We can all take these steps to safeguard our health.
Model and encourage healthy habits.
- Wear a cloth face covering.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Stay at home and away from others if you are sick.
Help reduce anxiety and stigma about COVID-19.
Teach staff, volunteers, clients and guests how they can protect themselves against illness. Worry and misunderstanding can create fear and mistrust. Disease can affect anyone. Use these resources to help reduce COVID-19 anxiety and stigma.
- Behavioral health website—Keep lives healthy for a long time.
- Tips to improve your well-being during a pandemic.
- Collective trauma—Learn ways to support other during a crisis.
- CDC—Reducing Stigma.
- King County—Coronavirus and stigma infographic.
Make sure staff, volunteers, clients and guests know where to find accurate information.
Helpful tools for all human services providers.
- Health screening guidelines for all facilities.
- Guidance for COVID-19 symptoms and testing locations.
- Tips to conserve personal protective equipment available in English, Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian and Simplified Chinese.
- Mask recommendations for homeless shelters.
|Mask Guidance|| Health & Safety
Post healthy reminders for staff and clients.
||Cover Your Cough Signs
||Social Distance Poster
||Clean and Disinfect Guidance|
Homeless Shelter Providers
View our Homeless Providers Guide, it includes checklists, infographics and tip sheets.
|Info for People
|Staff and Volunteers
|Clients and Guest
Partner websites and resources
- Learn more about Pierce County's Temporary Care Center.
- To learn more about Temporary Expansion Shelter locations contact Jeff Rodgers.
- Pierce County Human Services.
- Washington State Department of Health and Human Services.
- Washington State Department of Health.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Questions or suggestions?
- Charie Ching, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jeff Rodgers, Pierce County Human Services: email@example.com
What are severe symptoms of COVID-19?
Severe symptoms may include, but are not limited to:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
- Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
- Sudden dizziness.
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
Seek medical care if you are concerned about the health and safety of yourself or your clients. If you are over age 65, have underlying medical problems like diabetes, heart disease or lung disease, or weakened/suppressed immune symptoms, you may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 and its complications.
Can my clients access telehealth services for COVID-19?
Yes, and you can help them! There may be different technology, insurance, and ID requirements depending on the option you choose.
Does your client have Apple Health?
Most plans also have 24/7 nursing lines. Questions? Contact customer service.
Is your client uninsured?
MultiCare and Franciscan are offering Free virtual visits to anyone with symptoms of COVID-19. Both programs require an online account. If your client does not have an email address, you can help them set one up for free through a service like Gmail or Yahoo. If a client has no mailing address or phone number, enter your organization’s information.
How can people living homeless get their stimulus payments?
People without taxable income (or whose income is too low to have to file) may need to file a tax return to qualify for the stimulus checks. People with Social Security income will not need to file. The IRS will use it to determine eligibility for stimulus checks. People who have Social Security income and children under 17 in their household, should still file to receive the additional $500 per child.
Find forms, check status and more at www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments.
Don’t have an address and need help? Contact Associated Ministries at (253) 426-1516 or AmyA@associatedministries.org.
Is Assessment and Recovery different than Quarantine and Isolation?
We use the terms assessment and recovery instead of quarantine and isolation as they are less technical.
Assessment: People exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case. We assess people for signs or symptoms of the virus. They need to be alone for 14 days to reduce any potential spread of the disease.
Recovery: People who tested positive for the virus or have symptoms and are waiting for test results. They don’t need hospital care but must remain isolated from others and so the disease doesn’t spread.
What is the difference between a Temporary Care Center and a Temporary Expansion Shelter?
A Temporary Care Center is a resource for people who can’t safely or practically stay at home when asked to by a public health professional. For example, a person living with an elderly or immune-compromised family member may need to be elsewhere temporarily for assessment and recovery to avoid getting the family member sick. A person living homeless may be placed in a temporary care center if that is the best option for them.
A Temporary Expansion Shelter is a resource for people living homeless to practice social distancing. Homeless shelters will work with public health and human resources to coordinate needs and placement in an expansion shelter.
Where can I find information about volunteering?