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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

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31.

10/15/2020
Governor's Office

OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission.

10/14/2020

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. We are working with the federal government and local partners within Washington to plan for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available.

10/14/2020

The Great Washington ShakeOut will still be happening at 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, although it’s likely going to look a little different. Due to COVID-19, work environments continue to adapt and change. Some schools and colleges are still operating completely online. It seems like every day, we are confronting new challenges. All while earthquakes are still happening. One thing's for sure: We all still need to practice drop, cover and hold on because an earthquake can strike without warning.

10/13/2020
Washington Emergency Management Division

Gov. Jay Inslee today introduced a new state effort to help communities recover from the social and economic damage wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.Though the state continues to battle the deadly virus, the Washington Recovery Group will help strengthen the state’s recovery efforts. The new group will help state agencies coordinate with local governments, higher education and the private sector.

10/13/2020
Governor's Office

Update on the COVID-19 response in Wa

10/13/2020

OLYMPIA. El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) publicó hoy el último informe de situación del estado (solo disponible en inglés) sobre la transmisión de COVID-19.

10/13/2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Educational Service District (ESD) 112 worked quickly to assess the risks, determine the need for in-person care and develop and implement a plan to prioritize Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) care for the children of essential workers. This process included assessing risks for staff with underlying medical and health conditions and honoring their requests to work remotely, when possible.

10/12/2020
Department of Children, Youth and Families

A handful of businesses are facing fines for violations related to lack of mask use by customers and staff. Yet thousands of others that were the subject of complaints are following the governor’s order after numerous contacts and education about requirements from L&I.

10/09/2020
LNI

The Washington State Department of Commerce: Office of Homeless Youth allocated $1 million in CARES Act funding to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to provide stipends to young adults who will age out or have aged out of Extended Foster Care at age 21, between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

10/09/2020
Commerce

State regulators approved protections for electric and natural gas utility customers who are struggling to pay their bills due to financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The commission ordered investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in Washington to continue a moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment until April 30, 2021. Also, utilities will continue to waive deposits for new customers and all late fees through Oct. 27, 2021.

10/09/2020
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

While all students may be provided free meals through the end of December, it is still critical that eligible families complete the application this fall.

10/09/2020
OSPI

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is making steady progress making plans around an expected COVID-19 vaccine. The department is encouraged by the information the U.S.

10/08/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation today establishing safety guidelines for behavioral health facilities.

10/08/2020
Governor's Office

Newly announced federal grant supports Safe Start projects and partnerships aimed at helping Washington state businesses restart, rebuild and become more resilient

10/08/2020
Commerce