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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.

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Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive to executive and small cabinet agencies today to freeze all hiring, personal service contracts and equipment purchases. The directive aims to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Washington's economy and financial outlook.

05/13/2020

New emergency rules adopted today regarding temporary farmworker housing will help increase worker safety and reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The rules detail specific steps required at farms where temporary workers live in licensed temporary housing facilities.

05/13/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.

05/12/2020

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler said he welcomes the effort of two health insurers doing business in Washington to provide short-term premium forgiveness to many of their policyholders.

05/12/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance today for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan laid out last week.

05/12/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the launch of a statewide contact tracing plan today that will allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

05/12/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of three proclamations today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. A May 11, 2020, letter from the Legislature extends proclamations 20-28 and 20-31 until May 31, 2020. The statutory waivers and suspensions cited in 20-33.1 are extended until May 18, 2020.  

05/12/2020

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) announced today that it is participating in an international enforcement task force organized by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) to investigate fraudsters looking to capitalize during the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

05/11/2020

Today Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved applications from Wahkiakum, Skamania, and Stevens counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov.

05/11/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig joined the governors and state legislative leaders of California, Colorado, Oregon and Nevada today in urging congressional leadership to dedicate $1 trillion in direct and flexible relief to states and local governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/11/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee, House Speaker Laurie Jinkins and Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig joined the governors and state legislative leaders of California, Colorado, Oregon and Nevada today in urging congressional leadership to dedicate $1 trillion in direct and flexible relief to states and local governments amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

05/11/2020

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

05/11/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statement today in response to Republicans' refusal to extend emergency protection for domestic violence victims. 

05/09/2020

Camp Murray, WA — El secretario de salud del estado de Washington, John Wiesman, aprobó hoy las solicitudes de los condados de Columbia, Garfield, Lincoln, Ferry y Pend Oreille para pasar a la fase 2 del plan de Comienzo Seguro

05/08/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee released additional guidance today for businesses and services under Safe Start Phase 1, including the ability for retail outlets to provide curbside service, pet walking and landscaping.

05/08/2020