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Yelm Mayor JW Foster gives his State of the City address last February.

Yelm Mayor JW Foster published a letter on Wednesday, March 18, detailing the city’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and encouraging the public to continue to implement proper public health measures, such as social distancing and suggested sanitization methods, into their daily lives.

In the letter, Foster also said the city has requested state assistance for people experiencing housing instability and that they’re continuing to stay in contact with federal officials, such as Congressman Denny Heck, D-Wash., to encourage them to increase and accelerate the delivery of unemployment resources for those impacted.

“This is a tough and scary time and disruption is difficult,” Foster said. “With your help, we can get through this together by using common sense practices to keep healthy. In the meantime, go out in the fresh air, take a step back, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and take care of yourself and your loved ones.”

As the spread of the virus has worsened over the last week, the City of Yelm has taken a number of actions to help its customers. While the city will continue to send out commercial and residential utility bills and first-quarter B&O taxes, the city will not shut off water for nonpayment. The city is also waiving late-payment charges and interest that accrues, although regular payments will continue to be due.

Foster also said there have yet to be any confirmed cases in the “immediate area.”

The City of Yelm has also recently published resources on its website. For more information, visit the city’s website at https://www.yelmwa.gov/government/mayor_s_office/covid-19_community_resources/citizen_resources.php.

Look for more from Foster later this week as the Nisqually Valley News conducts an in-depth interview with the mayor on Thursday.

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