In This Issue....
Diverging Diamond Interchange in Lacey Scheduled to Open
Public Hearing Scheduled for Interim Floodplain Regulations
Accessing Board Meetings and Work Sessions
But first....
On Thursday, July 30, Thurston County Health Officer, Dr. Dimyana Abdelmalek, advised all county K-12, public and private, schools to remain closed to in-person general instruction for the Fall 2020 term to help curb the spread of COVID-19 within Thurston County communities. You can learn more at: . You can also read Dr. Abdelmalek's letter to the superintendents at: .
COVID-19 Update
From Friday, July 24, to Thursday, July 30, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services confirmed 109 additional Thurston County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the total of confirmed cases in the county to 640. Sadly, two Thurston County residents passed away this week due to complications with COVID-19. We send our deepest condolences to their families, friends, and loved ones. Since the pandemic began, eight Thurston County residents have lost their lives due to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 55 people hospitalized (number is of accumulated hospitalizations, not all currently hospitalized), and 308 people have recovered or are recovering. All zip codes in Thurston County had an increase in COVID-19 cases during the past week. You can learn more in the latest COVID-19 weekly update . You can also find more data on COVID-19 in Thurston County at: .
Diverging Diamond Interchange to Open on Marvin
The state’s first diverging diamond interchange is set to open in Lacey on Monday, August 3, following a weekend closure of State Route 510/Marvin Road overpass above Interstate 5 (I-5). The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will close the Marvin Road overpass, along with the adjacent I-5 off-ramps and on-ramps, beginning tonight (Friday, July 31) at 9:00 p.m., through Monday, August 3, at 5:00 a.m. Closures include:
• Marvin Road overpass between Quinault Drive Northeast and Main Street Northeast
• Both Marvin Road on-ramps to southbound I-5 and northbound I-5 
• Northbound and southbound I-5 exits to Marvin Road 

You can find more information at: .
Board to Hold Public Hearing on Interim Floodplain Development Regulations

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 4, at 3:00 p.m. on interim floodplain development regulations, adopted by Ordinance No. 15905 on June 16, 2020. The amendments are primarily technical amendments to ensure consistency with the National Flood Insurance Program for development in flood hazard areas.  

What: Public Hearing on Interim Floodplain Development Regulations (Ord. 15905)
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where:  Room 280, Building 1, Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502
Attend Virtually: The public may testify over the phone at (360) 252-9020.

If you are unable to attend, comments may be submitted to Jeremy Davis, Operations Manager, at . Comments must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. You can also mail comments to: 
Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attention: Jeremy Davis, Operations Manager
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on ADU Regulations
The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. or soon thereafter, to receive public comment on proposed amendments to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU). The proposed amendments would allow rural ADU housing options in unincorporated Thurston County. You can connect to the public hearing and find basic instructions for using Zoom at: .

What: Public Hearing on Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations
When: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m., or soon thereafter

If you are unable to attend, comments may be submitted to Andrew Boughan, Associate Planner, at . Comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5. You can also mail comments to: 
Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attention: Andrew Boughan, Associate Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building One
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Board Meetings and Work Sessions
Stay engaged and up-to-date on what's happening with your local government by live-streaming Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and Board of Health (BoH) meetings and work sessions on the county YouTube channel at: . You can also attend meetings via teleconference by calling (360) 252-9020 and entering access code 1234. You can find scheduled Board meetings, work sessions, and public hearings for each week at: .

The public can also attend BoCC and BoH meetings and work sessions in person. Those in attendance must maintain physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order, wear a cloth face covering or mask. Individuals can provide in-person public testimony to the BoCC during their regularly scheduled meetings on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. Capacity in the Board room is limited, but an overflow room has been designated where residents can still participate.
Before you go....
The Thurston County Auditor's Office Elections Division is hosting the county's Voting Center at South Puget Sound Community College's (SPSCC) Mottman Campus for the August primary and November general elections. At the Voting Center, Thurston County residents can register to vote, get a replacement ballot, and vote without leaving their vehicle. You can learn more, including hours of operation, here .
Thurston County has more than 25 job openings! These include positions with the Sheriff's Office, Public Works, Community Planning Economic and Development, Public Health and Social Services, and more. Many of the current openings are directly connected to the county's COVID-19 pandemic response, including community-based outreach and support positions, isolation and quarantine facility staffing, facility inspectors, and more! You can find all employment opportunities and apply at: .