Coronavirus (COVID-19): Resources for Community

>> Featured Resource: Unemployment checklist & Updates from Governor Inslee

Resource hotlines:

  • 211 Hotline (statewide): Dial 211 on your phone and talk to a real live person. You can ask for any resources you need and see what is available in your area.
  • Department of Health COVID Hotline (statewide): 1-800-525-0127 - Call this line if you need information and help specifically about COVID/coronavirus.
  • King County COVID Hotline (regional only): If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19—or if you're a healthcare provider with COVID-19 questions—contact their call center between 8 AM to 7 PM PST at 206-477-3977.

Organizing during COVID-19:

Statewide resources:

  • WA Employment Security Division: Income replacement/unemployment updates & application info

The state Employment Security Department (ESD) recommends workers take the following four steps to help ensure their unemployment benefits are filed correctly and start quickly:

  1. Sign up for the agency’s COVID-19 action alerts. 
  2. Download and review the ESD eligibility checker. This will help workers determine if they are currently eligible for benefits.
  3. Download and read the application checklist to make sure that you have what you need. 
  4. A SecureAccess Washington (SAW) account is needed to file an unemployment claim. ESD recently posted a video that explains the process to be followed in order to apply for benefits. After reviewing the video, please sign up for a SAW account.

Updates from Governor Inslee on applying for unemployment:

Workers’ Comp clarification: any essential worker who believes they have a work-based claim should apply –LNI will take it into consideration. Three criteria are used to review any claim:

a. Was there a high risk or greater likelihood of exposure or contracting the disease due to the worker’s occupation?
b. If not for their job, would the worker have been exposed or contracted the condition?
c. Can the worker identify a specific source or event during their employment that resulted in exposure to COVID-19?

High-risk workers can protect themselves from covid-19 without jeopardizing their employment status or losing income.

Regional food security resources:

National information:

Other important resources:


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