Recap of Recent COVID-19 News and Updates

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

Statewide Response Updates

Newest numbers. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 505,476 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 30. In all, there have been 6,574 deaths in Washington due to COVID-19.

For the most recent data on cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health’s dashboard and the Washington Ready and COVID-19 Risk Assessment Dashboard.

Inslee updates higher education proclamation to align with recent vaccine requirement announcements. Gov. Inslee updated Proclamation 20-12 (Higher Education). Read the full Aug. 27 news release.


Latest COVID-19 reopening guidance for businesses and workers. A full list of current reopening guidance from the Governor’s Office.

Find a COVID-19 testing location near you. To make it easier to find a test near you, the DOH has created a webpage to help people find COVID-19 testing locations throughout the state.

Guidance and resources for employers and business owners. Sign up for the weekly Economic Resiliency Team business and worker newsletter.

The state COVID-19 Assistance Hotline is for general COVID-19 information and questions. Call 1-800-525-0127, then press # or text 211-211 for help. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Mondays, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and on state holidays. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to  211-211 to receive links to the latest COVID-19 information on your phone, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses and students.

Washington Listens support line helps people manage stress and anxiety. If you or anyone you know is having difficulties managing stress right now, call the Washington Listens support line at 1-833-681-0211 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. TTY and language access services are available by using 7-1-1 or your preferred method. Resources and self-help tips are also available on