Many people have had questions about the current Coronavirus outbreak and we wanted to provide some resources, both nationally within the United States, as well as regionally for the Pacific Northwest.
Nationally, if you have questions, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website for up-to-date resources and information:
ASL videos on COVID-19 by the CDC (YouTube)
The Southeast ADA Center list with up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and public health departments in the US Southeast region. Resources for employers and transportation updates are also included, as well as resources in Spanish.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund webpage on COVID-19 materials and communications, opportunities for advocacy, government information, and helpful resources. Will be updated as the situation changes
The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) webpage titled "COVID-19 State and Federal Resources."
The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) webpage titled Coronoavirus and COVID-19
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
Note: The DOH Coronavirus Hotline is experiencing high traffic and may be temporarily unavailable, so try back periodically.
The DOH's ASL videos on COVID-19 are available on its YouTube Channel.
The Washington State Independent Living Council has a webpage of COVID-19 information and news updates.
King County Novel Coronavirus Call Center:
If you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, or if you're a healthcare provider with questions about COVID-19, contact our novel coronavirus call center: 206-477-3977.
The call center will be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM PST.
- For general questions about COVID-19 or Washington State's response, please call the Washington State Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127.
SDS E-Alert: COVID-19 Update for Wednesday March 11, 2019
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has expanded the information available on its COVID-19 webpage to address high-risk populations at a new Specific Groups page, with direct links noted below.
Direct link to recommendations concerning high risk populations (for long term care facilities; providers of long term services and supports; and seniors, individuals with underlying medical conditions, and their caregivers)
Direct link to Alaska DHSS COVID-19 website: coronavirus.alaska.gov, with link to Specific Groups page with section for High Risk Populations
The Governor’s March 10, 2020 press release regarding recommendations related to high-risk groups can be found here: State Urges Alaskans to Follow New Health Guidance in Anticipation of COVID-19 Cases, with a link to the accompanying official State Health Alert.
visit Health and Welfare Idaho
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions about COVID-19 or the Statewide Stay-Home Order. The number, 1-888-330-3010, will be staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The number will be in service beginning Monday, March 30.
The Idaho State Independent Living Council has created the following March preparedness tips sheet for people with chronic health conditions and disabilities. They state, "As we continue to prepare for any type of quarantine/self-quarantine, we want to help everyone be as ready as possible. These tips apply to the flu currently hitting our area and other emergencies. It’s always a good idea to review personal and family back up plans frequently." To request the tips sheet in another language or to get more information about emergency preparedness for individuals with disabilities, contact the Idaho State Independent Living Council:
Mel Leviton, 208-334-3800,