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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

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) está haciendo modificaciones en la forma en la que procesamos e informamos los datos de las pruebas a nivel estatal con el objetivo de contabilizar el volumen real de pruebas realizadas y evaluar mejor nuestro progreso.

08/25/2020

The Washington State Department of Health is making changes to the way we process and report testing data statewide, in an effort to account for the true volume of tests being done and to better benchmark our progress.

08/25/2020

Today, the Washington State Department of Health is announcing a standardized set of activities for counties in modified Phase 1 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

08/25/2020

Kitsap Public Health District and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) are working with St. Michael Medical Center in Bremerton to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 at the hospital.

08/22/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter today to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau requesting cooperation in finding a solution to help Washington residents of Point Roberts. Due to the community’s geography, the approximately 1,300 Washingtonians residing there cannot travel by land to Washington without entering British Columbia and traveling through the Peace Arch Border Crossing. The border crossing was first closed to nearly all travel due to COVID-19 on March 21.

08/21/2020
Governor's Office

A federal judge in Seattle today granted Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s request to immediately block a U.S. Department of Education rule that will deprive Washington’s public elementary and secondary schools from receiving emergency relief funds. Congress included the emergency funds for schools in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act.

08/21/2020
Washington Attorney General's Office

El Distrito de Salud Pública de Kitsap y el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) están trabajando con el Centro Médico St. Michael de Bremerton para contener un brote de COVID-19 en ese hospital.

08/21/2020

The Employment Security Department (ESD) announced today it will apply for the Lost Wages Assistance program through the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) no later than Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.

08/20/2020
Employment Security Division

The Governor's Office issued new guidance on a few industries today, including bowling and museums.

08/20/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued an update to Proclamation 20-57, “Concerning the Health of Agricultural Workers.” The proclamation now requires agricultural employers to test their workforce broadly when health officials identify an outbreak that passes certain thresholds. 

08/19/2020
Governor's Office

State and Health officials brief media on COVID-19 issues.

08/18/2020

Through the CARES Act, Congress allocated funds to local school districts and to state education agencies to provide support in covering emergency COVID-19 costs.

08/15/2020
OSPI

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and Public Health – Seattle & King County released a new report by the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) that measures the tradeoffs between minimizing COVID-19 related health risks and maximizing educational benefits for students when

08/14/2020

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which reflects the flattening of new case counts in most counties in western and eastern Washington.

08/14/2020