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Update on Jefferson County COVID-19 Case Count

March 21, 2020
Thomas Locke, MD, MPH Jefferson County Health Officer
Case Count Update:
615 Sheridan Street Port Townsend, WA 98368

Two additional positive cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed in Jefferson County residents. Both cases are female, one in her 70’s and another in her 20’s. One case appears to have had significant out-of-county exposures, the other more likely had an exposure to the coronavirus infection within Jefferson County. Significantly, a number of Jefferson County residents have been exposed to these confirmed cases and have been placed in 14-day quarantine.

Tests results on these new confirmed cases took over 1 week to be processed by the testing labs, reflecting the ongoing problems with timely access to testing results. In addition to extreme testing delays, we continue to see shortages of specimen collection supplies. Jefferson Healthcare has set up testing sites for community members who are ill and meet the priority criteria for testing. Detailed guidelines for testing are available on the Jefferson Healthcare website. All community members considering testing should call the Nurse Hotline to see if testing is advisable. Under no circumstances should community members who are NOT ill seek testing. Those with mild illness are advised to stay home and recover consistent with statewide recommendations.

It is important for Jefferson County residents to realize that in-county transmission of coronavirus is increasing. We will almost certainly see new cases in the days ahead. Jefferson County Public Health will continue its core mission of investigating cases, identifying contacts, and recommending appropriate isolation and quarantine measures. It is also vitally important that Jefferson County residents heed Governor Inslee’s orders banning public gatherings, enforcing social distancing, and strongly recommending individuals at high risk for COVID-19 complications avoid situations where they could be exposed to this infection. Now is the time for high risk individuals – those who are over 60, who are pregnant, or who have chronic medical conditions including heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease – to “shelter in place”. Travel outside the home and in public places should be limited to only essential, unavoidable activity. Rigorous hand washing and respiratory hygiene (cover your cough) are more important than ever. Community members who have fevers and respiratory symptoms MUST stay home until recovered for 72 hours whether they are tested or not.

Community Health Developmental Disabilities 360-385-9400
360-385-9401 (f)

Jefferson County Public Health
Always Working for a Safer and Healthier Community

Environmental Public Health
(f) 360-379-4487

COVID-19 Information for you

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The information and links below have updated information for you related to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Jefferson County Public Health would like to offer Coronavirus information and resources for businesses, groups, and the public.

COVID-19 fact sheet posted on the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Coronavirus webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom The DOH Coronavirus webpage. This will be updated as new questions are identified. This includes “How Can I Be Prepared For a COVID-19 Outbreak”.

Guidance for Businesses and Employers from DOH and CDC offers helpful information for employers and employees.

DOH has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.

Important Dates for the 2020 Presidential Election!

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Here is a brief presentation by Bruce Cowan that covers the 2020 election as well: Powerpoint

Here are key dates in 2020:

Questions? Call the Elections Department at the Jefferson County Auditor's office at 360-385-9117. Or, email us at Additional information provided by the Washington State Democratic party is here:  

Election Center
Jefferson County Elections

August 17-20 - National Democratic Convention

National Democratic Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. National delegates nominate our presidential candidate and adopt the national platform.

Nov. 3, 2020 - Election Day

On this day, our fond hopes are to elect a Democrat as president of the United States, elect majorities in both houses of Congress, and to elect Democrats to state executive and legislative offices.


GOTV: Help ‘Get Out The Vote’ for presidential primary in Jefferson County

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The presidential primary is coming up, and it is crucial to encourage voters to vote. While many people vote reliably in every election, many people don’t.

If we can get these low-propensity voters to vote in the primary election, they are up to 90% more likely to vote in the general election. One of the best ways to do that is by contacting voters after the ballots are sent, reminding them to mail in their ballot.

While door-knocking is the most effective method,
phone calling is the second most effective.

Are you interested in making phone-calls to low-propensity Democratic-leaning voters?
I’ll supply you with a call list and a short script. Contact me at:

Diane Jones, JCD Elections Chair
(360) 379-9193

The ballots are mailed Friday, Feb. 21. You can begin making calls starting Saturday. If you can help make calls, let me know, and I’ll email you a call list on Feb. 22.

The ballots are due March 10. I’ll create new call lists of voters who haven’t yet turned in their ballots around March 4.

If you have questions, call or send me an email. Thank you!

Diane Jones, JCD Elections Chair
(360) 379-9193

Jeffco Democrats Organizing Bootcamp! March 14!

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Join the Washington State Democrats to learn how to get active in your community in 2020! Whether you have been active with us for years or are looking to get involved for the first time, we need YOU to help us elect Democrats up and down the ballot this year! We will: Learn about the work and mission of the coordinated campaign, recap the 2018/2019 elections, discuss 2020 goals and organizing tactics, and organize ourselves into Neighborhood Teams.

Saturday, March 14, 2020
11:00 AM -  1:00 PM PT

Port Townsend Public Library, 1220 Lawrence St, Port Townsend, WA 98368


JCD Central Committee Rescheduled

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The JDC Central Committee meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday Feb 12 at 6 PM at the Tri-Area Community Center. The agenda will include:
Adopt agenda
Approve minutes from October 30 meeting
Consider postponed motions:
     - Motion by Cynthia Koan to amend bylaws Article III Section A re: Policy Development
     - Motion by Cynthia Koan to amend bylaws Article V Section B re: quorum at Central Committee meetings
     - Motion by Cynthia Koan to amend bylaws Article V Section E re: calling special meetings
     - Motion by Jean Ball to amend bylaws Article VII Section D re: allowed absences
     - Motion by Wilma Hackman to amend bylaws Article XI re: Resolutions as a standing committee
Code of conduct revised and adopted by the Washington State Democratic Central Committee
GOTV planning
Future meeting dates
Please see the following attachments:

CC Minutes 10.30.2019

DRAFT COMPLETE REVISION following Sept 30 meeting


WSDCC Code of Conduct Feb 2020

Rise and Organize! Democratic Party of Washington State!

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FROM THE WASHINGTON STATE DEMOCRATS: Last year, we resisted. Now it's time to go on the offensive. It's time to Rise & Organize for a bluer Washington State and a bluer nation.

This year, we have a rare opportunity to make a huge difference on the national level. Some of the most competitive congressional races are right here in Washington State.

We've already hired organizers across the state and built a robust organizing apparatus to elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018. Organizing paid off last November when we won back the state Senate. Now, we need to expand those majorities and take the fight to Congress.

When you become a member of Rise & Organize, your sustaining monthly contribution allows us to invest in vital organizing work. Every monthly dollar raised by Rise & Organize will go directly into field and community organizing in key districts across our state.

With your support, we will continue building our statewide organizing infrastructure and getting Democrats elected!

In addition to the gifts listed below, all members of Rise and Organize will receive exclusive perks, including:

  • Invitations to member-only events with prominent Democratic leaders
  • Removal from most email solicitations

Riser Member Levels

  1. $4/Month - Grassroots Giver: You will receive a Rise & Organize sticker
  2. $8/Month - Fieldwork Funder: You will receive a Rise & Organize button and sticker
  3. $15/Month - Obsessive Organizer: You will receive a Rise & Organize mug and button
  4. $25/Month - Progressive Patriot: You will receive a Rise & Organize T-Shirt and button
  5. $50/Month - Sustaining Supporter: You will receive all gifts listed above

If you have questions about your contribution, want to cancel your membership, or require assistance, please call Joe Barden at 206-583-0664.

Rhody Festival Parade – Saturday, May 16!

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MESSAGE FROM JOHN HAMILTON: Our JCD members love to participate in events such as parades and festivals. We have the opportunity coming up on Saturday, May 16 for the Rhododendron Festival Parade in Port Townsend.

Anyone who would like to participate is welcome.

This years Festival theme is “Stop and Smell the Rhody’s”. We try to decorate our float along with the Festival theme. Some on our committee have ideas already in mind to meet that goal, but we are always open for more ideas and help putting it together.

If you want to participate send John Hamilton a note by email and he will put you on the list to notify when we schedule a planning meeting to organize everything for this year’s parade. It will be really good if we have a large number of our members coming out this year to walk in the parade, along with our float, and show support for Democrats up and down the ballot.

John Hamiliton's email address is .


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The Jefferson County Planning Commission has recommended to the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) that:


This recommendation was reached after an extensive, required public decision-making process, which is now nearing its completion. The planners voted 7-0, with one abstention on Nov. 20, 2019.

By signing this petition you are indicating that:

- You are a resident of Jefferson County, WA.
- You support the Planning Commission's recommendation stated in bold, capitalized type above.

Click here for details and to sign this petition.