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.

What are coronaviruses?

​"Human coronaviruses form a large family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold.  If you've ever been sick with a runny nose, cough or soar throat, you likely had a form of coronavirus.  Coronaviruses vary greatly in severity and in how they transmit".  (​source: Tacoma-Piece County Health Department)

What We Know

The City is planning response measures in the event that more cases develop. While we do not have reason to panic, we are keeping tabs on what is happening and contemplating actions in the event of worsening conditions.

The City will continue to receive regular COVID-19 updates from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the 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 Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department:

  • Increase hand washing, using hot water and liberal soap for 20 seconds
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, ideally with elbows
  • Maintain physical distances from others (six feet, if possible)
  • Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces
  • Stay home if experiencing respiratory symptoms

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

Please take precautionary measures to protect your health and that of your family and loved ones.

Latest Guidance & Resources

Updated October 21, 2020

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(Source: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department Healthy Halloween)

Tips for a safe and fun Halloween from the Washington State Department of Health

OLYMPIA – Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19, so it will be important to identify safer alternative activities to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

The Department of Health wants Washington residents to have a fun Halloween while remembering a few key actions you can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Protect yourself, your loved ones, and others while celebrating:

  • Wear a cloth face covering anytime you are with people not from your household, whether indoors or outside.
  • Avoid confined spaces. Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, but if you’re indoors, make sure to have proper ventilation, and even open doors and windows to the extent possible.
  • Avoid close contact with people outside of your household. Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands (and the hands of little ones) often.
  • Stay home if you are sick or were recently exposed to someone with COVID-19. And if you have symptoms or you’ve been a close contact of someone with COVID-19, get a COVID-19 test.

“Many children and families in Washington are wanting to know what happens on Halloween this year. This holiday, along with most of our holidays, will look and feel a bit different,” said Lacy Fehrenbach, Deputy Secretary of Health for COVID-19. “The good news is that with some changes, we can find meaningful and fun ways to celebrate while still working to reduce COVID-19 transmission in our state.”

Some fun, creative, and safer options for celebrating Halloween include:

  • Have a scavenger hunt at home. Dress up and hide candy or other treats throughout the house or yard.
  • Have a Halloween movie marathon with household members.
  • Host an online costume or pumpkin carving contest.

If you go trick-or-treating:

  • Stick with members of your household and keep at least 6 feet of distance from others
  • Wear a cloth mask, and remember: a plastic costume mask is not a suitable substitute.
  • Wash your hands before and after trick-or-treating.
  • Bring plenty of hand sanitizer.

If you give out treats:

  • Limit candy to individually wrapped treat bags. This reduces the number of people who would typically touch items in a communal bowl.
  • To avoid crowds, place treats on a table in your driveway or yard. To see trick-or-treaters, sit in a chair in your driveway, garage, yard, or porch and maintain at least 6 feet of distance from the treat table.
  • Place a few mini pumpkins or other decorations 6 feet apart to signal a line and keep trick- or- treaters distanced while waiting for treats.

(Source: Washington State Department of Health Halloween Tips)

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Free Drive Thru Flu Vaccine


Free Drive-Thru Flu Vaccines!  Join us on October 24th, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington State Fairgrounds Blue Lot.

These events are popular! After you arrive, it will take about 1 to 1½ hours to get a flu shot.

We may stop accepting cars 1 hour before the event ends.

Everyone 6 months or older can get a flu shot with leaving the car.

Wear a mask and short sleeves. Children under 3, wear shorts.

Flu shots are free for children and uninsured adults.

Insured adults, bring your insurance card and we'll bill your health plan.

Anybody can come to any event.

Choose an event convenient for you. Walk-ups welcome. Senior vaccines (high-dose and adjuvanted) available at each event.

Interpreters available on site for Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese.

View the event flyer in Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese

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Free COVID-19 Testing Events in Puyallup

   When:         Thursday November 19th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

                       Thursday December 17th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 Where:      Washington State Fairgrounds Blue Parking Lot

To expedite the process, print the following documents, fill them out, and bring them with you! 

Pierce County Mobile Testing Form - FIDLAB/COVID-19 Testing Form

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No Social Gatherings Over 10 People in Phase 3Under the new Safe Start phase limits, the number of individuals allowed in social gatherings during Phase 3 will be reduced from 50 people to 10 people. Counties in Phase 2 may continue to have social gatherings of up to five people.  


The orders go into effect Monday, July 20.

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Resources & Web Pages



  Local level resources

  State level resources

   Federal level resources

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Beginning May 5, 2020, Washington State began the Safe Start Washington - Phased Reopening Plan.  Individuals and businesses should follow the Washington's Phased Reopening Plan Infographic to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.  Pierce County was approved to move into Phase 2 on June 5, 2020.

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Beginning June 26, 2020, facial coverings will be mandatory in Washington State to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Remember: masks can’t do it alone - practice physical distancing, stay home if you are sick, and wash your hands!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is wearing a face covering safe? It feels hard to breathe when I wear one. While some people have health conditions that make face coverings unsafe, they are safe for nearly all of us, even if they feel uncomfortable at first and take a while to get used to. Public health experts agree face coverings are an important tool in preventing COVID and research is increasingly suggesting widespread use is effective. Make sure your face covering covers your mouth and nose but isn’t overly tight or restrictive. Choose a soft fabric such as cotton knit or use a bandana or scarf if that feels more comfortable.

What should I do if I see someone not wearing a mask? Nothing. Some people have conditions or circumstances that would make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous. Just wear your mask and stay six feet away.  

When do I not have to wear a mask? You do not need to wear a cloth face covering when you are in your own home or in your car, if you are only with people in your own household. You also do not need to wear a cloth face covering when you are exercising outdoors and you have plenty of space. It’s a good idea to keep one in your pocket, though, in case you come across other people you can’t stay six feet away from. And some people may have health conditions or circumstances that make wearing a cloth face covering difficult or dangerous.

I don’t want to make or buy a face covering. Are there other options? Cloth face coverings do not need to be complicated or expensive. Save medical masks and respirators for health care workers and others in high-risk settings. Easy alternative are to use a scarf or any breathable, washable fabric, and wrap it around your face so that a couple layers of fabric are completely covering your mouth and nose.

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