Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

For the latest local information, resources, and health guidance related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Washington State Department of Health website

Need a phone number to call with questions about the virus? DOH operates a hotline, with multiple language assistance, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily at 1-800-525-0127. Please note that the call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. 

The latest information on COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Congrol & Prevention (CDC) can be found below. 

COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDES

For in-depth information about COVID-19, including new resources approved by Congress to address Washington state’s growing economic challenges, opportunities to access economic relief, and answers to frequently asked questions, please see the following guides:

TAX RESOURCES:

In response to COVID-19, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS will allow most tax payments to be delayed until July 15. However, you still need to file a return or request a filing extension by April 15. No other filing is necessary for payment extensions. See free options at: http://irs.gov/coronavirus

TRAVEL RESOURCES:

On March 19, the Department of State advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel at this time due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.

For the latest infromation on travel information, guidance on U.S. citizens traveling home, and students abroad, please visit the State Department's COVID-19 page

Stay informed, stay connected, and stay safe - enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and receive important information to make informed decisions about travel plans.

Additional Travel Resources: 

STATE DEPARTMENT CONSULAR AFFAIRS 24/7 EMERGENCY HOTLINE

  • Callers located in U.S. and Canada: 1-888-407-4747 
  • Callers located overseas: 1-202-501-4444

CDC Materials for Incoming Travelers from High-Risk Countries

State Department Capabilities in a Crisis

Country-Specific Information/Health Alerts

Embassy-Specific COVID-19 Information

Reducing Stigma

CDC’s Travel Website

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Congressional Response

Providing Immediate Relief

On March 27, Representative Derek Kilmer (WA-06) supported the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act to provide immediate relief to workers and families, while bolstering America’s medical response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The legislation included a number of provisions championed by Rep. Kilmer to address Washington state’s growing economic challenges, including provisions Rep. Kilmer called for in a bipartisan letter he led from the Washington congressional delegation. He urged congressional leadership to expand access to economic assistance, provide direct assistance to individuals, and provide substantial funding for programs to mitigate the economic challenges created by this crisis and rebuild impacted industries. 

The bill also included the Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act, a small business emergency economic relief plan for which Rep. Kilmer advocated. That proposal provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll, $17 billion for debt relief for current and new Small Business Administration borrowers, and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.

In addition, the bill expands the Unemployment Insurance program to help those who have lost their jobs or are experiencing reduced incomes by including an additional $600 per week for the next four months, adding an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and allowing part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers to access these benefits. The bill also authorizes direct cash payments to lower and middle-income Americans, including up to $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child.

The legislation was signed into law by the President. 

Supporting Workers & Families

On March 14, I voted to support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, comprehensive legislation aimed at bolstering the federal government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and addressing the severe impacts of the coronavirus on Americans’ personal safety and financial security.

In addition to including a bipartisan measure I led to provide disaster unemployment assistance to people who are unable to work due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the legislation provides paid leave, establishes free coronavirus testing, expands food assistance for vulnerable children and families, protects frontline health workers, and provides additional funding to states for the ongoing economic consequences of the pandemic, among other provisions.

The legislation was passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President. 

Securing Emergency Funding

On March 4, I voted to support H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $8.3 billion in new funding to establish a robust response to this public health emergency. 

This bill includes $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response, including $950 million to support state and local health agencies like ours. It also includes:

  • Nearly $1 billion for medical supplies, health care preparedness, and medical surge capacity;
  • More than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics; and importantly, once those vaccines are developed, we’ve provided more than $300 million to ensure that access to vaccines is affordable;
  • And, over $1 billion to secure Americans’ health by addressing the coronavirus overseas.

The legislation also includes a provision I led that allows up to $7 billion in loan subsidies to be made available to help small businesses by the Small Business Administration, including shellfish growers, trade-dependent manufacturers, and others that have been impacted by financial losses as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The legislation was passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President. 

 

Latest Information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):