Dear Friends and Neighbors,
By now, you're all aware of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that is impacting lives all over the world, including here in Washington. As of this morning, state health officials had confirmed 27 total cases and nine deaths in Washington related to the virus.
As the number of cases continues to climb, there is increased awareness and concern. As a Legislature, we are receiving daily updates on this matter and we will continue to bring you any new information as we receive it.
In the meantime, if you have questions, you can call the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
You can also stay up to date by following them online at the various websites and social media channels below:
What we are doing in the Legislature
Yesterday, I joined with the rest of the House to approve a bill that would direct $100 million from the state's reserves to fight the outbreak. We understand that this is a large sum of money and we take that very seriously.
We have done everything in our power to ensure this money is protected, and that it will be spent strictly on combating this virus and its effects. This legislation also ensures that our reserves will be replenished once federal dollars to fight the virus arrive to Washington state.
We will continue to work with DOH, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and other state agencies to identify what the Legislature can do to ensure we have the necessary resources.
We are all working together for the best possible outcome for Washingtonians. Continue to stay informed by checking in with the DOH website and social media channels above. I'll keep you updated on the status of our efforts in the Legislature to respond to this issue, as new information is received.
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