LEWIS COUNTY TO PROVIDE NEW MOBILE VACCINE SERVICE

CHEHALIS – It’s a unique way of getting more people, and the most vulnerable to coronavirus, vaccinated. A Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination service will soon begin. Local medical professionals, Twin Transit, United Way of Lewis County, and Lewis County Public Health & Social Services plan to begin mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics for eligible residents next week. County Health Director J.P. Anderson says a telephone hotline to register for these mobile clinics will announced when the local operator is manning the phone. Mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinics are designed for residents who are unable to secure an appointment online because they do not have access to or knowledge of how to use the internet appointment system, are homebound, or have other barriers to traveling to mass vaccination sites such as lack of transportation. United Way will be providing volunteers, and Twin Transit will be providing staffing and transportation resources, as well as managing the hotline for residents to be put on a list to schedule appointments. The first clinics will be open to residents 85 and older, and will be gradually expanded by 5-year age increments in the future. Residents who call into the hotline will be added to a waiting list and contacted to schedule an appointment as vaccines become available. Due to limited vaccine availability, clinics will vary week by week. ______________________________________________________ CENTRALIA – The Centralia School Board hopes the third time may be the charm, after agreeing Wednesday night to place an educational programs and operations support tax levy before voters on the April 27, 2021 ballot. Centralia Schools Superintendent Lisa Grant says the district stands to benefit from $9.1 million in proceeds from the two year levy, $4.5 million to be raised in 2022 and an additional $4.6 million in 2023. Grant says the district will do all it can to allow voters to understand the importance of their support. Grant says the proposal is to replace the last levy, and would be a tax of an estimated $1.50 for every one thousand dollars of property value. The past two tax levy attempts have failed. ______________________________________________________ OLYMPIA – It stretches from Jefferson County to the north and Cowlitz County to the south, from the ocean to the Cascade foothills. It’s the Chehalis River Basin and over 100 people gathered last night for a virtual update on how best the manage floodwaters and allow fish to thrive. Andrea Doyle, Director of the State Office of Chehalis Basin says a flood retention structure on the Chehalis River is a favored option. Some want to maintain healthy spring Chinook salmon fish runs and others say fending off floodwaters is paramount. Doyle says education toward a consensus is the goal. Doyle says before construction could begin more than 35 state and federal permits would be necessary. Part of the remedy would include a levy to protect the Centralia-Chehalis airport. Already work to hold back floodwaters have occurred on China Creek and Berwick Creek. Aquatic restoration on Stillman Creek, the South Form of the Newaukum River and on the Skookumchuck Reach. The next in the series of public forums will be held virtually on March 9, 2021. You can join at www.chehalisbasinstrategy.com ______________________________________________________ CHEHALIS – The Spring Youth Fair at the Southwest Washington Fairgrounds has been canceled  for this May due to the COVID 19 restrictions. The Fair Board says planning for a 2022 Spring Youth Fair has begun. The Southwest Washington Fair is on for this August.

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