The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m, seven days a week. Please note that this call center cannot access COVID-19 testing results. For testing inquiries or results, please contact your health care provider.
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The resources below are provided to help you understand the most current information regarding this new pandemic known as COVID-19. Links will be updated and new resources posted as information evolves.
WASHINGTON STATE RESOURCES
- What is COVID? (Spanish)
- WA Notify (Spanish)
- Which Face Covering to Wear? (Spanish)
- Testing for COVID (Spanish)
- Contact Tracing (Spanish)
- DOH videos in American Sign Language (ASL)
- If You Gather – A Safety Checklist (Spanish)
- COVID-19 Vaccination Information for Children and Youth Spanish
- DOH COVID-19 Homebound Vaccination Services info NEW 4/26/2021
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA):
Let’s Talk COVID-19 – Informing Families
Virtual Town Hall Meetings – DDA/DD Council/The Arc
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (Education):
INFORMATION IN EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE
Plain Language Tips for Working with Support Staff During COVID-19 – Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC)
COVID-19: What in the World is Going On? (PDF) – Informing Families
COVIBOOK: Supporting and reassuring children around the world (available in 22 Languages)
Plain Language Booklet on Coronavirus – Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center
Important Things to Know About COVID-19 – Lurie Institute for Disability Policy
VIDEOS: COVID-19 EXPLAINED
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Explained World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Our World in Data
Susceptibility to the Coronavirus? Dr. Eric Berg, National Institutes of Health and more
The coronavirus explained to children Eurac Research
ADVOCACY FOR COVID-19 SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
The Arc of the United States is a strong voice in Congress for people with I/DD. Find out what is happening and make your voice heard so that the needs of people with disabilities, their families and the workforce that supports and cares for them are included in all legislation packages that Congress passes to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legislative Responses to COVID-19 Fiscal Note
Community Partners, new resources related to vaccine distribution that we want to share with you!
- As you may have heard, the FDA and CDC has asked for a temporary pause on the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Use these resources (attached) to help you answer J & J vaccine-related questions you may be getting from your community members:
- FAQs for Temporary Pause on J & J Vaccine Use – DOH has released information related to the State’s next steps around the J&J/Janssen vaccine. This FAQ also includes details about why the vaccine is temporarily paused, the unlikelihood of those who received the vaccine having severe side effects and what to do watch for if you have had this vaccine within the last 3 weeks.
- Vaccine Safety: What to Know – DOH developed an infographic with answers to help overcome some of the barriers that community members may have about the vaccines.
- Action needed:
- If you have promoted event with the J&J vaccine specifically, please update that information and coordinate with the vaccine provider you are working with.
- We recommend that you remove the use of the J&J vaccine name on any of your communications materials. Focusing on benefits of vaccination in general and promoting vaccination clinics is recommended.
- Please remember, Vaccine Locator has replaced Phase Finder so make sure to direct your community members to Vaccine Locator!
- If your audiences include employers and businesses, or you yourself as a partner are planning to put on a vaccination clinic, here are some resources from DOH:
- View the Employer Toolkit with resources on hosting a vaccination clinic at your business and FAQs about vaccination, cost and employer requirements.
- If you would like to host a vaccine clinic either as a partner or an employer, reach out to your Local Health Jurisdiction for details. They will work with you to coordinate your efforts.