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GOVERNMENT HEALTH & RESOURCES
On January 28, Governor Inslee announced new modifications to the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, originally introduced on January 5. The plan lays out the process to safely reopen Washington state, and includes guidance for certain businesses and industries to help protect Washingtonians and minimize the spread of COVID-19. According to the new changes, two regions (Puget Sound and West) are now able to move to Phase 2 effective February 1. Restaurants in those regions are now able to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity starting February 1.
On February 19, Gov. Inslee signed House Bill 1368, which appropriates $2.2 billion in federal funding that has been allocated to states in response to the ongoing COVID emergency. The funding includes $240 million for business assistance grants that will be administered by the state Department of Commerce. Commerce is working on the application portal and expects it to open late March. Information will be posted at commerce.wa.gov/bizgrants.
The Seattle 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.
COVID-19 Weekly Community Webinars – Seattle Department of Neighborhoods hosted weekly webinars every Friday from 2:30-4:00pm through August 28th to connect the community to information regarding COVID-19. Each week covered different topics, and the recordings are available as videos here. The weekly webinars are currently on pause and expected to resume at a later date.
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.
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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