an alternative to reopening society based on what was known at that time about the virus. He proposed that those not infected and with the least risk of severe disease consequences, be able to go back to work and acquire the infection, thus developing more herd immunity. Those at higher risk (the elderly or immune-compromised) would remain isolated until a vaccine was developed.

A comparison was made between March 20 and today, April 28, about what we now know and whether this is still an alternative solution. Younger persons with the disease are being hospitalized from COVID-19 infection, dose exposure to the virus can cause more severe disease as seen in the deaths among our frontline responders and medical staff, and the infrastructure for reopening is not in place. We would need ramped-up testing for the virus, an army of contact tracers, and sufficient personal protective equipment to protect frequently exposed workers until herd immunity is achieved with the development of a vaccine.

JCF’s Emergency Response Fund ~ 4/28

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jefferson Community Foundation President and CEO Siobhan Canty is a regular guest of Chris Bricker on Morning on the Salish, at 10:30am Tuesdays. Each week Siobhan shares updates on JCF’s work to strengthen the landscape of services available to people and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which has raised more than $319,326 to date, and dispersed $244,810. If you belong to a nonprofit working to help those in need as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, grant applications will be accepted on a weekly rolling basis for emergency funding. Go to JCFgives.org to learn more. 

Strangers Helping Strangers

(First airdate: April 28, 2020) Small moments of serving others happen every day in our community, now more than ever. Missy Nielsen of Everybody Can speaks to a few of those folks who have stepped up through digital platforms to reach out and help others during our Covid crisis.

County Public Health Report ~ 4/27

On Monday, April 27 at 9:45am, Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County Public Health Officer, and Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management provided public updates during the County Commissioners’ weekly meeting about COVID-19 and our county’s preparedness.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 4/24

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Lynn Sorensen, RN. Lynn has worked in hospitals, clinics, public health, and home health settings during her nursing career. She retired in 2016 from UW Medicine and returned to Port Townsend to live. Lynn shared with Phil this list of Mental Health Resources from the Local 2020 website that are available during this time:

Volunteers of America Crisis Response Services
For Jefferson County, call 888-910-0416
Click here for Online chat support – 24/7 free, confidential emotional support for individuals in crisis and/or considering suicide.

CDC Covid-19: Managing Anxiety and Stress

Discovery Behavioral Health, serving East Jefferson County
360-385-0321 M-F 8am-5pm
24-Hour Telephone Crisis Services 360-385-0321
(forwarded to Volunteers of America after hours). Available to all. Their primary focus is meeting the mental health needs of those covered by Medicaid.

The Benji Project – For middle and high school age students. Trained teachers host free 1-hour sessions to share stress relief, connection, and coping practices, twice a week. Questions? Contact Teresa, 360-821-1960.

County Public Health Report ~ 4/20

On Monday, April 20 at 9:45am, Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County Public Health Officer, and Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management provided public updates during the County Commissioners’ weekly meeting about COVID-19 and our county’s preparedness.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.

Interview with Ellen Bonjorno

(Original airdate: April 17, 2020) Phil Andrus interviews Sing It, Sister! host Ellen Bonjorno from the COVID-19 epicenter of New York City.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 4/17

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Kate Keenan, San Diego Public Health Communicable Disease Investigator, retired after 20 years. Topics discussed were the efficacy of COVID-19 testing and the need for hand washing stations. This segment is a weekly feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix each Friday, alternating between Kate and KPTZ VTeam member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, who worked in hospitals, clinics, public health, home health, Group Health and other facets of the health care field, until she recently retired after 36 years.

Compass for 4/18/2020

Wednesday, April 22nd is the fiftieth anniversary of the original Earth Day.  This week on the Compass we talk with one of the organizers of what was to have been a week of activities and celebrations to mark the occasion – and learn what opportunities still exist now that the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on all public gatherings. The Compass airs on Saturdays at noon and repeats the following Monday at noon and 5pm.

Brian Kuh on Local Economic Resources

(Airdate: April 16, 2020) KPTZ’s Taylor Clark hosted Brian Kuh, Executive Director of EDC Team Jefferson for a conversation (see link below) about the free support EDC provides to local businesses and entrepreneurs who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. This includes technical assistance, financial forecasts, and assistance accessing emergency grants and loans. For more information visit edcteamjefferson.org

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/16

On Thursday, April 16, Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro conducted his weekly coffee meeting with the public on KPTZ’s Discovery Road, with host Tim Quackenbush. Mauro shared information about local plans being enacted for the days ahead. The half-hour conversation can be streamed and downloaded here.

Make a note for next Thursday: John Mauro will be taking questions via live phone calls from 10-10:30am on KPTZ’s Discovery Road with host Timothy Quackenbush. Call 360-215-7270 to ask your question. And, enjoy the ride!

Press Release: City of PT Takes Early Action
to Limit COVID-19 Financial Impacts

Tossed Salad for 4/17/2020

Looking forward to Earth Day on April 22, Phil Andrus brings us a Tossed Salad to celebrate the world around us:
1:00 – Through Science to Health:  Kathleen Keenan
1:30 – David Michael and Joe Breskin
2:15 – Dennis and Chris Shields, from Laredo, MX
2:30 – Ellen Bonjorno, NYC and Sing it Sister
3:00 – Sarah Spaeth, Jefferson Land Trust
3:15 – Jeanie Murphy, “Banjo Tunes, Tunings, and Lore”
4:15 – Historical Society clips
4:30 – Catherine McNabb reads “Faith and Hope Go Shopping” by Joanne Harris

Phil’s interview with Sing It, Sister! host Ellen Bonjorno, from the COVID-19 epicenter, NYC

County Public Health Report – 4/13

On Monday, April 13 at 9:45am, Dr. Tom Locke, Jefferson County Public Health Officer, and Willie Bence, Director of Emergency Management provided public updates during the County Commissioners’ weekly meeting about COVID-19 and our county’s preparedness.

KPTZ broadcast via 91.9FM and streamed at KPTZ.org this timely COVID-19 information, which was also videostreamed live and recorded for online viewing any time thereafter at the Jefferson County website.