Recap of Recent COVID-19 News and Updates

Newest numbers. The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) reported a total of 562,104 confirmed cases as of 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 20. In all, there have been 7,315 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 state’s Washington Ready page.

Updated DOH guidance documents. These guidance documents have been translated into the following languages:

COVID-19 long-term care report. As of Sept. 20, a total of 23,363 COVID-19 cases and 2,865 deaths have been identified as associated or likely associated with a long-term care facility (such as nursing home, assisted living facility, or adult family home). These cases include residents as well as employees and visitors. Read the full Sept. 21 report.

Inslee letter to Zients requests federal medical staffing resources. Gov. Jay Inslee sent a letter to Jeff Zients, federal COVID-19 response coordinator, requesting federal staffing resources—including clinical and non-clinical staff—to support the Washington health care system in response to rising COVID-19 hospitalizations. Read the full news release.

Resources

Get a vaccine, exposure notifications, and testing. Use the DOH vaccine locator to help end the pandemic. Next, get WA Notify so you’ll know if you’ve been near another person who later tests positive for COVID-19. To get quickly and easily tested anywhere in Washington, visit the DOH COVID-19 testing locations page. For K-12 students, staff, and parents/guardians, learn more about our partnership that helps schools provide easy COVID-19 testing on site.

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

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 walistens.org.