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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Tonight, Gov. Jay Inslee addressed the state of Washington with an update on COVID-19 (coronavirus). If you missed his address, you can watch it by clicking here.

The number one priority is to stop the spread of this virus. Please be patient as challenging decisions are made in the effort to keep everyone healthy.

The governor has issued a statewide “stay home, stay healthy” order. Here's what that means:

  • Every Washingtonian is required to Stay Home, Stay Healthy for a minimum of 2-weeks.
  • This order is not a “shelter in place” order. It's still safe to go outside using social distancing while tending to essential needs such as grocery shopping, getting takeout at a local restaurant, doctor's appointments, physical activity and exercise, or going to work at an essential business.
  • All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains, restaurants for takeout, childcare providers, and health care facilities will remain open.
    • Please avoid the impulse to overstock on groceries and supplies. If everyone sticks to their normal buying habits, there will be enough for everyone – including health care workers, first responders, seniors and others who are ill or vulnerable.
  • All non-essential businesses will close. This will help reduce social interactions where this highly contagious virus can spread. The closing of non-essential businesses will happen within the next 48-hours.
  • Those businesses that can operate using telework are encouraged to continue this practice.
  • For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the governor's office will be providing further guidance and information, including what businesses are essential.
  • This is about getting our lives back to normal. That's why restrictions are being hit harder.
  • This order takes effect immediately.

For more information on the governor's orders, including a list of essential businesses, please click on the following links:

We are resilient, and I remain confident we will get through this.

In service,
Andrew

Coronavirus | Information and Resources

The House Republican Caucus has created a website with the most up-to-date local, state and federal information and resources. I encourage you to bookmark this website.

General information

The federal government's official Coronavirus (COVID-19) site:

Washington state's official COVID-19 site:

General guidance from the Department of Health:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Department of Health:

Updates from the Governor's Office:

Health Care Authority:

  • County crisis line phone numbers.

Washington State Office of the Attorney General:

Department of Children, Youth & Families:

OSPI:

Employers and employees

Governor's Office | Partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus:

Employment Security Department:

U.S. Small Business Administration:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Department of Labor:

Department of Revenue:

Department of Financial Institutions:

Department of Labor & Industries:

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave:

Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

Please don't hesitate to contact my office at (360) 786-7824 or via email at Andrew.Barkis@leg.wa.gov with any questions you may have. You can also reach out to my Legislative Assistant, Kendra, as well. Her email is Kendralee.Harris@leg.wa.gov.

It's an honor to serve you.

In Service,


Andrew Barkis

State Representative Andrew Barkis, 2nd Legislative District
RepresentativeAndrewBarkis.com
122D Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
andrew.barkis@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7824 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000