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AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – November 21 – 25, 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.

Basic Food or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (UPDATED)

  • Basic Food is Washington State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Due to additional emergency funding from the federal government, all existing and new Basic Food participants will receive the maximum benefit for their household size. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will continue to request month-to-month extensions of this benefit as long as a national public emergency declaration is in place. This will temporarily increase the monthly assistance for households that did not already qualify for the maximum benefit. You can read more about this emergency supplemental funding on the Washington DSHS website, (which includes FAQs in multiple languages).

Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) (UPDATED)

  • The City of Seattle helps low- and moderate-income working families or families with a parent attending school to pay for child care for children ages one month to 13 years. Families receive a monthly voucher for child care that can be used at any one of the City’s participating CCAP providers, including licensed family child care homes and centers in Seattle. For more information, visit or call (206) 386-1050.

2020 Small Business Stabilization Fund for Businesses and Nonprofits Impacted by COVID-19 

  • The Small Business Stabilization Fund provides $10,000 grants to small businesses and economic opportunity nonprofits throughout Seattle who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. The Seattle Office of Economic Development (OED) will ensure that at least two-thirds of grant recipients will be selected from applications from businesses with five or fewer employees and from areas that are identified as high risk of displacement or highly disadvantaged. OED will provide 67 percent of grants to businesses with five or fewer employees that are located in high-displacement risk areas. This fund also aims to better support creative industry small businesses and workers and will specifically allocate 10 percent of all grants-or 24 grants-to creative industry small businesses. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Learn more and apply.

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 Opportunities

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