March 30, 2020: COVID-19 Joint Information Center Daily Bulletin
WA Department of Health
Guidance on enforcement on essential business: Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance today for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing bans on gatherings of individuals.
Numbers: Due to technical difficulties related to a high volume of data, the Department of Health will not be posting new numbers today. Visit our website for the latest case counts as of yesterday.
Department of Licensing temporarily closes all lobbies to the public beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020: The Department of Licensing (DOL) is temporarily closing all driver licensing lobbies beginning March 31, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All appointments are being cancelled at this and no appointments will be made going forward.
“The safety and health of both employees and customers is paramount. Sanitation products continue to be difficult to purchase and ensuring appropriate social distancing during in person transactions is difficult” said Teresa Berntsen, Director of the Department of Licensing. “We appreciate patience and understanding as the Department of Licensing does its part to stop the spread of COVID-19.”
Update from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS): DSHS purchased Paramount Rehabilitation and Nursing, a Skilled Nursing Facility in Seattle that closed in February, for $13.5 million. It will house up to 165 residents who are currently in area hospitals, test negative for COVID-19 and could receive the level of care they require at a nursing home instead of a hospital. Reopening Paramount will also create an estimated 100 new jobs. DSHS is working to find a provider to operate the facility and hopes to have it reopened by early May. DSHS has already moved nearly 400 patients out of hospitals throughout the state and into long-term care facilities in an effort to free up hospital beds. A story is scheduled to air tonight on KING5.
Update from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner: OIC updated their fact sheet to include some information on telehealth and other coverage issues.
DOH blog post: The COVID-19 pandemic is causing financial hardship and uncertainty for many of us. Today’s blog outlines resources that might help.
Spanish blog posts: DOH continues to translate blog posts on at our new Spanish Medium account, BienestarWA, which you can follow for daily updates. Today’s topic is “Una experiencia conjunta" (A shared experience).