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AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – January 16 – 22, 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 (UPDATED)

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has determined the following groups can get vaccinated:

  • Health care workers
  • High-risk first responders
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • All people over 65 years-old (NEWLY ADDED)
  • All people over 50 years-old who cannot live independently (NEWLY ADDED)

If you are eligible, you can find the nearest vaccine provider at: Whether over the phone or online, you may experience long wait times in attempting to schedule your appointment. Please be patient. Vaccines may be in short supply now, but we anticipate this will change soon.

City of Seattle Free COVID-19 Testing

  • The City of SeattleKing County, and UW Medicine are offering free COVID-19 testing for people who live, work, or regularly visit Seattle. Drive-through and walk-up testing are 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. Language interpretation is available. To learn more about these sites, please visit the City of Seattle COVID-19 Free Testing page.

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. 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 Hospitality Worker Emergency Relief Fund (UPDATED)

  • 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. The application deadline has been extended to February 15, 2021. To learn more and to apply, go to:

Renewed Federal Small Business Relief 

A new federal stimulus package was signed into law December 27, 2020, key changes include:

Small businesses who need assistance in applying for PPPPPP ForgivenessEIDL, or the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants may contact the Seattle Office of Economic Development for FREE technical assistance by calling (206) 684-8090 or by emailing

Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

For a full list of opportunities: