Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

We created this website to provide you the latest information and resources on coronavirus (COVID-19). We will update it frequently as new information and resources come forward. If you think something needs to be updated or added to this website, please email us at: hrcwebmaster@leg.wa.gov.

 

 

General information

The federal government’s official Coronavirus (COVID-19) site:

Washington state’s official COVID-19 site:

General guidance from the Department of Health:

  • Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
    • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
    • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Department of Health:

  • Call center | 1-800-525-0127
  • 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19)
    • Symptoms and Testing.
    • Resources and Recommendations.
    • Current Situation in Washington – What’s the current risk?
    • 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington.

Health Care Authority:

Updates from the Governor’s Office:

Washington State Office of the Attorney General:

Department of Children, Youth & Families:

Teach with TVW:

 

In the news

Today's top stories on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state:

The Capitol Buzz | Articles from online publications from across the state on coronavirus (COVID-19):

 

Major announcements and news releases

Announcements and news releases from the Governor’s Office and Department of Health:

 

Governor’s actions

Proclamations made by Gov. Jay Inslee:

  • Summaries of all COVID-19 proclamations
  • Individual proclamations by number:
    • 20-57: Requiring agricultural employers to comply with COVID-19 requirements (May 28)
    • 20-56: Waiving tribal fuel tax refund restrictions (May 28)
    • 20-55: Authorizing certain rate and pay increases without legislative approval (May 7)
    • 20-53: Easing filing restrictions for candidates for public office (May 5)
    • 20-52: Easing regulations applicable to nursing homes and long-term care (April 23)
    • 20-51: Waiving in-person meeting requirements for certain associations and boards (April 17)
    • 20-50: Waiving requirements on releasing offenders from prison (April 15)
    • 20-49: Suspending wage garnishment and interest accrual on consumer debt judgments (April 14)
    • 20-48: Easing requirements for commercial driver licenses and permits (April 14)
    • 20-47: Waiving certain statutes of limitations for prosecutors and defendants (April 14)
    • 20-46: Employment protections for high-risk employees (April 13)
    • 20-45: Waiving certain requirements related to harassment orders (April 10)
    • 20-44: Waiving transfer/discharge requirements for nursing home residents (April 10)
    • 20-43: Suspending laws pertaining to pay and leave for public employees (April 10)
    • 20-42: Waiving requirement to hold DUI hearings within 30 days (April 3)
    • 20-41: Waiving driver license expiration dates (April 3)
    • 20-40: Suspending scheduled state building code changes (April 2)
    • 20-39: Waiving limitations on re-employment of retired public sector workers (March 31)
    • 20-38: Waiving certain construction review requirements for care facilities (March 30)
    • 20-37: Suspending training deadlines for registered nursing assistants (March 30)
    • 20-36: Waiving licenses needed to increase the number of health care beds (March 30)
    • 20-35: Waiving jail time for certain low-level community custody violations (March 30)
    • 20-34 and 20-34.1: Waives state auditor’s filing deadlines for local governments (March 25, amended April 23)
    • 20-33 and 20-33.1: Easing visitation requirements for children in out-of-home placement (March 25, amended April 23)
    • 20-32 and 20-32.1: Increasing healthcare providers authorized to practice in the state (March 25, amended April 23)
    • 20-31 and 20-31.1: Waiving fingerprint requirements for child care background checks (March 25, amended April 23)
    • 20-30 and 20-30.1: Suspending job search requirements for unemployment insurance (March 25, amended April 23)
    • 20-29 and 20-29.1: Authorizing the use of telemedicine (March 25, amended April 23)
    • 20-28 and 20-28.1: Waiving in-person public meetings and public records requirements (March 24, amended April 23)
    • 20-27 and 20-27.1: Authorizing electronic notarial acts (March 24, amended April 23)
    • 20-26 and 20-26.1: Waiving penalty for late filing of monthly alcohol sales taxes (March 24, amended April 23)
    • 20-25, 20-25.1 and 20-25.2: Stay home, stay healthy (March 23, amended April 2 and April 27)
    • 20-24: Prohibiting non-essential medical and dental procedures (March 19)
    • 20-23, 20-23.1 and 20-23.2: Utility ratepayer assistance (March 18, amended March 24 and April 17)
    • 20-22 and 20-22.1: Waiving restrictions on hours for truck drivers (March 18, amended April 17)
    • 20-21: Waiving one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance (March 18)
    • 20-20: DOR to waive penalties and interest on certain late tax payments (March 18)
    • 20-19 and 20-19.1: Prohibition on evictions from residential property (March 18, amended April 16)
    • 20-18: DSHS eligibility and nursing home licensure changes (March 18)
    • 20-17: Restrictions on types of nursing facilities that can receive visitors (March 16)
    • 20-16: Restrictions on types of visitors to long-term care facilities (March 16)
    • 20-15: Waiving DOL requirements for driver’s licenses, ID cards (March 16)
    • 20-14: Limitation on social, spiritual, recreational gatherings (March 16)
    • 20-13: Prohibition on public gathering in certain venues (March 16)
    • 20-12: Prohibiting in-person instruction at higher education institutions (March 13)
    • 20-11: Limitation on social, spiritual, recreational gatherings (March 13)
    • 20-10: Waiving certain training requirements for long-term care workers (March 13)
    • 20-09 and 20-09.1: Closure of public and private schools in all counties (March 13, amended April 6)
    • 20-08: Closure of schools in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties (March 12)
    • 20-07: Limitations on gatherings in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties (March 11)
    • 20-06: Restrictions on visitors at residential care facilities (March 10)
    • 20-05: Declaration of emergency in all Washington counties (Feb 29)

FAQ:

RCW 43.06.220:

The Legislature's role:

 

Employers and workers

Legislative Republicans’ Safe Economic Restart Plan | Released: April 17, 2020

Governor’s Office | Partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus:

Employment Security Department:

U.S. Small Business Administration:

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers:

Department of Commerce:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Department of Labor:

Department of Revenue:

Department of Financial Institutions:

  • Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19
    • Accessing Your Financial Institution.
    • Unemployment Help.
    • Trouble Paying Credit Cards.
    • Trouble Paying Your Mortgage.
    • Trouble Paying Rent.
    • Student Loans Deferment.
    • Short Term and Emergency Loans.
    • Paying Utilities.
    • Insurance Issues.
    • Avoiding Scams.
    • At Home Financial Education Resources for Students.
    • Additional Resources.

Department of Labor & Industries:

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave:

 

Contact information for counties and local health departments and districts

Washington Association of County Officials:

Department of Health:

 

K-12 schools

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction:

U.S. Department of Education:

 

Family and child care issues

 

Health care

Washington Healthplanfinder:

Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

  • Coronavirus
    • Health insurance.
    • For insurers and medical providers.
    • Travel insurance.
    • Other types of insurance.

University of Washington Medicine | The Huddle:

 

Washington courts

 

Universities and colleges

U.S. Department of Education:

Washington State Council of Presidents:

Washington State Community and Technical Colleges:

Independent Colleges of Washington:

Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board:

 

How you can help

Washington State Department of Health:

  • Recruiting emergency COVID-19 volunteer health practitioners. If you are a licensed health practitioner, you can register as a volunteer here. Licensed health practitioners can also consider registering with their local Medical Reserve Corps.

Philanthropy Northwest:

  • WA Food Fund is raising money to provide food and supplies for those in need during the COVID-19 crisis, including the elderly, people who struggle with health issues or have lost their jobs, and children who normally rely on school for meals.

Boys and Girls Club of America:

  • Clubs are providing meals, programming and other support to those who need it most. You can donate here.

Meals on Wheels:

  • Some local programs need help, while others cannot process new volunteers because of coronavirus or have temporarily adjusted their delivery methods. Check with your local Meals on Wheels program to find out if you can help or donate here.

The Northwest Salvation Army:

  • Helps deliver food, and gives access to shelter and child care through its nationwide network. Drive-through food pick-up and community-based food delivery are just some of the services they offer. You can donate here.

United Way:

  • Supports communities struggling in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Find the link to your local United Way here.

American Red Cross:

 

Housing and homelessness

Department of Commerce:

 

Agriculture

U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):

Washington State Department of Agriculture:

 

Military & veterans

U.S. Department of Defense:

Washington Military Department:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs:

 

Other federal agencies

Internal Revenue Service (IRS):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:

 

  

House Bill 2965

House Bill 2965:

 

Global perspective

Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: