News

03/28/2020

Governor Jay Inslee, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, and King County Executive Dow Constantine join FEMA Region 10 Administrator Mike O’Hare and Brigadier General Doug Cherry to discuss the deployment of a field hospital at CenturyLink Field Event Center

03/28/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced additional guidance today related to the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" proclamation to slow the spread of COVID-19. Inslee also sent a government-to-government letter to Washington's tribal communities. 

03/27/2020

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler today urged all insurers doing business in Washington to immediately extend automobile insurance coverage for personal delivery drivers to aid people temporarily assigned this duty during the coronavirus pandemic and state of emergency. 

03/26/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures to combat COVID-19 today and released additional guidance for construction in his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order.

03/26/2020

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced additional flexibilities to make it easier for children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities to get food during the COVID-19 national emergency and remove administrative roadblocks for the dedicated local staff who serve them. These changes are in line with USDA’s commitment to keep Americans safe, secure, and healthy during this national emergency and explore all options to keep kids fed during this unprecedented time.

03/26/2020

Food, rental assistance, small business support and health services among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties.

 

03/25/2020

The closures begin March 25 and last until at least 5 p.m. on April 8. WDFW will re-evaluate on April 6 whether the closure may need to be extended.

03/25/2020

Washington state today launched an online form so businesses can get clarification or submit a request for inclusion as essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation. The proclamation goes into effect at midnight tonight, closing non-essential businesses for the next two weeks.

03/25/2020

The FDA is beginning to see unauthorized fraudulent test kits that are being marketed to test for COVID-19 in the home.

03/24/2020

Today, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25.

03/24/2020

Effective Wednesday, March 25, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) will close all offices statewide to the public. This move is meant to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting interactions between staff and the public. 
 
Despite this closure, WSDA is an agency that supports part of our state’s critical infrastructure, and intends to continue providing high-quality inspections and other crucial services necessary to support commerce and maintain the viability of our vital food supply chain.

03/24/2020

The Port of Seattle now expects the launch of the cruise season will be delayed until the resolution of the public health emergency.

03/24/2020

Be on the lookout for potential scammers using the COVID-19 situation to steal personal information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) warned Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants today. USDA is issuing this warning after receiving reports of several possible SNAP fraud attempts.

03/24/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced new measures today to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19. They address impacts on public meetings and public records access; notary services; Liquor and Cannabis Board late payment waivers; and updates to Utilities and Transportation Commission Ratepayer Assistance.

03/23/2020

All cargo terminals at the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle within The Northwest Seaport Alliance gateway remain operating under normal business hours with very few exceptions. The governor announced that businesses designated “essential critical infrastructure workers” will continue to operate. This includes “maritime transportation workers — port workers, pilots, longshoremen, mariners, equipment operators, ship and vessel operators, crane operators, and shipyard foremen/women, marina workers.”