City of Sammamish - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Resources
There was no new guidance or directive at the state level this morning affecting the City of Sammamish directly today. All previous recommendations remain in effect. Please see the Governor's press release information below for more details about new rules and guidance for nursing facilities and employers.
New Rules for Nursing homes and assisted living facilities
Gov. Jay Inslee announced new rules today around nursing homes and assisted living facilities that focus on better protecting older adults – a population more likely to be hit by COVID-19 (coronavirus) – during the ongoing statewide, unprecedented health crisis.
Rule changes center around visitors, screening, and precautionary measures.
“The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 appears to be higher in people 60 years or older and in those with chronic health conditions,” Inslee said. “And we know there is an increased risk among people while live in congregated settings, such as long-term care facilities. We need to protect our older adults, and these rules will help.”
Cheryl Strange, secretary at the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, joined the governor during the Olympia press conference.
Rules that go into effect today:
These rules remain in effect until midnight on April 9, 2020.
Inslee declared a state of emergency earlier this month because of COVID-19
Expansion of State Policies to support workers and businesses
Gov. Jay Inslee announced the expansion of state policies today to support workers and businesses financially impacted by COVID-19.
The governor and Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the Washington Employment Security Department, rolled out new rules to help alleviate the economic impact felt by businesses and workers.
These expanded policies complement the leadership large companies have shown to ensure their hourly employees and supporting businesses weather this difficult period.
Inslee also announced today that all state employees impacted by COVID-19 will receive additional leave and telework options.
“Through careful planning and by working together, we can mitigate the economic hardships this situation is going to cause,” Inslee said. "Whether it’s businesses expanding their paid leave and telework options, support for state workers, unemployment insurance or Paid Family and Medical Leave, we can help provide individuals with additional security while they care for themselves and their families. I am also directing the state to look at ways to minimize impact for those impacted by self quarantine. We can also ensure employers retain their workers even if they need to slow down their business operations. On top of all that, we are expanding the ability of employers to retain their workers even if they need to slow business operations.”
As a result of Inslee's emergency proclamation, ESD developed rules to go into effect today. These rules enhance the flexibility of the unemployment insurance program. The rules will help relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine by ensuring unemployment benefits are available to individuals whose employment has been impacted directly by COVID-19.
“The first and best option for workers who need to miss work due to illness or quarantine is to use their employer-provided paid time off,” LeVine said. “When that is not an option, an ESD program may be able to help. Accessing unemployment benefits, which provide a partial wage replacement, to address these situations is not the first choice but it is a last resort that is available for many. The last thing people need to worry about when dealing with a health crisis is how they’re going to put food on the table. These new rules build on our state’s already strong foundation of support services.”
For a list of who qualifies for specific benefits, see this chart from ESD.
For workers: The new rules allow current unemployment claimants who are in isolation or quarantine as a result of COVID-19 more leniency about many unemployment insurance deadlines and mandatory appointments. This includes deadlines for applying for training programs or mandatory re-employment service appointments.
For employers: The rules also waive financial penalties for employers who file their tax reports late, pay their taxes late, or do not respond information requests in a timely fashion as a result of COVID-19.
ESD has created a new COVID-19 information page on its website that provides an overview of programs. These include unemployment benefits for workers whose companies close or experience a slowdown due to the outbreak; layoff assistance for businesses; and Paid Family and Medical Leave benefits for workers who get sick or need to care for a sick family member. The web page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Inslee also announced steps today that will help those who work for the state and are impacted by COVID-19, including leave expansion and telework options to all state employees. The governor was joined by Franklin Plaistowe, assistant director of State Human Resources.
"State employees are the backbone of our government and we need to do everything we can to ensure they are able to take care of themselves and their families," Inslee said. "Those who work for the state of Washington support all of us and we need to support them."
In a letter to state employees today, Inslee laid out these additional options:
Read the full press releases from the Office of the Governor here.
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