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The federal government has made it easier for people to participate in the WIC program during the pandemic. The U.S.

09/29/2020

OLYMPIA – While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, autumn brings with it another unwanted visitor – the flu. The presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system. While we don’t yet have a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, we do have one to prevent flu.

09/29/2020
Department of Health

Update on the COVID-19 response in Wa

09/29/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today extended a proclamation related to the Washington residency requirement for public university tuition waivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

09/25/2020
Governor's Office

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has extended two emergency orders. His order requiring health insurers to waive copays and deductibles for any consumer requiring testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) and his order protecting consumers from receiving surprise bills for lab fees related to medically-necessary diagnostic testing for COVID-19 are both extended until Oct. 25.

09/25/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report. The report shows COVID-19 case counts continue to decrease overall in both eastern and western Washington, though some counties are experiencing plateaus or increases in disease activity.

09/25/2020

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH, por su sigla en inglés) publicó hoy el último informe de situación estatal (solo disponible en inglés).

09/25/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that Washington is setting new requirements for commercial airports and recommendations for airlines.

09/24/2020
Governor's Office

The coronavirus pandemic forced Washington residents to develop scores of new habits. What’s one more? If you’re used to visiting a driver licensing office for your service needs, it’s time to try something different: online services.

09/23/2020
Department of Licensing

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for miscellaneous venues, including convention/conference centers, designated meeting spaces in hotels, events centers and other similar venues as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.

09/22/2020
Governor's Office

The state Department of Commerce unveiled the state’s new Economic Recovery Dashboard, a unique tool for analyzing and visualizing data from public and private organizations to reliably examine the impact of COVID-19 on the state’s economy. The dashboard details, on regional, demographic and industry sector levels, numerous metrics that could help guide state and local leaders as they chart a path to an equitable, statewide economic recovery.

09/21/2020
Commerce

Effective today, all agritourism activities are allowed to operate in Modified Phase 1 counties under Phase 2 guidance. 

09/21/2020
Governor's Office

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report. The report shows an overall decline in COVID-19 cases in western Washington and a plateau in eastern Washington, with significant differences from county to county.

 

09/20/2020

 Así como el verano espera al otoño, todos esperan la posibilidad de una vacuna en los próximos meses. Sin embargo, el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) quiere que todas las personas comprendan la importancia de hacerse la prueba de COVID-19.

09/18/2020

Five federal regions (four states and a city) have been chosen to be pilot states in the CDC’s planning. Washington is not one of the pilot states. However, we will develop our plans based on lessons learned from the pilot project.

09/18/2020