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Today Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved variance applications for Cowlitz, Grant, Island, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific and San Juan counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov.

05/25/2020

El secretario de Salud del estado de Washington, John Wiesman, aprobó hoy las solicitudes de autorización de reapertura anticipada de los condados de Cowlitz, Grant, Island, Jefferson, Mason, Pacific y San Juan para pasar a la fase 2 del 

05/25/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today after the Washington State Department of Health announced additional counties are eligible to move to Phase 2 under the Safe Start plan.

05/22/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH), Snohomish Health District and Public Health—Seattle & King County are confirming two cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. The patients, one Snohomish County resident and one King County resident, both received treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. One patient is under the age of 10 and the other is between 10 and 19 years of age.

05/22/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter today to the Trump administration requesting an extension of authority and additional funding for Washington National Guard employment in support of COVID-19 pandemic emergency response operations through July 31, 2020. 

05/22/2020
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.

05/22/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Cowlitz, Grant, and Pacific counties are now eligible to submit a variance application to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

05/21/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance for resuming real estate and fitness operations in Phase 2.

Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.

05/20/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health is rapidly training personnel to support case investigations and contact tracing. As of May 19, 723 National Guard personnel and 769 Department of Licensing personnel have been trained to help local health jurisdictions with this work as needed.

05/20/2020
Department of Health

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of one proclamation today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A May 18, 2020, letter from the Legislature extends proclamation 20-33.2 until May 31. 

05/19/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced new criteria for additional counties to apply for variances to move to Phase 2 of the state’s Safe Start recovery plan.

05/19/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the first group of grants approved for 501 very small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through the Governor’s Working Washington Small Business emergency grant program.

05/19/2020
Commerce

Since the beginning of May, the Employment Security Department (ESD) has been experiencing a dramatic rise in incidents of “imposter fraud,” where an individual using stolen personal information fraudulently applies for unemployment benefits.

05/18/2020
ESD

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state's plan for all elective procedures to resume. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen.

05/18/2020
Governor's Office