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Thurston County, Washington

The content on the Thurston County website is currently provided in English. We are providing the “Translation” for approximately 10 languages. The goal of the translation is to provide visitors with limited English proficiency to access information on the website in other languages. The translations do not translate all types of documents, and it may not give you an exact translation all the time. The translations are made through an automated process, which may not result in accurate or precise translations, particularly of technical and legal terminology.

Public Health and Social Services

Starting March 1, 2023, TCPHSS will be transitioning to the WA DOH Thurston County disease activity and testing data dashboard for reporting COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalization rates. If you would like to request Thurston County specific data from 2020-2023 you can do so via our COVID-19 Secure Email Portal.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that usually cause mild respiratory illnesses, such as the common cold. Some coronaviruses have caused more severe illness, such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndromes (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

SARS COVID-19 Molecule

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus strain that was not identified in humans before December 2019. COVID-19 is a public health concern because it is a novel virus, and it has the potential to cause severe illness in some people. We now know that COVID-19 is here to stay. It is important to understand how best to protect ourselves, loved ones, and others in our community. Getting vaccinated, boosted, getting tested and staying home if you are sick or exposed, and wearing a mask in crowds are some of the best tools you can utilize for prevention. Learn more below! 

Quick Links: 

    Numbers Report: 

    03/11/2020 - 05/28/2023 Thurston County COVID-19 Report (updates ending June 1, 2023) 

    COVID-19 related Blogs: 

    Public Health and Social Services COVID-19 Contact Information

    • During business hours call 360-867-2610
    • WA Relay: 711 or 800-833-6388
    • Public health emergency call 1-800-986-9050
    • Medical emergency call 911

    WA DOH COVID-19 Assistance Hotline 

    Call 1-800-525-0127 
    Then press #

    Language
    Press 2 for Spanish
    For other languages wait and request an interpreter

    Or text 'Coronavirus' to 211-211
    For Spanish reply 'esp' to the hotline message

    Community Resources

    Thurston County COVID-19 Rent Assistance (ERAP/T-RAP) is now closed to due to depleted funds. This program was funded by the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act. It was intended as a short-term response to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Thurston County has a new rent assistance program called Eviction Prevention Rent Assistance. This program is different than the COVID-19 pandemic relief rent assistance programs from the past few years. 

    Thurston County Office of Housing & Homeless Prevention

    Thurston County Community Resource List

    For Workers and Workplaces:

    Face Covering Required Signs: 

    Face Covering Signs from Thurston County Public Health and Social Services. For printed versions, please email tcphss.vax@co.thurston.wa.us or contact your local Chamber of Commerce. 

    Face Covering Required Sign
    Mask Required Sign
    Thank You Sign
    12/09/2022 Local health officers and healthcare leaders recommend wearing masks indoors 
    10/24/2022 Statement on COVID-19 restrictions in Thurston County Correctional Facilities from Kurt Hardin, Interim Director 
    06/24/2022 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    05/20/2022 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    04/25/2022 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    03/11/2022 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    02/10/2022 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    12/23/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    12/07/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    08/25/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    Spanish 
    Vietnamese 
    08/13/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    Spanish 
    Vietnamese
    07/23/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    Spanish 
    Vietnamese 
    07/01/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    Spanish 
    Vietnamese 
    06/18/2021 Letter to the Community from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    Spanish 
    Vietnamese 

    06/2021 - 
    03/2020

    To review Letters to the Community from 03/2020 - 06/2021, from Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, please submit a request via the COVID-19 Secure Email Portal. 

    There are vaccines available for COVID-19. To find locations offering the COVID-19 vaccine near you, visit vaccines.gov 

    Thurston County COVID-19 Vaccine Locations:

    COVID-19 Vaccine EUA Fact Sheets for Recipients (CDC) 

    2023-2024 COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations 

    • Individuals 5 years and older (regardless of previous vaccination): are eligible to receive a single dose of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 months since the last dose of any COVID-19 vaccine. 
    • Individuals 6 month through 4 years of age: 
      • Previously vaccinated: are eligible to receive 1 or 2 doses of an updated mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (timing and number of doses to administer depends on the previous COVID-19 vaccine received). 
      • Unvaccinated: are eligible to receive 3 doses of the updated Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or 2 doses of the updated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

    Tools for Vaccine Patients

    Schools & Childcare

    2023-2024 School Year

    08/09/2023 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek   

     

    2022-2023 School Year

    11/01/2022 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek   

     

    2021-2022 School Year

    03/09/2022  Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 
    12/31/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    12/17/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    08/31/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek 

    2020-2021 School Year

    05/26/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    05/12/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    05/03/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    04/16/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    02/26/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    02/12/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    01/29/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    01/21/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    01/15/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    01/05/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    11/06/2021  Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    10/29/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    10/14/2021 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    09/23/2020 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    07/30/2020 Letter to Thurston County Superintendents and Heads of Schools from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek
    07/30/2020 Letter to Thurston County Private K-12 Educational Organizations from Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek

    Symptoms, Testing, & Care

    COVID-19 tests are available for purchase throughout the county at pharmacies, stores, or online. Thurston County Timberland Libraries are stocked with FREE rapid COVID-19 test kits available to the public (Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm).

    Timberland Library Locations: 

    • Lacey Timberland Library: 500 College ST. SE, Lacey
    • Olympia Timberland Library: 313 8th Ave. SE, Olympia
    • West Olympia Timberland Regional Library - located inside Capital Mall: 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia
    • Tumwater Timberland Library: 7023 New Market ST. SW, Tumwater

     COVID-19 is a virus that is spread when an infected person breathes out droplets that contain the virus, from person-to-person. (CDC) 

    • Anyone infected with COVID-19 can spread it, even if they do NOT have symptoms. Being exposed via close contacts relates to people who are in close contact with each other, meaning being within 6 feet of one another for at least 15 minutes. 
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when someone infected with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly can be inhaled.
    • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not currently showing symptoms.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Some people infected with COVID-19 have mild symptoms or do not show symptoms. (CDC) 
    • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to talk to your health care provider about being tested.

    You can take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following things:

    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Get tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water, often.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

    Contact our Disease Control and Prevention division at 360-867-2610 or email at PHSS_DCP_CDTeam@Thurstoncounty.onmicrosoft.com if you have additional questions.