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As the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, response changes from day-to-day, there are several steps you can take to stay informed and keep you and your loved ones healthy. Please find below a list of resources for Central Washington families, individuals, and businesses.

Resources:

Coronavirus.gov - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides frequent updates, answer to frequently asked questions, and tips to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Washigton State Department of Health - Our state's health department provides Washington-specific updates. They also operate a Coronavirus Hotline for individuals to ask questions: 1-800-525-0127.

County Health Districts and Departments can provide localized updates on event closures and public health recommendations. Please see a list below:

Adams County
Grant County
Benton-Franklin County
Chelan-Douglas County
Okanogan County
Walla Walla County
Yakima County

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid - CMS has put together a toolkit for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, providers, and health departments. 

Medicare.gov - Medicare has specific resources for seniors who have questions about benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Central Washington residents can also contact the State Health Insurance Benefits Advisor (SHIBA) offices - contact information listed below: 

SHIBA at RSVP in Yakima
107 S 7th Ave , Suite 206
Yakima, WA 98902
509-902-1114
Contact: Mary Pacheco: mpacheco@yvcc.edu

SHIBA at RSVP in Kittitas County
1206 N Dolarway Rd. #219
Ellensburg, WA 98926
509-962-4311
Contact: Carol Findley: rsvp@fairpoint.net

SHIBA at Community Choice in Wenatchee
504 S Chelan Ave Bldg B
Wenatchee, WA 98801
888-452-0731
Contact: Yuriko Robles: Yuriko.robles@communitychoice.us

SHIBA at Tri Cities Community Health
515 W Court St
Pasco, WA 99301
509-543-1952
Contact: Leslie Martinez: lmartinez@mytcch.org

Farmers.gov/Coronavirus - USDA has compiled updated service office information as well as frequently asked questions for farmers, ranchers, and other users of USDA programs. 

Small Business Administration - SBA is offering guidance and disaster loans for small businesses affected by COVID-19. 

Washington State Department of Financial Institutions - Our state provides additional financial resources for business owners and residents. 

Department of Veterans Affairs - The VA is taking steps to inform and protect the health of veterans.

Indian Health Service - IHS has helpful information for tribes from general FAQs to assistance with funding resources. 

Internal Revenue Service - The CARES Act, which was recenty signed into law by President Trump, includes economic impact payments for indiviudals who make under $75,000 per year. The IRS has released guidance on these payments and how they will be delivered to Americans.

Social Security Administration - The SSA is working to ensure seniors and beneficiaries can access funds provided by the CARES Act, and employees are working hard to continue dispersing benefits.

Additional information for SSI recipients can be found here

For Our Communities:

Staying Healthy: 

If you think you have Coronavirus: 

  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Monitor your symptoms

Symptoms:

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Getting Tested:

The Washington State Department of Health has issued the following guidance if you believe you need to be tested.

COVID-19 Testing Protocol

Travel Assistance:

  • CDC travel health notices can be found here
  • International travel guidance issued by the Department of State is available here
  • State Department and specific country advisories are listed here.

 

Issues: