From the Office of Governor Jay Inslee

March 29, 2020

Good evening –

It has come to my attention that rumors abound in Central Washington about community members needing “letters” to leave their home or go to work. The unintended consequences from certain employers providing “proactive letters” ripple across the region and leave some community members feeling concerned or scared. Especially those who may not speak English as their first language.

I want to be clear: rumors only create unneeded concern. As the Governor mentioned, Washingtonians can go outside as long as they remain at least six feet from each other. Grocery stores, doctor’s offices and other essential businesses remain open. People can still participate in activities such as bike rides, gardening, and dog walking — as long as they follow social distancing rules.

Please help remind our community members of these facts. As a reminder, DOH has launched a Spanish language blog: It has frequently asked questions, resources, and I would urge organizations, cities and counties to share on their social media.

Information can save lives. Let’s spread the facts.

Central Washington Regional Representative
Office of Governor Jay Inslee

Governor’s Office Statement 3-29-2020.pdf

Inslee statement on federal stimulus package

March 27, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today released a statement on the passage of a sweeping federal stimulus package to address the ongoing health and economic consequences of the COVID-19 emergency.

“This public health emergency is impacting all Washingtonians and we need solutions that reflect the size and scale of the moment. Our state welcomes this critically-needed support, as we continue to face down an unprecedented crisis. From investments in essential child care and medical supplies to expanded unemployment insurance and small business support, we know it will make a meaningful difference in people’s lives in the days and weeks ahead.

“However, we also know it is not enough. There’s no question more help will be needed in the coming months to address the harsh economic realities of this moment. Make no mistake — it is a moral imperative that leaders across the country continue to make the difficult choices to protect public health and keep Americans safe. But it is also incumbent on federal government to help address the billions of dollars in shortfalls we are expecting to face at the state, local and tribal levels. This bill does not solve those longer-term challenges.

“I am grateful for commendable efforts of Washington State’s Congressional Delegation, who fought on a bipartisan basis to secure vital resources for Washingtonians who are on the front lines of this crisis. Their leadership in this moment sends a message to every corner of our state that we are truly all in this together.”

Summary of some allocations for Washington state:

  • State Coronavirus Relief Fund: estimated $1.624 billion for Washington state (state share) and estimated $1.329 billion for WA local governments (local share) for a $2.953 billion total for Washington, out of $150 billion total;
  • Child Care Development Block Grant: estimated $58.2 million for Washington out of $3.5 billion total;
  • Community Services Block Grants for counties and cities to rapidly respond to the economic and housing impacts caused by COVID-19: estimated $11.8 million for Washington out of $1 billion total;
  • Low Income Energy Assistance programestimated $11.1 million for Washington out of $900 million total;
  • Education Stabilization Fund, to help ensure K-12 schools and institutions of higher education can continue to serve students as they respond to the coronavirus crisis.
    • Education Stabilization Fund: estimated $56.6 million for Washington out of $2.953 billion
    • Elementary and Secondary Education: estimated $216.9 million for Washington out of $13.229 billion total.
  • Hanford: Directions to the federal government to ensure tens of thousands of workers at the Hanford Nuclear Site and PNNL who cannot telework will continue to receive pay.

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Media Contact 

Mike Faulk
Governor Inslee’s Communications Office