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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 announced today an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The new orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will be in place through March 31.

03/16/2020

El Departamento de Salud del estado de Washington y la Oficina del Comisionado de Seguros se están asegurando de que los ciudadanos no tengan dificultades financieras para hacerse la prueba de la COVID-19 cuando lo necesiten.

03/16/2020
Department of Health

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Washington small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

03/16/2020

La pandemia de COVID-19 seguramente ha hecho que salga corriendo a la tienda a comprar desinfectante para manos, toallitas desinfectantes y otros artículos.

03/16/2020
Department of Health

Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement tonight that further expands protections against COVID-19. 

“Given the explosion of COVID-19 in our state and globally, I will sign a statewide emergency proclamation tomorrow to temporarily shut down restaurants, bars and entertainment and recreational facilities.  

“Restaurants will be allowed to provide take-out and delivery services but no in-person dining will be permitted. 

03/15/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) are making sure residents don’t face financial barriers to COVID-19 testing when they need it.

03/14/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

In order to further slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced his intention to sign several executive orders today to expand statewide closures of schools, limit large gatherings and expand protocols for adult family homes.

03/13/2020

A critical part of our state’s effort to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure our health care providers have the equipment they need to give safe care.

03/13/2020
Joint Information Center

Governor Jay Inslee announced new community strategies and social distancing plans Wednesday at a news conference in Seattle to minimize COVID-19 exposure, particularly in counties hit hardest by the virus.

03/12/2020
Governor's Office

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that an employee working at the department’s Tumwater campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee was last at work Friday, March 6, and had no symptoms. Over the weekend, they began feeling unwell and followed up with their doctor. They took immediate action to isolate themselves, which drastically reduced exposure to others.

03/12/2020
Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health, alongside partners at Bloodworks Northwest, is encouraging eligible donors to continue to give blood.

03/12/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close for the next six weeks.

03/12/2020
Governor's Office

Today, Governor Inslee announced mandatory six-week closures for all schools within King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. Below is Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

03/12/2020
OSPI

Health information and other COVID-19 related resources

03/11/2020
Governor's Office

Based on Governor Inslee’s press conference today, and after consultation with, Pierce County District Court, Tacoma Municipal Court and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County Superior Court will implement the following changes in response to the COVID-19 risk.  Beginning March 16, 2020, the number of jurors who are called will be reduced, and two jury orientation rooms will be provided to increase social distancing between jurors. 

03/11/2020
Pierce County