On January 21, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced the first case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, in Washington state. The link below provides access to DOH daily updates of confirmed Washington State COVID-19 cases and deaths, along with essential information about the virus and guidance on prevention and risk management. The link includes Frequently Asked Questions, as well as resources for specific groups such as parents, caregivers, employers, schools and health care providers.
This dataset tracks services that Washington State public libraries continued to provide to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, when many library buildings and facilities were closed to prevent viral spread and protect public health. The dataset also tracks reopening that began in summer 2020.
This dataset lists Washington State public library locations that offer wireless internet access (wifi) just outside the building or facility. This external wifi access became more important during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, when public library buildings were temporarily closed. The information is based on Washington State Library surveys, correspondence with public library staff, and review of public library websites.
The links on this page provide access to the Washington State Department of Ecology's Air Monitoring Network, which tracks various air pollutants at more than six dozen sites statewide. Visitors can filter and export historic data using the Site Report tool, and gather traffic-specific air pollutant data from the Seattle and Tacoma monitoring sites linked below.
The Washington State Legislature has budgeted $200 million in funds to respond to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak crisis, through Engrossed House Bill 2965. The link below provides information on COVID-19-related distributions to state agencies and institutions.
This webpage tracks government purchases and distribution of gloves, gowns, masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) in Washington during the COVID-19 pandemic. Information includes purchasing and distribution data, lists of vendors, and distribution by county, state agency or tribal nation.
The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, appropriated approximately $2.95 billion to state and local governments in Washington state, to help fund the response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Washington state Office of Financial Management webpage, linked below, provides further details about distribution of CARES funding.
This interactive map from the Washington State Broadband Office, Department of Commerce, displays broadband download and upload speeds (maximum and average) by location, based on 1-minute tests conducted by residents. The map is intended to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and broadband infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic required many residents to work or study from home, and heightened public attention on the internet service needed to support such activities.