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The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has announced that the Coastal Community Action Program (CCAP) will provide HIV case management services in Thurston County.  more
Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has announced the start of a community testing initiative in collaboration with Local Health Jurisdictions (LHJs) and Tribal Nations. The initiative … more
With around 20,000 people dying of covid in the United States since the start of October, and tens of thousands more abroad, the covid pandemic clearly isn’t over. However, the crisis response … more
In a continuing effort to make COVID-19 testing easily accessible, the Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response, in collaboration with the … more
As of Tuesday, December 5, Providence Swedish hospitals and clinics across South Puget Sound will enforce a mandatory face mask policy for all patients, visitors, and caregivers in areas dedicated to … more
The Port of Olympia Commission held a public hearing on the proposed 2024 operating budget, capital investment plan, and tax levy on Monday, November 13. Total projected revenue for 2024 is … more
The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) met with the Office of Housing and Homeless Prevention (OHHP) yesterday, November 2, to discuss its rent assistance survey results. Elisa … more
We are well into autumn in the PNW! The trees’ beautiful fall colors are at their peak and it is that time again for immunizations against winter viruses (influenza, COVID- and now maybe RSV). … more
Last year’s “triple-demic” marked the beginning of what may be a new normal: a confluence of respiratory infections — RSV, influenza, and COVID-19 — will surge as the … more
Intercity Transit will no longer require its employees to be vaccinated against Covid-19. The agency’s board of directors adopted a resolution on Wednesday, May 17, repealing Resolution … more
Summer is here (albeit in spring) and the end of the pandemic has been declared! I would like to share some reflections on Covid-19. Two research studies, a book, and a concert experience … more
My intent in this column is to keep our community current with the local infectious state of affairs in the hope that this will help individuals and families make the best decisions for themselves at … more
This week we begin with a most fascinating and complex topic intricately related to infectious diseases àImmunity or our immune system. This is our defense system against invaders which you … more
The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) season is here in our state and community and is already peaking two months early.    Since the middle of November, we’ve seen a steady … more
The Thurston County Public Health Department has investigated 125 confirmed and probable cases of various communicable diseases in the past month, reported a county official. Thurston County … more
Providence Swedish hospitals in the South Puget Sound area no longer have staff at their entrances to screen hospital-goers for COVID-19. In a media statement released on October 20, Providence … more
A statement from Olympia says it is seeking proposals for a temporary exhibit at city hall that “provide community response or reflection to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Open to individual … more
Olympia tenants went through the most challenges during the pandemic, according to an online survey conducted by the city for the Strong Olympia program. At the Finance Committee meeting on … more
Tumwater city council questions allocation of Thurston Strong funds Doubts expressed on how it is used By Jerome Tuaño Members of Tumwater’s city council questioned the benefits … more
Thurston County is seeking public input on which sectors should be allocated with $10 million worth of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, meant to be used for public health and economic … more
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