Governor Inslee Announces Statewide Mask Mandate

June 23-Beginning June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect Friday,Continue reading “Governor Inslee Announces Statewide Mask Mandate”

Supplemental COVID-19 Community Response Fund

New Funding Opportunities:  (PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 23RD, 2020 at 11:59PM) On May 5, the King County Council approved a second emergency supplemental budget proposed by Executive Dow Constantine to provide additional resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the legislation is $1 million for the Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) to expand fundingContinue reading “Supplemental COVID-19 Community Response Fund”

EXPANDED FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN SOUTH KING COUNTY

June 11– Seattle & King County has expanded free COVID-19 testing resources in south King County, where communities have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. These three new free testing sites will provide ongoing access to testing in south Seattle and south King County. The sites will be located at Sea Mar Community Health Centers at SouthContinue reading “EXPANDED FREE COVID-19 TESTING IN SOUTH KING COUNTY”

Reduced Fare Options will Accompany June 1 Reintroduction of Fares on Link and Sounder

Recovery Fares to be offered through June 30 during promotion of ORCA LIFT to riders experiencing financial hardships; campaign will emphasize face coverings directive May 18-Effective June 1, Sound Transit will offer temporarily reduced Recovery Fares in response to the economic impact of COVID-19 as the agency re-introduces fares on Link light rail and Sounder.Continue reading “Reduced Fare Options will Accompany June 1 Reintroduction of Fares on Link and Sounder”

FACE-COVERING DIRECTIVE GOES INTO EFFECT MONDAY

May 15-The King County directive requiring face coverings be worn in public goes into effect Monday, May 18. Health leaders are asking everyone to keep in mind that face coverings should not be worn by everyone and are committed to ensuring that individuals who are unable to safely wear face coverings are not harassed orContinue reading “FACE-COVERING DIRECTIVE GOES INTO EFFECT MONDAY”

Port Updates Cloth Face Coverings Policy for Workers, Visitors, and Passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

May 9-The Port of Seattle announced that it will require all passengers, visitors, and workers, including Port employees, to wear cloth face coverings in the public areas of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport starting on May 18. “Airport workers keep our region’s supply chain moving and support safe essential travel,” said Port of Seattle Executive Director SteveContinue reading “Port Updates Cloth Face Coverings Policy for Workers, Visitors, and Passengers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport”

Governor Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed

April 24-Gov. Jay Inslee, in consultation with the state’s construction industry, announced a plan today to allow current construction projects to be completed. The recommendations were informed by workers, contractors, health and safety experts, and local government officials, for safe construction standards. “I thank all those involved in the construction work group in helping us getContinue reading “Governor Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed”

AT-HOME TESTING EFFORT IMPROVES OUTBREAK DATA; ADDITIONAL TESTING AVAILABLE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS

April 24-Cases of COVID-19 that might have gone undetected are now being identified across King County, thanks to volunteer participants using a new at-home test kit to collect a nasal sample and return it to a lab for testing.Public Health — Seattle & King County and the team behind the Seattle Flu Study launched the greaterContinue reading “AT-HOME TESTING EFFORT IMPROVES OUTBREAK DATA; ADDITIONAL TESTING AVAILABLE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS”

New King County COVID-19 Community and Small Business Resource Guide

April 24-This resource guide is a tool that was requested by community leaders and will be updated over time as new resources become available. It includes the following information: How to apply for unemployment Housing resources Information on utilities and internet Cash assistance Food assistance Childcare resources Resources for undocumented communities Small business loans andContinue reading “New King County COVID-19 Community and Small Business Resource Guide”

State funds community-based program to ensure COVID-19 information gets to hard-to-reach communities

April 18– In an effort to make sure all Washingtonians have the information they need to stay healthy, the state is funding a $500,000 community-based outreach campaign. Community-rooted organizations will provide emergency language and outreach services to groups disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but less likely to be receiving timely information through government agencies and traditional newsContinue reading “State funds community-based program to ensure COVID-19 information gets to hard-to-reach communities”