In Memoriam for the unclaimed

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — You are invited to join Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier and Medical Examiner Karen Kline-Parhamovich, M.D. for a ceremony to lay unclaimed decedents to rest.  What happens when someone dies, and no one claims their body? In Pierce County, the Medical Examiner’s office arranges the cremation of the decedents and provides…

Health information for hot weather

Colling centers in Puyallup Colling Centers around Pierce County including Cross Park – Cooling Center From the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department When the weather heats up, know how to stay safe. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illness rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic…

Toxic Algae Advisory for Spanaway Lake

On 7/21/2021, the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department issued a toxic algae advisory for Spanaway Lake. This is the link to the toxic algae advisories. What is a toxic algae bloom? Algae bloom occur in fresh water with the right amount of sunlight, temperature and nutrients. These conditions cause rapid growth of algae, which can…

Compassion Clinic is Saturday in Sumner

From Pierce County Councilwoman Amy Cruver: Compassion Clinic – happening June 26 in Sumner. That is this Saturday. If you or someone you know needs no-cost health services, Compassion Clinic is there to serve you. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Faith Covenant Church 1915 Washington Street in Sumner. To make an…

World Blood Donor Day, June 14

Bloodworks Northwest’s slogan is “We all have it in us.” It’s true – we all have the power to save a life with a blood donation. On June 14th, we’ll be celebrating World Blood Donor Day with them to thank our community for its generosity and inspire more people to donate blood because the need…

Community input sought for aging and disability services

PIERCE COUNTY — The Pierce County Human Services Aging and Disability Resources (ADR) division is initiating a survey to gather community input for the two-year update to the 2020-2023 Area Plan. As the designated Area Agency on Aging for Pierce County, ADR must develop and oversee long-term services and supports for older adults and adults…

Spanaway Lakefront owners petition County for special assessment district

By Marianne Lincoln, 5-3-2021 The Friends of Spanaway Lake (FOSL) , a 501(c)(3) non-profit association of lakefront property owners, has drawn up a petition to the County Council to create a special Lake Management District (LMD). This Special taxing area would charge each lake lot owner between $4 to $8 per lakefront foot to help…

Local COVID19 Vaccine sites

Registration is open for these events. DRIVE-THRUApril 14, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Pierce County Emergency Management eventFranklin Pierce High School11002 18th Ave E, Tacoma, WA 984451,540 doses of Pfizer vaccine (first of two doses).Begin registration here: https://www.solvhealth.com/book-online/gJXLrA DRIVE-THRU April 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Clover Park Technical College4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood, WA 984991,500 doses of Moderna vaccine (first of two…

Pierce County Council response to Phase 2 rollback announcement

Responding to the news Monday that Pierce County will move back to Phase 2 of the state’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, Pierce County Council Chair Derek Young issued the following statement: “The news that our county will return to Phase 2 effective April 16 is discouraging. This setback is a gut-punch to all of us,…

Pierce County is rolled back to phase 2

Inslee announces three counties to rollback to Phase 2 Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the rollback of three counties not meeting the Phase 3 Healthy Washington metrics for reopening activities. The three counties returning to Phase 2 are: Cowlitz County Pierce County Whitman County “These metric trends are driven by the virus and we must continue…

Pierce County Virtual Caregiver Conference

PIERCE COUNTY — Thousands of Pierce County residents take care of a friend or family member with a serious health condition. While being a caregiver can be a labor of love, it can also be very stressful. On top of normal stress, the isolation created by COVID-19 has resulted in incredible challenges for care takers…

Local places to inquire for a COVID 19 vaccine

Here are the local pharmacies in mid-Pierce County that are carrying the vaccine for COVID 19. Call or visit (with a mask) to inquire about their availability and appointment lists.