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May 13, 2021 COVID – Pacific County Health Facebook Statement on changes

The state of Washington has adopted the CDC’s new mask guidance for fully vaccinated people. People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks in outdoor or indoor settings, except health care settings like hospitals, long-term care, or doctor’s offices; correctional facilities, homeless shelters, or schools. The federal order requiring masks on public transportation also still applies. Businesses retain the right to require masks in their establishments, and to ask for proof of vaccination.The governor’s office is coordinating with the Department of Health and with the Department of Labor & Industries to update all impacted mask guidance as soon as possible.It is important to remember that these changes are only for people who are fully vaccinated, meaning people who are at least two weeks past their second Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after their single Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Getting a vaccination is the most important thing we can do to keep moving toward normalcy in Washington. We’re making great progress, and we strongly encourage everyone who is vaccine eligible to not hesitate; vaccinate. For workplace mask requirements, please check with the Department of Labor & Industries.A full list of vaccine clinics currently offered in Pacific County can be found at www.pacificcountycovid19.com

GARLIC POSTER CONTEST

As in previous years, OPACC will hold a NW Garlic Poster contest. Limited editions of 100, showcasing the winning artwork, are announced and on sale the week before the festival at the Unveiling. Posters remain on sale at the festival until they are sold out. The original artwork is auctioned during the event too! The contest is open to amateur artists of all ages. The image below is the 2019 winning poster by Sherry Borsch, which sold out.

Below are the forms for guidelines and entry.

CLAMMING NEWS RELEASE UPDATE

NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Date: May 21, 2021
Contacts: Dan Ayres, 360-470-3557; Jason Wettstein (360) 704-0258

More Mocrocks: WDFW approves four more razor clam digging days at Mocrocks Beach
OLYMPIA — Shellfish managers have approved four more days of razor clam digging at Mocrocks Beach only, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat

The approved morning razor clam digs, along with low tides, are listed below:  

  • May 24, Monday; 5:32 AM; -0.7; Mocrocks only
  • May 26, Wednesday; 7:09 AM; -1.6; Mocrocks only
  • May 28, Friday; 8:46 AM; -2.5; Mocrocks only
    May 30, Sunday; 10:26 AM; -1.6; Mocrocks only

No digging is allowed after noon during digs when low tide occurs in the morning. 

“The marine toxin results are in, they are low enough, and we are happy to open four more days of digging on alternate days at Mocrocks, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Opening on alternate days allows us to share dates with our tribal co-managers and ensure everyone has opportunities to dig during favorable tides.”

No other beaches are scheduled to open at this time. “We will soon begin our summer razor clam stock assessment and will be looking forward to some great digging starting in the fall,” said Ayres.

Many ocean beaches are open to motor vehicles, but drivers are required to follow the “rules of the road,” said Ayres. “Mocrocks beach only has three points of road access, so we are asking beachgoers to arrive early and exercise good judgment when accessing the beach,” he added. 

“Under state law, all vehicles – and horses – are required to travel along the extreme upper limit of the hard sand,” he said. “When in doubt, follow the path marked by multiple tire tracks.” Drivers who veer from that path pose a direct threat to fish and wildlife, Ayres said. Motorists who violate Washington state laws on beach driving can face a fine of $150, or much more for killing endangered seabirds, like snowy plovers. 

“We manage recreational clam digging in Washington in a manner that we believe minimizes potential impacts to vulnerable ground nesting listed bird species,” said Ayres. “We do this by not scheduling digging after May 15at key breeding areas for snowy plovers and streaked horned larks, including Long Beach and Twin Harbors.”

The May 15 date has been identified as the peak breeding season for these birds, which are listed as threatened under federal law and as endangered in Washington.  In addition to the mid-May deadline, WDFW provides sanitation facilities, outreach and education to beach visitors to minimize impacts. 

The agency continues to emphasize ‘digging while distancing’ and masking up when near others to support efforts by community health experts to ensure a fun and safe razor clam season.  Razor clam diggers can find detailed beach maps that indicate locations and local names for beaches on WDFW’s razor clam webpages.  

All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from some 600 license vendors around the state.  Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. 

More information can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage 
 
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish, wildlife, and recreational and commercial opportunities.

Individuals who need to receive this information in an alternative format, language, or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact the Title VI/ADA Compliance Coordinator by phone at 360-902-2349, TTY (711), or email (Title6@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/requests-accommodation.

Coronavirus – Covid-19 Information

Covid-19 Resources Updated May 8, 2021

FEDERAL

SBA
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
US Chamber of Commerce
US Food and Drug Administration
IRS Monthly News Releases – Covid

STATE – Policies change quickly…check the date of what you are reading to make sure the information is current!

WA State Department of Commerce relief funds
WA State Agricultural Grants
Start Up Washington
WA State Guidelines for Reopening
WA State Department of Health

COUNTY
Pacific County Covid-19 use the buttons at the top to navigate to subjects – VACCINATION INFO
Pacific County Housing Assistance and Other Resources
Ocean Beach School District
Pacific County Economic Development Council

For all local questions related to Covid-19

Please contact the Pacific County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at:

(360) 875-9407 (North County)

(360) 642-9407 (South County)