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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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A media briefing with state and local officials about schools.

08/14/2020

Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order again, directing all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage changes to aid consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

08/14/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

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

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a proclamation that sets forth the parameters for the Washington COVID-19 Food Production Paid Leave Program. The proclamation follows the governor's announcement on Monday, and will go into effect on Aug. 18, 2020.

08/13/2020
Governor's Office

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 100,000 Washington residents have enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid), our state’s insurance program for individuals with lower incomes. About 1.9 million Washington residents are now enrolled in the program, which offers comprehensive physical and behavioral health care coverage.

08/13/2020
Health Care Authority

OLYMPIA -- El Departamento de Salud (DOH) del estado de Washington y el Departamento de Salud Pública de Seattle y el Condado de King publicaron un nuevo informe (solo disponible en inglés) del Instituto de Modelado de Enfermedades (IDM) (solo disponible en inglés) en el que se miden las compensa

08/13/2020

Today the Washington State Department of Health announced COVID-19 testing data will soon be reported using the total number of tests completed. This is a change from the current reporting, which reflects the total number of unique individuals ever tested.

08/12/2020

A COVID-19 Response Update Media Briefing with officials from Health and state government.

08/11/2020

The reminder is due to an incident over the weekend where an asymptomatic DNR firefighter who had been serving at a fire camp tested positive for COVID-19. The firefighter was part of the interagency team responding to the Anglin Fire near Tonasket. All protocols were adhered to after the test, including contact tracing, quarantining, and outreach to firefighting partners. The 14 other firefighters who the DNR firefighter came into contact have been quarantined – they are also asymptomatic at this time

08/10/2020
Department of Natural Resources

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) anunció hoy que, próximamente, los datos de las pruebas de COVID-19 se informarán en función del total de pruebas realizadas.

08/10/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the creation of two funds to help workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Immigrant Relief Fund will provide $40 million to assist Washington residents who are unable to access federal stimulus programs due to their immigration status, and the Food Production Paid Leave Program will provide $3 million of financial resources to certain food production workers who remain home when ill.

08/10/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.

08/10/2020
Ready.gov

Today, the Department of Health (DOH) announced there are now 11 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 in Washington state. MIS-C is a rare but serious condition first identified by health care providers in the United Kingdom in late April.

08/07/2020

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) publicó hoy el informe de situación estatal (solo disponible en inglés) más reciente, que refleja tendencias diferentes en la actividad de COVID-19 en las distintas regiones y los distintos grupos de edad.

08/07/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance today that allows long-term care facilities to offer visitation and other activities. Many long-term care facilities were forced to curtail social activities for residents and visitors earlier this year due to COVID-19.

08/07/2020
Governor's Office