COVID-19 Resource Center

Washington has declared a state of emergency and shelter in place directive for COVID-19 (coronavirus). Plans are in place to help communities across the state with this pandemic. The Washington State Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage is updated every day at 11:00 am. The state has also set up a hotline to answer questions at: 1-800-525-0127 and press #. This hotline has experienced high traffic and it may take a few calls to get through.

To help you, your family and your community stay safe, we’ve assembled resources and updates in our COVID-19 Resource Center below:

Closures and Community Guidance on Staying Home:

  • Restaurants are open but dine-in services are not permitted. To help keep our economy strong and provide our restaurant workers with the support they need, you can order take-out or delivery or purchase a gift card for future use.

  • Schools remain closed. Governor Inslee has closed schools statewide but parents and students should check this link for updated information, guidance and resources:

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations are open. Most all other retail outlets will have reduced hours if they are not already closed. 

  • All bars, entertainment, and recreational centers are shut down until further notice. Everyone should be staying home while we are working to flatten the curve.

Medical Resources:

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. You are also advised to stay home when you are sick.

  • Prescriptions can be refilled early! All prescriptions are eligible for a one-time early refill. You are encouraged to refill any essential prescriptions immediately.

  • COVID-19 testing is free. If you are uninsured but believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, the cost of testing (if you need it) will be covered. Those with health care coverage who need to be tested will not be required to pay copays or deductibles for COVID-19 testing. They are waived.

Economic Assistance:

  • Utility Assistance: Both Tacoma Public Utilities and Puget Sound Energy have taken a number of actions to ensure customers maintain access to critical services during this period. Please visit their websites for more information and resources.

  • Small business assistance: Low-interest loans are now available to help our small businesses meet their financial obligations and cover operating expenses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn more and apply at

  • The Employment Security Department has expanded unemployment and paid medical leave benefits for workers impacted by COVID-19. More information at:

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