Published on May 21, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources available

Contact: Brian Daskam

See a list of resources and tools from several agencies and organizations for responding to COVID-19.

Action Alerts

Cities Are Essential – Federal funds for ALL cities
The National League of Cities (NLC) launched the Cities Are Essential campaign to fight on behalf of our nation’s residents to secure direct funding for COVID-19 relief to cities of all sizes. Members of Congress, the Administration, and others in Washington, D.C. must understand that cities and towns are essential in the COVID-19 response, recovery, and reopen efforts.

We need you to get involved! Send a letter to your Congressmember, make noise on social media, and write an Op-Ed. We need to partner together to help America bounce back. NLC has put together some critical resources and tools to help you bust myths, get your message out, and connect with your federal partners in Washington. Now is the time to fight! America's municipalities are essential, and we prove it every day.

Take action now!

Upcoming webinars

The essential home: Solutions for local governments | May 27 | Presented by NLC | Register here

Taking care of yourself: Self-care strategies for effective leadership during COVID-19 | May 28 | Presented by NLC | Register here

Resilient cities: Adaption and municipal financing in the era of COVID-19 | May 28 | Presented by NLC | Register here

Support for city operations

General

AWC: COVID-19 Dashboard

AWC: Digital meeting options

Census: COVID-19 sample messaging toolkit

DHS: Telework guidance and resources

FEMA: Planning considerations for organizations in reconstituting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Governor: Construction guidance – Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation (20-25)

ICMA: Coronavirus crisis response: Resources for your community

MRSC: COVID-19 resources for local governments

MRSC: Managing your agency’s response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

MRSC: Coronavirus FAQs for local governments

NLC: Coronavirus response resources for local leaders

NLC: COVID-19 local action tracker

USDA: COVID-19 federal rural resource guide

Health & safety

Courts: Public health communicable disease bench book

CDC: Implementation of mitigation strategies for communities with local COVID-19 transmission

FEMA: Addressing PPE needs in non-healthcare settings

FEMA: Coronavirus emergency management best practices

OSHA: Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19

Homelessness

HUD: COVID-19 response and homelessness: An action and resource guide

HUD: Infectious disease toolkit for CoCs

Human resources

DHS: Guidance on the essential critical infrastructure workforce

DOL: COVID-19 and the American workplace resources

DOL: Guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

ESD: COVID-19 response rulemaking

ESD: COVID-19 unemployment toolkit

ESD: Statement from Commissioner Suzi LeVine on the rise in unemployment imposter fraud attempts

ESD: Unemployment benefits fraud

NEW ESD: Emergency rule – What happens if the department suspects my claim is fraudulent

Governor: Essential critical infrastructure workers

HRC: Guidance for employers related to COVID-19 and compliance with non-discrimination laws during COVID-19

NEWL&I: Paid sick leave and COVID-19 common questions

NEWL&I: Hazard considerations for employers – face coverings, masks, and respirator choices

MRSC: Essential services and workers during the COVID-19 emergency

Infrastructure

DOH: Certified backup operators for public water systems

DOH: COVID-19 planning – Water treatment plant staffing continuity

DOH: COVID-19 resources for drinking water system owners and operators

DOH: Drinking water and novel Coronavirus disease

DOH: COVID-19 suspension of water shut-offs and expanded customer assistance programs FAQ

EPA: Incident action checklist – Pandemic incidents

Governor: Phase 1 construction restart COVID-19 job site requirements

Governor: FAQS on Governor’s memo on construction

MRSC: Handling development permitting and inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Legal

AGO: Legality of options for supporting small businesses and low-income individuals during a public health crisis

AGO: Updated Open Public Meetings Act general guidance during the COVID-19 event

AGO: Second update on Open Public Meetings Act general guidance during the COVID-19 event

AGO: Third update on Open Public Meetings Act general guidance during the COVID-19 event

AGO: Fourth update on Open Public Meetings Act general guidance during the COVID-19 event

AGO: Guidance on governor proclamation adjusting PRA and OPMA rules

AGO: Guidance on analyzing issues related to gifts of public funds during the COVID-19 pandemic

PDC: Tips for filing during the COVID-19 emergency

SAO: Update on audit-related deadlines

SOS: Managing COVID-19 pandemic records

SOS: Using record retention schedules: How long do COVID-19 pandemic records need to be kept? (April update)

SOS: Using record retention schedules: How long should COVID-19 screening records be retained (May update)

Federal and state funding sources

Commerce: Rapid COVID-19 housing grant information

Commerce: State CDBG COVID-19 funds

FEMA: Public Assistance Program

FEMA: Seeking FEMA assistance to the COVID-19 pandemic

Governor: CARES Act funding city & county distribution

NEW MRSC: Cities, towns, and counties to receive CARES Act funds

NLC: Seeking FEMA assistance to the COVID-19 pandemic

Treasury: Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQS updated as of May 4, 2020

Treasury: Coronavirus Relief Fund guidance for state, territorial, local, and tribal governments updated as of April 22, 2020

Support for city workers

DOH: COVID-19 planning – Water treatment plant staffing continuity

DOL: COVID-19 and the American workplace resources

DOL: Guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded Family and Medical Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

ESD: CARES Act Q&A

ESD: COVID-19 scenarios & benefits available

ESD: COVID-19 unemployment toolkit

ESD: Employer Q&A for unemployment

ESD: Statement from Commissioner Suzi LeVine on the rise in unemployment imposter fraud attempts

ESD: Unemployment benefits fraud

NEW ESD: Emergency rule – What happens if the department suspects my claim is fraudulent

ESD: Unemployment eligibility checker

ESD: Workers Q&A for unemployment

HRC: FAQ regarding employee rights under Washington state law against discrimination during COVID-19

L&I: COVID-19 health & safety tips

MRSC: Essential services and workers during the COVID-19 emergency

Support for local businesses

AWB: COVID-19 employer resources webinar series

Commerce: Small Business Resiliency Assistance Program

Commerce: Working Washington small business emergency grants

DOR: Business relief during COVID-19 pandemic

NEW Governor: COVID-19 reopening guidance for businesses and workers

Governor: Phase 1 construction restart COVID-19 job site requirements

Governor: FAQS on Governor’s memo on construction

L&I: Common questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) from businesses with workers' compensation insurance through L&I

MRSC: Handling development permitting and inspections during the COVID-19 pandemic

State: Business response center

State: What’s open and closed?

SBA: Apply for a disaster loan

Support for residents

AGO: COVID-19 eviction moratorium complaint form

CDC: COVID-19 messaging toolkit

Commerce: Washington drive-in Wi-Fi hotspot location finder

DOH: COVID-19 211 resource

DOH: COVID-19 mythbuster blog

DOH: COVID-19 testing information for healthcare providers

FEMA: COVID-19 mythbusters page

WH: 30 Days to Slow the Spread

Public engagement tools

Census: COVID-19 sample messaging toolkit

DOH: Guidance on cloth face coverings

DOH: COVID-19 grocery shopping tips

DOH: COVID-19 suggested safety messages for water utility customers

DOH: What does six feet look like?

DOH: 10 reasons NOT to have a “COVID-19 party”

NEW DOH: The dos and don’ts of wearing a cloth face mask

EMD: Community Engagement Program

FDA: What is an EUA?

NLC: Cities and COVID-19: What do Americans think?

State: COVID-19 infographics

State: COVID-19 risk assessment dashboard

State: Mask challenge

State: Spread the facts partner toolkit

State: How you can help

WH: 30 Days to Slow the Spread

WH: Opening up America again plan

On-demand trainings

Doubling down on an equitable and resilient recovery – Presented by NLC

How cities can combat the COVID-19 housing crisis with rental assistance – Presented NLC

Planning and preparing for your government’s return to work – Presented by ICMA

Economic recovery and resiliency webinar series – Presented by AWB & the State of Washington

Tele-Town Hall | Coronavirus: The disparate impact on communities – Presented by NLC & AARP

Framework for projecting the revenue of the COVID-19 crisis – Presented by MRSC

COVID-19 economic recovery and resiliency – Presented by Commerce & AWB

Procurements under FEMA awards during periods of emergency or exigency – Presented by FEMA

COVID-19: How local leaders can support individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness – Presented by NLC

COVID-19 panning and response: Overview of EPA’s pandemic incident action checklist for water utilities – Presented by the EPA

Sharing COVID-19 information in multiple languages – Presented by NLC

COVID-19 crisis communication: How to make your messages hit home – Presented by NLC

Protecting & rebuilding communities from the COVID-19 challenge – Presented by NLC

Managing the impact of COVID-19 on your agency – Presented by MRSC

Preparing for the fiscal implications of COVID-19 – Presented by MRSC

Federal & state actions

Federal

Families First Coronavirus Response

CARES Act

SBA: Automatic deferment of existing SBA disaster loans through end of 2020

WH: Opening up America again plan

WH: Testing blueprint – Opening up America again

WH: Testing overview –– Opening up America again

State

AGO: Legality of options for supporting small businesses and low-income individuals during a public health crisis

AGO: Updated Open Public Meetings Act general guidance during the COVID-19 event

Governor: Inslee announces distribution of funding to local governments from federal stimulus package

Governor: Safe Start Washington

Governor: Hiking and other outdoor activities restart COVID-19 requirements and recommendations

Governor: Phase 1 construction restart COVID-19 job site requirements

Governor: Washington Recovery Plan

Governor: Bill package to support state effort combating the COVID-19 outbreak

Governor: Issued proclamations

Governor: Support for workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19

Governor: Construction guidance – Stay Home, Stay Healthy proclamation (20-25)

Governor: Phased plan for reopening Washington

State & federal resource pages

Agriculture: COVID-19 resource page

CDC: Central COVID-19 resource page

Census 2020: COVID-19 resource page

DOH: COVID-19 resource page

DOL: Wage & hour division newsroom

EPA: COVID-19 resource page

Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco: COVID-19 resource page

FEMA: COVID-19 response page

L&I: COVID-19 resource page

SAO: COVID-19 information

State: Central COVID-19 resource page

WH: COVID-19 resource page

Other Associations pages

Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation (IHME): Tools, resources, and publications

IMHE: Hospital and resource use projections

National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO): Rapid response: Tools for cities

Acronyms

  • AGO: Washington State Attorney General’s Office
  • Agriculture: Department of Agriculture
  • CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • DHS: Department of Homeland Security
  • DOH: Washington State Department of Health
  • DOL: Department of Labor
  • DOR: Washington State Department of Revenue
  • EMD: Washington Emergency Management Department
  • EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
  • ESD: Washington Employment Security Department
  • FEMA: Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • HRC: Washington State Human Rights Commission
  • HUD: Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • ICMA: International City/County Management Association
  • L&I: Washington State Labor & Industries
  • NLC: National League of Cities
  • OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • PDC: Washington State Public Disclosure Commission
  • SAO: Washington State Auditor's Office
  • SOS: Secretary of State
  • SBA: Small Business Administration
  • State: Washington State
  • WH: White House
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