Another new covid-19 case in Grays Harbor county as state halts plans for counties to move to phase 4 reopening



Grays Harbor Public Health



Grays Harbor Public Health was notified of a new case of COVID-19. Public Health staff have completed the case investigation and have contacted close contacts.

As Grays Harbor’s COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Grays Harbor Public Health COVID-19 Task Force and Grays Harbor County Emergency Operations Center is streamlining its approach to public information. There will no longer be press releases issued for each individual case. Rather, cases will be posted on Public Health’s website at http://www.healthyGH.org and Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/healthyghc.


Press releases will still be issued for significant events such as an outbreak of COVID-19 or new public health and safety measures. Grays Harbor County is in Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan to re-open Washington. Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced Saturday, June 27, 2020, the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time.


"We decided to prohibit any counties from moving into Phase 4 at this time due to increasing COVID-19 activity across the state and significant rebounds in COVID-19 activity in several other states. The changes between Phase 3 and Phase 4, especially with regards to gathering size and occupancy rates, could further increase the spread of COVID-19 in our state, even in communities that have very low rates of disease. The progress we’ve made thus far is at risk, therefore we are making the prudent choice to slow down our phased approach to reopening,” states Wiesman.





Grays Harbor County is still identifying new cases of COVID-19. Health officials say it is therefore essential to continue to limit the number of people you have contact with, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and wear face coverings in public. "The upcoming holiday weekend will present opportunities for increased social gatherings. Please remember: outdoors is better than indoors being masked is better than not being masked and when you gather, think small groups - avoid crowds."

Case counts Grays Harbor County has 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19. March 2020: 2 cases April 2020: 10 cases May 2020: 5 cases June 2020: 9 cases Grays Harbor County Public Health continues to operate a COVID-19 Call Center to provide assistance for people with information and testing referrals. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Call (360) 964-1850. The call center is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am-12pm and 12:30pm-4pm..


COVID-19 case no. 13 in our county
reported May 6 by public health department for grays Harbor



A new new case of COVID 19 was reported to Grays Harbor Public Health on May 6. Case investigation has begun and investigators say they anticipate having contact tracing completed soon.


Grays Harbor County remains in phase 1 of the Governor’s Safe Start plan for re-opening the State, while Grays Harbor County Public Health’s COVID-19 Incident Management Team continues to put plans in place for moving forward. “Like everyone else, we are eager to see our County’s businesses get back to work,” said Leonard Johnson, Incident Commander. “We understand the impacts this is having on our community. The health of our economy affects the health of our people.”


The Incident Management Team is receiving assistance from the Washington State National Guard in developing the continuity of operations plan. The plan is designed to help guide the COVID 19 response in the County into the future.


“Our goal is to have a plan that will allow the County to apply for variance as soon as possible,” said Johnson. “We are using the best guidance we have right now about what readiness and preparedness look like for COVID-19,” explained Johnson. “We are working to get our first responders, hospitals, and long-term care facilities the personal protective equipment that they need to continue to serve our community. We are working at getting more public health staff and volunteers trained to do contact investigations. And we continue to work with the hospitals to make sure people can get tested quickly.”






With the identification of a new case, Public Health officials are working closely with the State to identify any impacts this may have on the ability to apply for a variance. A request to clarify the impact has been sent to the Department of Health. Case updates Grays Harbor County has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19. · March 2020: 2 cases · April 2020: 10 cases · May 2020: 1 case Grays Harbor County Public Health will continue to operate a COVID-19 call center that will assist people with testing referrals. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Call (360) 964-1850. Please note that the call center’s hours of operation will once again be Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4pm.



Mayor updates covid-19 order, lodging establishments must close by Friday March 27





From Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler



Executive Order 2020-04 directing closures and curfews within the City of Ocean Shores to take immediate action to help reduce and stop the potential spread of COVID-19 and mitigate the impacts of CO VID-19.
WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic in the United States of America and WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, in my capacity as Mayor, I proclaimed that a civil emergency exists in the City of Ocean Shores in Emergency Proclamation 2020-01 and

WHEREAS, the citizens of the City of Ocean Shores average almost 60 years of age according to 2010 US Census data, and many citizens of ail age groups have severe medical conditions or underlying conditions which make them vulnerable to severe effects of COVID-19 and

WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee imposed restrictions prohibiting gatherings of more than 50 people and shutting down bars and entertainment and recreational facilitates within the State of Washington, and limiting restaurants within the State of Washington to take-out functions only and

WHEREAS, on March 23 Governor Inslee also closed non-essential businesses and asked citizens of the State to avoid public gatherings, work from home if possible, maintain six (6) foot social distancing, and to stay at home except for essential travel and

WHEREAS, the guidance in this is not being followed by some State citizens and

WHEREAS, potential visitors and non-resident property owners traveling to Ocean Shores to occupy their secondary residences or RV lots at this time could increase the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 and

WHEREAS, as a small rural community, the City has limited essential resources. A COVID-19 outbreak would strain those resources as well as having devastating results on its largely older population and WHEREAS, avoiding contact with infected individuals is vital to contain any contagious health-related crisis such as COVID-19 and

WHEREAS, the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis are expected to get much worse before they improve and

WHEREAS, the potential impact to our community of the COVID-19 healthcare crisis is severe and WHEREAS, Art. XI, Sec. 11 of the Washington State Constitution grants cities like the City of Ocean Shores broad police powers to “make and enforce within its limits all such local police, sanitary and other regulations as are not in conflict with general laws.”

WHEREAS, I have determined that it is necessary for the City to take actions authorized under Chapter 2.08 (Mayor) Chapter 2.72 (Emergency Services) and Chapter 8.36 (Mayor’s Emergency Powers) of the Ocean Shores Municipal Code ("OSMC") and Chapter 38.52 .(Emergency Management) of the Revised Code of Washington ("RCW") including, but not limited to, the definitions in RCW 38.52.010, the authorizations in RCW 38.52.070 and RCW 38.52.110, the liability, immunity, and indemnification provisions of RCW 38.52.180, et. seq. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Crystal Dingier, Mayor of Ocean Shores, acting under my authority under Chapter 8.36 (Mayor’s Emergency Powers) of the Ocean Shores Municipal Code ("OSMC") as well as that certain City of Ocean Shores Emergency Proclamation, dated and March 13, 2020, hereby ORDER and PROMULGATE the following emergency measures in addition to others previously ordered.

Section 1: Effective Date • March 27, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.

Section 2: Closures, Non-Closures and Prohibitions
• Commercial Lodging Establishments - CLOSED Commercial lodging establishments including, but not limited to, hotels, condo hotels, hotel units within apartment-hotels, condominiums, motels, RV Parks, and other temporary vacation rentals (i.e. short-term rentals) (collectively “Commercial Lodging Facilities”) shall immediately begin to shut down operations and vacate guests from their premises, and shall be fully closed to guests and renters by the effective date of this Order. Commercial Lodging Facilities shall cancel existing reservations for the period of closure and shall refrain from accepting new guests or making new reservations for stays during that period. Restaurants located within Commercial Lodging Facilities may continue to operate their kitchens for take-out, pick up or delivery services only. Commercial Lodging Facilities may be permitted to maintain security and other essential personnel on-premises, as necessary, to maintain and secure their facilities.

Commercial Lodging Facilities may remain open to serve only the following designated groups: i. Current users registered for longer than thirty (30) consecutive days. ii. Essential personnel as defined by federal law, where lodging in Ocean Shores is necessary for work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property or performing certain types of other work consistent with the intent of this provision (e.g. emergency and public safety responders, truck drivers and supply providers, and construction industry workers). iii. Other individuals as authorized by the Grays Harbor County Health
In no event shall these Commercial Lodging Facilities increase the number of rentals or re-rent a unit once vacated, nor shall they allow subletting of units or an increase of the existing number of persons per unit. This Order shall not apply to residents of residential apartment buildings and/or residential condominiums which may Commercial Lodging Facilities who are registered for longer than thirty (30) consecutive days. This Order shall not apply to Commercial Lodging Facilities that have received approval from a City, County, State, or Federal governmental entity for the limited purpose of providing emergency healthcare services or other essential services, including, without limitation, to serve as shelters, or to house patients (for any healthcare related purposes, such as pre-admission, observation, recovery, or rehabilitation), patients' families, healthcare workers, first responders, law enforcement or other essential personnel, or displaced residents or visitors. Any restaurants, gaming areas, halls for hire, spas, pools, or similar businesses that are located within a hotel, or its grounds, shall also be considered a non-essential retail and commercial establishment subject to these restrictions, except for take-out or delivery food service from restaurants.

• Visitors and Non-resident Property Owners - NOT ENCOURAGED Visitors and non-resident property owners are encouraged to remain at their primary residence and not travel to Ocean Shores.

• For-Profit Facilities That Prepare and Serve Food - CLOSED Except for Take- Out and Delivery All restaurants and other for-profit facilities that prepare and serve food and similar businesses shall be required to CLOSE for on-premises service of customers until further notice. However, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery services, drive-through, pick-up or take-out services only, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. each day. Any establishment that remains open for delivery, pick-up, or take- out services shall be required to assign as many staff members as necessary to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between each individual patron, in order to enforce social distancing, both inside and outside of the establishment. Such establishments shall also follow CDC guidelines for cleanliness and disinfecting the premises in an effort to stop or slow transmission of the virus.

• Non-Profit Facilities That Prepare and Serve Food or Distribute Food - CLOSED Except for Take-Out and Delivery All non-profit facilities that prepare and serve food (including churches, food banks, senior centers, and similar establishments. However, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery services, drive-through, pick-up or take-out services only, from 5:00 a.m. until midnight each day. Any establishment that remains open for delivery, pick-up, or take- out services shall be required to assign as many staff members as necessary to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between each individual patron, in order to enforce social distancing, both inside and outside of the establishment. Such establishments shall also follow CDC guidelines for cleanliness and disinfecting the premises in an effort to stop or slow transmission of the virus.

The Ocean Shores Convention Center and Visitor Information Center (OSCC) shall be CLOSED to the public, except for emergency services as may be requested by the Fire Chief, Grays Harbor County Health Department, or Grays Harbor Emergency Management Department. However, the OSCC may operate their kitchen for the purpose of providing delivery services, pick-up or take-out services only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. As any establishment that remains open for delivery, pick-up, or take- out services, OSCC shall be required to assign as many staff members as necessary to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet between each individual patron, in order to enforce social distancing, both inside and outside of the establishment. OSCC shall also follow CDC guidelines for cleanliness and disinfecting the premises in an effort to stop or slow transmission of the virus.

Section 3: End Date and Time of this Order The emergency measures ordered and promulgated above shall be effective through 11:59 p.m. on April 10, 2020, unless extended or earlier terminated by order of the Mayor.

Section 4: Violations of this Order Any violation of these emergency measure(s) shall subject the individual, operator, business entity, or organization to a fine or imprisonment for not more than ninety days or by both pursuant to Section 8.36.040 of the City Code.

Section 5: Prior Proclamations Remain In Effect All mayoral proclamations and orders presently in effect shall remain in full force and effect except that, insofar as any provision of any such prior proclamation is inconsistent with any provision of this proclamation, then the provision of this proclamation shall control.

Section 6: Notice of Proclamation To the extent practicable, a copy of this Emergency Order shall be made available to all news media within the City and to the general public.

Section 7: Ratification by Council This Emergency Order shall immediately, or at the earliest practicable time, be presented to the City Council for ratification and confirmation. Ratification and confirmation shall be by majority of the council then present and voting. If this Emergency Order is not so ratified and confirmed, the order shall, after the vote, be void. This Emergency Order shall be considered in full force and effect until the City Council shall act.


Ocean Shores Mayor issues executive COVID-19 order with closures and curfew



"As a small rural community, the City has limited essential resources. A COVID-19 outbreak would strain those resources as well as having devastating results on its largely older population"



Executive Order directing closures and curfews within the City of Ocean Shores to take immediate action to help reduce and stop the potential spread of CO VID-19 and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
WHEREAS, COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic in the United States of America andWHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, in my capacity as Mayor, I proclaimed that a civil emergency exists in the City of Ocean Shores in Emergency Proclamation 2020-01 andWHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee built on other steps he had ordered by ordering Washington residents to STAY AT HOME except for essential travel imposed restrictions prohibiting gatherings and shut down non-essential businesses which will large be those as defined by the Federal Government andWHEREAS, avoiding contact with infected individuals is vital to contain any contagious health-related crisis such as COVID-19 andWHEREAS, beach access draws many to our community to recreate and WHEREAS, limiting beach access may help may reduce the number of visitors who may travel to our area despite the Governor’s order andWHEREAS, high touch recreation areas may be a source of transmission of COVID-19 andWHEREAS, as a small rural community, the City has limited essential resources. A COVID-19 outbreak would strain those resources as well as having devastating results on its largely older population andWHEREAS, Art. XI, Sec. 11 of the Washington State Constitution grants cities like the City of Ocean Shores broad police powers to “make and enforce within its limits all such local police, sanitary and other regulations as are not in conflict with general laws.”WHEREAS, I have determined that it is necessary for the City to take actions authorized under Chapter 2.08 (Mayor) Chapter 2.72 (Emergency Services) and Chapter 8.36 (Mayor’s Emergency Powers) of the Ocean Shores Municipal Code ("OSMC") and Chapter 38.52 .(Emergency Management) of the Revised Code of Washington ("RCW") including, but not limited to, the definitions in RCW 38.52.010, the authorizations in RCW 38.52.070 and RCW 38.52.110, the liability, immunity, and indemnification provisions of RCW 38.52.180, et. seq.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Crystal Dingier, Mayor of Ocean Shores, acting under my authority under Chapter 8.36 (Mayor’s Emergency Powers) of the Ocean Shores Municipal Code ("OSMC") as well as that certain City of Ocean Shores Emergency Proclamation, dated and March 13, 2020, hereby ORDER and PROMULGATE the following emergency measures in addition to others previously ordered.Section 1: Effective Time and Date • 12:00 p.m. Noon, 24 March 2020.Section 2: Closures, Non-Closures and Prohibitions • Parks and Recreational Facilities, and Beach Approaches Public restrooms, and public recreational facilities (whether publicly-owned or privately- owned) will be CLOSED. All City parks shall remain OPEN but play areas, cook shelters and picnic tables (high touch areas) will be CLOSED.All City-owned boat launches and public docks remain OPEN.
All beach approaches shall be CLOSED to vehicles, except emergency, enforcement and maintenance vehicles. There shall be no parking at the closed beach approaches except in specified parking areas..




Section 3: Curfew A general curfew is hereby established throughout the City. The curfew will be in effect daily from 12:00 a.m, (midnight) to 5:00 a.m., and shall include but not be limited to the prohibition on pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for the provision of designated essential services such as fire, police and hospital services, including the transportation of patients thereto, utility emergency repairs, emergency calls by physicians, and commercial food delivery services.


Section 4: End Time and Date of this Order The emergency measures ordered and promulgated above shall be effective through 11:59 p.m. on April 10, 2020, unless amended, extended or earlier terminated by order of the Mayor.


Section 5: Violations of this Order Any violation of these emergency measure(s) shall subject the individual, operator, business entity, or organization to a fine or imprisonment for not more than ninety days or by both pursuant to Section 8.36.040 of the City Code.


Section 6: Prior Proclamations Remain In Effect All mayoral proclamations and orders presently in effect shall remain in full force and effect except that, insofar as any provision of any such prior proclamation is inconsistent with any provision of this proclamation, then the provision of this proclamation shall control.


Section 7: Notice of Proclamation To the extent practicable, a copy of this Emergency Order shall be made available to all news media within the City and to the general public.


Section 8: Ratification by Council This Emergency Order shall immediately, or at the earliest practicable time, be presented to the City Council for ratification and confirmation. Ratification and confirmation shall be by majority of the council then present and voting. If this Emergency Order is not so ratified and confirmed, the order shall, after the vote, be void. This Emergency Order shall be considered in full force and effect until the City Council shall act. Dated this 23rd day of March 2020



COVID-19 information from grays Harbor public health



From Grays Harbor Public Health



Grays Harbor Public Health opens bi-lingual information line to answer questions about COVID-19 Residents can call (360) 964-1850, 8:30am – 4:00pm Monday through Friday Grays Harbor Public Health has opened a call center to help residents of Grays Harbor get answers to questions they may have about COVID-19. Residents can call (360) 964-1850 from 8:30am- 4:00pm Monday through Friday. The number will be staffed by non-medical personnel





. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a public health emergency and it can feel confusing and scary,” said Karolyn Holden, Director. “Information is changing rapidly. We want residents to get questions answered and have access to resources they may need.”

If you have specific medical questions or are having symptoms that you think are related to COVID-19, please contact your medical provider. Both Grays Harbor Hospitals have triage lines staffed by medical professionals.

The Grays Harbor Community Hospital nursing triage line is 360-537-5100 Summit Pacific Medical Center’s nursing triage line is 360-346-2222. The Washington Department of Health also has an information line for general questions about COVID-19 at (800) 525-0127. This phone line is staffed 6am – 10pm, seven days a week.

For local information, resources related to COVID-19, and how to contact us, visit our website at healthygh.org/covid19. About Grays Harbor Public Health Grays Harbor Public Health works to improve the health and well-being of the people of Grays Harbor. Visit our website at http://www.healthyGH.org. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/healthyghc.


Message from Ocean Shores Mayor Crystal Dingler, March 17, 2020



Our hearts and thoughts are with you during these stressful and uncertain times. Please take every protective measure to remain safe. We are vigilantly monitoring the COVID-19 situation and have precautions in place to help protect our businesses, citizens and employees. As we continue to monitor the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the strain it is putting on all of us, we wanted to update you on what we are doing to reduce and manage the risks.

Emergency Proclamation and Loans

I proclaimed an emergency on Friday, 3/13. The Federal Government is considering business loans. I spoke to US Rep. Derek Kilmer and told him that loans may not be enough for many small businesses.

Utility Payments

We are suspending all late payment fees and interest associated with utility bills. While we would like to suspend billing, we cannot legally do that, but we hope this will help.

Garbage Service

LeMay will suspend trash service to all businesses that have completely shut down due to the coronavirus. Call 360-533-1251 to cancel service or with questions. Building Permits

Although we have closed City buildings to non-employees, we are keeping the Permit Office open on a limited basis as long as possible so that contractors and builders may continue working. Please use the telephone and internet whenever possible. Building inspections will also continue for now.

Our other employee teams are working in their offices or remotely, and in the field, to deliver on promises and meet your needs. We are being proactive to keep the community safe while we deal with this evolving health risk. We all want to work together and care deeply about our community.

Government Recommendations and Directives

We are implementing the recommendation of the CDC as well as State and County authorities, and caring for the health of our people and those with whom we work. This includes using “social distancing” as a way to reduce the spread of the virus. Planning Ahead We are working on more policies and procedures. We have the Convention Center for emergencies. If you know of people with special needs or problems that we might be able to address, please let me know (contact info below). We are prepared to provide meals on a limited basis to those in need beginning Friday, 3/20

Let me know your hours, take-out and delivery policy options for restaurants, and even just whether you are open. I’ve attached an initial list of restaurants – please look this over and let me know of any corrections that need to be made. It will be helpful as we send out notices to citizens. Also, I know some of you may have suggestions of steps on policies we can implement to help you and your business. Please email me at cdingler@osgov.com or call me at 360-581-5386 with your ideas and information.


Online resources for Ocean Shores’ residents and visitors seeking information about COVID-19.

FEDERAL Center for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/ STATE Washington COUNTY Grays Harbor County Health Department http://www.healthygh.org/covid19

LOCAL Ocean Shores Fire Department https://www.oceanshoresfire-medical.org/