Virus Watch Reports

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 5/07

On Thursday, May 7, Mayor Sandoval joined John Mauro to talk with Tim Quackenbush, host of KPTZ’s Discovery Road about this evening’s Joint BOCC / Health Department/ PT City Council Meeting to address the possible variance for Jefferson County. Also, the topic of adding hand washing stations was discussed. Click below to listen.

Stay tuned to KPTZ at 91.9FM at 5pm TODAY to hear this meeting broadcast live. And make a note for next Thursday: John Mauro will again be taking questions via live phone calls from 10-10:30am. Call 360-215-7270 to ask your question. And, enjoy the ride!

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. 

Through Science to Health ~ 5/05/20

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.

Through Science to Health ~ 5/01/20

Phil Andrus spoke with Kathleen Keenan, to discuss the pros and cons around the current testing practicality and efficacy in our local area.

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/30

On Thursday, April 30, 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!

Through Science to Health ~ 4/28/20

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. 

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.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/24/20

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.

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/23

On Thursday, April 23, 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!

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.

Through Science to Health ~ 4/17/20

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.

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

Through Science to Health ~ 4/10/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN. Lynn has 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. Topics include the current COVID-19 case count in Jefferson County and local recommendations to avoid contamination, and speculation for community practices over the coming weeks and month. This segment is a weekly feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix each Friday, alternating between Lynn and KPTZ VTeam member Kathleen Keenan, who retired after a 20-year career as communicable disease investigator for San Diego Public Health.

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/09

On Thursday, April 9, 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!

Through Science to Health ~ 4/07/20

On Tuesday mornings at 10, Morning on the Salish DJ host Chris Bricker offers an edition of KPTZ’s Through Science to Health, in addition to the Tossed Salad segment Fridays from 1 to 1:30pm. Both time slots provide live updates featuring Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, retired after 36 years and Kate Keenan, San Diego Public Health Communicable Disease Investigator, retired after 20 years. Members of KPTZ’s Virus Watch Team, they take turns sharing information on how to strengthen ourselves individually and collectively as we all work to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Jefferson County. 

JCF’s Emergency Response Fund ~ 4/07

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 $190,000 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. 

County Public Health Report ~ 4/06

On Monday, April 6 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.

Following Monday’s COVID-19 update, the commissioners heard reports on the health of our local business community. Brian Kuh, Executive Director of EDC/Team Jefferson and Arlene Alen, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, discussed steps being taken and resources available for recovery during this pandemic.

KPTZ’s Through Science to Health ~ 4/03/20

Host Phil Andrus welcomed KPTZ Virus Watch Team member Kathleen Keenan, who retired after a 20-year career as communicable disease investigator for San Diego Public Health. Topics include the current COVID-19 case count in Jefferson County and local testing capacity, along with recommendations to avoid contamination. This segment will be a regular feature at 1pm opening up the Tossed Salad mix on upcoming Fridays, alternating between Kathleen and KPTZ VTeam member Lynn Sorensen, RN, BSN, retired after 36 years.

KPTZ Coffee with the City Manager ~ 4/02

On Thursday, April 2, 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.

City of Port Townsend Report ~ 3/26

On Thursday, March 26, Port Townsend City Manager John Mauro conducted his weekly coffee meeting with the public on KPTZ’s Discovery Road, with host Tim Quackenbush. Mayor Michelle Sandoval joined as well. Both City officials shared information about local plans being enacted for the days ahead. The half-hour conversation can be streamed and downloaded here.

KPTZ’s COVID-19 Update on Monday, March 23

On Monday, March 23 at 9:45am, Vicki Kirkpatrick, Jefferson County Public Health Director, 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.

Click on the triangle above to listen to the recorded broadcast.

2020 She Tells Sea Tales on Tossed Salad

(Original airdate: March 13, 2020) Phil Andrus hosts presenters who had planned to share their stories at this year’s cancelled event: Joyce Gustafson and Allison Demmert, along with program planners Chrissy McLean and Kelley Watson, and Helena Taylor-Lund, current participant in the Girl’s Boat Project.

Part 1
Part 2

Tossed Salad “Going Anti-Viral” Report ~ 3/20/20

Tossed Salad host Phil Andrus spoke with KPTZ Virus Watch Team members Lynn Sorensen and Kathleen Keenan, both of whom are Port Townsend residents experienced in Public Health service related to contagious diseases. The half-hour conversation addressed information responding to concerns many are expressing since local-area COVID-19 cases have been announced. The segment will be a regular feature at 1pm on upcoming Fridays, to start the weekly Tossed Salad mix.

Special City & County Meeting on COVID-19 Audio ~ 3/19

On Thursday, March 19 KPTZ aired a joint meeting at City Hall of the Port Townsend City Council and the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners for their COVID-19 strategy meeting. This informative meeting featured speakers including Dr. Tom Locke of Jefferson County Public Health, Willie Bence of Jefferson County’s Emergency Operations Center, Siobhan Canty on behalf of Jefferson Community Foundation, PT Main Street, Local Investing Opportunities Network (LION), and the Port of Port Townsend. There were other speakers and comments read from our local citizenry.

Joint Meeting 3/19/20 part 1
Joint Meeting 3/19/20 part 2
Joint Meeting 3/19/20 part 3