Spread the facts


Spread the Facts campaign materials and more in multiple languages for partners to use in their own outreach efforts. Visit the Partner toolkit

How to make a cloth based covering or face mask

Guidance and directions on how to make a face mask

Reporting unemployment benefits fraud

The Employment Security Department's (ESD) Office of Special Investigations is committed to preserving the integrity of the Unemployment Insurance program. You can report unemployment fraud by calling ESD’s Special Investigations toll-free number: 800-246-9763. 

Watch out for stimulus payment scams

The federal government is seeing an increase in scams related to federal stimulus payments including phone calls, text messages and e-mails phishing for information. The messaging includes variations of language such as "in order to receive your/your client's stimulus payment via direct deposit, we need you to confirm the banking information" and they are gathering that information via telephone or directing victims to click on a link that takes them to a website where they enter their banking information. 

Here are some important things to know:

  • The government will not ask you to pay anything up front to get this money.
  • The government will not call to ask for your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card number. 

If you spot a scam, please tell the Federal Trade Commission. The Washington State Office of the Attorney General also has information and resources for reporting scams.

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Scams

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Now more than ever, we need to be vigilant looking for online scams. WaTech's state Office of Cybersecurity is monitoring all activity and is sharing the latest news, updates and resources.

Here are some important resources and tips: 

COVID-19 Utilities Scams

Electric, natural gas, water and telecommunication companies can’t disconnect your service for unpaid bills through July 28. Anyone who says otherwise is a scammer! Hang up and call your utility. If you’re worried about paying your bill or having your utility service disconnected, learn how the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission can help. Call them at 1-888-333-WUTC (9882) or visit bit.ly/2Db8gqg.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does it mean to stay at home?

Here's what it means to stay home, stay healthy

Do "essential workers" need a special pass to prove they are allowed to go to work?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Essential workers are permitted to travel to and from work without a special permit.

Is financial assistance only for small businesses in the greater Seattle area?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Various forms of assistance are available to businesses of all sizes throughout Washington. Get information on available resources for businesses

Should I stockpile supplies to be prepared for the coronavirus?

SPREAD THE FACTS: Leave some for your neighbor. There has been no disruption to the supply chain that delivers goods. If we all purchase what we need without hoarding, there will be enough for everyone

Does smoking increase your risk developing serious complications from COVID-19?

SPREAD THE FACTS: People who smoke may be more likely to develop serious health complications from COVID-19. Smoking weakens the immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off viral infections - especially those attacking the lungs, like COVID-19. Additionally, initial findings suggest that vaping may increase lung inflammation and exacerbate lung infections.  Need help quitting? Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit doh.wa.gov/quit

Will my dentist charge me more for PPE now that they are open?

SPREAD THE FACTS: That is possible. Your insurance may also cover it. Check with the Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner here.

Is there a cure, vaccination, or a top secret thing that doctors don’t want us to know about?

SPREAD THE FACTS: There is no vaccine or specific treatment for COVID-19. There is nothing you can take, inhale, or rub on yourself that will protect you from this virus or cure it.

Get more facts about coronavirus myths on FEMA’s coronavirus rumor control page. If you have heard a coronavirus rumor pertaining to your local area, please check with your local county or city to verify the information before sharing it. 

Stay home. Stay healthy. Spread the facts.