Update from state's Joint Operations Center - food, emergency grants for businesses and more...

The Joint Operation Center, State Emergency Operations Center at Camp Murray posts daily updates. Here is the April 7 recap of COVID-19 News and Updates.

Numbers: As of 11:59 p.m. on April 6, there are 8,682 cases of COVID-19 in Washington state. Visit the Department of Health's COVID-19 web page for cases by county, demographics, and more.

Food Relief Statewide Request: Gov. Jay Inslee joined key nonprofits and local philanthropies today to launch a coordinated, statewide food relief fund that will help reach those in need in every corner of Washington. The effort will combine business and philanthropic dollars with individual fundraising to have the most effect. More information here.

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Assistance Grants: Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that he is setting aside $5 million of the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund for a new emergency grant program that offers small businesses up to $10,000 to offset losses caused by the COVID-19 public health crisis. More information here.

PPE Dashboard: The state Department of Enterprise Services has developed a helpful overview of what PPE is, how the state finds and distributes it, and updated numbers detailing how much PPE equipment and supplies we've secured. Washington state is working to source and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to support personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. Visit here for more information.

Workers’ Comp Grace Period: The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is providing emergency relief through the Employer Assistance Program to help employers struggling to pay their workers’ compensation premiums during the coronavirus outbreak. L&I is now offering a grace period for premium payments, along with payment plans for employers facing financial difficulties during the pandemic.

Stay Safe Online: WATech Office of Cybersecurity developed a website to provide guidance for staying safe online during this time. More information and resources are available here.

Cómo lidiar con la pérdida: Today, the Washington State Department of Health published a blog in Spanish on how to deal with loss.


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