There is an ever-changing environment relative to COVID-19 and the Chamber is working with all of our Community and Governmental agencies to provide you with the best information possible. We have been sending regular updates out to our member businesses and fielding their inquiries and concerns and will do the same for anyone reaching out to us.
COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Small Businesses
If you’re a small business owner, please visit https://commercegrants.com/ to apply for a new round of aid.
Here are the details:
- Businesses must apply the grant award toward expenses incurred between March 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
- Commerce will take into account previous Working Washington awards distributed by the agency or affiliated partners. This means grant awards will vary. The maximum grant award will be $25,000.
- Grants must be equitably distributed statewide and to historically underserved and disadvantaged populations.
These grants are aimed at for-profit small businesses in industries that have hard costs associated with their operations and faced the most significant challenges to paying those hard costs because they were required to close. Hard costs include but are not limited to rent, utilities, payroll, or personal protective equipment.
- March 29th: application portal will open. Application period will remain open for 12 days.
- Mid-late April: Review of applications
- May: Commerce will notify grantees and disburse funding
Review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to answer any questions you may have, including key details about the application process. Please review this carefully.
Washington State Department of Commerce has partnered with Submittable to manage the application process and distribute awards. If you do not currently have a Submittable account, you will be prompted to register prior to accessing the form. Submittable recommends using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari as browsers. If you have an active account with Submittable, you will be prompted to sign in.
Successful awardees will be notified via email by mid-May. Please make sure to check your spam folders as the award emails will come from Submittable not the Washington State Department of Commerce.
As of April 15, all Washington residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine.
Where to Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccination
- To schedule an appointment by phone, call Jefferson County Emergency Management: 360-344-9791 from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday
- Schedule an appointment online at Jefferson Healthcare's Vaccine Web page
- Schedule an appointment online at Tri-Area Pharmacy's Vaccine Web page
- Schedule an appointment online for Port Townsend's Safeway at https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/Vaccine - scroll down to Jefferson County for the link. No walk-in sign-ups are available; pharmacy staff are unable to schedule these appointments at this time.
- Schedule an appointment online for QFC in Port Hadlock at https://www.qfc.com/d/flu - No walk-in sign-ups are available; pharmacy staff are unable to schedule these appointments at this time.
Transportation for Elders
Olympic Area Agency on Aging (O3A) has contracted with ECHHO to offer transportation assistance to vaccine sites for individuals 60 older. O3A is also taking names of people who cannot leave their homes and will need eventual home visits. Their Information and Assistance desk can be reached at 360-385-2552 or 1-800-801-0050.
First Dose Clinic to Open in Chimacum on April 24
Jefferson County Public Health together with the Department of Emergency Management will again operate an appointment-only vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 24 from 1-4PM at the Chimacum School District Multi-Purpose Room, 91 West Valley Road. The vaccine being used at this clinic is Moderna. To schedule an appointment, go to bit.ly/jeffcovax. For Spanish translation, click on ES in the top right hand corner when the page opens. For those who do not have access to a computer, please call 360-344-9791 to make an appointment.
Weekly Public Health Officer Updates
Each Monday, at 9:45 a.m., Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County, will be giving regular public updates about COVID-19 during the County Commissioner’s weekly meetings. (If Dr. Locke has a conflict, Public Health will provide the briefing on his behalf). The COVID-19 Updates are livestreamed for viewing on the internet, and also are recorded for on-line viewing on demand anytime thereafter.
The weekly COVID-19 Update is an opportunity for all local governments, members of the public, and businesses to tune at 9:45 a.m. to get accurate public health information on COVID-19 from our Public Health Officer.
- To see live or recorded videos of the County Commissioners’ meeting including Dr. Locke’s 9:45 a.m. update, go to www.co.jefferson.wa.us and click on “Videos of Meetings” on the lower left side of the screen.
Outdoor Recreation Updates
Olympic National Park
Access to certain areas of the park is now available. Visit their Alerts & Conditions page for current status.
Olympic National Forest
Most trails & day use sites are open. Dispersed backcountry is allowed. Some developed campgrounds remain closed. Visit their Covid-19 Update page for current status.
Washington State Parks
State parks within Jefferson County are currently open for day use and camping. Visit their Covid-19 Update page for current status.
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