Though this is a period of uncertainty, there are resources available across the state if you find yourself in need of them. Below is a running list of those resources that will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.
For any general questions you may have about what’s open and closed, coronavirus testing, and government actions taken so far, visit the general coronavirus website for the state of Washington.
If you are searching for current statistics about the number of individuals infected and their locations, visit the Department of Health website. You can also view this data on an interactive map here.
Information in other languages
The Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance has compiled a list of information available in 73 languages, available here.
Small business support
Small businesses seeking support during this crisis can find the application for the small business disaster loan assistance from the US Small Business Administration here.
The Federal Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources page includes information on debt relief, an Express Bridge Loan Pilot Program, and more.
The Small Business Administration has opened a new loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. This is designed specifically to keep the small business workforce employed. Read more about the program here.
As many people have been impacted by this through job loss, there are increased resources available. If you have lost your source of income as a result of coronavirus, you are likely eligible for unemployment benefits through the Employment Security Department. You can find information about how to apply directly on their website.
The federal government recently passed a stimulus package that aims to alleviate some of the impact of coronavirus. That includes a one-time $1,200 payment to qualifying people who earn lower to middle incomes, increased compensation added to unemployment benefits, and an extension of benefits for up to 13 weeks. You can read more about those specifics on the Employment Security Department website.
Resources for students
Updates on school closures can be found on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s website. There, you can also find resources to help with remote learning.
Information in multiple languages
The general Department of Health website includes informational flyers in many different languages, which are available here.
Cultural Relief Fund for the arts sector
4Culture is starting a Cultural Relief Fund for those in the arts sector impacted by coronavirus. The first round of funding will be distributed between April 1 – May 15, and you can apply at any time in that window. If you have questions or would like to apply, visit the website for resources.
Restaurants open for take-out
Resources for those looking to help
If you have a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), want to donate blood, or are otherwise looking for a way to help out, visit this page for more information about who to contact.
In general, the most helpful thing you can do right now is to stay home and follow the instructions of Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order