WHAT'S NEW IN THE SUPPORT HUB?

Updated: 3/11/22

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GOVERNMENT HEALTH & RESOURCES

Starting March 12, face masks will no longer be required in most settings, including K-12 schools and childcare facilities. Masks will still be required in health care settings such as hospitals, outpatient and dental offices, long term care settings, and correctional facilities. In addition, beginning March 1, vaccine verification for large events will no longer be required. Businesses and local governments can still choose to implement vaccination or face mask requirements for workers or customers, and school districts can still choose to have students and teachers wear masks.

Beginning March 1, King County is also ending the local health order requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test for entry into the following types of venues below. Businesses and organizations may continue to implement their own vaccination verification rules for their establishments. See more details here

  • Indoor restaurants and bars
  • Arts and entertainment venues
  • Gyms
  • Outdoor events with over 500 people
  • Sporting events, concerts and performances
  • Indoor event spaces rented for private gatherings, weddings, and parties.

On November 19, 2021, CDC expanded recommendations for booster shots to include all adults ages 18 years and older who received a Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine at least six months after their second dose. Find a COVID vaccine or booster in King County here.

Office of Economic Development– This office has developed a variety of tools and resources to help alleviate the economic impact of COVID-19. Their COVID-19 Lease Amendment Toolkit is designed to help small businesses and nonprofits negotiate rent with their landlords, made in collaboration with Perkins Coie. They have also created the SBA Disaster Loan Technical Assistance to help businesses understand the loans available in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

SmallBizHelpWA.com is an information and resource hub that aims to help small businesses and nonprofit, and those organizations that are trying to assist in the resource mobilization effort during these challenging times. On this website you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions, information on how to find individual technical assistance, how to find a lender, training opportunities and where to find more detailed program information.

Seattle & King County Public Health Insider Blog – Official insights from Seattle and King County public health experts. Updated regularly with pertinent and concise posts. 

WA State Resources – The Washington State official coronavirus response page, a one-stop shop for resources in WA State. Featuring resources for individuals, employers, and workers. 

Every household in the U.S. is eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are free and orders will usually ship in 7-12 days starting in late January, 2022. Order your tests here.

Alternatively, you can also purchase COVID-19 tests authorized by FDA at no cost, either through reimbursement or free of charge through their insurance. The test will either be free directly at the point of sale, if your health plan provides for direct coverage, or by reimbursement if you are charged for your test. Be sure to keep your receipt if you need to submit a claim to your insurance company for reimbursement. If your plan has set up a network of preferred providers at which you can obtain a test with no out-of-pocket expense, you can still obtain tests from other retailers outside that network. Insurance companies are required to reimburse you at a rate of up to $12 per individual test (or the cost of the test, if less than $12). More information available here.

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) also launched a statewide portal that will allow COVID-19 tests to ship directly to households. Beginning January 21, 2022, Washington state residents will be able to visit www.sayyescovidhometest.org to order rapid-antigen COVID tests online, and will receive those tests delivered at no cost. People can order up to 5 free tests for a household. However, supply will be limited at first, and will restock as supply into the state increases.

Deferred/Discounted Seattle Public Utility and Seattle City Light Bills  – To help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and Seattle City Light (SCL) are offering relief to utility customers. Call (206) 684-0268 or send an email 24/7. Additionally, income-eligible residential customers can self-certify to join the Utility Discount Program (UDP) and access heavily discounted utilities by simply signing a short form that attests to their household income rather than providing income documentation.

Local Hazardous Waste Management Program Reimbursement– The King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program provides cash back, up to $599, to help protect both workers and the environment from hazardous waste. This money can be applied to cover PPE, disposal, recycling, and much more. Eligibility outlined on their page. 

GENERAL COVID-19 INFORMATION

Centers for Disease Control – General information and updates from the CDC.

COVID-19 Tracking Project – Data Tracking by the Atlantic.

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center – Global and local information, statistics, and updates.

World Health Organization  General information & updates from the WHO. 

LOCAL COVID-19 Information

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog: Community site dedicated to Capitol Hill
Crosscut: Pacific Northwest nonprofit news site

KUOW: Puget Sound news, by NPR
Seattle Times: Independent Northwest news, winner of 11 pulitzer prizes
South Seattle Emerald: South Seattle-oriented guide to the pandemic
The Evergrey: Seattle based news for Seattleites.
City of Seattle: Seattle information, resources and assistance
WA State Department of Health: Comprehensive state-wide information. 
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept: General information & updates on a county level
Snohomish County: General information & updates on a county level
King County Public Health Updates: General information & updates on a county level

Visit our dedicated PPE page to find out how to buy, sell, manufacture, and learn more about PPE resources!

Seattle Good Business Network members from Northwest Sewn and Seattle Made programs have been manufacturing, donating, buying, selling, and providing materials for the production of PPE/face masks. Find out how you can get involved and/or support these local businesses and their initiatives.

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