April 4 and 5 Updates from Joint EOC at Camp Murray - face coverings, drivers license expirations and more...

The Joint Operation Center, State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray posts daily updates. The April 4 and 5 updates included information on cloth face coverings, extension of drivers licenses expiration dates, new look for COVID-19 data, Spanish version of Mortgage Assistance blog and more.  


Guidance on Cloth Face Coverings from the Washington State Department of Health:

The Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommend that people wear cloth face coverings when they are in public settings where they cannot maintain 6 feet of distance from others. This might include trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, health clinic or similar places.

This recommendation is not a substitute for existing guidance to maintain 6-feet of physical distance from non-household members and performing frequent hand hygiene with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wearing cloth face coverings will not prevent spread of COVID-19 without these other protective measures.

This is not a mandate that you must wear a face covering. It is considered an additional layer of protection. Visit the Washington State Department of Health website for the full guidance document.

Driver license expiration dates extended 90 days:

Governor Inslee has taken action to allow the Department of Licensing (DOL) to temporarily extend the expiration dates of driver licenses. The DOL will send letters to persons whose driver license is set to expire in the next 90 days (April 3 through July 3). These card holders expiration date will be extended for 90 days.

New dashboards make COVID-19 data visual:

Department of Health has changed how COVID-19 information appears on our website. It is now in data dashboards with new visualizations and metrics. We hope that they make it easier for you to use our data to answer your questions. Keep checking the website — we aim to update it every day with new information that is accurate and complete as of 11:59 p.m. the previous day.

Q&A video with Superintendent Reykdal:

Every week Superintendent Chris Reykdal will post an update regarding School Closures, COVID-19, and important updates from OSPI during these very challenging times.

Spread the Facts campaign:

Visit the Spread the Facts campaign partner toolkit for guidance, graphics and resources from Washington state agencies to help partners Spread the Facts about COVID-19. Please use any of these materials to help with your own outreach efforts. Check back often. We will post new resources as they become available.

Mortgage assistance blog: On April 4, the Department of Health published a blog in Spanish outlining resources available for mortgage assistance.



Gov. Jay Inslee today, recognizing the dire situation in other states, announced the state of Washington will return more than 400 ventilators received from the Strategic National Stockpile to the SNS inventory to help states facing higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.


As of 11:59 p.m. on April 4, there are 7,984 cases of COVID-19 in Washington state. Visit our website for cases by county, demographics, and more.

Recommendations on Cloth Face Coverings:

The Department of Health published a blog on frequently asked questions around cloth face coverings.

Salgamos de esta crisis con más salud, energía y propósitos de vida:

The Department of Health published a blog in Spanish on healthy ways to get through this crisis.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy:

The Department of Health published a blog on the extension of the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order through May 4.

About the Joint Operation Center, State Emergency Operations Center, Camp Murray:  The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at Camp Murray, just south of Tacoma, raised its activation level to Level 1 – Full Activation – at 10 a.m. January 26, 2020 in response to the Novel Coronavirus.

The Joint Information Center has been established at the SEOC. Representatives from multiple agencies are working together to coordinate information.

Multiple emergency support functions (ESF) have been activated, including public health and medical services, agriculture and natural resources, and external affairs. The Department of Health is the lead agency and their Incident Management Team  operates out of the State EOC to ensure coordination and communication.

The SEOC at Camp Murray is operated by the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division. It is open 24 hours a day year round to coordinate state government’s response to emergencies and disasters.

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