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Pierce County added 36 new cases to its coronavirus total and two more deaths, according to numbers posted Tuesday by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
The county’s total confirmed cases of COVID-19 are at 795 with 16 deaths since the health department started posting numbers in the outbreak.
The county’s totals fluctuate day to day as the health department adds or subtracts cases based on new information, so new case totals do not always match what was reported the previous day, or as of Wednesday, even the same day.

Wednesday’s totals by city added up to 780 on the health department website, not the 795 reported in a news release.
Melissa Trapp-Petty, an epidemiology program manager in the health department,  Latest Washington News Alert explained to The News Tribune that since it is providing an open data set each day, the department is constantly adding to it “so not all of the data has an answer” by the time the county’s update is posted.



The department also is working to add more details involving the demographics of COVID-19 cases.
The two new deaths reported Wednesday include a man in his 80s from Press Release Distribution Services Buckley and a woman in her 100s from Tacoma, both with underlying health conditions.
No new testing numbers were released by the county. Tests have been run on 8,870 Pierce County residents by private and public labs, according to the state Department of Heath. The state health department is still facing a delay in reporting coronavirus test numbers.
Daily reports include cases received by 11:59 p.m. the previous day. Tuesday geographical totals are listed below with Monday’s numbers in parentheses.
The Washington State Department of Commerce announced $5 million in emergency grants is now available to the 29 federally recognized tribes in the state to bolster their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These funds are immediately accessible to tribal governments coping with severe impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Commerce Director Lisa Brown. “From food distribution and isolation housing to medical equipment and services for vulnerable members, the grants will strengthen tribal communities all across the state.”
Each tribal government will receive an immediate grant of $100,000, with the remaining $2.1 million distributed based on a formula currently under development between Commerce and tribal leaders.
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