Updated March 27, 2020
For the latest COVID-19 health guidance, statistics and resources, visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov
3/23/2020: Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Effective immediately, the order will last for two weeks and can be extended.
- Requires every Washingtonian to stay home unless they need to pursue an essential activity.
- Bans all gatherings for social, spiritual and recreational purposes.
- Closes all businesses except essential businesses.
Read Gov. Inslee’s order here.
Visit Governor Jay Inslee’s page: https://www.governor.wa.gov
Follow Governor Inslee on Twitter @wastategov
Assistance for businesses and workers
Assistance for businesses and workers: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers
Washington Governor Jay Inslee has compiled a resource list for affected businesses and workers, including:
A list of local bankers, financial associations, telecoms, utilities and major employers that may be able to provide relief with deferred bills, waived fees, discounts, no-interest loans and other support.
- The Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) can provide support in the form of unemployment benefits. Some benefits which allow certain workers to collect unemployment while remaining with their employers and not actively seeking other jobs.
- ESD’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program can provide benefits for workers who need to take time off from work due to a serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.
- If COVID-19 disrupts a Washington business and causes layoff or closure, ESD can provide services and funding to help workers get connected to unemployment benefits and re-employment services
The Washington State Insurance Commissioner can help answer questions about getting insurance and coverage for damages related to COVID-19. Go www.insurance.wa.gov or call 1-800-562-6900.
Department of Health (DOH)
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center can not access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.
DOH website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus
Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)
Department of Social and Health Services announced that its Community Services Offices will further reduce foot traffic from the public beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26 in response to Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order..
Department of Fish and Wildlife has temporarily closed recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.