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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

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Educational Service District (ESD) 112 worked quickly to assess the risks, determine the need for in-person care and develop and implement a plan to prioritize Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) care for the children of essential workers. This process included assessing risks for staff with underlying medical and health conditions and honoring their requests to work remotely, when possible.

10/12/2020
Department of Children, Youth and Families

State regulators approved protections for electric and natural gas utility customers who are struggling to pay their bills due to financial impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The commission ordered investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in Washington to continue a moratorium on disconnections for nonpayment until April 30, 2021. Also, utilities will continue to waive deposits for new customers and all late fees through Oct. 27, 2021.

10/09/2020
Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission

While all students may be provided free meals through the end of December, it is still critical that eligible families complete the application this fall.

10/09/2020
OSPI

A handful of businesses are facing fines for violations related to lack of mask use by customers and staff. Yet thousands of others that were the subject of complaints are following the governor’s order after numerous contacts and education about requirements from L&I.

10/09/2020
LNI

The Washington State Department of Commerce: Office of Homeless Youth allocated $1 million in CARES Act funding to the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to provide stipends to young adults who will age out or have aged out of Extended Foster Care at age 21, between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

10/09/2020
Commerce

Newly announced federal grant supports Safe Start projects and partnerships aimed at helping Washington state businesses restart, rebuild and become more resilient

10/08/2020
Commerce

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation today establishing safety guidelines for behavioral health facilities.

10/08/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is making steady progress making plans around an expected COVID-19 vaccine. The department is encouraged by the information the U.S.

10/08/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced several updates to Washington's Safe Start reopening plan. The changes seek to align guidance and adjustments to regulations of several industries.

10/06/2020
Governor's Office

Let there be no mistake — we are still in a pandemic and millions of Americans are acting like it. They are masking up and social distancing. They are making difficult choices to protect their health and the health of those around them. They deserve a president who will do the same.

10/05/2020
Governor's Office

Halloween will look and feel a little bit different this year because of COVID-19, so it will be important to identify safer alternative activities to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

10/05/2020

Washington manufacturers and other businesses have proven they can adapt quickly, with hundreds responding to Gov. Jay Inslee’s call to support the state’s response to COVID-19. During this pandemic, Washington companies have found ways to collaborate and change their production lines to churn out products that were not a part of their core business.

10/05/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Arts Commission have partnered to provided federal CARES Act funding to art and cultural organizations impacted by COVID-19. Grants are available up to $10,000 each, no funding match is required.

10/04/2020
Governor's Office

Due to the ongoing pandemic and limited capacity at driver licensing offices, the DOL is continuing to extend the expiration dates of valid Washington state driver licenses and instruction permits.

10/04/2020
Department of Licensing

 Este año, Halloween se vivirá de una manera un poco diferente a causa de la COVID-19, ya que para reducir el riesgo de contagio del virus, será importante identificar actividades alternativas más seguras.

10/02/2020