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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

The Washington Emergency Management Division is hosting a preparedness webinar at 11:30 a.m., July 21 to talk about how to prepare for all hazards during COVID-19. Topics include financial preparedness, mental health support, online safety and about strategically shopping, not over-buying.

07/14/2020
Washington Emergency Management Division

 the continuing effort to collect, maintain and publish the most useful data available to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has published a new death data report that includes different categories of COVID-19 deaths.

07/14/2020

While many across the state are returning to work, hundreds of soldiers and airmen of the Washington National Guard continue to support the COVID-19 response and are entering their fourth month of helping our state. The mission has remained the same; support the state as we get through the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918. But some of the jobs they are performing have changed.

07/14/2020
Washington National Guard

The Health Care Authority (HCA) distributed thousands of phones to Apple Health (Medicaid) clients to access telehealth and community resources. Cell phone companies donated the phones with 400 talk minutes and unlimited data at no cost to individuals.

07/14/2020
Health Care Authority

The state Department of Veterans Affairs announced this weekend that an employee at the Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard and an employee at the Washington Soldiers Home in Orting were diagnosed with COVID-19. The homes are taking additional precautions regarding screening, testing and cleaning.

07/13/2020
Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter today to the Trump administration requesting an extension of federal authority and funding for Washington National Guard employment in support of COVID-19 pandemic emergency response operations through December 31, 2020.

07/13/2020
Governor's Office

On Friday, July 10, the Washington State Department of Health became aware that we may have sent COVID-19-related text messages and emails in error. While training staff on a new data-sharing platform for case investigations and contact tracing, we neglected to disable the ability for texts and emails to leave the test environment.  The result is that randomly created phone numbers and emails, with no connection to public health data, may have received messages between late May and early July. The number of texts and emails sent in error is less than 50.

 

07/11/2020
Department of Health

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which shows COVID-19 transmission is still accelerating across most of the state as of the end of June.

07/10/2020

Congress recently extended waivers that permit Washington WIC to offer remote services through September 30, 2020. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children.

07/10/2020

Employees of the Washington Military Department have been at the center of the response since the beginning, helping the state Department of Health with pandemic planning before COVID-19 was even on the national radar and helping with logistics, operations and planning support as the response became ever critical. Soldiers and Airmen of the Washington National Guard have helped with testing sites, in food banks and, more recently, in a call center where they help track where the virus spreads.

07/10/2020
Washington National Guard

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) publicó el informe de situación estatal (solo en inglés) más reciente, que muestra que a fines de junio la transmisión del COVID-19 se seguía acelerando en la mayoría del estado.

07/10/2020

Recientemente el Congreso prorrogó las exenciones que permiten que WIC de Washington ofrezca servicios a distancia hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2020. WIC es el Programa especial de nutrición suplementaria para mujeres, bebés y niños.

07/09/2020

Some alcohol-based hand sanitizers that were manufactured in Mexico have been found to contain a significant
amount of methanol, also known as wood alcohol. Due to its toxic effects, methanol is not an accepted ingredient
in hand sanitizers, and is dangerous to use— recent updates from the FDA report adverse events among adults and
children exposed to contaminated hand sanitizer products, including blindness, hospitalizations, and death.

07/09/2020
Washington Poison Center

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a new proclamation in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Inslee also announced the extension of the Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act proclamation and the DOH Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer proclamation. 

07/08/2020
Governor's Office