News

03/31/2020

Following President Trump’s signing of the historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin today announced that the SBA and Treasury Department have initiated a robust mobilization effort of banks and other lending institutions to provide small businesses with the capital they need.

03/31/2020

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee and Charlie Clark, director of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced the state is taking steps to assist distressed Washington homeowners who are unable to make their mortgage payments due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) restrictions.

03/30/2020

The Department of Licensing (DOL) is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies beginning March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/30/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance today for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals.

03/30/2020

Governor Jay Inslee on March 23, 2020, announced a statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that requires everyone to stay home unless they are pursuing an essential activity such as shopping for groceries, picking up prescription medications or seeking emergency medical care.

03/29/2020

Grocery stores are open because they are essential businesses, but we still need to limit our time out of the house. 

03/28/2020

To support hospitals in preparing for an expected increase in COVID-19-related expenses, state and federal funding is being made available.

03/28/2020

Governor Jay Inslee, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and King County Executive Dow Constantine join FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare and Brigadier General Doug Cherry to discuss the deployment of a field hospital at CenturyLink Field Event Center

03/28/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional guidance today related to the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation to slow the spread of COVID-19. Inslee also sent a government-to-government letter to Washington's tribal communities. 

03/27/2020

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today urged all insurers doing business in Washington to immediately extend automobile insurance coverage for personal delivery drivers to aid people temporarily assigned this duty during the coronavirus pandemic and state of emergency. 

03/26/2020

The Department of Social and Health Services announced that its Community Services Offices will further reduce foot traffic from the public beginning March 26. The reduction of in-person services will remain in place until further notice.

03/26/2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced additional flexibilities to make it easier for children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities to get food during the COVID-19 national emergency and remove administrative roadblocks for the dedicated local staff who serve them. These changes are in line with USDA’s commitment to keep Americans safe, secure, and healthy during this national emergency and explore all options to keep kids fed during this unprecedented time.

03/26/2020

Food, rental assistance, small business support and health services among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties.

 

03/26/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures to combat COVID-19 today and released additional guidance for construction in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

03/25/2020

The FDA is beginning to see unauthorized fraudulent test kits that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home.