In This Issue....
County Activates Hazardous Weather Response due to Wildfire Smoke
Health Advisories for Lake Lawrence, Pattison Lake
Bordeaux Fire Update
But first....
Today is the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The events of that day began at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time when American Airlines Flight 11, traveling from Boston to Los Angeles, struck the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Today we join the rest of the nation in remembrance.
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COVID-19 Update
From Friday, September 4, to Thursday, September 10, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) confirmed 49 additional Thurston County residents diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the total of confirmed cases in the county to 1,078. There has been a total of 75 people hospitalized (number is of accumulated hospitalizations, not all currently hospitalized), and 887 people recovered or recovering. Sadly, 15 Thurston County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

The highest number of cases are in the 98513, 98501, and 98503 zip codes. (You can learn more in this week's COVID-19 update). Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek also released another Letter to the Community. In her letter, she answers more of your questions, including some about testing and quarantine. You can read her letter here.
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Bordeaux Fire
A Level III evacuation order was put in place on Tuesday, September 8, for Mima Road SW, from Bordeaux Road S to Mima Gate Road SW, which includes the Bordeaux Ranch, due to a wildfire that was burning in the area. Due to the quick response of West Thurston Fire and other state and local fire agencies, the fire was extinguished and the Level III evacuation order was lifted on Wednesday, September 9.

The fire, which began after a transformer blew and spread quickly due to sustained winds, burned an estimated 290 acres of land and resulted in the loss of one home. A more accurate account of damage will be available after an assessment is conducted. For more information, including ways you can help, please call the Emergency Coordination Center at (360) 867-2800.

For the most up-to-date information, please follow West Thurston Fire on Facebook and Twitter at:
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County Activates Hazardous Weather Response due to Poor Air Quality

In response to poor air quality due to wildfire smoke, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services is issuing a "Hazardous Weather Event" advisory to increase shelter capacity beginning at 5:00 p.m. today (Friday, September 11), and extending through 8:00 a.m. Monday, September 14. During this hazardous weather activation period, increased overnight shelter options are available at Interfaith Works Emergency Overnight Shelter located at First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St SE, Olympia, WA 98501. All COVID-19 safety protocols, including the wearing of masks and physical distancing, will be required.

Volunteers, as well as donations of masks, coffee, creamer, cup of soups, water and other snacks, are needed. Call ahead to the shelter to ask for details and drop-off information. For volunteer opportunities please visit, iwshelter.org/code-blue.html or email Keylee Marineau at keylee.marineau@co.thurston.wa.us. For more information about homelessness in Thurston County, please visit: thurstoncountywa.gov.
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Lake Lawrence and Pattison Lake Health Advisories Still in Effect
The health advisories for Lake Lawrence and Pattison Lake are still in effect due to toxic algae blooms producing unsafe levels of microcystin. The health advisory for Long Lake has been lifted, but the swimming beach remains closed due to algae scum on the surface and poor water visibility, creating unsafe conditions for swimming. Long Lake Park remains open to the public.

Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) recommends taking extra precautions to avoid the health risks posed by microcystin toxins.
  • Stay out of the lakes 
  • Avoid contact with water containing algae
  • Keep pets and livestock out of the water
  • When fishing, it is safest to catch-and-release any fish caught during a toxic algae bloom
  • Do not jet ski, kayak, paddle board, or boat on the water during a toxic algae bloom 
  • Do not drink water taken from the lake 

PHSS will continue testing weekly until the health advisories are lifted. You can learn more at: thurstoncountywa.gov.
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2020 Census Update
As of Wednesday, September 9, Washington State is ranked third in the nation for response to the 2020 Census, with a response rate of 96.8%! Idaho leads the nation with 98.7%, and West Virginia is in second with 98.1%. Help Washington take the lead and complete the Census today. Visit my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020. 

Your response will help inform how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed to local communities each year, and the number of representatives each state gets in Congress. If you know anyone who hasn't responded to the 2020 Census, challenge them to complete the Census with these social media graphics.
Before you go....
September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). A simple action you can take today for NPM is signing up for Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert) to receive critical notifications about emergencies in your community by text, email, and/or land line. The emergency alerts you receive can relate to specific hazards that require action, such as evacuation, shelter in place, or boil water orders. Sign up today at: tcalert.org.
Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek spoke with TCMedia about the county's current status and how we can keep up the decline in cases in our community. You can watch her interview at: https://youtu.be/hog9CUlEJ3Q.