Visit our COVID-19 resource page for more information
Update: PenLight temporarily suspended customer disconnects and may waive late-fees for at least the next month. PenLight will continue to offer assistance programs including payment arrangements and qualifying discounts. Anyone facing hardship should contact them. (March 20, 2020). See below for more details.
Due to precautions made necessary by the COVID-19 outbreak, most public events have been cancelled and many facilities closed. The Key Peninsula News asks that event organizers update their status on our online calendar for readers to check the latest developments. Email updates to email@example.com. Call the KP News office for assistance with the calendar at 253-884-4699.
PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING: The Washington State Department of Health said the risk of exposure to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is increasing. People without symptoms can transmit the virus. The department asks everyone to practice social distancing to break the chain of transmission.
The U.S. Centers for Disease control reported March 19 that half of U.S. coronavirus patients in intensive care are under age 65. Almost 40 percent of those hospitalized were between the ages of 20 and 54.
– Clean hands often with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 95 percent alcohol, or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
– Stay at least six feet away from others. Coughs and sneezes can travel that distance and their droplets may contain a virus.
– People who are sick or who have been exposed to someone who is should stay home. Again, asymptomatic people can spread the virus.
– Some small groups may continue to meet if they adhere to required public health precautions. Check with the activity organizer before attending.
COVID-19 WEB PAGES AT HOSPITALS
St Anthony’s/CHI: https://www.chifranciscan.org/patients-and-visitors/covid-19.html
Billing suspended: CHI Franciscan, as part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, announced that it is suspending billing for COVID-19 testing and treatment system-wide. This effort will expand access to COVID-19 care across CHI Franciscan’s eight acute care hospitals and more than 200 clinics, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. (March 19)
JBLM Madigan: https://www.mamc.health.mil/patients/COVID-19.aspx
VA Puget Sound Health Care: https://www.pugetsound.va.gov/emergency/index.asp
Kaiser Permanente Washington: https://wa.kaiserpermanente.org/html/public/about/coronavirus
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has compiled a resource list for affected businesses and workers, including:
- A list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief with deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
- The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. Some benefits which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs.
- ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide benefits for workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
- If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes layoff or closure, ESD can provide services and funding to help workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services
The Washington State Insurance Commissioner can help answer questions about getting insurance and coverage for damages related to COVID-19. Go www.insurance.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-6900.
LOCAL EVENTS AND ORGANIZATIONS
The information below is subject to change; please check this page regularly and contact organizations for latest information.
Local U.S. Post Offices operating regular hours.
The Children’s Home Society of Washington Key Peninsula Family Resource Center
Office at Civic Center is open but events are cancelled. Parents are requested to call first before visiting.
KP Civic Center, 17010 South Vaughn Road NW, 253-884-5433, or www.childrenshomesociety.org.
Food Backpacks 4 Kids
From Facebook post dated March 12:
Food Backpacks 4 Kids Will Keep Food Flowing to Children and Families During School Closure!
All families who receive a food backpack can continue to receive food in our new Weekly “Drive by” Food Pick Up Program.
We will have food available for Saturday drive-by pick up each week at three locations:
. Henderson Bay High School parking lot
. Gateway Park parking lot
. Evergreen Elementary parking lot
In addition, ANY family in the Peninsula School District with school-aged children in need of food should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org — just let us know which pickup location is most convenient for you, your name and the number of children.
Food will be available for pickup on Saturday, March 21 at noon and every Saturday thereafter after until school is back in session.
Families without transportation should also email us — we want every student in the district to not have any issues with food insecurity.
Key Pen Parks
Parks remain open, but please follow social distancing guidelines. Event cancellations will be posted on https://www.keypenparks.com and Facebook.
Key Peninsula Business Association
Annual dinner auction has been postponed until further notice
Key Peninsula Community Council
Update, March 19: office will be closed for at least the next ten days. 253-432-4948, or www.kpcouncil.org.
Key Peninsula Civic Center
Closed for all public and private events. Regularly scheduled events will resume when Peninsula School District reopens. https://www.kpciviccenter.org,
Postponed events include: Comedy Night (April 4) and Livable Community Fair (May 9). New dates to be determined.
Key Peninsula Community Services
All senior events and activities suspended through April. THE FOOD BANK REMAINS OPEN. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; open until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed for lunch.
No food donations at this time, monetary donations are always welcome.
The senior lunch program continues and lunches are available for pickup on a drive-through basis with one day advance notice by calling the KPCS office. Door-to-door delivery is being provided by The Mustard Seed Project for seniors unable to pick up drive-through lunches.
KPCS is streaming tai chi and exercise classes with their regular instructors on YouTube, and will provide recorded DVDs if necessary.
Dental van visits are postponed.
Key Peninsula Fire Department
All stations are closed to the public through March. https://www.keypeninsulafire.org
Key Peninsula Historical Society and Museum
Key Peninsula Lutheran Church
All events suspended until April 3
Key Peninsula Sportsmen’s Club
Events cancelled through April
The Mustard Seed Project
No drop-in hours, all events and activities suspended through April. Individual rides will still be provided, but bus rides are cancelled.
The Mustard Seed Project can deliver lunches prepared by Key Peninsula Community Services to seniors unable to pick up drive-through lunches. TMSP is also working on a program to safely deliver groceries and supplies to shut-in seniors.
Want to help? “Looking for a way to help Key Peninsula seniors during this difficult time? Join our amazing team of volunteers at The Mustard Seed Project! We are currently seeking volunteer drivers to deliver fresh meals, groceries, and supplies.” To sign up to be a volunteer driver, click here. Submit completed applications via email or mail to:The Mustard Seed Project, PO Box 182, Vaughn, WA 98394.
You can also call Mary Morris, Program Director, at 253-884-2216.
Peninsula Light Company
Main lobby of business offices closed to the public. 253-857-5950, www.penlight.org
Update, March 20:
PenLight temporarily suspended customer disconnects and may waive late-fees for at least the next month. PenLight will continue to offer assistance programs including payment arrangements and qualifying discounts. Anyone facing hardship should contact them.
Penlight also changed its Project Help program, extending it through May, increasing funding and adjusting application criteria to allow those in need to receive additional funds even if they have already received a bill credit through Project Help.
Individuals can also apply for assistance if they’ve recently been laid off.
You can help!
“For those members that are in the position to help their neighbors, we encourage donating to the Project Help program,” Penlight said in a statement. “During this time, our Board of Directors will double each donation given. No administrative costs are included, and all contributions are tax-deductible.
Contact Member Services Department for assistance or additional resources at 253-857-5950.
Peninsula School District
Pierce County Library
Closed; all events cancelled through April. https://www.piercecountylibrary.org
Red Barn Youth Center
Closed through April. https://www.redbarnkp.org. 253-884-1594
Events cancelled through April. https://www.waypoint-church.org