For the most recent tally of cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health’s website.
JIC media briefing
Today the JIC held a briefing about the state’s new COVID-19 data dashboard which was demonstrated by state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy. The interactive Power BI dashboard was developed by Microsoft AI for Health in partnership with the state. It contains county-level data related to key metrics in the governor’s Safe Start reopening plan. The briefing is available on TVW at this link.
Today Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved 14 counties to move to the next phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan. Full news release here.
For the latest information on county variance applications visit here.
L&I releases new workplace mask guidance
Most workers in Washington will have to wear a mask or face covering at work under new coronavirus workplace safety and health requirements that take effect on June 8.
The new guidance document, “Which Mask for Which Task?”, describes various types of jobs based on the level of risk to workers, from negligible risk to extremely high. The publication spells out which face-covering, mask, or respirator is required for that task. Full news release and more information here.
Inslee issues safety plan template for businesses in Phase 3
Gov. Jay Inslee today released a template for businesses in Phase 3 of the Washington “Safe Start” plan. Each business or entity operating in Phase 3 must develop a written safety plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own safety plan.
Businesses are still required to follow the state’s industry-specific guidance if issued for their specific industry.
Guidance for sporting activities in Phases 2 and 3 released
The governor’s office has released guidance covering professional sports, youth team sports and adult recreational team sports. Through the Safe Start plan, more businesses, and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.
Professional Sporting Activities, and Phase 2 and 3 Recreational Sporting Activities
Professional Sports & Other Sporting Activities Phase 2 and 3 COVID-19 Requirements
Full list of guidance for all current businesses
DOH updated its “COVID-19: From Exposure to Feeling Better” video. We get a lot of questions from people about COVID-19, like what should I do if I get exposed? How long should I stay home? This video answers those questions. Watch here.
Washington 211 COVID-19 Call Center – Do you need information or answers to your questions and concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? You can call 1-800-525-0127 or text 211-211 for help. You can also text the word “Coronavirus” to 211-211 to receive information and updates on your phone wherever you are. You will receive links to the latest information on COVID-19, including county-level updates, and resources for families, businesses, students, and more.
Interested in volunteering during disasters and significant events like COVID-19? Register with the Washington State Emergency Registry of Volunteers (WAserv) to partner with public health and others who need assistance in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.