Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are facing uncertain times. Many feel unsettled to what the future holds under the shadow of COVID-19 (coronavirus). It continues to threaten our health, lives, and economy.
The 2020 session ended on the evening of Thursday, March 12. We did pass a bill before session concluded providing $200 million in emergency funds for coronavirus response. Gov. Inslee has signed this bill into law. It will immediately equip local and state agencies with funding to help in their response efforts to this virus.
The bill does have a provision to ensure we protect the four-year balanced budget required with the appropriation of this emergency funding. With these uncertain economic times, it’s important we’re also paying attention to our checks and balances, not knowing what’s to come.
In this email update, you’ll find critical information to keep you informed. I also encourage you to bookmark this website. It’s updated daily with current information and new resources.
If there’s anything I can do to help you, your family, or your businesses, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (360) 786-7828 or by emailing me at Skyler.Rude@leg.wa.gov. You can always reach out to my Legislative Assistant, Conor. His email is Conor.Agnew@leg.wa.gov. We’re here to help in any way we can.
Coronavirus | Information and Resources
Information for you and your family
- What You Need to Know (from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Resources for the community
- COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.
- Latest Updates
- Information for Healthcare Professionals
Recent announcements and news releases from the Governor’s Office and Department of Health
- Inslee announces statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and expanded social gathering limits | March 16, 2020
- Inslee statement on statewide shutdown of restaurants, bars and limits on size of gatherings expanded | March 15, 2020
- Leave some for your neighbors: Don’t buy more than you need | March 14, 2020
- State waives costs for COVID-19 testing | March 14, 2020
- Inslee announces statewide school closures, expansion of limits on large gatherings | March 13, 2020
Information for parents from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance & Resources
- Guidance for Long-term School Closures as of March 13, 2020
- School Closure FAQ
- Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in K–12 Schools: A Parent Guide
Information for employers and employees
Governor’s Office | Partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19:
- COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers
- Financial assistance.
- Export assistance.
- Employer and worker assistance.
- Insurance assistance.
Employment Security Department:
U.S. Small Business Administration:
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Department of Labor:
Department of Financial Institutions:
- Financial Resources for Washington Residents Impacted by COVID-19
- Accessing Your Financial Institution.
- Unemployment Help.
- Trouble Paying Credit Cards.
- Trouble Paying Your Mortgage.
- Trouble Paying Rent.
- Student Loans Deferment.
- Short Term and Emergency Loans.
- Paying Utilities.
- Insurance Issues.
- Avoiding Scams.
- At Home Financial Education Resources for Students.
- Additional Resources.
Department of Labor & Industries:
- Workers’ Compensation Coverage and Coronavirus (COVID-19) Common Questions
- Can COVID-19 ever be allowed as a work-related condition?
- When to file a claim.
- When will a claim likely be denied?
- How can I file a COVID-19 claim?
- Filing a worker’s compensation claim: Exposure vs. contraction of COVID-19
- Covered treatment and post-exposure care.
- Additional information on COVID-19.
Office of the Insurance Commissioner:
- Health insurance.
- For insurers and medical providers.
- Travel insurance.
- Other types of insurance
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve!