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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

As of Jan. 12, 2021, the Washington National Guard has taken part in the processing, packaging and distribution of more than 73 million pounds of food while supporting food banks across the state.

 

01/14/2021
Washington National Guard

DSHS staff who provide direct care to clients at any of the agency’s 24/7 facilities know exactly what it is like to be on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. They are often at the highest risk for exposure to the virus.

01/13/2021
DSHS

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) shared key updates on our COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration efforts.

01/13/2021

Case counts rebounded after Christmas and appear to be increasing steeply in the most recent data, which is still incomplete.

01/13/2021

Today Gov. Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 21-01, which suspends the requirement that statewide elected officials be sworn in ‘at the capitol’.

01/12/2021
Governor's Office

Starting today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) will begin texting a verification code to every person in Washington state who tests positive for COVID-19. The goal is to help WA Notify exposure notification users alert fellow users faster if they’ve been exposed.

 

01/11/2021

On Saturday, January 9, 2021, an individual incarcerated at Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, Wash., passed away at a community healthcare facility due to COVID-19. The individual’s next of kin and/or attorney has been provided notification of the individual’s passing.

 

01/11/2021
Department of Corrections

Gov. Jay Inslee today signed the "Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery" proclamation, which he had initially announced last week.

The new plan, which follows a regional approach, will ease some restrictions while focusing on the health and safety of all Washingtonians. The plan outlines the metrics that will be used to determine phases for each region, and the Department of Health will evaluate these metrics weekly and will announce any changes to current phase status every Friday.

01/11/2021
Governor's Office

Inslee extends proclamation related to COVID-19, two proclamations denied extension by Senate GOP

01/08/2021
Governor's Office

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

01/08/2021
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan released earlier this week, that all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 18, 2021.

01/08/2021

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

01/07/2021

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released guidance for the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination.

01/06/2021

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan. Beginning on January 11, the state will follow a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.

01/05/2021
Governor's Office

Newest $100 million grant round prioritized industries with disproportionate impacts such as restaurants, fitness centers and indoor entertainment venues.

01/02/2021
Commerce