Virus Resources and Information

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The Extension of the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order will be through May 31, Gov. Inslee & Health officials announced today.

There will be new allowances for retail curbside pickup; car washes; and landscaping. Also, drive-in spiritual services can go forward with one household per vehicle.

Moving forward, there will be four phases allowing more areas of the state to re-open after each phase based on a data-driven approach. Information on that here: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need…

These phases depend on continued success in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and meeting four capabilities including:
✔️health care system readiness
✔️testing capacity
✔️ability to do contact investigations
✔️ability to protect high-risk populations.

Not every part of the state is experiencing #COVID19 the same way. County variances are allowed. Smaller counties could reopen. Counties with fewer than 50,000 residents not hit hard by #COVID19 will be able to apply to the Department of Health for a variance that will allow the county to open to the second phase. Cities and counties can also take more strict actions than what the state is mandating. That is up to them based on their public health needs and local decision making.

While state parks and state land are re-opening May 5, before traveling, check with your destination. More information: https://parks.state.wa.us/1177/Novel-Cor…

Businesses are also expected to implement any additional requirements developed specifically for their industry such as those that have been established for construction.

The state is entering into Phase 1, with some aspects starting on May 5. More details will be announced on Monday. The governor has already allowed some construction to resume as well as reopening of some recreational activities including day use at state parks, playing golf, fishing and hunting. Officials are working with industries to develop new protocols that could soon also allow for retail curbside pickup; car washes; and landscaping and drive-in spiritual services with one household per vehicle.
When COVID-19 disease burden is low and decreasing and the four capabilities described above are met, the governor will move from Phase 1 to Phase 2.
▶️ Phase 2: Additional expansions of outdoor recreation activities would be allowed, as well as small gatherings of 5 or fewer people, new construction and in-store retail purchases with health restrictions. Barber shops and salons could reopen and house cleaning services. Restaurants could reopen with 50 percent capacity and table size no larger than 5. Some professional services and offices could open up as well, even though teleworking would remain strongly encouraged. Pet care services including grooming could resume.
▶️ Phase 3: Gatherings of 50 people or less, including sports activities, would be allowed, and non-essential travel could resume. Restaurants could move up to 75 percent capacity and tables up to 10 people, and bars at 25 percent capacity; gyms and movie theaters could reopen at 50 percebt capacity; retail, libraries, museums and government buildings could reopen. Recreational facilities like pools could open at 50 percent capacity. Nightclubs and entertainment venues would still not be able to reopen.
▶️ Phase 4: Would involve resuming the majority of public interactions. Gatherings of more than 50 people would be allowed, but still while practicing social distancing.
A larger version of the chart is available, which is also screen reader compliant.

Watch the full press conference here: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=20200…

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Public Resources & Info

Port Book & News offering order pickup & free delivery

Keep up to date on the latest
coronavirus news with the Peninsula Daily News


There is generally free online access to newspapers’ coronavirus content, including Peninsula Daily News, the Seattle Times, NY Times, & Washington Post

Peninsula Home Fund relaunched to help in crisis — PDN
Donations accepted for those affected by coronavirus


How utilities can help customers
and communities cope with COVID-19

Coronavirus: How to stay healthy and how you can help
The sign-up is for people that are willing to be called on in case Olympic Community Action Programs or one of our approved partners needs additional volunteers. We would like volunteers that are not a part of the “vulnerable population” – ideally under 60, not pregnant, healthy, with no underlying illness that compromises your immune system, and have not been exposed to anyone with Coronavirus symptoms (cough, fever, difficulty breathing).

Tell the Clallam Economic Development Council about your business online offerings

Clallam Business Recovery Committee Meeting — See the Recording 1:19:29


Federal help of every kind

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC’s guidelines to disinfecting
Disinfecting your home if someone is sick
Running Essential Errands
Prevent Getting Sick


Online and Zoom Meetings

Hosting a Zoom Meeting? — Zoombombing – preventive measures
“Zoombombing” is where an individual drops in on a Zoom meeting to disrupt it

Dealing with Disruptors in Zoom Meetings — Training For Change

New Zoom & WebEx Threats Seen: Three suspicious emails have been showing up recently with malicious intent directed toward millions of Zoom users. They target individuals and businesses in the transportation, government, telecommunications, and manufacturing sectors. The following link from Forbes explains in more detail. There are three emails to look out for. The first has the subject line “Zoom Account” and includes a message welcoming new users to their account. Attackers then encourage users to click on a link and activate their Zoom account by entering their login details–which the criminal will then steal. The second email, which has the subject line “Missed Zoom Meeting,” informs you that you have just missed a Zoom meeting. Attackers then want you to click a link to “check your missed conference,” so you again enter your details which they can steal. The third scam targets another popular video conferencing service Cisco WebEx. The Cisco WebEx scam reads: “Alert!” “Your account access will be limited!” If you receive suspicious email that you know for sure is not legit please right click it, carefully roll your mouse pointer down the menu to “Move” and then click “Report Spam” when the flyout menu appears to the right.  This moves the suspect email directly to the email filter mitigation folder that blocks further attempts to deliver.


Coping With the Virus

The essential coronavirus FAQ — PBS | June 5, 2020

What’s the Risk of Catching Coronavirus From a Surface?
— The New York Times | June 5, 2020

Experiment shows human speech generates droplets that linger in the air for more than 8 minutes — Washington Post | June 1, 2020

Is It Safer to Visit a Coffee Shop or a Gym? — The New York Times

The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them
This is about droplets we expel and what causes more and less.

Sweden’s coronavirus strategy is not what it seems — The Washington Post

How to measure your nation’s response to coronavirus
National Geographic reviews the lessons learned from national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MoveOn Coronavirus Resource Hub

MoveOn Coronavirus Resource Hub

COVID-19: What’s wrong with the models?

Peter Attia, MD. | April 20, 2020

Are we in the somewhat favorable state we are in today because of how well we’ve contained the virus, how well we’ve “flattened the curve?”
Or are we in this state because the SARS-CoV-2 virus is less deadly than we initially thought?

Doctors and nurses demonstrate breathing techniques proven to help with coronavirus symptoms — Daily Kos

Coronavirus Tips: Frequently Asked Questions and Advice — The New York Times

The essential coronavirus FAQ — PBS News Hour

Cabin Fever Questions
In this time of social distancing,
join Humanities Washington for questions designed to bring you deeper connections.

PA Food Bank Volunteer Application – covid19
Volunteers (preferably under 60) needed to pack boxes for the PA Food Bank
(similar help is likely needed at the other food banks)

There is growing evidence that anosmia — loss of the sense of smell — may be a coronavirus symptom. Medical experts said that people who lose their ability to smell or taste should isolate themselves for at least a week, even if they are otherwise asymptomatic. — The New York Times

What COVID-19 Does to You
–Visual Capitalist

What you need to know about hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus
While there is anecdotal evidence hydroxychloroquine has helped manage some patients’ symptoms, there is no data that proves it is effective in treating or preventing COVID-19 — PBS

Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team Issues Report

Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)
to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand

Here we present the results of epidemiological modelling which has informed policy-making in the UK and other countries in recent weeks.” — March 16


Getting Food

Concerned about going to the store?
First Baptist Church would like to deliver your groceries to your door so that you can stay quarantined. 
Call the office at 360-457-3313, Tuesday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 2:30 pm to arrange to have your groceries brought to you

Wild Edge Farm in PA is offering Farm Fresh Food Boxes of their meat, eggs and produce from noon to 1 PM Saturday in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Plan ahead. Order by mid-week. Also:
Free kale starts and seed potatoes available this Saturday, April 25th from Wild Edge Farm

Port Angeles Area COVID-19 Emergency Food Resources List

Peninsula restaurants offer takeout, delivery options — PDN

DoorDash Food Delivery

List of local farms selling produce, compiled by WSU Cooperative Extension


Personal Protection Gear

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19 (includes DIY mask methods, sew and no-sew)

Olson Mask for PPE With Filter for Personal and Non-Health Care Use

Deaconess: How To Make a Face Mask (this is the one recommended by the Clallam County Health Officer)

Tenugui Mask Video

T-Shirt Ninja Method (note: fold the remaining t-shirt material hanging below your face into the part covering your mouth and it becomes two plys.)

Here’s how to make an easy, no-sew face mask with materials you have at home — KOMO NEWS

Video discussing do’s and don’ts for materials to make masks

Men’s beards could render face masks useless — one surprisingly comprehensive graphic from the CDC

Making PPE for our Healthworkers


Disinfecting Surfaces Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Oven Heat to Disinfect Coronavirus (Don’t Use a Microwave)
Why soap is preferable to bleach in the fight against coronavirus
— National Geographic
Best Approach to Disinfecting Surfaces Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
— Infection Control Today

How to safely bring groceries home during the coronavirus

however, this doctor thinks there are simpler common-sense precautions

How to do grocery shopping — The Washington Post

Watch a doctor demonstrate how to safely bring groceries home during the coronavirus crisis — Daily Kos

Coronavirus: These products work best to kill the virus
— World Economic Forum


More Reading

News Stories we’ve posted about CoronaVirus

Explore the CoronaVirus / Climate Connection

Trump Death Clock

Seattle’s Leaders Let Scientists Take the Lead. New York’s Did Not — The New Yorker
The initial coronavirus outbreaks on the East and West Coasts emerged at roughly the same time. But the danger was communicated very differently.

Rural areas will not be immune from devastation if they fail to protect themselves — Washington Post

Infographic | The Math Behind Social Distancing

COVID-19 Resources for Local Climate Groups— 350.org
This is a very interesting list of links related to Climate Action in a Pandemic

Visualizing the History of Pandemics

Let’s just put COVID-19 under the
microscope, so to speak
— Visual Capitalist