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Help us Protect our Most Vulnerable Populations.

Nancy Sutton
by Nancy Sutton03/09/2020 5:26 p.m.
Updated: 03/16/2020

Laboratory testing for COVID-19 is rapidly increasing throughout state and commercial labs. This means we can test more people faster. It also means we will begin to see more COVID-19 cases throughout Pierce County and the region.

As of March 9, we have tested almost 200 Pierce County residents and have confirmed 7 positive cases. The good news is about 80% of people who get the virus will have mild symptoms and can easily recover at home.

Your health and the health of those you care about are important to us. We want to protect our most vulnerable populations. Those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include:

  • People with weakened immune systems from medical conditions or medical treatment. 
  • Adults over age 60.
  • Pregnant women.

If you are at a higher risk, we recommend you take extra measures to distance yourself from other people and stay at home. 

Skip the trip. Opt for online and delivery services.

Do you need to refill prescriptions, make a bank deposit, or do your weekly grocery shopping? Consider how you can accomplish these services online or with help from a family member. Refill prescriptions over-the-phone and have them mailed to your home. Ask a family member or neighbor to go the bank for you, or even help you download a banking app to your phone. Buy groceries online and schedule a pick-up or delivery. 

Limit social gatherings and avoid crowds.

Don’t ask your grandma to host Easter dinner this year. We recommend people over age 60 avoid gatherings with 10 or more people. People at high-risk should avoid attending events with large crowds like concerts, church and fairs or festivals. But don’t miss out! Freshen up on your technology skills and learn how to participate via video-chat with your friends and family through Skype or Facetime. Explore whether your place of worship or event offers on-line participation. 

Try a new hobby. 

Are you a regular at Monday night bingo? Now’s the time to find a new hobby you can do at home. Download a new game on your phone or computer, play solitaire, or catch-up on the latest Netflix series. 

Stay near home, but get outside. 

The days are longer, and weather is getting warmer. Try outdoor activities you can do by yourself. Work in your garden or go for a stroll around the neighborhood. 

Employers and business can also implement measures.

We encourage agencies that serve the elderly, immune compromised or pregnant woman to consider postponing special events and meetings. Now is the time to explore telework options and other flexible work situations to help those who are most vulnerable protect their health.

We are here to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. We live that mission when you're not thinking about us, and we're living it now when you are.  

Check tpchd.org/coronavirus for our latest guidance and updates.

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  1. Updated: 03/16/2020
Nancy Sutton

by Nancy Sutton

Nancy is the Deputy Director of the Health Department.

 

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