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COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan update from the Washington State Department of Health

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received its first Emergency Use Authorization (EUA)...

 

$50 million available for business relief grants

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee recently announced a $135 million assistance package to target the hard-hit small businesses and families. The relief package breakdown includes $50 million in emergency relief grants, allocated for businesses most...

 

Department of Health temporarily pauses reporting of negative COVID-19 test results

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) asks the state’s laboratories that conduct the largest volume of tests to temporarily stop sending individual negative COVID-19 test results and instead send the department the aggregate...

 

Governor Inslee issues travel advisory

OLYMPIA—Governor Jay Inslee issued a travel advisory for international and interstate travelers, asking that they self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state of Washington. Governor Inslee asks Washington residents to stay close to home to...

 

Washington State Parks announces final free days of 2020

OLYMPIA—Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer its two final free days of 2020 in November. On these free days, day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass for vehicle access. The last two free days of 2020 are Wednesday,...

 

No-cost flu vaccines available at select Albertsons, Safeway stores in Washington

OLYMPIA—The Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost influenza (flu) vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health...

 

Updates from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)

Most recreation opportunities offered by WDFW have reopened, and license sales have rebounded and even exceeded the previous year sales to date. (WDFW offices, hatcheries, and some campgrounds remain closed, though staff is to assist the public by...

 

Statewide COVID-19 vaccine distribution progress

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) continues to make progress with our COVID-19 vaccine distribution planning efforts. We are working with the federal government and local partners within Washington to plan for the...

 

Inslee extends eviction moratorium, public utilities proclamation

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extensions of the eviction moratorium and public utility proclamations as COVID-19 continues to impact the finances of Washingtonians statewide. Both proclamations were extended to December 31. Moratorium on Evictions...

 

COVID-19 transmission increasing in western Washington, rates flat but higher in eastern Washington

OLYMPIA­—The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) released the latest statewide situation report on COVID-19 transmission.  Report findings include: Transmission is increasing in western Washington and recently plateauing in eastern...

 

New statewide standards announced for Washington airports

On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that Washington is setting new requirements for commercial airports and recommendations for airlines. “The steps we’re taking will help protect those who need to fly,” Inslee said. “This guidance...

 

Flu vaccine should be considered "essential" this year

OLYMPIA—While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, autumn brings with it another unwanted visitor – the flu. The presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system....

 

COVID-19 vaccine update: Prioritization and pilot project plans

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Department of Health provided an update on progress being made toward a COVID-19 vaccine: Five federal regions (four states and a city) have been chosen to be pilot states in the CDC’s planning. Washington is not one...

 

Secretary of State: Registered voters in Washington do not need to request a mail-in ballot

OLYMPIA—Washington state voters may soon receive a postcard from the U.S. Postal Service encouraging voters to “plan ahead” for the Nov. 3 General Election. Among the recommendations is to request a mail-in or absentee ballot at least 15 days...

 

Gov. Inslee tours wildfire damage across Washington

OLYMPIA – More than 629,000 acres have been consumed by wildfire in Washington state since Monday. Washington, along with Oregon and California, is experiencing some of the largest fires in their...

 

Inslee updates indoor fitness and training facility guidance

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced updated guidance for indoor fitness and training facilities as part of Washington’s Safe Start phased reopening plan. Effective today, indoor fitness and training facilities are allowed to operate in Modified Phase 1...

 

Special Fall 2020 Camping Season Extended

Several Washington State Parks remaining open until Nov. 1 Washington State Parks is extending the camping season at select parks throughout the state through November 1. The extension is in response...

 

Fall agritourism restrictions updated

Pumpkin spice and almost everything nice will happen this Fall, as Governor Inslee continues to update COVID-19 agritourism guidelines. Activities including hayrides, animal viewing, and bonfires are permitted in counties that have reached Phases 2...

 

FEMA Announces Lost Wages Grant for Washington

WASHINGTON—FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor approved Washington for a FEMA grant under the Lost Wages Assistance program. FEMA’s grant funding will allow Washington to provide $300 per week—on top of their regular unemployment benefit—to those...

 

Boating Program reminds the public to be safe on the water

OLYMPIA-As summer heats up, the Washington State Parks Boating Program urges boaters and paddlers to adhere to safe practices on the water, including wearing a life jacket at all times. In the last...

 

COVID-19 Information

Find detailed, accurate COVID-19 activity levels in our counties and our state here: Walla Walla County Health Department lists new, confirmed, recovered, and active cases in isolation daily at 5 p.m. at this link: https://www.co....

 

COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Coronavirus Response Joint Information Center reported on a new Center for Disease Control (CDC) report that emphasizes that COVID-19 can cause prolonged illness,...

 

State health care changes continue

OLYMPIA—Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler extended his emergency order requiring health insurers to cover telehealth and copays for testing. On Friday, July 17, Kreidler directed all state-regulated health insurers to make additional coverage...

 

Walla Walla County receives funding from Washington Community Economic Revitalization

OLYMPIA—The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $2,005,000 in low-interest loans and $1,170,000 in grants for economic development, public infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies...

 

Washington will pause on county progressions to Phase 4

Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced on Saturday, June 27 that the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 of the Safe Start recovery plan. Eight counties were eligible to...

 

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