COVID-19 Information and Resources

On March 16, 2020 the City of University Place declared a State of Emergency. We are working closely with local and state partners in monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Friday, June 5, 2020 Governor Inslee approved Pierce County to move to Phase 2 of re-opening. View Governor Inslee's phased re-opening chart for Washington State or the Safe Start Washington plan.

The City of University Place, as a part of the federal CARES Act relief fund, will receive $992,700 from the State of Washington for expenses directly related to the COVID-19 health emergency incurred between March 1 and Oct. 31, 2020. The City is strategizing how best to help our community with this funding. To stay up to date on the City's efforts, sign up for the Headlines or watch the City Council Meetings live on UPTV or YouTube\UniversityPlaceTV.

COVID-19 Resources for Businesses
COVID-19 Public Safety Information
Apply for City Business Relief Program Grant

For more information on COVID-19, check out the following links:

If you are looking for information about how you can prepare for an emergency, Pierce County has information you can use.

Visit Governor Jay Inslee's website for statewide COVID-19 related resources, information and news. Visit Inslee, law enforcement provide guidance to businesses, individuals for compliance with ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order to view Governor Inslee’s update on March 30, 2020.

Washington 211 COVID-19 Call Center: Do you need information or answers to your questions and concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? You can call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.

Local Agencies
Click! Cable TV
Lemay INC, Pierce County Refuse
Puget Sound Energy
Tacoma Public Utilities
United Way - Volunteer Resources
University Place Refuse & Recycling
University Place School District
West Pierce Fire & Rescue

Local Blood Banks
American Red Cross Blood Services
Blood Works Northwest
Cascade Regional Blood Services

Information and Resources

  • School meal programs are now in place in all the school districts in the 28th at several sites. In addition, child care options are being offered for first responders and emergency health care workers who need to remain at work. Visit our local school district website for site specific information.
  • Workers who are temporarily laid off can apply for unemployment assistance through ESD. The one-week wait requirement has temporarily been waived to expedite the process. Information specific to those impacted by COVID-19.
  • The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) approved funding for Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to 2 million dollars for impacted businesses, application is available online. Any questions about that or the application process can be directed to 1-800-659-2955 or
  • The Department of Commerce has made grants available to small businesses across the state. There is currently $5 million of state money available to supplement the dollars that will come in from the federal government.
  • The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) is putting on webinars on business resiliency every day this week.
  • If you are unsure whether a local business is essential or non-essential, please reach out to