Local Resources for COVID-19 Information and Response

Gathering Health Information

  • Washington State Health Reports: Find the latest updates from the Washington State Department of Health or call their hotline: 1-800-525-0127.

  • National Statistics: John Hopkins University has shared this information.

  • Our County Resources: Each county also has a local health department to provide tailored guidance to our communities.

    • Benton-Franklin

    • Columbia

    • Walla Walla

      • Walla Walla County Department of Community Health has a hotline 509-524-2647 to answer questions  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

  • Mental Health Resources: Please be looking out for your resilience and check in on vulnerable neighbors and family members.

    • Crisis Textline: Text HOME to 741741 for access to a crisis counselor. This service is free 24/7 support for anyone in any kind of crisis.

    • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: available online here and by phone at 1-800-273-8255.

    • Resilience tips are available online from the Community Resilience Initiative blog.

Resources for Workers and Businesses

Many of our local businesses and workers have already been affected by a downturn in travel or economic activity as individuals stay home or limit activities.  Information about resources available to assist workers and businesses is available here:

  • Washington State Employment Security Department has provided this guidance.

  • Start Up Washington has compiled these resources for small businesses facing economic challenges due to COVID-19.

  • The U.S. Small Business administration has shared these federal resources for areas affected by COVID-19, including all four counties in the 16th LD.

    • Judy Jones is the local Small Business Development Council representative serving Walla Walla and Columbia Counties (the Tri-Cities office is not currently filled). The best way to reach Judy for technical assistance and questions about access to capital is via email: ww@wsbc.org.

    • Learn more about the SBA’s economic injury disaster loan & $10,000 emergency grant.

Other Assistance Programs and Information

  • IRS Taxes or Economic Stimulus Information: www.irs.gov/coronavirus

    • Newspaper article about how to qualify for the economic stimulus.

    • Please note concerns about potential scams and only contact reliable sources.

  • The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has opened a Special Enrollment Period to help individuals receive health insurance.

How We Can All Help

We know that this is a region and a state that pulls together in difficult times.  From Prosser to Prescott, our region is full of individuals who are incredibly generous in donating their time to local causes, taking meals to sick neighbors, and lending a hand when needed.

Wherever we live, we are all needed now to help limit the spread of the virus and to look out for our more vulnerable neighbors.  Here are a few things we can all do to help:

  • Follow health guidance about washing hands, covering sneezes and coughs, not touching your face, social distancing, and staying home if you are not feeling well.

  • Support local, small businesses that need your patronage.

  • Donate via a local philanthropy to make sure our nonprofit businesses can stay open and keep providing critical services in the weeks and months ahead. For Benton and Franklin Counties you can help through the All in Tri-Cities initiative. Blue Mountain Community Foundation for Walla Walla and Columbia Counties and Innovia for Columbia County. Three Rivers Community Foundation announced a fund for COVID-19 response on April 3 for Benton and Franklin Counties.

  • Check in on neighbors who may have higher health risks and help them get groceries or run errands.

  • Join social media groups to promote connections and avoid isolation. In our area, we have Flatten the Curve Tri-Cities, Walla Walla Gratitude Train, or Walla Walla Mutual Aid Network.

  • Download this BINGO game with fun ideas for how to give back to your community and take care of yourself.

Have other ideas about ways we can give back? Contact us to share your ideas, and we will update this page.

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