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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

Today, the secretary of health’s statewide face covering order will expand to require face coverings in any indoor setting outside of your home (not just public buildings) and expands the outdoor requirement to non-public settings when you can’t maintain 6 feet of distance from non-household memb

07/25/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee Thursday announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington's Safe Start Phased Reopening plan. Inslee also announced the extension of the eviction moratorium as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide.

07/25/2020
Governor's Office

The proportion of tests that come back positive is still high in eastern Washington and is rising in western Washington. This likely means high or increasing case counts reflect greater spread of the virus, not just increases in testing.

07/24/2020

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) publicó el informe de situación estatal (solo disponible en inglés) más reciente, en el cual se indican tendencias alarmantes en las hospitalizaciones y las muertes por COVID-19, así como una mezcla de tendencias en el recuento de casos

07/24/2020

On July 23, soldiers and airmen with the Washington National Guard completed their mission supporting the Employment Security Department. The Guard was able to process more than 130,000 documents and provide verification for more than 12,000 claimants with payments. That meant thousands of more people were able to get their unemployment payments.

07/24/2020
Washington National Guard

Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure

07/24/2020
Governor's Office

With society’s supply of hand sanitizer extremely low in early March due to COVID-19, Washington State Department of Corrections' Correctional Industries (CI) decided to help people's safety by beginning to make hand sanitizer.

07/23/2020
Department of Corrections

As part of an exercise, Team Med Surge, a mix of personnel from the Washington National Guard and the departments of Health, Ecology and Transportation, developed a 30-40 bed isolation facility to help support local health jurisdictions respond to a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.

07/23/2020
Washington National Guard

Leaders from the governor’s office, DOH and others involved in the state’s COVID-19 response held a media briefing today.

 

07/22/2020

Hoy, el secretario de Salud del estado de Washington, John Wiesman, anunció que devolverá todas las solicitudes para el plan de Comienzo Seguro en relación con la COVID-19 a los condados cuyas solicitudes se hayan suspendido o hayan estado pendientes de revisión antes de que el gobernador Jay Ins

07/20/2020

Today, Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced that he is returning all COVID-19 Safe Start applications from counties whose applications were put on pause or pending review before Governor Jay Inslee implemented a statewide pause on reopening plans.

07/20/2020

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which highlights alarming trends in transmission and hospitalization data.

07/17/2020

Hoy, el Departamento de Salud del estado de Washington (DOH) publicó el informe de la situación del estado (solo en inglés) más reciente, en el que se destacan tendencias alarmantes en los datos de transmisión y hospitalización.

07/17/2020

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

07/17/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

Unless Congress acts to extend or adjust it, the additional $600 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Program (FPUC) benefits, available under the federal CARES Act, will stop after the week ending Sat., July 25, 2020. FPUC is entirely federally funded and available only at federal discretion. State unemployment agencies administer the benefits but do not have a say in whether these benefits are extended.

07/16/2020
Employment Security Division