Department of Emergency Management


COVID-19 Testing

Now that the University of Washington lab is testing and, two private labs are expected to begin testing this week followed by other private labs soon, providers can now make independent decisions about patients they believe need to be tested and Dr. Locke’s authorization is not needed. Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) fully supports this change.

For State Public Health Lab testing, Jefferson County Health Officer, Dr. Tom Locke, is required to approve testing requests following strict CDC Guidelines.

JCPH will automatically receive positive test results from all of the labs approved for testing. While the recommendations for testing are still available to provide guidance to private providers, they are free to utilize their own professional judgement and knowledge of their patients to make their own decisions regarding testing.

JCPH will be working with labs to provide the number of test results received from Jefferson County. At least into the foreseeable future, we will be posting both number positive and number negative.

Board of County Commissioner Meetings with COVID-19 Updates

At the Board of County Commissioners meetings that take place every Monday morning at 9AM, Dr. Tom Locke, Public Health Officer for Jefferson County, will provide COVID-19 updates. The COVID-19 updates are live-streamed for viewing on the internet and are also recorded for on-line viewing on demand anytime thereafter.

To see live or recorded videos of the Board of County Commissioners meeting including Dr. Locke’s March 16 update, go to and click on “Videos of Meetings” on the lower left side of the screen. Choose “Streaming Live” or “Recorded.”

KPTZ 91.9FM is both live broadcasting as well as archiving Dr. Locke’s weekly meetings as podcasts. Go to KPTZ’s website to listen in.

Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management LogoJefferson County Washington Emergency Management works to prepare the county and it’s communities for hazards and disasters that affect the Olympic Peninsula and our area.

What We Do
The primary objectives of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management are:

Public Education:
Presentations & printed materials related to emergency preparedness

Warning & alert; response; damage assessment; primary conduit with state and/or federal disaster assistance

Field Operations:
Provide support to agency and jurisdictional partners.

The Emergency Operations Center becomes the central coordination point to serve the city and county.

The Department of Emergency Management was established by Jefferson County to plan for, administer, and execute a comprehensive program of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery according to the requirements of the law. We also serve the City of Port Townsend by interlocal agreement. 

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