WA State Resources

August 4, 2020: A new report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) helps illustrate which types of businesses and facilities experience the most COVID-19 outbreak activity. These data are aggregated from all counties that report data to DOH, and the report contains both healthcare and non-healthcare related data.

Inslee extends two proclamations related to COVID-19. Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the extension of two proclamations in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The extensions were approved by the Legislature in a July 30 letter. Both proclamations are extended to September 1, 2020. 

Garnishments - 20-49.7 – Protects CARES Act stimulus payments, as well as state and federal unemployment payments, from bank account garnishments for consumer debt.

Temporary Licensing - Dental and Pharmacy Graduates - 20-59.3 – Extends the previous waiver/suspension of legal requirements that allows recent dental, dental hygiene and pharmacy graduates to obtain their temporary licenses and begin working if certain conditions are met. It has been amended from the July 31 extension to include denturists to the list of professional graduates who may obtain their temporary licenses.

Seven Safe Start county applications returned amidst pause on reopening. July 21, 2020, 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 Gov. Jay Inslee implemented a statewide pause on reopening plans. The pause is expected to last until at least July 28, meaning at least four weeks will have passed since the applications were submitted, and information in the applications will be outdated.

The following county applications have been returned: Clark, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Kitsap, Klickitat, San Juan and Walla Walla. Information about all counties is available on the state’s Safe Start county status page.

Gov. Inslee announces funds to support workers hit hard by COVID-19. Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday announced the creation of two funds to help workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Immigrant Relief Fund will provide $40 million to assist Washington residents who are unable to access federal stimulus programs due to their immigration status yet are among those disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
  • The Food Production Paid Leave Program will provide $3 million of financial resources to certain food production workers who remain home when ill.

The governor and his staff worked closely with a coalition representing 430 immigrant rights and social services organizations, and labor advocacy leaders, to develop the funds.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services has issued a request for proposals to select a nonprofit that will administer the Immigrant Relief Fund. The institution will then partner with community organizations to manage applications and awards of $1,000 per eligible individual. Initial awards are expected to be made later in the fall.    

Read the governor’s press release for more details and see information about the RFP.

Message from the Surgeon General

Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., reminds everyone to do their part to stay healthy by following a few simple instructions that will in turn, help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Governor Jay Inslee