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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

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler has extended two emergency orders.

11/24/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

As the number of COVID-19 cases grows in Washington, so does the number of complaints about workplaces violating state Safe Start and masking requirements. Complaints about possible violations are up substantially this week after Gov. Jay Inslee announced new restrictions to help curtail the growing pandemic.

11/23/2020
LNI

The Department of Health (DOH) strongly urges everyone to limit their holiday celebrations to only members of their immediate households. We also encourage anyone with symptoms or close contact with someone who is infected (or suspected to be infected) with COVID-19 to get tested now.

11/21/2020

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is asking the state’s laboratories that conduct the largest volume of tests to temporarily stop sending individual negative COVID-19 test results, and instead send us the aggregate number of negative test results per day. During this time, our dashboards will report positive cases each day, but not the total number of daily tests or percent positive.

11/21/2020
Department of Health

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced additional financial support funds for families and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

11/20/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts and are hopeful a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 will be available before the end of the year.

11/19/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a new cap on fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery platforms, such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and others.

"We recognize the challenges posed by COVID-19 to our restaurant community, and we’re grateful to third party delivery platforms that have made it possible for Washingtonians to continue supporting local restaurants, and allowed many businesses to stay open," Inslee said.

11/19/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today appointed Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH as the new Washington state secretary of health starting December 21. Dr. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

11/17/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The new restrictions come as Washington sees consistent increasing daily case counts, with over 2,000 cases a day over the weekend and average cases in the state doubling over the past two weeks.

11/15/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter 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 March 31, 2020. The current federal funding authorization runs through Dec. 31.

11/14/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for Washington today, recommending a 14-day quarantine for interstate and international travel and asks residents to stay close to home. Inslee joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown in urging visitors entering their states or returning home from travel outside these states to self-quarantine to slow the spread of the virus.

11/13/2020
Governor's Office

Today the Washington State Department of Health is reporting 2,147 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily case count since the pandemic began. Just two weeks ago, we announced 1,000 new cases in a day for the first time since mid-summer.

11/13/2020

Media briefing with state and Health officials.

11/10/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of 27 proclamations today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

11/10/2020
Governor's Office

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission, which shows disease transmission is happening at an accelerated pace across the entire state. 

11/10/2020