Published on Apr 03, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources available

Contact: Brian Daskam

Virtual events

COVID-19: How to support people experiencing unsheltered homelessness

Presented by NLC

Monday, April 6

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Understanding local government resources available in the CARES Act & other federal legislation

Presented by ICMA

Tuesday, April 7

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During the Coronavirus outbreak: Investing in neighborhoods where young children and families thrive

Wednesday, April 15

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COVID-19 crisis communication: How to make your messages hit home

Presented by NLC

On demand

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Protecting & rebuilding communities from the COVID-19 challenge

Presented by NLC

On demand

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Managing the impact of the COVID-19 on your agency

Presented by MRSC

On demand

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Preparing for the fiscal implications of COVID-19

Presented by MRSC

On demand

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Local resources

Local Department of Health

Connect with your local health authority for resources and guidelines on addressing COVID-19.


Published a brief summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.


NEW Manages a pages of COVID-19 FAQs for local governments

Posted Managing Your Agency’s Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), an article outlining cities’ role as employers and the cities’ emergency powers.

Cataloged a number of resources under Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Local Governments.

National League of Cities (NLC)

Published a summary of the CARES Act, the $2 trillion emergency relief package.

Published the results of a recent survey Cities and COVID-19: What Do Americans Think?

Published Coronavirus Response Resources for Local Leaders, a webpage outlining resources for communities leaders.

Published Seeking FEMA Assistance to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a guide for local governments to properly access FEMA funds.

Published FAQ related to H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Published the COVID-19: Local Action Tracker


Provides resources for city managers and administrators on issues related to crisis communications, workforce, and emergency preparedness.

Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME)

Provides tools, resources, and publications for communities to understand impacts of COVID-19.

Published state-by-state projections of hospital resource usage and human loss due to COVID-19.

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Published Rapid Response: Tools for Cities, a toolbox for local transportation officials.

State resources

Washington State

Published a page stating which business are open or closed.

Published a meta website combining COVID-19 resources from multiple agencies.

Published a page focused on how individuals can help by donating supplies or time.

Attorney General’s Office

Issued updated guidance on following OPMA rules during COVID-19.

Issued a summary of the Governor’s emergency proclamation impacting PRA and OPMA.

Issued a memo on issues related to the gift of public funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Department of Commerce

Issued $1.8 million in CDBG grants to eligible counties for projects related to COVID-19.

Information related to COVID-19 Emergency Housing Grant.

Released information regarding an immediate impact grant for NGOs serving homeless affected by COVID-19.

Department of Health

NEW Published a blog post busting common myths of COVID-19.

Published resources for owners and operators of drinking water facilities.

Maintains a webpage with updates and resources regarding COVID-19.

Published an FAQ providing guidance on water treatment plant staffing continuity.

Published an updated list of COVID-19 testing information.

Department of Labor & Industries (L&I)

NEW Published a list of safety topics related to COVID-19.

NEW Maintains a general information page with COVID-19 resources.

Department of Revenue

Published a list of available business relief resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employment Security Department

Published a Q&A for workers and employers regarding unemployment and time off.

Maintains a running list of emergency rules related to COVID-19 response.

Announced additional supports for employers and workers impacted by COVID-19.

Published a chart summarizing who qualifies for specific benefits.

Governor's office

Provided guidance on allowed construction relation projections during the Stay Home period.

Compiled a list of businesses and employees considered essential during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Published an article outlining a signed bill package supporting COVID-19 efforts.

List of proclamations issued by the Governor.

Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)

NEW Tipsfor filing during the COVID-19 emergency

Washington Military Department

Activated the Public Assistance (PA) Program – a program specifically for state, tribal, and local governments seeking federal assistance in response to COVID-19

Washington Census

Published a toolkit to aid cities in messaging around census activities and COVID-19.

Washington Courts

Reshared a document published in 2008, Public Health Communicable Disease Bench Book.

Federal resources

H.R. 748: CARES Act

Published a summary of the CARES Act, the $2 trillion emergency relief package.

H.R. 6201: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

NLC published an FAQ specific for cities.

HR 6201 House of Representatives Fact Sheet

HR 6201 House of Representatives Title-By-Title Summary

US Health Solutions HR 6201 Summary

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Made printable materials in multiple languages for COVID-19 response available for download.

Published Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission.

Maintains a webpage with federal updates and resources regarding COVID-19.

Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)

Published COVID-19 Response and Homelessness: An Action and Resource Guide

Developed an Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuum of Care homeless shelters.

Department of Labor (DOL)

Maintains a webpage providing regular updates for employers regarding new Federal laws.

Published additional guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded FMLA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Developed COVID-19 planning guidance for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls.

Published Q&A guides for employers addressing impacts to FMLA and FLSA.

Department of Homeland Security

NEW Guidance on essential critical infrastructure workforce


Created a resource page for local governments combating COVID-19.


Maintains a rumor control page responding to common myths related to COVID-19.

FEMA is authorized to reimburse local governments for costs associated with “emergency protective measures” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maintains a COVD-19 information site with links to important resources including press releases, fact sheets, and FAQs.

US Small Business Administration (SBA)

Federal disaster loan applications are now available through the SBA. Loans are available to 32 Washington counties.

Press Release: Carranza Implements Automatic Deferment of Existing SBA Disaster Loans Through End of 2020

U.S. Census

Published a website providing details of operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The White House

Published 30 Days to Slow the Spread – simple guidance for residents to follow during the outbreak.

Published a meta website combining COVID-19 resources from multiple agencies.

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