COVID 19 Resources and Links

Island County Public Health Community Update

Whidbey Health

If you are not ill, or experiencing mild symptoms, please do not come to the Emergency Department to be tested. This can increase your risk of infection from coronavirus or other illnesses.  
Instead, call the WhidbeyHealth Coronavirus Hotline at 360-240-4055 for screening and to be registered for drive-through sampling. The Hotline will be open from 8:00AM to 4:00PM Monday through Thursday and 8:00AM to 2:00PM on Fridays 
 

The Island County call center is available to take your questions:
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Island County call center can be reached at 360-678-2301.

Employee/Visitor Screening Guidelines

Governor Proclamation Enforcement: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has put together a list of FAQs to the Governor’s Enforcement of the Stay at Home Order for Non-Essential Businesses. Please see the FAQs attached.

Phased Reopening PDF

Safe Start Washington Powerpoint

 

Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment

 The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

 

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.

 

For more information please visit the IRS’ webpage.

 

 

 

Housing, Shelter and Utility Resources

 Washington’s Office of Financial Management provided information on the following resources for people experiencing homelessness or who will not be able to pay rent or utilities:

 

Renters

·         Gov. Jay Inslee on March 18th announced a 30-day statewide moratorium on evictions for residential tenants.

·         The Governor also called on utility companies to suspend disconnections for nonpayment during this emergency; waive late fees for customers who are out of work or offer customers payment plans; and expand bill assistance programs for customers who are economically impacted by this emergency.

Shelters

·         For those needing shelter and housing assistance, the Department of Commerce recommends using the list of Coordinated Entry access points during the COVID-19 crisis.  New resources appropriated by the legislature for addressing the sheltering and quarantine needs will be quickly deployed to jurisdictions and local Coordinated Entry systems. New resources to address homelessness not tied to the COVID-19 response will be deployed soon as well. 

·         Youth shelters -HOPE Centers (temporary residence centers for street youth under the age of 18) are waiving length of stay limits until 30 days after the governor’s enacted state of emergency is lifted. This waiver will ensure no one displaces youth residing in the HOPE program during this crisis.

·         For an example of what shelters are doing to create social distancing space, meet the needs of people who are sick and ensure wellness of staff and guests, Seattle's Downtown Emergency Services Center keeps their website updated on the latest their organization is doing in coordination with Seattle and King County. 

Food

·         Recently released clarity to the intent of the Governor’s emergency orders with regard to hunger relief efforts.

o    Meal Programs – as to Proclamation 20-13, the Governor views meal programs as akin to restaurants. They may operate so long as they limit service to drive-through, take-out, and grab and go options.

o    Food Banks/Pantries – the Governor exempted grocery stores from Proclamation 20-13, and food banks/pantries are intended to be treated similarly to grocery stores, where people obtain food supplies and then disperse. Though these establishments may continue to operate, they must strive to limit the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and other CDC/DOH guidelines.

o    Churches – though Proclamation 20-14 prohibits certain social, spiritual, or recreational gatherings, churches may continue to be open to provide services to the public, including food programs, so long as those programs comply with Proclamation 20-13, e.g. grab and go or take-out options. Providing human services is viewed as distinguishable from its social, spiritual, or recreational activities.


 

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington state, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #. 

Expert Tips: Special Edition — Dr Peter Lin — Understanding the Novel Coronavirus video linked here.  

How to protect yourself against COVID-19-World Health Organization 

Everett COVID 19

EVerett COVID 19 page 2 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION CARD

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RESOURCES:

Washington Public Health Connection

Island County COVID-19 Community Guidance

NPR: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

2020 Washington State Department of Health CoronaVirus Update.

2020 The Snohomish Health District Responses to common questions regarding the Coronavirus

King County Public Health Updates

Northwest Education Service District (ESD 189) Information Page Washington Department of Health

Health Children Germ Prevention Strategies

Centers from Disease Control and Prevention

Including this linked fact sheet.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet

Stigma

Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment

 

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

 

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.

 

For more information please visit the IRS’ webpage.

 

 

 

Housing, Shelter and Utility Resources

 

Washington’s Office of Financial Management provided information on the following resources for people experiencing homelessness or who will not be able to pay rent or utilities:

 

Renters

·         Gov. Jay Inslee on March 18th announced a 30-day statewide moratorium on evictions for residential tenants.

·         The Governor also called on utility companies to suspend disconnections for nonpayment during this emergency; waive late fees for customers who are out of work or offer customers payment plans; and expand bill assistance programs for customers who are economically impacted by this emergency.

Shelters

·         For those needing shelter and housing assistance, the Department of Commerce recommends using the list of Coordinated Entry access points during the COVID-19 crisis.  New resources appropriated by the legislature for addressing the sheltering and quarantine needs will be quickly deployed to jurisdictions and local Coordinated Entry systems. New resources to address homelessness not tied to the COVID-19 response will be deployed soon as well. 

·         Youth shelters -HOPE Centers (temporary residence centers for street youth under the age of 18) are waiving length of stay limits until 30 days after the governor’s enacted state of emergency is lifted. This waiver will ensure no one displaces youth residing in the HOPE program during this crisis.

·         For an example of what shelters are doing to create social distancing space, meet the needs of people who are sick and ensure wellness of staff and guests, Seattle's Downtown Emergency Services Center keeps their website updated on the latest their organization is doing in coordination with Seattle and King County. 

Food

·         Recently released clarity to the intent of the Governor’s emergency orders with regard to hunger relief efforts.

o    Meal Programs – as to Proclamation 20-13, the Governor views meal programs as akin to restaurants. They may operate so long as they limit service to drive-through, take-out, and grab and go options.

o    Food Banks/Pantries – the Governor exempted grocery stores from Proclamation 20-13, and food banks/pantries are intended to be treated similarly to grocery stores, where people obtain food supplies and then disperse. Though these establishments may continue to operate, they must strive to limit the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and other CDC/DOH guidelines.

o    Churches – though Proclamation 20-14 prohibits certain social, spiritual, or recreational gatherings, churches may continue to be open to provide services to the public, including food programs, so long as those programs comply with Proclamation 20-13, e.g. grab and go or take-out options. Providing human services is viewed as distinguishable from its social, spiritual, or recreational activities.

Coronavirus Economic Impact Payment

 

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the next three weeks and will be distributed automatically, with no action required for most people. However, some seniors and others who typically do not file returns will need to submit a simple tax return to receive the stimulus payment.

 

Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible.

 

Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples. Parents also receive $500 for each qualifying child.

 

For more information please visit the IRS’ webpage.

 

 

 

Housing, Shelter and Utility Resources

 

Washington’s Office of Financial Management provided information on the following resources for people experiencing homelessness or who will not be able to pay rent or utilities:

 

Renters

·         Gov. Jay Inslee on March 18th announced a 30-day statewide moratorium on evictions for residential tenants.

·         The Governor also called on utility companies to suspend disconnections for nonpayment during this emergency; waive late fees for customers who are out of work or offer customers payment plans; and expand bill assistance programs for customers who are economically impacted by this emergency.

Shelters

·         For those needing shelter and housing assistance, the Department of Commerce recommends using the list of Coordinated Entry access points during the COVID-19 crisis.  New resources appropriated by the legislature for addressing the sheltering and quarantine needs will be quickly deployed to jurisdictions and local Coordinated Entry systems. New resources to address homelessness not tied to the COVID-19 response will be deployed soon as well. 

·         Youth shelters -HOPE Centers (temporary residence centers for street youth under the age of 18) are waiving length of stay limits until 30 days after the governor’s enacted state of emergency is lifted. This waiver will ensure no one displaces youth residing in the HOPE program during this crisis.

·         For an example of what shelters are doing to create social distancing space, meet the needs of people who are sick and ensure wellness of staff and guests, Seattle's Downtown Emergency Services Center keeps their website updated on the latest their organization is doing in coordination with Seattle and King County. 

Food

·         Recently released clarity to the intent of the Governor’s emergency orders with regard to hunger relief efforts.

o    Meal Programs – as to Proclamation 20-13, the Governor views meal programs as akin to restaurants. They may operate so long as they limit service to drive-through, take-out, and grab and go options.

o    Food Banks/Pantries – the Governor exempted grocery stores from Proclamation 20-13, and food banks/pantries are intended to be treated similarly to grocery stores, where people obtain food supplies and then disperse. Though these establishments may continue to operate, they must strive to limit the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing social distancing, sanitizing, hand-washing, and other CDC/DOH guidelines.

o    Churches – though Proclamation 20-14 prohibits certain social, spiritual, or recreational gatherings, churches may continue to be open to provide services to the public, including food programs, so long as those programs comply with Proclamation 20-13, e.g. grab and go or take-out options. Providing human services is viewed as distinguishable from its social, spiritual, or recreational activities.

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