Resources and Information
Updated State Resources
State Level: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/
  • Washington Ready Plan as of June 30, 2021
  • COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses and Workers as of June 30, 2021
  • L&I Requirements as of August 23, 2021
  • Current Mask Requirements as of August 31, 2021
  • Current Vaccine Requirements as of August 21, 2021
  • The proclamation requires all state employees, higher education, childcare, and K-12 education employees, and most health and long-term care providers to be fully vaccinated with a recommended COVID-19 vaccine by October 18, 2021 as a condition of employment. Employers will need to verify vaccination status of all employees. This does not apply to private-sector employers.
  • Deadline for vaccination: October 18, 2021
  • FAQs: https://www.governor.wa.gov/VaccineMandateFAQ

Small business Grant

Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants

Apply for up to $10,000 in emergency funding

Governor Inslee is offering a new Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program to assist small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Up to $5 million in funds are provided through the Governor’s Strategic Reserve Fund and administered by the State Department of Commerce. The grant program will provide a limited number of businesses in Washington’s 39 counties with a grant up to $10,000.

Disaster Loan Assistance from the Small Business Administration

Small businesses and nonprofits financially impacted by the coronavirus (back to Jan 31, 2020) can apply for assistance to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Apply online up until December 16, 2020.  This comes as Washington received a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration makes SBA assistance (low-interest loans – 3.75% for businesses, 2.75% for nonprofits) available in many counties across Washington, including Whitman County. 

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Business Resiliency Toolkit

The Washington Small Business Development Center (WSBDC) Business Resiliency Toolkit is to be used in conjunction with the WSBDC Small Business Resiliency Guide.

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Coronavirus Disease and Businesses Information for Administrators and Employees

Information on providing for the safety and health of your empolyees and your workplace.

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COVID-19 Information from Whitman County Public Health & Social Services

Information including press releases, recommendations, and coronavirus patient counts from our local county government.

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SBA Covid-19 Resources from Washington State Department of Commerce

Information regarding new federal legislation opening up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 resource list for impacted Washington businesses and workers

The Governor’s Office has compiled this partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus.

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For workers and businesses affected by COVID-19

If you are affected by COVID-19, Employment Security has programs that may be able to help. We adopted a series of emergency rules to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation and quarantine for workers and businesses.

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CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Information here contains recommendations on what businesses should do now, along with specific guides for many various industries.

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