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AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – October 3 – 9, 2020

AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Subscribers This weekly alert provides new and updated information and links to City of Seattle programs and services for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It also contains helpful city, county, state and federal resources.    

Seattle News

Governor’s Office, WA State Departments, and King County News

New or Updated Resources and Services

For the full list of resources and services, visit

City of Seattle Free COVID-19 Testing

  • The City of Seattle, King County, and UW Medicine are now offering free COVID-19 testing for people who live, work, or regularly visit Seattle. Drive-through and walk-up testing is available. You must first register online or over the phone. While testing is free, if you have medical insurance, please bring your insurance card or proof of insurance. To learn more about these sites, please visit the City of Seattle COVID-19 Free Testing page.

Public Health and Community Health Center COVID-19 Testing

  • Public Health – Seattle & King County is regularly updating their list of free testing sites located all over King County, which also includes community health centers and UW Mobile Clinics. Language and mobility access varies by location. Learn more at Public Health – Seattle King County’s website.

ArtsWA CARES Act Relief Grants

  • Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to provide CARES relief funding to Washington State arts and cultural organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. They are accepting requests of up to $10,000 for general operating support. No funding match is required. Application Deadline: October 23, 2020 – 5:00pm. Download application guidelines here.

Tabor 100 Black Business Equity Fund (BBEF) 

  • Tabor 100 is a nonprofit community organization that works to achieve economic empowerment and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. They recently launched their Black Business Equity Fund (BBEF) to provide cash grants, training, technical assistance, and other support for the Greater Seattle area Black-owned businesses. Learn more about this fund and how to apply here:

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Black Business Prosperity (BBP) Grant 

  • The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Black Business Prosperity (BBP) Grant provides direct cash assistance to black small business owners who have been financially distressed due to COVID-19 related circumstances. Four (4) minority business owners will be selected to each receive one (1) grant of $5,000.00 in direct cash assistance, and five (5) minority business owners will be selected to each receive one (1) grant of $1,000.00 in direct cash assistance. The application deadline is Monday, October 12, 2020, 11:59pm PST. To learn more and to apply, please visit:

City of Seattle Hygiene, Restroom, and Shower Facilities Map

  • The City of Seattle has conducted an extensive accounting of every City-funded hygiene resource available. As of May 20, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle Public Utilities, The Seattle Public Library, and city-sponsored day centers account for more than 165 locations where hygiene resources are available, including 89 24/7 hygiene facilities that include toilets. Human Services Department’s hygiene map includes all locations that are open and will be updated weekly.

Seattle Protects (Access to Cloth Face Coverings)

Donations and Volunteer OpportunitiesFor a full list of opportunities: