COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

FOR SEATTLE / KING COUNTY

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OVERVIEW
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Please use this page as a resource guide for important information and resources most relevant to the Seattle/King County area in regards to COVID-19. We will update this page daily or as information is made available through our public health/government channels. 

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. 

These common symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Or at least two or more of the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Confusion or Inability to Arouse
  • Muscle Pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Persistant Pain or Pressure in the Chest
  • Loss of Taste or Smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

While any person of any age can catch the coronavirus, some people may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • Those with compromised immune systems
  • People who have serious underlying medical conditions like:
    • Diabetes
    • Heart Disease
    • Lung disease

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC has made the following recommendations: 

WASH YOUR HANDS.

  • Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

AVOID CLOSE CONTACT.

  • Avoid engaging with people who are sick. This is especially important when in areas where those most at-risk are present. 

STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK

  • If you are experiencing signs of illness, please stay home or sick medical treatment. 

WEAR A FACEMASK IF YOU ARE SICK. 

  • You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. 
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

CLEAN AND DISINFECT FREQUENTLY USED SURFACES DAILY. 

  • This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

 

ABOUT
Vaccine FAQ

Here is a brief list of the most frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. For additional FAQs and more detailed information, please visit the WA State Department of Public health website by clicking the button below.

While taking a COVID-19 vaccination does not guarantee you will not contract the virus, there are several benefits to consider — including but not limited to:  

  • The vaccines can greatly reduce your chance of getting seriously ill, even if you get COVID-19
  • Completing the vaccine series reduces your chances of hospitalization and lowers your risk of dying from COVID-19  
  • They are highly effective at preventing COVID-19
  • They add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19 — making it harder for the disease to spread

Vaccinations for COVID-19 are free to anyone who wants to be vaccinated.

Yes, even if you get vaccinated, it’s highly recommended you continue to wear a mask, wash your hands often, stay six feet apart, and limit gatherings. Many people in our state will need to wait months to get the vaccine, and these prevention measures are recommended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to people who are not yet vaccinated.

The COVID-19 vaccines work well, but they are not 100% effective. Some people may get COVID-19 even if they’ve been vaccinated. Vaccine studies have focused mainly on whether the vaccine keeps you from getting COVID-19; they haven’t looked as much into whether the vaccine prevents you from spreading it to others. Until we know more, please continue your prevention measures. 

Don’t panic! As more and more people become vaccinated, the Department of Health will continue to expand the guidelines to include more groups. The goal is for everyone who wants to receive a vaccination to have the opportunity to do so by  May 31, 2021. If you do not currently meet the eligibility guidelines, keep checking this page or the WA State Department of Health website for more updates. 

If you previously had COVID-19, you are still recommended to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Data shows it is uncommon to be re-infected with COVID-19 in the 90 days after you were infected, so you might have some protection (called natural immunity). However, we don’t know how long natural immunity might last.

People who currently have COVID-19 should wait to get vaccinated until they feel better and their isolation period is finished, if possible.

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Public Health Orders

EFFECTIVE MARCH 22, 2021:

As of  March 22, 2021 and until otherwise notified…

  1. Indoor Social Gatherings with people from outside your household are prohibited unless they (a) quarantine for fourteen days (14) prior to the social gathering; or (b) quarantine for seven (7) days prior to the social gathering and receive a negative COVID19 test result no more than 48-hours prior to the gathering. A household is defined as individuals residing in the same domicile.
  2. Outdoor Social Gatherings shall be limited to five (5) people from outside your household.
  3. Restaurants and Bars are closed for indoor dine-in service. Outdoor dining and to-go service are permitted, provided that all outdoor dining must comply with the requirements of the Outdoor Dining Guidance. Table size for outdoor dining is limited to a maximum of five (5) people. These modified restaurant and bar restrictions go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
  4. Fitness Facilities and Gyms are closed for indoor operations. Outdoor fitness classes are permitted but are subject to and limited by the outdoor social gathering restriction listed above.
  5. Religious Services are limited to 25 percent of indoor occupancy limits, or no more than 200 people, whichever is fewer. Congregation members/attendees must wear facial coverings at all times and congregation singing is prohibited. No choir, band, or ensemble shall perform during the service. Vocal or instrumental soloists are permitted to perform, and vocal soloists may have a single accompanist.
  6. Outdoor Spectator Events (including stadiums, sporting events, higher education, K-12 Schools, motorsports, racetracks, or similar events and venues) are open to a capacity of 25% per section or 9,000 spectators maximum, whichever is lower. A facility must have individual designated seating capability. Open, unreserved seating is not allowed. A facility must have controlled entrances and exits and the ability to monitor exact attendance. See more details about spectator events here.
food ASSISTANCE

Food & Grocery Resources

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Food Services

In this section you’ll find valuable food access resources in and around the county.  

Northwest Harvest SODO Community Market: This location is offering pre-bagged produce, prepared foods, and shelf-stable groceries right at the door. Anyone of any age can use the market.

Location: 1915 4th Ave S. Seattle, WA

Hours are subject to change:

  • Monday: 1:30PM – 7:30PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 8:00AM – 2:00PM

Beginning March 20, the City of Seattle will be distributing a series of $20 vouchers to 6,250 families who may be experiencing financial hardship during the coronavirus outbreak. Families will receive two mailers of 20 vouchers (a total of $400 a month) over the next two months.

Learn more about how you can qualify here.

Be sure to contact the individual locations for specific hours and availability. 

View current food bank sites.

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Special Senior Shopping Hours

In this section you’ll find Seattle area grocery stores who have adjusted their hours of operation to accomodate senior shoppers only during designated times. 

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 7:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Must have a Costco membership
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 7:00AM – 8:00AM
  • Everyday
  • 7:00AM – 8:00AM
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 7:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • 7:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Wednesdays
  • 7:00AM – 8:00AM
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 7:00AM – 8:00AM
  • Everyday
  • 8:00AM – 9:00AM
  • Tuesdays
  • 6:00AM – 7:00AM
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Local Restaurants & Businesses to Support

Seattle’s food & service industries have experienced some of the most crippling effects of COVID-19 thus far. While many community restaurants and bars have closed (some permanently), there are several local businesses that are open and in need of your support! We ask that you please consider donating, ordering out, or providing your business to any of the businesses in this section. 

Location: 11805 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00AM – 7:00PM

Phone: (206) 735 – 7034

Website/Menu: https://www.catfish-corner.com/

Please call ahead to place an order To-Go.

Location: 5400 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Sunday, 11:00AM – 8:00PM 

Phone: (206) 723 – 2489

Website/Menu: https://cityteriyaki.com/

Please call ahead to place an order To-Go. Delivery via Grub Hub and Door Dash also available. 

Location: 3756 Rainier Avenue, Seattle, WA 98144

Hours of Operation:  Sunday – Thursday, 11:00AM – 9:00PM | Friday & Saturday, 11:00AM – 10PM. 

Phone: (206) 760 – 3474

Website/Menu: http://www.emeraldcityfishandchips.com/?fbclid=IwAR1lNDtjXmI4EvvyZRGGKZDxGU2qmGw5HikvWZ0ehpbC7lTevLdrESzqNoE

Please call ahead to place an order To-Go. Delivery also available. 

Location: 4869 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Saturday, 11:00AM – 8:00PM | Credit card transactions only* 

Phone: (206) 329 – 1202

Website/Menu: https://www.islandsoulrestaurant.com/

Please call ahead to place an order To-Go. Delivery also available.

Location: 2122 NE 65th St, Seattle, WA 98115

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday – Friday, 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Phone: (206) 257-4470

Website/Menu: https://www.junebabyseattle.com/takeout

Offers a different 3 course meal Wednesday – Friday, as well as optional add-ons. Meals are available via pre-order online or by phone with pick-up at a time of your choosing. Re-heating instructions included. 

Location: 1429 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Sunday, 11:00AM – 7:00PM 

Phone: (206) 612-8259

Website/Menu: https://plumbistro.com/to-go/

Please review the menu online and call ahead to place an order To-Go. Text or call when you arrive for curbside pick-up. Delivery options available for orders over $75. 

Location: 2909-B E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

Hours of Operation:  Tuesday – Friday, 10:00AM – 2:00PM & 4:00PM – 7:30PM | Saturday – Sunday, 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Phone: (206) 474 – 9841

Website/Menu: https://www.simplysoulfulcafe.com/

Please call ahead to place an order To-Go. Delivery via Grub Hub and Postmates also available. 

Location: 2822 Martin Luther King Jr Way S., Seattle, WA 98144

Hours of Operation:  Wednesday & Saturday, 12:00PM – 6:00PM 

Phone: N/A

Website/Menu: http://www.thatbrowngirl.com/

Will provide free meals to the public during the designated times above. Take-out only. Delivery available for large groups. 

Location: 3019 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98144

Hours of Operation:  Monday – Friday, 11:00AM – 7:00PM | Saturday – Sunday, 12PM – 6:00PM

Phone: (206) 723 – 7445

Website/Menu: https://foursquare.com/v/the-original-phillys/4a5b95daf964a52074bb1fe3/menu 

Please call ahead to place an order To-Go.

Family SUPPORT

Family & Household Resources

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Child Care Services

With so many families struggling to maintain against the extended school closures, several child care opportunities have been established within the city. 

The YMCA is transforming 14 of its closed branches into child care centers for the families of medical personnel, first responders, and anyone who needs to work to support the community during this outbreak.

They have the capacity for 700 kids total who will be broken up into groups of no more than 10 and provided with snacks and lunch. You may register by emailing registration@seattleymca.org.

View a list of locations

The Boys & Girls Club will be providing families with youth a full day of care for school-aged children at their clubs located in Seattle.

There are no additional costs for current club members. Others will have to pay a $50 membership fee and a $25 per day fee to attend. New teen members will just have to pay the $50 membership fee. Capacity at each club will be limited to 50, including staff.

Everyone who enters the club will be screened for symptoms. Call your local club for hours of operation. 

View a list of locations

Weekdays has established a nationwide text line now LIVE matching parents in need with local, vetted teachers and care providers.
 
Programs max at three children per provider.
 
Text: (425) 200-5127, Or email for assistance.
 
Weekdays is offering this service free of charge to match families and teachers/parents who can offer care in-home due to the COVID-19 child care crisis.
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Rent & Utilities

The following resources have been modified or made available to assist those facing financial hardship while maintaining a household. 

The City offers a Utility Discount Program to income eligible customers of City Light and Seattle Public Utilities.

Seattle City Light provides electricity to Seattle and several other cities (Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, Tukwila, Burien, SeaTac, and Unincorporated King County), and offers a discounted rate that will reduce the electric bill for eligible customers by 60%.

Seattle Public Utilities provides water, sewer, solid waste and yard waste services to residents of Seattle and offers eligible customers a 50% discount.

To request to be enrolled in for either agency, click here. 

Unlimited AT&T Home Internet: All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.  Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through their Access from AT&T program. Additionally, they are offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.

Comcast: Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect low-income families to the Internet at home. 

Charter/Spectrum: is offering free access to broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days for k-12 and college student households in addition to opening up its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use.  

Please contact your service provider directly via phone or website for additional information on how to take advantage of the modifications listed above. 

AT&T: Will waive any late payment fees that any wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customer may incur because of economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Verizon: Company will waive late fees and keep residential and small business customers connected if negatively impacted by global crisis.

T-Mobile: is offering unlimited data for the next 60 days, additional hotspot data, is working with Lifeline partners to provide extra free LTE data and increasing data allowance for free to schools and students using their EMPOWER ED digital learning program.

Please contact your service provider directly via phone or website for additional information on how to take advantage of the modifications listed above. 

United Way of King County’s rental assistance application is now LIVE. Please use uwkc.org/renthelp to access the application. 

As an important reminder, you can apply for this assistance if you: 

  • are a King County resident
  • are behind on your rent
  • have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and 
  • make less than 50% of the King County area median income: 
    • 1 Person: up to $3,483
    • 2 Persons: up to $3,983
    • 3 Persons: up to $4,479
    • 4 Persons: up to $4,975
    • 5 Persons: up to $5,375
    • 6 Persons: up to $5,775
    • 7 Persons: up to $6,171
    • 8 Persons: up to $6,571

For additional questions on rental assistance please email renthelp@uwkc.org

accessibility

Transportation Assistance

In this section you’ll find changes and adjustments made to city transportation services. 

King County Metro has temporarily reduced transit service. 

The Reduced Schedule means that online customer information planning tools and third-party apps may be increasingly inaccurate for Metro and Sound Transit services. While these tools are updated to the Spring Service Change schedule, they will not reflect Metro’s temporary Reduced Schedule or Sound Transit’s reductions.

As the new schedules roll out, buses may be running less often, during fewer hours, and/or be canceled. As such, Metro is encouraging riders to text their bus stop ID # to 62550 for to find out when the next bus will arrive.

Metro has also temporarily discontinued fare payments, and has moved to rear-door bus boarding for all passengers except for passengers with mobility challenges (they may still use the front doors to board).

Starting on Saturday, March 21, Sound Transit has suspend fare requirements all trains until further notice to help protect transit employees and riders through social distancing.

ST Express passengers other than riders using mobility devices or the boarding ramp will board and exit buses through rear doors whenever possible.

The suspension of fares and the new bus boarding policy follows the decision to temporarily reduce service on Link, Sounder and ST Express buses operated by King County Metro in light of drastically reduced demand, with ridership currently down nearly 70 percent.

Economic SUPPORT

Employment Stability Resources

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Unemployment Relief

The impacts of COVID-19 have forced many local businesses to close or reduce staff, resulting in a surge in unemployment. Use this section for important job opportunities and information for those who have experienced a loss or reduction in income. 

  1. Go to SecureAccess Washington and select Create an Account.
  2. Click Start.
  3. Enter your personal information in the fields provided and click Next.
  4. Create a user ID and password and click Next.
  5. Review your information (You may want to print this page for your records). Click Next.
  6. Enter the security code in the field provided and click Submit.
  7. You’ll see an on-screen request to check your email for a message from SecureAccess Washington.
  8. Go to your email inbox, open the message and click the link to activate your new account. This link takes you back to SecureAccess Washington.
  9. Enter the User ID and Password you created in Step 4 above, and click Login.

Governor Inslee also announced that the state is waiving the one-week waiting period for out-of-work employees to collect unemployment benefits, retroactive to March 8.

Start now by clicking here

In partnership with LEE Initiative and Chef Edward Lee, Salare Restaurant will be turning into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/ or pay, starting Monday March 23. The program will offer help for those in dire need of food and supplies.

Each night, staff will pack 250-300 to go dinners that will be offered to recently unemployed restaurant workers. Dinners are offered on a first come first serve basis. Limit 1 to a person unless there is an emergency situation.

Details:
• Pick up your dinners at Salare, 2404 NE 65th Street
• This program will be offered 7 days a week until otherwise notified.
• Pick up time is 3pm to 7pm nightly.
• No one is allowed entry into the restaurant in order to minimize exposure. There will be staff on hand to organize and hand out meals.
• Please be patient should there be long lines and follow the distancing regimen in place.
• They will not be handing out disposable cutlery.

economic support

ULMS Job Board

Finding the right job can be a stressful process. At the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle, our team of job developers work diligently to find local employment opportunities that generate livable wages, provide economic stability, and open doors for new career paths!

While we are always looking for employment opportunities for our clients, sometimes opportunities find us! Our local partners often send us available positions (often times, before they are publicly listed) and we want to share them with you!

Use our job board page to browse local opportunities we’ve been made aware of that are currently hiring! This page will be updated on a weekly basis to ensure the most current available positions are listed.

Need help with your search? Looking for assistance with building/improving your resume? Want to practice interviewing or learn some helpful interview techniques? We can help!

Our team of ULMS Job developers have been trained to assist with every part of the employment process, from creating a resume or cover letter to perfecting your interview etiquette!

If you are interested in making an appointment with a member of our team, please contact our front desk staff via (206) 461-3792 or visit to our main office during walk-in hours to make an appointment today!

Economic SUPPORT

Small Business Relief

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Paycheck Protection Program

If you own a small business, non-profit, are an independent contractor, or a sole proprietor, and are experiencing any uncertainty from the CoVID-19 outbreak, there is likely financial assistance from the federal government through the CARES act for you through forgivable loans and grants.

The Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) authorizes up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

All loan terms will be the same for everyone. The loan amounts will be forgiven as long as:

  • The loan proceeds are used to cover payroll costs, and most mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs over the 8 week period after the loan is made; and;
  • Employee and compensation levels are maintained. Payroll costs are capped at $100,000 on an annualized basis for each employee.

Due to likely high subscription, it is anticipated that not more than 25% of the forgiven amount may be for non-payroll costs.

Loan payments will be deferred for 6 months.

All businesses – including nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors – with 500 or fewer employees can apply. Businesses in certain industries can have more than 500 employees if they meet applicable SBA employee-based size standards for those industries (click HERE for additional detail).

For this program, the SBA’s affiliation standards are waived for small businesses (1) in the hotel and food services industries (click HERE for NAICS code 72 to confirm); or (2) that are franchises in the SBA’s Franchise Directory (click HERE to check); or (3) that receive financial assistance from small business investment companies licensed by the SBA. Additional guidance may be released as appropriate.

  • Starting April 3, 2020, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
  • Starting April 10, 2020, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for and receive loans to cover their payroll and other certain expenses through existing SBA lenders.
  • Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans as soon as they are approved and enrolled in the program.

You can apply through any existing SBA lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating. Visit www.sba.gov for a list of SBA lenders.

  • SBA PPP Loan amount up to 2.5 x monthly payroll (or income for sole proprietors)
  • SBA PPP Forgivable principal if used to pay payroll expenses, rent, utilities, etc. related to the business or non profit
  • SBA PPP Low-interest if used for other business purposes
  • Grant options (up to $10k) if you apply for a SBA disaster loan and elect to get a grant
Find a financial institution that’s participating here.
 
Economic SUPPORT

Community-Based Business Relief

FUNDIng

COVID-19 Response Fund

The COVID-19 Response Fund was established to rapidly deploy resources to community-based organizations at the frontlines of the region’s coronavirus outbreak. It will provide flexible resources to organizations working with communities who are disproportionally impacted by coronavirus and the emerging consequences of this crisis.

One-time general operating grants will fund organizations that have deep roots within priority populations, including workers without health insurance and/or access to sick days, residents with limited English language proficiency, gig-economy and healthcare workers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and communities of color, among others. Given the dynamic nature of this crisis, the Fund will provide grants on a rolling basis to ensure dollars are deployed in the community quickly and responsively.