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 – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM*, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Friday 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. *Hours may vary according to building activities.
2.         Public Safety –Building Hours  Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - Noon. Call-In Hours  Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. – Noon and 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Social distancing practices are being enforced.
3.         Public Works – The building is open from 8 AM to Noon.
Social distancing practices and masks are being enforced at all locations. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Paul Loveless, Town Administrator, at 253.983.2074. 

Updated on: October 19, 2021

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

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

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.


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