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Alert Seattle COVID Update– October 24 – 30, 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.

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)

Seattle and King County announced a Health Directive for all workers and residents to wear cloth face coverings in all indoor public settings and outdoor public spaces where maintaining social distancing could be difficult. Learn more about how you can access free or low-cost masks.

King County Eviction Prevention and Rent Assistance Program (formerly “United Way of King County Home Base Rent Assistance Fund”) (UPDATED)

The United Way of King County, City of Seattle, and King County have re-launched this financial aid program for Seattle and King County residents who have been impacted financially by COVID-19 and are behind on rent. Applications are open now. Eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery pool, and rent assistance recipients will be selected in weekly drawings. Renters can learn more about eligibility and apply here.

Application assistance and interpreter services are available through partner organizations.

  • Spanish: (206) 829-7053 (The Arc of King County)
  • Amharic: (206) 453-5142 (Partners in Employment)
  • Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese: (253) 245-6394 (Open Door for Multicultural Families)
  • English and other languages not listed here: 211 (Crisis Connections)

Technical Assistance from Trusted Community Messengers NEW

The Washington State Department of Commerce is offering culturally and linguistically relevant assistance for business owners and organizations affected by COVID-19. Twenty partner organizations are available to help small businesses and nonprofits find and apply for resources; access translation assistance; navigate local, state, and federal resources; and more. Learn more about this assistance.

WA Equity Relief Fund for Nonprofits 

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Philanthropy Northwest are administering $2 million of relief funding through an open application process to community-based nonprofits and tribal organizations most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Information sessions and language-accessible technical assistance are available. To learn more about eligibility and to apply, please visit:

Washington State Community Small Business Resiliency Grant (DEADLINE EXTENDED)

Utilizing $5 million of federal CARES Act Relief Funds, the Washington State Department of Commerce has developed a Community Small Business Resiliency Grant Program, which can can be used to cover working capital shortfalls due to COVID-19 hardship. The application period closes October 30, 2020 at noon. For more information and to apply, visit

Donations and Volunteer OpportunitiesFor a full list of opportunities: