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Governor Jay Inslee holds a news conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response.

| Governor's Office

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows a general rise in the intensity of the epidemic in both western and eastern Washington.

10/28/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken an unprecedented toll on nonprofit organizations, with many experiencing increased demand for services and programs while at the same time dealing with disruption of services and programs, cancellation of contracts, funding losses due to canceled fundraisers, reduced donations and other issues affecting staff and volunteer capacity. The impacts are particularly hard on nonprofits led by and serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.

10/28/2020
Commerce

COVID-19 Response Update Media Briefing with state Health officials and the Governor's Office

10/27/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation and guidance memo today clarifying application of COVID-19 requirements for voters and for voting service operations, including county elections offices, county voting centers and student engagement HUBs throughout the state.

10/27/2020
Governor's Office

Washington, Oregon and Nevada have joined California’s COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup, which will independently review the safety and efficacy of any vaccine approved by the FDA for distribution.

10/27/2020
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 Nov. 24.

10/26/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.

10/23/2020

The Washington State Department of Health submitted its interim vaccination plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the stated deadline of Oct. 16, 2020.

10/22/2020

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is releasing new data about how many cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) are occurring statewide. This report will be published monthly and include county-level counts of MIS-C cases.

10/22/2020
Department of Health

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) continúa (solo disponible en inglés) avanzando en sus iniciativas para planificar la distribución de la vacuna contra la COVID-19.

10/22/2020

The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials are concerned that the presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system.

10/22/2020
Department of Health

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updated guidance for religious and faith based organizations as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.

10/21/2020
Governor's Office

 El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington presentó su plan provisional de vacunación para la distribución de la vacuna contra la COVID-19 a los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) en la fecha límite establecida del 16 de octubre de 2020.

10/21/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today the Washington COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund is now open for applications. The relief fund will provide $40 million in federal funds allocated by the state to assist Washington workers who miss work due to COVID-19, but are unable to access federal stimulus programs and other social supports due to their immigration status. While the fund is operational, eligible recipients will receive $1,000, with a limit of $3,000 per household.

10/21/2020
Governor's Office

COVID-19 Response Update Media Briefing with state and Health officials.

 

10/20/2020