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 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

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: 


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


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


  • 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.


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




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Public Health Orders

AS OF MAY, 1 2020: 

  1. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy state order (shut-down) will continue to exist in all counties of Washington State until May 31, 2020 with the exception of specific activities listed below. 
  2. In addition to the extension, the governor announced his Safe Start Plan which amends some components of the original order and allow for a start to re-open the state. Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities would re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks. Data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.
  3. Religious counseling is considered an essential activity. Remote religious and spiritual gatherings may be conducted in person if it is not possible to provide those counseling services remotely. Religious services may also be provided as a drive-in service, with one household per vehicle, but only so long as participants fully comply with requirements that will be issued as soon as possible, but no later than May 15, 2020, and with the social distancing requirements and coronavirus related hygiene.
  4. Low-risk activities, reflected in Emergency Proclamation 20-25.2 may continue. Re-opening of any low-risk activities will occur when participants are able to fully comply the industry-specific requirements which, at a minimum, will require compliance with the social distancing and hygiene requirements. This includes: pet walking, retail (curbside pick up orders only), car washing and business activities like construction, real estate and mortgage, landscaping, vehicle and vessel sales, and general guidance.
  5. Violators of this order may be subject to criminal penalties pursuant to RCW 43.06.220(5). Further, if people fail to comply with the required social distancing while engaging in the phased modifications of the mandatory social distancing requirements, the governor may be forced to reinstate the prohibitions established in earlier proclamations.

Under this local health officer Order, an “event” is defined as a public gathering on non-tribal lands for business, social, or recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities. Healthcare settings and veterinary clinics are not considered events and should remain open while observing COVID-19 prevention measures. This order does not apply to and/or exempts food services provided in health care facilities, shelters, schools, and educational settings.



Food & Grocery Resources


Free Student Meal Locations

Seattle Public Schools are now offering pack lunches for students throughout the coronavirus closure.

Lunches will be available from 11:00am – 1:00pm, Monday to Friday.

Meals are on a grab-and-go basis; students will not be allowed to eat on school premises.


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.

ULMS will now be providing free grocery assistance to those with families who have been impacted by COVID-19. Pick up or delivery options are available. The first 40 families to register each week will be the first served. 

To get started, please register here


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

Local Restaurants to Support

Seattle’s food industry has 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 or ordering out 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Please call ahead to place an order To-Go.


Family & Household Resources


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

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.

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. New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax. Apply by April 30, 2020.

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 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


Transportation Assistance

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

King County Metro is planning to temporarily reduce transit service starting Monday, March 23. 

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 will 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.

Travelers who use the West Seattle Bridge need to plan for possible delays. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23 the West Seattle Bridge will be closed until further notice due to cracks found during a recent inspection. Motorists should use the First Avenue or South Park Bridges. Please visit Seattle DOT for updates.

We’ve partnered with our friends at Lyft to ensure that transportation during this unprecedented time of crisis is more accessible than ever.

If you are in need of a ride, please click the “Request a Lyft” link below and we will work with you to provide transportation assistance via Lyft up to $50. Limited quantity available. First come, first served basis. Offer ends June 30, 2020.  

Request a Lyft

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.

• 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.


Now Hiring

This section includes current opportunities for employment from essential businesses hiring for multiple entry level jobs in King County. 

Warehouse, Delivery Driver, Prime Now Fresh Jobs

$15+/hr, plus $2/hr extra through April 30, 2020

Multiple locations.

Apply Online:

Cashier/Clerk, Order Picker (Warehouse), Pharmacy Asst Jobs

Multiple Locations

Apply Online:

Must be able to pass a drug screening and background check.

King County Department of Adult & Juvenile Detention (DAJD)

Corrections Officer (entry level) Jobs

Entry level starting at $64,180/year plus $5,000 hiring incentive for entry level hires

Located at King County corrections facilities in Downtown Seattle or Kent

Apply Online:

Questions: contact


  • be 21+ year old; have a HS diploma or equivalent certificate; have valid WA State driver’s license; pass extensive drug and background tests

Delivery Driver, Store Customer Service Rep Jobs

Multiple Locations

Apply Online:

Must be able to pass a drug screening and background check.

Retail Store, E-Commerce Clerk (order picker) Jobs

Multiple locations.

Apply Online:

Environmental Services (EVS), Commercial Janitorial, & Floor Technician Jobs

$17-$20/hr DOE and Location

Multiple Locations

Apply Online:

Questions: Contact HR Manager, Anthony Macfarlane

Retail Store, E-Commerce Clerk (order picker) Jobs

Multiple locations

Apply Online:

Retail Store, Grocery Delivery, Warehouse Jobs

Multiple locations

Apply Online:

Drivers for Mail Distribution are Needed

Multiple locations.

Apply Online:

Must have had a drivers license for at least 2 years unsupervised. 

Questions: Terry Barker –  Field Recruiter, USPS Seattle District –

health SUPPORT

Medical & Testing Resources


Testing for COVID-19

The following section contains information regarding coronavirus testing.

Free COVID-19 testing is now available from Public Health – Seattle & King County for people with symptoms of COVID-19 who are at highest risk for severe illness from the disease and don’t have regular access to health care

Symptomatic health care providers, workers in congregate care settings and people working in critical infrastructure occupations will also be served.

Where and when:

  • Downtown Public Health Center at: 2124 4th Ave in Seattle
  • No appointment needed.
  • Walk up hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This clinic will specifically serve people with symptoms in the following categories:

  • Individuals in high risk groups (e.g., elderly, underlying medical conditions, pregnant women, and people living homeless)
  • Healthcare workers or workers in congregate care settings (including: hospital, department of corrections, juvenile detention centers, mental/behavioral health clinics, long-term care facilities, permanent supportive housing and shelters)
  • People working in critical infrastructure occupations (e.g. congregate settings such as homeless shelters)

Please note: when you arrive, please remain at least 6 feet away from others. We may ask you to wear a mask while you are screened and awaiting testing.

If you get sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you likely have COVID-19. You should isolate yourself at home and away from other people. If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection—age 60 years or older, are pregnant, or have medical conditions—contact your physician’s office and tell them that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.

If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, call your healthcare provider and tell them you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in person or tested. There are currently no medications to treat COVID-19. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive.

Discontinuing home isolation For sick contacts of COVID-19 patients, discontinue home isolation under the following conditions:

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); AND,
  • At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
Economic SUPPORT

Small Business Relief


City of Seattle Small Business Stabilization Grant

Applications for the Small Business Stabilization Fund for those impacted by COVID-19 are now available. Grants will be awarded in an amount up to $10,000.

Grant money may only be used for the operating expenses of the awarded business. The operating expenses are defined as the day-to-day trading operations of the business such as covering payroll and rent.

grant assistance

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 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


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.