In This Issue....
Board Proclaims May 17-23 as Law Enforcement Week
ESD Update on Fraudulent Unemployment Claims
County to Observe Memorial Day Holiday on May 25
But first....
Thurston County welcomes the news from Governor Inslee that the county is now able to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2. The Commissioners, in their role as the Board of Health, held a special meeting today (May 22) at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the application. The Board of County Commissioners will consider action on the opportunity to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 at a meeting on Tuesday, May 26, at 9 a.m. Tuesday's meeting will be live-streamed on the county's YouTube channel at: . We will continue to keep you updated as we move through the process.
COVID-19 Update
From Friday, May 15, to Thursday, May 21, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services confirmed two additional Thurston County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19. This brings the total to 127 confirmed cases with one death . There have been 19 hospitalizations (number is of accumulated hospitalizations, not all currently hospitalized), and 122 have recovered or are recovering. You can learn more in the latest COVID-19 Weekly Update report at: . Race/ethnicity and other data is included in the report.

Thurston County Health Officer Dr. Diana Yu also released her weekly Letter to the Community on Wednesday, May 20, and it provides a lot of great information. You can find her letter at: .
County to Observe Memorial Day Holiday

Thurston County will observe the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 25, 2020. Offices will be closed and remote services will not be available. All service options will resume on Tuesday, May 26. The county’s Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey will be open on Memorial Day from 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Visit for more information. You can learn about other county services available on Memorial Day at: .

For Memorial Day ceremonies, each U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs national cemetery will conduct a brief wreath laying ceremony, accompanied by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. While the ceremonies are not open to the public, they will be live-streamed. You can learn more about how to participate virtually at: .
Law Enforcement Week
On Tuesday, May 19, the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sunday, May 17, through Saturday, May 23, as Law Enforcement Recognition Week in Thurston County. The proclamation encourages the community today, and every day, to honor all law enforcement officers who put their own lives on the line to protect the lives of others. There are more than 900,000 law enforcement officers serving in communities across the nation, including the many members of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office and our local city police departments.

You can watch the reading of the proclamation, and hear from Thurston County Sheriff John Sanza and Thurston County Undersheriff Tim Braniff, at: .
Thurston Strong
Thurston County is a proud partner of Thurston Strong , which is the Thurston Regional Economic Recovery Task Force. Formed in conjunction with the Thurston Economic Development Center, the Thurston Chamber of Commerce, and many local jurisdictions, this task force endeavors to provide local businesses and impacted workers with relevant information in changing times. You can find important updates and resources for businesses and workers at: .

The latest update comes from the Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD). ESD is focused on fast-tracking a backlog of unemployment claims, but the agency is facing slow-downs caused by an increase in fraudulent claims. There are reports of fake websites designed to steal personal information. ESD does not request sensitive information outside their official, secure website. Any site requesting confidential information should be treated with suspicion. Victims of unemployment fraud can file a report at: .
Census Update
Thurston County is still in the top five among Washington State counties for responses to the 2020 Census. The county has also surpassed it's 2010 response rate. You can t rack the county's self-response progress on the 2020 Response Rate Map . Live data is updated every day at about 12 p.m. If you haven't responded to the 2020 Census yet, visit: . Occasionally, the Census Bureau will follow up with phone calls to ask questions about completed questionnaires. If you think you missed a call from the Census Bureau, or received a call and want to confirm it's legitimate, please call 844-809-7717 (English) or 844-809-7718 (Spanish).

There is a rumor circulating the nation that census responses might be used to determine eligibility for government benefits, including any potential stimulus package. This is false. For more information, check the Census Bureau rumors page at: .
Before you go....
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In this Thurston County Connection episode from 2019, Commissioner John Hutchings challenges the stigmas surrounding mental illness by speaking with experts in mental health. You can watch the episode at: .
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed Sunday, May 17, through Saturday, May 23, as National Public Works Week! You can watch the reading of the proclamation and hear from Jennifer Walker, Thurston County Public Works Director, and Kevin Patching, Thurston County Utilities Supervisor, at: