Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources
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The federal government’s official Coronavirus (COVID-19) site:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- How to Protect Yourself
- If You Are Sick or Caring for Someone
- Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?
- Cases & Latest Updates
- Latest news
Washington state’s official COVID-19 site:
- Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19)
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:
- Mental health crisis lines | Washington Recovery Help Line: 1-866-789-1511 (24/7)
- County crisis line phone numbers.
Updates from the Governor’s Office:
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information and Updates
- Public and constituent inquiries | (360) 902-4111
Washington State Office of the Attorney General:
Department of Children, Youth & Families:
- Coronavirus – COVID-19 Updates
- Early Learning
- Child Care Licensing
- Early Achievers
- Home Visiting
- Child Welfare
- Foster Care Licensing
Teach with TVW:
In the news
Today's top stories on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Washington state:
- UW plans to have students back on campus, in dorms this fall (MyNorthwest)
- Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse (AP/The Seattle Times)
- As COVID-19 cases climb, King County’s top health official warns: ‘If we don’t deal with it, it will deal with us’ (The Seattle Times)
- Legal non-profit urges those awaiting unemployment benefits to contact lawmakers (KCPQ TV)
- US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens (AP/The Seattle Times)
- New business starts in Washington are warming up (The Seattle Times)
- Inslee: Trump threats on reopening schools ‘hogwash’ (AP/The Seattle Times)
- 4 days of double-digit coronavirus deaths in Washington state: How to interpret the data (The Seattle Times)
The Capitol Buzz | Articles from online publications from across the state on coronavirus (COVID-19):
- The Capitol Buzz policy.
Major announcements and news releases
Announcements and news releases from the Governor’s Office and Department of Health:
- Inslee announces restart of all medical services in Washington | May 18, 2020
- Inslee issues directive to state agencies to freeze hiring, personal service contracts and equipment purchases | May 13, 2020
- Inslee issues guidance for partially resuming in-store retail and additional manufacturing operations in Phase 2 | May 12, 2020
- Inslee announces contact tracing initiative | May 12, 2020
- Inslee and Western leaders send letter to Congress requesting $1 trillion in state and local aid | May 11, 2020
- Inslee releases additional Safe Start Phase 1 guidance | May 8, 2020
- Inslee issues guidance for restarting essential workforce development program | May 7, 2020
- Inslee announces three Safe Start advisory groups | May 5, 2020
- Inslee signs new COVID-19 order for phased re-opening of Washington's economy | May 4, 2020
- Chart: Washington's Phased Approach | May 1, 2020
- Inslee rolls out COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard with data | April 29, 2020
- Inslee issues guidance to clarify limits on elective surgeries | April 29, 2020
- Inslee announces distribution of funding to local governments from federal stimulus package | April 27, 2020
- Inslee announces easing of outdoor restriction | April 27, 2020
- Inslee announces Colorado & Nevada will join Washington, Oregon & California in Western States Pact | April 27, 2020
- Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be complete | April 24, 2020
- Inslee announces Washington’s COVID-19 recovery plan | April 21, 2020
- Inslee issues new orders to reduce prison populations during the COVID-19 outbreak | April 15, 2020
- Inslee issues new proclamations on criminal statutes, CDLs and garnishments | April 14, 2020
- Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers | April 13
- Inslee announces strategies for reducing the number of individuals incarcerated to address COVID-19 in DOC system | April 13
- Washington, Oregon and California announce Western States Pact | April 13
- Inslee, Department of Commerce announce support for small businesses | April 7, 2020
- Inslee, leading nonprofits launch fund for state’s food banks as supply levels drop | April 7, 2020
- Inslee extends school closures for the rest of the 2019-20 school year | April 6, 2020
- Inslee trims 2020 supplemental operating budget to address financial impact of COVID-19 | April 3, 2020
- Inslee extends ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ through May 4 | April 2, 2020
- Statement on delay in COVID-19 data posting | March 31, 2020
- Inslee provides enforcement guidance on ‘Stay Home, Stay Healthy’ order | March 30, 2020
- Inslee issues additional guidance on funerals and real estate transactions, letter to tribal governments | March 28, 2020
- Inslee signs health care licensing waivers and other COVID-19 related orders | March 26, 2020
- State launches web form to clarify “essential” businesses under COVID-19 Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation | March 25, 2020
- Inslee announces “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order | March 23, 2020
- Inslee letter to Trump requests federal major disaster declaration | March 20, 2020
- Inslee letter requests the U.S.S. Mercy be sent to Puget Sound region | March 19, 2020
- Inslee announces relief for businesses, workers, renters and more in response to COVID-19 outbreak | March 18, 2020
- Inslee signs bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak | March 17, 2020
- Inslee announces statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and expanded social gathering limits | March 16, 2020
- Inslee statement on statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and limits on size of gatherings expanded | March 15, 2020
- Leave some for your neighbors: Don’t buy more than you need | March 14, 2020
- State waives costs for COVID-19 testing | March 14, 2020
- Inslee announces statewide school closures, expansion of limits on large gatherings | March 13, 2020
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)
The Legislature's role:
Employers and workers
Legislative Republicans’ Safe Economic Restart Plan | Released: April 17, 2020
- Details: Legislative Republicans’ Safe Economic Restart Plan
Governor’s Office | Partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus:
- COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers
- Financial assistance.
- Export assistance.
- Employer and worker assistance.
- Insurance assistance.
Employment Security Department:
- For workers and businesses affected by COVID-19 (coronavirus) — including the self-employed and independent contractors
- COVID-19 | Scenarios & Benefits Available
U.S. Small Business Administration:
- Disaster Loan Assistance: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
- SBA COVID19 Disaster Loan Program Open for Applications
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers:
- COVID-19 Small Business Assistance
- Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses
- The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act (U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship)
Department of Commerce:
- Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants | Apply for up to $10,000 in emergency funding
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Department of Labor:
Department of Revenue:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Update
- COVID-19 Related Relief for Taxpayers.
- Requesting Relief.
- Temporary Business Registrations.
- Online Filing and Call Center Assistance.
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:
- Paid Sick Leave and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
- Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
- Can COVID-19 ever be allowed as a work-related condition?
- When to file a claim.
- When will a claim likely be denied?
- How can I file a COVID-19 claim?
- Filing a worker’s compensation claim: Exposure vs. contraction of COVID-19
- Covered treatment and post-exposure care.
- Additional information on COVID-19.
Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave:
- COVID-19 (coronavirus) and Paid Family and Medical Leave
- Worker FAQ.
- Employer FAQ.
Contact information for counties and local health departments and districts
Washington Association of County Officials:
- Coronavirus News Updates
- Adams County
- Asotin County
- Benton County
- Chelan County
- Clallam County
- Clark County
- Columbia County
- Cowlitz County
- Douglas County
- Ferry County
- Franklin County
- Garfield County
- Grant County
- Grays Harbor County
- Island County
- Jefferson County
- King County
- Kitsap County
- Kittitas County
- Klickitat County
- Lewis County
- Lincoln County
- Mason County
- Okanogan County
- Pacific County
- Pend Oreille County
- Pierce County
- San Juan County
- Skagit County
- Skamania County
- Snohomish County
- Spokane County
- Stevens County
- Thurston County
- Wahkiakum County
- Walla Walla County
- Whatcom County
- Whitman County
- Yakima County
- Court Closures and Emergency Modifications to Operations
Department of Health:
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction:
- All K-12 coronavirus guidance for schools and families
- Most recent guidance:
- More resources:
- Professional Educator Standards Board:
U.S. Department of Education:
Family and child care issues
- Washington Connection
- Information for individuals and families on how to apply for food, cash, child care, long-term care, and Medicare savings programs.
- Child Care Aware of Washington
- A program to assist families in finding child care near their homes and/or workplaces. Call 1-800-446-1114 for more information.
- COVID-19 – What Can Child Care Providers Do?
- Families, Friends and Neighbor
- A program that includes grandparents, aunts and uncles, elders, older siblings, friends, neighbors and others who help families by providing child care. Call 1-866-482-4325 for more information.
- Find services.
- Department of Social and Health Services:
Office of the Insurance Commissioner:
- Health insurance.
- For insurers and medical providers.
- Travel insurance.
- Other types of insurance.
University of Washington Medicine | The Huddle:
Universities and colleges
U.S. Department of Education:
- All Coronavirus Guidance for Schools and School Personnel
Washington State Council of Presidents:
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources
Washington State Community and Technical Colleges:
Independent Colleges of Washington:
- COVID-19 Campus Resources
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.
- 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.
- Supports communities struggling in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. Find the link to your local United Way here.
American Red Cross:
- Severe Blood Shortage Due To Coronavirus Outbreak
- What to Know about Coronavirus and Our Enhanced Blood Donation Safety Protocols
- Make Your Appointment
- Give Blood. Find a Drive
Housing and homelessness
Department of Commerce:
- Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) – Specialty Grants
- COVID-19 Information and Updates for Homeless Service Grantees
- New COVID-19 Emergency Housing Grant
- COVID-19 Housing Grant Announcement
- COVID-19 Housing Grant Amount to Each County
- COVID-19 Housing Grant Guidelines
- Guidelines Q&A
U.S. Department of Homeland Security:
- Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce: Ensuring Community and National Resilience in COVID-19 Response | March 19, 2020
- Food and Agriculture.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) | Frequently Asked Questions
- Food Safety.
- Access to Food.
- Pet Safety.
- Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs.
- Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response
- Automatic State Flexibilities.
- Additional USDA Authorities.
- Partnering to Ensure Access to Food.
- USDA Information.
- Federal Resources.
- FNS Actions to Respond to COVID-19
- Child Nutrition Programs.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- FNS Pandemic Guidance.
- Additional Resources.
- What’s New.
Washington State Department of Agriculture:
- COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus Disease) Information
- Food safety and animal feed.
- Farm and food businesses.
- Livestock and pets.
Military & veterans
U.S. Department of Defense:
Washington Military Department:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
- Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
- What is VA doing?
- What should Veterans do?
- How to protect yourself
- VA COVID-19 Cases
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs:
Other federal agencies
Internal Revenue Service (IRS):
- Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
- Check your payment status
- See if you are eligible for an Economic Impact Payment
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- What You Need to Know.
- Resources for the Community.
- COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.
- Latest Updates
- Information for Healthcare Professionals
U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
- National Institutes of Health | Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- What You Need to Know.
- Cases and Latest Updates.
- Healthcare Professionals & Laboratories.
- Local Mitigation Strategies.
- Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau:
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House Bill 2965:
Johns Hopkins University & Medicine: