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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

Tonight, Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians to announce he will sign a statewide order that requires everyone in the state to stay home. The order will last for two weeks and could be extended.

03/23/2020
Governor's Office

All cargo terminals at the Ports of Tacoma and Seattle within The Northwest Seaport Alliance gateway remain operating under normal business hours with very few exceptions. The governor announced that businesses designated “essential critical infrastructure workers” will continue to operate. This includes “maritime transportation workers — port workers, pilots, longshoremen, mariners, equipment operators, ship and vessel operators, crane operators, and shipyard foremen/women, marina workers.”

03/23/2020
Port of Tacoma

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources announced today th

03/22/2020
Department of Natural Resources

Gov Jay Inslee sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the federal government dispatch the U.S.S. Mercy to the Puget Sound region.

03/20/2020
Governor's Office

The Department of Financial Institutions issued guidance to urge all mortgage servicers to help alleviate the adverse impact caused by COVID-19 on mortgage borrowers who demonstrate they are not able to make timely payments.

03/20/2020
Department of Financial Institutions

Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the federal government dispatch the U.S.S. Mercy to the Puget Sound region.

03/20/2020
Governor's Office

The Department of Social and Health Services’ Economic Services Administration prioritizes the health and safety of its clients, staff and community members. As such, some offices are closing to the public and others are limiting in-person lobby services. 

03/19/2020

Responding to requests for more COVID-19 testing from Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman, the U.S.

03/19/2020

Inslee announced new restrictions today on non-urgent medical and dental procedures so the state can make sure Washington health care workers have enough protective equipment to wear as they work the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

03/19/2020
Governor's Office

Today, Gov. Jay Inslee announced substantial measures for Washington state businesses and workers, as well as renters and other residents who may struggle financially to pay utility bills while dealing with loss of income during the COVID-19 outbreak.

03/18/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a package of five COVID-19 related bills into law today to boost the statewide response to the recent outbreak.

03/17/2020
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