COVID-19 Information

Local Information: 

Social Distancing

On March 30, 2020, Governor Inslee requested citizens not use the 911 system to report possible violations of the social distancing guidelines but instead contact the local law enforcement agency. 
Please report any concerns over public gathering to Please include the following information:
  [ ] public area
  [ ] private area
Approx. number of people:
Type of gathering:
  [ ] community, civic, public, leisure, faith-based, or sporting event
  [ ] parade
  [ ] concert
  [ ] festival
  [ ] convention
  [ ] fundraiser
  [ ] other similar activity (briefly describe):
Posted on: March 31, 2020

Building Hours - Revised

Town facilities are operating as follows:
1.         Community Center – Closed except for the Senior Meal Site program which is being conducted on a take-out basis only.
2.         Public Safety – The lobby is closed to the public; however, staff is available on an appointment or emergency only basis.  Social distancing practices are being enforced.
3.         Public Works – The building is open from 8 AM to noon; however, social distancing practices are being enforced.  Please do not enter the building unless your activity requires an in-person presence.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Paul Loveless, Town Administrator, at 253.983.2074. 
Posted on: March 30, 2020

COVID-19 - Declaration of Emergency

The Town of Steilacoom like the State, Pierce County, and many other local governments, declared a state of emergency concerning the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. This was done to more quickly and easily mobilize staff and supplies needed to respond to the existence of COVID-19 cases in the Town of Steilacoom, and in reality, some cases are expected in Town eventually.

This measure was requested as part of the Town’s precautionary measures, and residents of Steilacoom should not be alarmed by this action which is part of the Town’s on-going response to the COVID-19 matter.

The declaration of a state of emergency will help align the Town’s response to the outbreak in coordination with state and county efforts. It enables the Town to activate emergency plans, prioritize response measures, and allocate funds to deploy additional personnel as needed. It also facilitates the use of mutual aid agreements and authorizes the Town to obtain vital supplies, equipment and services outside of usual purchasing or contracting regulations and apply for reimbursement of eligible expenses.

If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Paul Loveless, Town Administrator, at 253.983.2074.
Posted on: March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Information and Tips

Coronaviruses form  large family of viral illnesses that includes the common cold.   A new virus caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China and is now spreading internationally.  Coronaviruses are commonly spread from an infected person to others through:  1) Coughing and sneezing (within 6 feet); 2) Close personal contact, like toughing or shaking hands; 3) Touching an exposed object that has been infected, then toughing your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; 4) Rarely, fecal contamination.

Symptoms include: 1) Cough; 2) Fever; 3) Shortness of breath

Some basic procedures to help stop the spread of the virus include:
1) Remain calm and don’t panic.
2) Increase hand washing and use of alcohol-based sanitizer.  Hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
4) Keep distance from others (6 feet or more).
5) Frequently clean and disinfect surfaces.
6) Stay home when sick and away from others.  If serious, call your healthcare provider before going to the emergency department or their office/clinic.
7) Avoid contact with people who are sick.
8) Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze using a disposable tissue or cough/sneeze into your elbow versus your hand.

Get more information at, which the Health Department regularly updates The page includes  frequently asked questions. Sign up for public health updates at
Posted on: March 3, 2020

Social Security Office in Steilacoom Closed due to State Guidelines

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 the Social Security Administration closed ALL local Social Security offices to the public for in-person service.

This change impacts the nearly 3.5 million U.S. citizens across the country who rely on their local Social Security office each month to get help applying for and receiving benefits.

Press release about the situation:

Local Social Security resource page:
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Following is a list of resources for residents, businesses and non-profits impacted by COVID-19:

Pierce County  

Pierce County Council takes more action to support hurting local business

Local businesses are struggling, and the Pierce County Council wants to help. That’s why Thursday it passed its second round of emergency legislation in a week aimed at getting money into the hands of Pierce County business owners.
Through legislative actions Council: 

  • Waived the repayment requirement of the county’s emergency small business relief loan program for all pending and future applicants and set a Dec. 4, 2020 deadline to ensure applications are processed by Dec. 30, 2020;
  • Streamlined the process to forgive loans previously issued under the emergency small business relief loan program; and
  • Added a need-based grant program to assist Main Street and arts and culture-focused businesses to allow these businesses to receive a grant up to $10,000.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic Council has prioritized the nearly $158 million in federal CARES Act monies the county received to go where it is needed most,” said Council Chairman Doug Richardson. “We know the latest round of restrictions this week will have devastating effects on our small businesses and we only have until Dec. 30 to expend the money, which is why this latest action is so critical.”
Councilmember Marty Campbell proposed the legislation that targets in-store retail, arts and culture establishments like theaters, museums and entertainment venues, fitness facilities and gyms, restaurants, tap rooms and similar eating and drinking establishments that do not have a drive-thru and did not participate in the Pierce County Restaurant Rally program.
Eligible businesses can receive a need-based grant up to $10,000. Businesses that already received assistance from the county’s COVID-19 Emergency Small Business Relief Loan Program can apply for this latest round of funding.
Additional eligibility requirements include:

  • Businesses with 20 or less full-time equivalent employees;
  • Demonstrate at least 25% reduction in revenues due to COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Located in Pierce County;
  • Independent business (no corporate chains or corporate franchises).

Earlier this week Council moved $2 million in CARES Act funds from a contingency reserve account to support expansion of this program. Businesses can request the need-based grant through the Economic Development Department.
The emergency legislation now goes to the Pierce County Executive for signature. 

Additional information will be available soon on the Pierce County CARES Business Relief website

Posted on 11/20/2020

CARES Act Information

Washington State

Small Business Administration

Business and Workplace Health Recommendations

Tips for Pandemic Preparation and Business Continuity

Resources for Employers and Workers

  • Washington State Employment Security Department: COVID-19 Assistance
  • Guidance and Resources for COVID-19 Topics Related to Labor & Industries (L&I)
  • Help for businesses wanting to keep employee health coverage: The State Office of the Insurance Commissioner has let all health insurers know they have flexibility in defining who is eligible for coverage under the employer-sponsored health plan. If an employer would like to try to keep their employees covered or have other questions, they should reach out directly to their health insurer. Visit the Coronavirus and Health Insurance webpage for more information.


Financial Assistance