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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

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

08/11/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.

08/10/2020
Ready.gov

The reminder is due to an incident over the weekend where an asymptomatic DNR firefighter who had been serving at a fire camp tested positive for COVID-19. The firefighter was part of the interagency team responding to the Anglin Fire near Tonasket. All protocols were adhered to after the test, including contact tracing, quarantining, and outreach to firefighting partners. The 14 other firefighters who the DNR firefighter came into contact have been quarantined – they are also asymptomatic at this time

08/10/2020
Department of Natural Resources

Gov. Jay Inslee today 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, and the Food Production Paid Leave Program will provide $3 million of financial resources to certain food production workers who remain home when ill.

08/10/2020
Governor's Office

Today, the Department of Health (DOH) announced there are now 11 cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19 in Washington state. MIS-C is a rare but serious condition first identified by health care providers in the United Kingdom in late April.

08/07/2020

El Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) publicó hoy el informe de situación estatal (solo disponible en inglés) más reciente, que refleja tendencias diferentes en la actividad de COVID-19 en las distintas regiones y los distintos grupos de edad.

08/07/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance today that allows long-term care facilities to offer visitation and other activities. Many long-term care facilities were forced to curtail social activities for residents and visitors earlier this year due to COVID-19.

08/07/2020
Governor's Office

Food Banks need volunteers. Here's a story written by the Washington Emergency Management's Preparedness Outreach Program Manager of a teenager who helped at his own local food bank.

08/07/2020
Washington Emergency Management Division

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report, which reflects varying COVID-19 trends in different regions and age groups.

08/07/2020

El Departamento de Salud (DOH) anunció hoy que, en el estado de Washington, hay en este momento 11 casos de síndrome inflamatorio multisistémico en niños (MIS-C) asociado a la COVID-19.

08/06/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced new recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health for resuming in-person instruction in public and private K-12 education for the upcoming 2020–2021 school year. Inslee was joined by Chris Reykdal, state Superintendent of Public Instruction at a press conference.

08/06/2020
Governor's Office

Building on a previous announcement regarding COVID re-opening, Gov. Jay Inslee joined Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to announce that their states will be working together on telehealth issues.

08/05/2020
Governor's Office

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.

08/04/2020
Governor's Office

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.

08/04/2020

Un nuevo informe (solo disponible en inglés) del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington (DOH) ayuda a ilustrar en qué tipos de empresas e instalaciones se están produciendo más brotes de COVID-19.

08/04/2020