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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

The Washington State Department of Health is adopting  the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to reduce quarantine for people who have been exposed to COVID-19.

12/03/2020

The Department of Social and Health Services is using $1.3 million in CARES Act funding to contract with temporary nursing agencies to provide six Rapid Response Crisis Staffing teams that will be deployed to long-term care facilities facing staffing shortages during the pandemic. More than 400 of the state’s roughly 4,100 facilities are currently reporting active cases among residents or staff.

 

12/03/2020
DSHS

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.

12/03/2020

Small businesses struggling to survive the impact of COVID-19 can apply now for up to $20,000 in a new round of $50 million in state Working Washington grants. Priority is focused on businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 and those most impacted by the recent public health measures, as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. Examples include full-service restaurants, fitness centers, bowling alleys and music and event venues.

12/03/2020
Commerce

The update clarifies that religious and faith-based organizations can hold outdoor services with up to 200 individuals, regardless of location, so long as physical distancing is followed and face coverings are worn. This modification expands where outdoor services can be held, services are no longer limited to the organization’s property or an immediately adjacent property.

12/03/2020
Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation today waiving the signature requirement for students enrolling in the College Bound scholarship.

12/02/2020
Governor's Office

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

12/01/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee, along with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), today announced the launch of WA Notify, a simple, anonymous exposure notification tool to help stop the spread of COVID-19. By adding WA Notify to their smartphones, Washington residents will be alerted if they spent time near another WA Notify user who later tests positive for COVID-19. 

11/30/2020
Governor's Office

Washington residents now have a new way to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Washington Exposure Notifications — WA Notify — is a completely private feature on smartphones that can inform people if they have been exposed to COVID-19 by another user who later tests positive. You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by adding WA Notify to your phone today.

11/30/2020
Department of Health

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts.

11/26/2020
Department of Health

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced additional requirements for health and dental facilities to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.

11/26/2020
Governor's Office

COVID-19 hospital occupancy is rapidly increasing throughout Washington as the state continues to experience exponential growth in new cases.

11/26/2020

La ocupación de los hospitales a causa de la COVID-19 está aumentando rápidamente en todo el estado de Washington a medida que este continúa experimentando un crecimiento exponencial de casos nuevos.

11/25/2020

COVID-19 Response Update Media Briefing with state and health officials and the National Guard.

11/25/2020

OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission. 

11/25/2020
Department of Health