COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Weekly Financial Report - For the Week Ending September 18, 2020 

COVID-19 in Pierce County

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Data is provided by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. Additional data on COVID-19 is available on the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department dashboard
Washington State Department of Health
Use the interactive chart below to select and view metrics for Pierce County. 
Additional data on COVID-19 is available on the Washington State Department of Health's dashboard and the state's COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard

CARES Act Funding Allocations 

The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress allocated federal funds to jurisdictions across the country with populations over 500,000. The amount provided to each entity was based on population size.  Pierce County received an allocation of approximately $158 million. 
Through the week ending September 18, a total of $130,953,151 has been allocated. 
  • $65,450,495 to Public Health Emergency Response
  • $30,000,000 to Economic Stabilization and Recovery Programs
  • $25,250,000 to Community Response and Resilience
  • $10,252,656 to Essential Government Services
For the week of September 18, no new allocations were approved.
View all CARES Act funding allocations here, or download the dataset here

CARES Act Funding Expenditures

  • Through September 11, $30.1 million of CARES Act funding allocations have been expended, an increase of $2.2 million over the prior week.

CARES Act Funding Outcomes

The CARES Act Funding Outcomes Dashboard has been developed to provide data on how CARES Act funds are being deployed in the areas of Public Health Emergency Response, Economic Stabilization and Recovery, Community Response and Resilience, and Essential Government Services. 
View the dashboard here

Pierce County COVID-19 Expenditures

  • Through September 18, Emergency Management has expended $7.3 million towards the County's COVID-19 response. 
  • FEMA grant funding has been identified to cover the costs for the Temporary Care Center (Hosmer) and Recovery Innovations reserved beds.    

Grant Funding

  • Departments have identified 21 grants for a total of $196,717,759 in COVID-19 funding.
  • The CARES Act funding represents $157,912,031 of the total.

Economic Indicators

Permits by Sector
  • Initial unemployment claims decreased both at the state and county level. For the week of September 6 to September 12, there were 2,291 initial claims in Pierce County, a decrease of 8.7% from the prior week.
Pierce County Initial Weekly Unemployment Claims
Pierce County Initial Weekly Unemployment Claims by Sector
Monthly Unemployment Rate
  • In April, Pierce County's monthly unemployment rate reached 18.7%. Pierce County's unemployment rate was 10.1% in August, which is higher than neighboring counties and above the statewide rate. 
Total Unemployment Claims
  • Total unemployment claims in Pierce County decreased in August, from 64,900 total claims in July to 49,297 claims in August.