2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Puyallup understands that many people are concerned about the COVID-19 virus. State and regional health professionals are closely monitoring the situation and advising local jurisdictions on preparedness efforts and recommending extensive community mitigation measures at this time.

How COVID-19 Works​

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.  Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.  The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads.  The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette.  (Source: World Health Organization)

What We Know

The City will continue to receive regular COVID-19 updates from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the Washington State Department of Health.

What We Can Do

In the interest of helping control the spread of COVID-19, we ask that everyone follow recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, ideally with elbows
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Wear a mask when you go out in public

Additionally, it is advised that members of our community consider how they will manage in the event of illness:

  • Who could care for any children or pets?
  • What about other household members and neighbors?
  • What is your family plan if someone needs to stay home if they are sick?
  • Visit the CDC to learn how to get your household ready for COVID-19
  • Visit the CDC to learn how to get schools, workplaces, and community locations ready for COVID-19

Please take precautionary measures to protect your health and that of your family and loved ones.

Latest Guidance & Resources

Updated March 1, 2021

Nov. 13th, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel.  Persons arriving in Washington from other states or countries, including returning Washington residents, should self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.  Washingtonians are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries.

Nov. 15th, 2020, Governor Inslee announced a set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country.  The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 PM and will have been extended until January 11.

Dec. 21st, 2020, Governor Inslee issued a 14-day quarantine requirement for anyone returning to Washington State after visiting countries where a new strain of COVID-19 (501Y.V) virus has been circulating.

Jan. 6th, 2021, Governor Inslee issued "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery". Beginning January 11th, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.  

Pierce County is in Phase 2 of the state's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. Effective Feb. 1, 2021.

Resources & Web Pages

  Local level resources

  State level resources

   Federal level resources