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State of Emergency Relating to Coronavirus

Tacoma Issues a Proclamation of Emergency Relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

City of Tacoma Proclaims State of Emergency in Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli and Mayor Victoria Woodards proclaimed a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 at 1 p.m. on March 12, 2020 in accordance with the Tacoma Municipal Code Chapter 1.10. The proclamation of emergency will be confirmed by the City Council at the earliest practicable time.

The proclamation of emergency will allow the City to waive certain contracting and budget requirements, authorize staff to implement emergency purchasing requirements and to take other steps in response to the emergency.

Read the Proclamation of Emergency Issued on March 12, 2020


Mayor Woodards Delegates Authority to City Manager Pauli During Proclamation of Emergency

On March 13, 2020, Mayor Victoria Woodards signed an emergency rule to delegate authority during this Proclamation of Emergency to City Manager Elizabeth Pauli.


Read the Declaration of Authority and Emergency Rules


The World Health Organization announced earlier this week (the week of March 9) that the COVID-19 outbreak is now considered a pandemic. The Washington State Department of Health has confirmed the localized person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in Washington State, significantly increasing the risk of exposure and infection to Washington State residents and creating an extreme public health risk.

“The health and safety of our community continues to a priority as we navigate this emergency with our partners in responding to COVID-19,” Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said. “We are continuing to coordinate with Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to take the appropriate measures to protect the public and slow the spread of the virus.”

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

While conservative estimates are that 80 percent of people who contract COVID-19 on their own and home, it can have more severe health complications for people over the age of 60, people with underlying health conditions and pregnant women.