You and Your Family

Nearly every Washingtonian has now been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s OK to ask for help. This page includes resources to help your family stay healthy both physically and mentally, find financial support services and more. Fewer, shorter and safer interactions are crucial.

Good to Know

CV19 CheckUp, presented by WA DSHS and Community Living Connections, is free, confidential and easy to use. It is designed to help you be safer and healthier during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If eligible, use the Vaccine Locator to find a COVID-19 vaccination appointment near you. If you need help, call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-525-0127, then press #. Language assistance is available.
If you will travel or are coming home from traveling, here's information you will want to know.
What's open under the new guidelines?

Guide to Safer Gatherings

Find ideas for how to gather and celebrate virtually, as well as a checklist of safety measures if you do decide to gather in person.

Financial Support

Childcare, K-12 and higher education

Learn more on advice given to schools before reopening and more COVID-19-related information on childcare, schools, colleges and universities, as well as education support for multilingual families.

Adults Ages 65+

People over 65 years old, and people with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19. The most important step you can take is to protect yourself. Here are some resources to help you during this time, as well as the Safe Start for Long Term Care plan.

Thinking of traveling?

Gov. Jay Inslee on March 19, 2021 rescinded his November 2020 Travel Advisory and is advising Washingtonians and others visiting Washington to comply with the Center for Disease Control’s current COVID-19 travel advisory guidance. That CDC guidance includes:

If you must travel, take steps to protect yourself and others:

  • If you are eligible, get fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Before you travel, get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your trip.
  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when in public.
  • Avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet/2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) from anyone who did not travel with you.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after your trip and stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if your test is negative. If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
  • People fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel within the United States and do not need COVID-19 testing or post-travel self-quarantine as long as they continue to take precautions while traveling: wear a mask, avoid crowds and wash hands frequently. 

All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. See the CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Masks are required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

Find more information on the travel page.

Mental Health & Well-being

This can be a stressful time. It is normal that you or your loved ones might feel anxious, sad, scared or angry. You are not alone. It is okay to seek out and ask for help. The resources here are a good place to start. 

Talking to loved ones about the importance of keeping gatherings small or staying home

Convincing your loved ones to be smart about gatherings can be a challenge. We offer advice to help.

Cloth face coverings and masks

Guidance on cloth face coverings including how to make them and how you can help donate them.

Internet Access

Many internet service providers are waiving late payment fees and will not disconnect customers for late payments. In addition, some companies are offering free or low-cost internet services. 

  • Drive-In WiFi Hotspots provide free temporary, emergency internet access for Washingtonians who do not have broadband service to their homes. Access is available to all residents with specific emphasis on remote learning for students. Additionally, this service can be used for job searches, telehealth, telework, unemployment filing, and census participation.
  • Comcast is offering two months free to new Internet Essentials customers in their service areas.
  • AT&T Access & Ziply Fiber offer low-cost internet.

Health Insurance

If you or someone you know has recently lost or will be losing health insurance coverage, download the mobile app, WAPlanfinder, or visit wahealthplanfinder.org to browse health insurance options and get covered. 

For additional information about coverage options, please visit the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Coronavirus FAQ page

Scams and rumors

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Now more than ever, we need to be vigilant looking for scams. Find out more at the link.

Military and Veteran Community Resources

This guide lists resources specific to our Military and Veteran community that may help us to get through the COVID-19 crisis. 

Information from the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs for family members and representatives of residents at Washington state Veterans Homes, including FAQs for families wanting to visit a resident and a daily update of staff and residents tested. 

Department of Corrections 

Information from the Department of Corrections about the state Corrections Facilities and testing, News Releases, and guidance. 

Legal aid

Washington Law Help has resources for those looking for legal aid during the coronavirus outbreak. Topics include family law, health issues, housing, financial, criminal, and assistance for seniors.  

Resources for immigrant community members

City of Seattle’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is partnering with El Comite and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. See FAQs for immigrants who want to know more about how the issue of public charge might affect their ability to access healthcare and other services during this COVID-19 outbreak. 

United We Dream maintains information on healthcare access for undocumented residents.