Washington - COVID-19 Covered


Total Cases: 65,339 (August 14)
Tests Administered: 1,014,809 (August 11)
Fatalities: 1,736 (August 14)
  • You can find free COVID-19 testing sites in Seattle and King County here. 


Essential Service Designations:

  • In conjunction with Gov. Inslee’s March 23 stay at home order, the State defined “essential critical infrastructure workers” to include various types of workers in the health care, emergency services, food and agriculture, energy, water and wastewater, transportation and logistics, communications and IT, hazardous materials, defense, chemicals and financial services sectors. (March 23)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Washington released official reopening guidelines for businesses and workers based on sector. Details for each sector can be found here.   
  • Governor Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers. (July 2 
  • Governor Inslee directed state agencies under his authority to cancel a scheduled 3% wage increase for many of the state’s highest-paid general government employees and to begin furloughs for many state employees. (June 17) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Inslee announced the creation of the Immigrant Relief Fund to benefit immigrants and the Food Production Paid Leave Program to benefit agricultural workers. (August 10) 
  • Governor Inslee announced the extension of the existing eviction moratorium through October 15. (July 24) 
  • Nearly $6 million in federal grant funding for COVID-19 relief was awarded to five Washington tribes. (July 20) 
  • Governor Inslee announced additions to the Family Emergency Assistance Program to those affected by the COVID-19 recession. (July 9) 
  • Governor Inslee announced the state has distributed nearly $365 million in federal funds to help with rent assistance, tribal recovery efforts, small businesses, and nonprofits. (June 30 
  • Governor Inslee announced a partnership with multiple nonprofits launching a statewide food relief fund. (April 8 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Inslee announced several actions to help small businesses, including the formation of the Working Washington Small Business Grant to assist small businesses with under 10 employees; the provision of business resiliency assistance through partnerships with organizations that serve economically disadvantaged communities; and the acceptance of applications for U.S. SBA forgivable loans. (April 8 
  • The Washington Department of Revenue has said it would grant requests for extensions for filing and paying taxes. (Washington DOR) 



  • Governor Inslee issued additional guidance on agricultural events, indoor fitness centers, and religious and faith-based services. (August 10) 
  • Governor Inslee announced additional guidance outlining indoor fitness facilities. (August 3 
  • Governor Inslee announced additional guidance outlining updates to gatherings, live entertainment, restaurants, and other gatherings. (July 28) 
  • Governor Inslee announced the extension of Washington’s “Safe Start” plan. (July 24) 
  • Governor Inslee announces new changes to Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening approach, including prohibiting wedding receptions and limiting restaurant occupancy to 20% capacity or 30 people, whichever is less. (July 23) 
  • Governor Inslee announced a new limit on social gatherings and a ban on live entertainment across the state. (July 16) 
  • Governor Inslee announced the extension of the Safe State proclamation until August 6 and issued new guidance for face masks. (July 7) 
  • Governor Inslee announced the state is putting a pause on counties scheduled to move into Phase 4 of the Safe Start approach. (June 27 
  • Governor Inslee issued a memo to local government officials explaining the state’s Safe Start Reopening Guidelines. (June 25 
  • Governor Inslee announced a statewide mandatory face covering order that will take effect June 26. (June 23) 



  • Governor Inslee announced new recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health for resuming in-person instruction that suggest local health departments and school districts will decide if and how they will allow students back in the classroom. (August 5 
  • Washington’s school chief announced that he expected school districts to reopen buildings in the fall, and released a planning guide for what in-person learning could be like. (June 11 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Washington universities and colleges planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Governor Inslee issued guidance for reopening higher education institutions in the fall. (June 24)

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