Healthcare During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Washington State Insurance Commissioner has issued an Emergency order on telehealth coverage extended to Feb. 7, requiring health providers to continue with telehealth when applicable.

Kaiser Health News has information on healthcare options If You’ve Lost Your Health Plan In The COVID Crisis.

Apple Health (Medicaid) has put out their behavioral health policy and billing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are concerned about your healthcare rights, the Center for Health Car Strategies has an article on Stemming the Risk of Disability Bias During the COVID-19 Pandemic. In a similar vein, you can review by the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund’s Disability Nondiscrimination in Health Care and Community Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic Q&A sheet.

The Developmental Disabilities Administration is restarting in-home visits as of September 2020, and has put out information on Restarting Client In-Home Visits: What Individuals and Families Should Expect

PAVE has an article for those new to the concept of telehealth: Technology Provides Options for Medical Care from a Distance.

The national Family Voices site has an article on Telehealth Tips in English and Spanish for those using telehealth for the first time.

COVID Testing

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Google has created an interactive map of testing locations around the state

For more information about testing, visit the Department of Health Testing for COVID-19 site.

Keeping Healthy During COVID-19

SAMHSA has created a list of Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak and information on Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

The CDC has put out information on how to Manage Anxiety & Stress in this crisis.

Washington Listens offers support to manage elevated stress and cope with the changes due to COVID-19 and is available to anyone in Washington who needs to speak to a support specialist.

FREDLA has created a handout on Managing Behavior and Having a Safety Plan for Children and Youth with Behavioral Health Needs When Staying at Home.

7-Dippity put out Helping Children and Families Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic, which includes activities for parents to do with their children to help them understand and deal with the pandemic.

UNICEF has six strategies on How teenagers can protect their mental health during coronavirus.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has a handout on Helping Children with Traumatic Separation or Grief Related to COVID-19.

National Core Indicators has several specific ideas for helping out individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities deal with the psychological problems that are occurring because of the COVID outbreak in their Strategies to help address social isolation and life disruption among people with IDD during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Washington State Department of Health has detailed Recommendations on Cloth Face Coverings. The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health has information on Which Mask for Which Task? The CDC also has information on how to create and wear a face-mask. Happy DIY Home has detailed information about how to make five different types of face masks.

Complex Child has created a list of Ten COVID-19 Preparations To Do RIGHT NOW for Medically Complex Families, while the American Academy of Pediatrics has insights on Caring for Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Information on the Corona Virus

For current Washington State data, provided by the Department of Health (DOH), visit their Data Dashboard.

For current global data, visit Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The CDC has an extensive website containing information on COVID-19.

SARTAC has created an Plain Language Guide to COVID-19 Information, by and for People with Disabilities.

The Child Mind Institute has many tips on Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus.

Healthy Children has released a Q&A, with and emphasis on talking to and helping children during the outbreak.
An Illustration of how to stop the spread of germs - avoid contact with people who are ill, cover your cough, avoid touching eyes, clean and disinfect frequently, stay home if you are sick and wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.