In This Issue....
Board of Commissioners Take Action on Climate Emergency
Thurston County Responds to Winter Weather, Snow
County Encourages Residents to Sign up for TC Alert
But first....
Join Thurston County recycling specialists on Tuesday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m. as they discuss common reasons food ends up in the garbage, and tips we can use to avoid food waste. Wasting less food means saving more money, resources, and landfill space. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to share questions on the Facebook event page or email ThurstonSolidWaste@co.thurston.wa.us. Register here in advance.
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COVID-19 Update
This week, PHSS received zero first dose vaccines, and across the county health care providers received 600 vaccines (100 doses for adult family homes and 500 doses for pharmacies).
Public Health and Social Services (PHSS) confirmed 191 new COVID-19 cases in the county between Friday, February 5, and Thursday, February 11. A total of 6,777 county residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began. There have been 337 residents hospitalized (ever), and 6,075 people recovered or recovering. There were no deaths this week, but sadly, 63 Thurston County residents have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the pandemic began. For more information about COVID-19, including mental health resources and vaccine information, please visit the PHSS COVID-19 webpage.

This week, PHSS received zero first dose vaccines, and across the county health care providers received 600 vaccines (100 doses for adult family homes and 500 doses for pharmacies). Thurston County Medic One​ and PHSS partnered to distribute the 100 COVID-19 vaccine doses to eight adult family homes. Thank you for your patience as the county, state, and country endure continued low vaccine supply, and please continue to check the vaccine finder at www.findyourphasewa.org for available appointments.
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Thurston County Responds to Snowy Weather, Icy Conditions on Roads

A short video about how winter storm response occurs in Thurston County. Visit the county's Winter and Storm Response webpage for more details.
Prior to this week's cold weather and snow, maintenance crews with Thurston County Public Works were proactively applying deicer on major arterial roadways. Road crews began clearing roads on Thursday, February 11, after two inches of snow accumulation. Mike Lowman, Road Operations Supervisor, explains in this video why we wait for two inches of snow before plowing our roads. The county is expecting to see more snow over the weekend. In the event of significant snow accumulations, we encourage you to stay off the roads. However, if traveling is necessary, make sure to drive with adequate snow tires or chains and remember to keep a safe distance from snowplows.

County arterials providing access to state highways and critical facilities such as hospitals and fire stations will be cleared first. Secondary connecting roads are cleared second. After priority and secondary routes are cleared, crews will address residential routes; however, crews do not plow subdivisions, private roads, or driveways. You can learn more and find current traffic impacts and travel concerns on the county's Winter and Storm Response webpage. For more information, please visit www.thurstoncountywa.gov.
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Board of Commissioners Declare Climate Emergency, Accept Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan
The Board of County Commissioners meeting for Tuesday, February 9, where the board took several actions to address climate change.
On Tuesday, February 9, the Board of County Commissioners took three actions to address climate change. In its first action, the board adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency in Thurston County. In its second and third actions, the board accepted the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan and approved an interlocal agreement to move into the implementation phase of the plan with the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater.

The Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan details a path to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions 45% below 2015 levels by the year 2030 and 85% below 2015 levels by the year 2050. You can watch the votes and discussion here.
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County Offices Closed Monday for Presidents' Day
Thurston County government offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. All offices will re-open for regular business on Tuesday, February 16. Due to snow and icy weather, park and trailhead gates will be closed for safety Saturday, February 13, through Monday, February 15. Walk-in users are welcome.

The county's Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) in Lacey and the Rainier Drop-box facility will close today (February 12) at 3:00 p.m. The WARC will be closed for self-haul on Saturday, February 13. The Rainier and Rochester Drop-box facilities will also be closed Saturday, February 13. Due to inclement weather, please check the county's Winter and Storm Response webpage for solid waste facility updates.
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Sign up for Thurston Community Alert

Sign up for Thurston Community Alert today at tcalert.org.
Get up to the minute alerts on your smartphone or other devices when you sign up for Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert). You will receive public safety and emergency alerts instantly on your smartphone or other device by either text or email. 

Alerts can include flood warnings, evacuation notices and instruction, or severe weather alerts. When you sign up, you can choose only the types of alerts you want to receive. Learn more and sign up today at tcalert.org.
Before you go....
The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed February as African American History Month in Thurston County on Tuesday, February 9, to recognize the many contributions made by Black Americans to our community and nation. The board encourages all citizens to recognize the continued need to battle racism and build a more just, peaceful, and prosperous society for all. You can watch the presentation and reading of the proclamation here.
On Wednesday, February 10, Property Tax notices for 2021 were mailed to Thurston County taxpayers. Property tax amounts can be viewed and paid online through the Thurston County Treasurer’s website. Taxpayers can also make payments by mail, over the phone, at the county courthouse parking lot drop box, or in person at the Treasurer's Office. You can learn more at thurstoncountywa.gov/treasurer.