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AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – January 9 – 15, 2021

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)

People’s Free Telehealth

  • The People’s Free Telehealth offers free and confidential care over video chat to underserved, uninsured, and under-insured populations by a team of board-certified and Washington State-licensed medical providers volunteering their time and expertise. Providers are able to speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and Punjabi. More information on how to schedule an appointment at:

Seattle Hospitality Worker Emergency Relief Fund NEW

  • The City of Seattle has partnered with Wellspring Family Services to provide one-time cash assistance to help meet the basic needs of workers in the hospitality industry impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more and to apply, go to:

Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund UPDATED

  • The goal of the Washington State Student and Youth Homelessness COVID-19 Response Fund is to ensure communities impacted by COVID-19 can rapidly address the diverse needs of students and youth experiencing homelessness at this time. For more details about the Fund and how it works, please visit the Building Changes FAQ page. The fund is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local tribes in Washington State that serve pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students and/or youth and young adults (age 13-24) experiencing homelessness. Learn more or apply.

GSBA Small Business Emergency Resources

  • GSBA is Washington State’s LGBTQ and allied chamber of commerce. They are providing help to both GSBA members and non-members by answering questions about eligibility for the state’s assistance grants, how to fill out an application, or other forms of assistance. Learn more about GSBA Small Business Emergency Resources.

Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of opportunities: