Impacts

State Wide

Phase 1 Started May 5, 2020

Phase 2 is estimated to begin state-wide no earlier than June 1, 2020.

Counties with fewer than 75,000 residents

Governor Inslee included a variance application process for counties with fewer than 75,000 residents who have not had an identified resident with COVID-19 in the last three weeks to apply to move ahead to Phase 2. If we become aware of any counties that have successfully applied to move forward, we will post it here.

As of May 14, counties approved for Phase 2 include:

  • Columbia, Garfield, Lincoln, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Stevens and Wahkiakum
  • Kittitas County has applied and is pending review
  • Grays Harbor and Jefferson Counties are eligible, but have not yet applied

Fraudulent Unemployment Claims

Fraud is on the rise in unemployment claims. If you are the victim of identity theft because someone tried to apply for unemployment benefits using your information, you should contact the following:

  • Employment Security Department
  • The IRS
  • Law Enforcement - (King County - though this is a good resource for folks in the rest of the State too.)
  • Your bank(s)
  • Credit Reporting agencies. Ideally reporting to one agency will prompt that agency to report to the other two. Initial fraud alerts can be listed on your credit report for 90 days pretty easily. If you need a longer extended fraud alter, you'll need to report the case to law enforcement who will need to provide you with a case report. Finally, you can freeze your credit if things are particularly bad.
  • If you own a home, your homeowners insurance may provide coverage for losses resulting from identify theft.

Courts

King County Superior Court

On April 22, 2020, the King County Superior Courts continued civil jury trials to dates after July 7, 2020. General Order No. 17, can be read here.

Federal District Court - Western District of Washington

On May 13, the court entered General Order No. 8 continuing all civil jury trials till after August 3, 2020.

"All grand jury proceedings, as well as civil and criminal in-person hearings and trial dates in these Courthouses scheduled to occur before August 3, 2020, are continued pending further order of the Court."

Health care related impacts

As more healthcare providers shift to remote treatment options, they are discovering that many applicable insurance policies cover "eHealth", "tele-medicine" or "remote medicine" at substantially lower rates than in-person treatment.

Hospitality Industry

April 29, 2020 interview with WA Hospitality Association President Anthony Anton explaining what WA is doing to help restaurants, hotels, owners, and workers.

TVW Video Interview