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Governor Jay Inslee holds a news conference to provide an update on the state's COVID-19 response.

| Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) are making sure residents don’t face financial barriers to COVID-19 testing when they need it.

03/14/2020
Office of the Insurance Commissioner

In order to further slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee announced his intention to sign several executive orders today to expand statewide closures of schools, limit large gatherings and expand protocols for adult family homes.

03/13/2020

A critical part of our state’s effort to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure our health care providers have the equipment they need to give safe care.

03/13/2020
Joint Information Center

Today, Governor Inslee announced mandatory six-week closures for all schools within King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties. Below is Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s statement.

03/12/2020
OSPI

Governor Jay Inslee announced new community strategies and social distancing plans Wednesday at a news conference in Seattle to minimize COVID-19 exposure, particularly in counties hit hardest by the virus.

03/12/2020
Governor's Office

Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that an employee working at the department’s Tumwater campus has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee was last at work Friday, March 6, and had no symptoms. Over the weekend, they began feeling unwell and followed up with their doctor. They took immediate action to isolate themselves, which drastically reduced exposure to others.

03/12/2020
Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health, alongside partners at Bloodworks Northwest, is encouraging eligible donors to continue to give blood.

03/12/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that all public and private K-12 schools in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will close for the next six weeks.

03/12/2020
Governor's Office

Today, Governor Jay Inslee ordered the prohibition of gatherings of more than 250 people in King County and other western Washington counties. In addition, Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, issued a parallel local Health Officer Order for King County to prohibit gatherings of fewer than 250 people unless measures are taken by event organizers to minimize risk.

03/11/2020
King County

Health information and other COVID-19 related resources

03/11/2020
Governor's Office

Based on Governor Inslee’s press conference today, and after consultation with, Pierce County District Court, Tacoma Municipal Court and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Pierce County Superior Court will implement the following changes in response to the COVID-19 risk.  Beginning March 16, 2020, the number of jurors who are called will be reduced, and two jury orientation rooms will be provided to increase social distancing between jurors. 

03/11/2020
Pierce County

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the expansion of state policies today to support workers and businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.

03/10/2020
Governor's Office

Tomorrow the Washington State Department of Health will begin reporting COVID-19 case numbers at a new time with new metrics. 

03/07/2020
Department of Health

As governor, the safety and well-being of Washingtonians is my top priority, and I want to update you on the work the state and its federal and local partners are doing to mitigate the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 coronavirus. Our heart goes out to those families who have lost loved ones, and our primary mission is to slow the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate further impacts. Your continued leadership and support on all fronts is critical to these efforts.

03/06/2020
Governor's Office

In response to new federal measures around controlling the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, the Washington State Department of Health has been working to identify several suitable locations for a quarantine site, should the need arise.

02/07/2020
Department of Health