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AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – January 1 – 8, 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

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

We are currently in Phase I of Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine distribution plan. This infographic details the tiers or subphases of Phase I. 

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)

City of Seattle Internet Access Resources (UPDATED)

This City of Seattle chart summarizes the various low-cost internet programs and how to apply.

Translated versions of the chart are available at the links below:

Internet First (UPDATED)

  • Wave Broadband is offering their Internet First program, up to 35 Mbps for $9.95/month for eligible households. The program is open to new Wave or Wave G customers living in a Wave or Wave G service area. Complete the application.

Federal Assistance for Homeowners and Renters (UPDATED)

Federal Student Loan Relief (UPDATED)

  • The federal government has waived payments and interest for many student loan borrowers. You must contact your loan servicer to request a waiver and to make sure that your loan is eligible. The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that loan repayment begins after January 31, 2021. For details, please see this Department of Education release.

Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

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