[4/9/2020] The state Department of Health is partnering with Washington 211 to answer your questions about coronavirus from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time seven days a week. Call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help.

The Washington 211 call center is not able to provide clinical information or test results. For test results and other information specific to your health, contact your health care provider.

More details  here.

[4/7/2020] Escape Domestic Abuse

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center will help. Professionals from a variety of social service and government agencies work at the Center to offer help and support to clients as they determine their next steps.

Call 253-798-4166 or send an email to if you need to speak with an advocate.

For more information, go to

[4/6/2020] Prompt Care Available in Key Center

Key Medical Center is available to treat community members not currently patients of Dr. Roes in cases requiring prompt care, such as lacerations and fractures. Being treated does not make a person eligible to become a regular patient, as his practice is not accepting new patients, but will provide an alternative to showing up at the emergency room.

All medical insurance is accepted during this time. Patients without medical insurance are also eligible.

Call 253-884-9221 in advance and for more details.

[3/29/2020] A link from the Washington State Department of Health: No need to stock up or disinfect your groceries.

When To Seek Care For COVID-19: Online Tool to Evaluate Symptoms

Anyone concerned about their own health or someone else’s can visit a free website to anonymously evaluate symptoms and get suggestions to counter them. Go to

The site was created by the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation,and includes these reminders:

  • If symptoms are mild, don’t go straight to a doctor’s office or urgent care. Call first.
  • Until testing is widely available, save it for those sick enough to need hospitalization.
  • Don’t ask for antibiotics. Antibiotics do not work for viral illnesses like COVID-19 and often cause side effects.
  • Follow the advice of public health authorities.Separate yourself from others to prevent the virus from spreading.
  • Don’t change your behavior in order to avoid picking up the virus. Assume you have the virus, and change your behavior to avoid passing it on.

Accessing Dental Care

Arcora Foundation, the foundation of Delta Dental of Washington, is using its free dental referral service, DentistLink, to connect people who either don’t have a current dental provider or can’t access dental providers in their area who can provide urgent care. DentistLink is a service focused on people who have Apple Health (Medicaid) or do not have insurance.

DentistLink has compiled a current list of dental providers who are available to alleviate dental pain and treat dental emergencies.

Here is how the DentistLink referral system works.

  • People needing assistance can call or text DentistLink at 844-888-5465.
  • A DentistLink referral specialist will respond as quickly as possible. Depending on volume, the user will likely hear back from DentistLink within a few hours.
  • If the problem needs immediate attention, DentistLink will connect the user to a provider that is open to treat urgent problems.
  • DentistLink is no cost to patients, dental care providers or community partners.


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St Anthony’s/CHI Franciscan:

Billing suspended:  CHI Franciscan, as part of Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health, announced that it is suspending billing for COVID-19 testing and treatment system-wide. This effort will expand access to COVID-19 care across CHI Franciscan’s eight acute care hospitals and more than 200 clinics, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. (March 19)

VA Puget Sound Health Care: