2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Puyallup understands that many people are concerned about the COVID-19 virus. State and regional health professionals are closely monitoring the situation and advising local jurisdictions on preparedness efforts and recommending extensive community mitigation measures at this time.

How COVID-19 Works​

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.  Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.  The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.  The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette. (Source: World Health Organization)

What We Know

Information about the characteristics of COVID-19 variants and vaccine breakthrough cases are rapidly emerging.
The City will continue to receive regular COVID-19 updates from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Washington State Department of Health.

What We Can Do

In the interest of helping control the spread of COVID-19, we ask that everyone follow recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, ideally with elbows
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wear a mask when you go out in public
  • Consider getting vaccinated

Additionally, it is advised that members of our community consider how they will manage in the event of illness:

  • Who could care for any children or pets?
  • What about other household members and neighbors?
  • What is your family plan if someone needs to stay home if they are sick?
  • Visit the CDC to learn how to get your household ready for COVID-19.
  • Visit the CDC to learn how to get schools, workplaces, and community locations ready for COVID-19.
Consider getting vaccinated! Recent data from Washington State DOH indicates:

  • 97.4% of COVID-19 cases were in those not fully vaccinated
  • 96% of hospitalizations among COVID-19 cases were in those not fully vaccinated
  • 94.3% of deaths related to COVID-19 were in those not fully vaccinated
Please take precautionary measures to protect your health and that of your family and loved ones.

Latest Guidance & Resources

Updated November 22, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children 5-11

On October 29, the FDA authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old. On November 3, the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup endorsed the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Vaccine appointments and clinics can be found at WA State DOH.

COVID-19 Booster Doses - Who's Eligible?

  • The CDC and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup recommend boosters for everyone over the age of 18. Everyone over the age of 18 is eligible for a COVID-19 booster: 
    • two months after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
    • six months after the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna second dose

To learn more visit Washington State Department of Health.

Pfizer and Moderna Booster

Vaccination Proof Required for Large Events, Effective November 15

Concerts, sporting matches, and other large events will now require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test for indoor events with 1,000 people or more, or for outdoor events with more than 10,000 people. This order applies to everyone 12 years and older. The requirement covers ticketed or registered events, not venues like shopping malls, museums, or grocery stores that are open to the public.

Governor Inslee Updates Statewide Mask Mandate, Effective September 13

Everyone 5 years and older must wear a face covering both indoors in public and outdoors where physical distancing is not possible regardless of vaccination status. The mandate applies in any place open to the public, including: retail, grocery stores, government buildings, any business or place where members of the public can enter freely, and large outdoor events with 500+ attendees.

June 30 update: Governor Inslee lifts most COVID-19 restrictions

Most businesses and organizations can choose to operate as they did before the COVID-19 pandemic with no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements. However, COVID-19 is still present in our communities. Organizations and businesses may choose to maintain capacity limits or physical distancing, and may require masks. There are three orders and two proclamations in place related to masks. To view the latest guidance, visit WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries and DOH. To view the latest travel guidance, visit CDC. To learn more about Washington's reopening guidance, visit Washington Ready.

Resources & Web Pages

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