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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The shadow of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to loom above us. I want to make sure you stay updated on the latest news and information surrounding this virus. I know the decisions being made aren’t the easiest ones to take when they alter our normal way of life. Please stay patient. Let’s stick together, ride this storm out, and stay healthy.

Tonight, Gov. Jay Inslee provided an update on current restrictions. If you missed his address, you can watch it by clicking here. He issued a statewide “stay home, stay healthy” order. Here’s what that means for you, your family, and your business.

  • Every Washingtonian is required to Stay Home, Stay Healthy for a minimum of 2-weeks.
  • This order is not a “shelter in place” order. It’s still safe to go outside using social distancing while tending to essential needs such as grocery shopping, getting takeout at a local restaurant, doctor’s appointments, physical activity and exercise, or going to work at an essential business.
  • All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains, restaurants for takeout or delivery, childcare providers, and health care facilities will remain open.
    • Please avoid the impulse to overstock on groceries and supplies. If everyone sticks to their normal buying habits, there will be enough for everyone – including health care workers, first responders, seniors and others who are ill or vulnerable.
  • All non-essential businesses will close. This will help reduce social interactions where this highly contagious virus can spread. The closing of non-essential businesses will happen within the next 48-hours. 
  • Those businesses that can operate using telework are encouraged to continue this practice. 
  • For businesses where individuals cannot work from home, the Governor’s Office has provided a list of essential businesses.
  • This is about getting life back to normal. To do that, restrictions are being hit harder.
  • This order takes effect immediately.

We will get through this together.



Coronavirus | Information and Resources

The House Republican Caucus has created a website with the most up-to-date local, state and federal information and resources. I encourage you to bookmark this website.

General Information

The federal government’s official Coronavirus (COVID-19) site:

Washington state’s official COVID-19 site:

General guidance from the Department of Health:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Department of Health:

Updates from the Governor’s Office:

Health Care Authority:

Washington State Office of the Attorney General:

Department of Children, Youth & Families:


Employers and employees

Governor’s Office | Partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus:

Employment Security Department:

U.S. Small Business Administration:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Department of Labor:

Department of Revenue:

Department of Financial Institutions:

Department of Labor & Industries:

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave:

Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

If there’s anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at (509) 492-4648. You can also email me at Bill.Jenkin@leg.wa.gov. My Legislative Assistant, Marge, is also here to assist you with whatever you need. You can email her at Marge.Plumage@leg.wa.gov. I encourage you to reach out. We’re here for you.

It’s an honor to serve you.


Bill Jenkin

State Representative Bill Jenkin, 16th Legislative District
470 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7836 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000