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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

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

 

03/26/2020
Commerce

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
Governor's Office

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

03/25/2020
Food and Drug Administration

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 Dept of Fish and Wildlife

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
Commerce

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
Port of Seattle

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
United States Department of Agriculture

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.

03/24/2020
Governor's Office

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
Washington State Parks

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
Washington State Dept of Agriculture

Tonight, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.

03/23/2020
Governor's Office

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.”

03/23/2020
Port of Tacoma

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources announced today th

03/22/2020
Department of Natural Resources

Gov Jay Inslee sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the federal government dispatch the U.S.S. Mercy to the Puget Sound region.

03/20/2020
Governor's Office