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.
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 Administration for Community Living (ACL) updates its resource page, What Do Older Adults and People with Disabilities Need to Know About Coronavirus Disease 2019? Items include symptom guidelines, resources for accessible virtual meetings, webinars for caregivers, resource guides for seniors and senior center, equal employment information, and guidance for ACL grantees.
Provider Accessibility Initiative COVID-19 Web Series - Guidance from People with Disabilities on How to Provide Disability-Competent Care During COVID-19 Epidemic, from the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL)
Face Coverings and Businesses: Balancing the ADA with Public Health During COVID-19 - NEW Fact Sheet by the Northwest ADA Center for AK, ID, OR, and WA
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.
DSHS FamHelp Hotline answers questions about long-term care facilities and other state-licensed facilities affected by COVID-19: 888-856-5691. Calls taken by trained operators between 6am and 10pm daily.
King County, Washington
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.
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 AM to 6 PM. The number will be in service beginning Monday, March 30.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Developmental Disabilities with drop-down menu for Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) information and guidance
COVID-19 Guidance for People with Disabilities, Older Adults and People with Underlying Health Conditions [PDF] by the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division and DHS Emergency Management
FACT Oregon, a nonprofit working with families that have children with disabilities, has a webpage with resources and guidance
The Aging and Disability Community Project is acquiring and distributing limited amounts of facial masks, face coverings, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies for caregivers of people with disabilities and older adults.
The Digital Divide Workgroup: Connecting Portland During the COVID-19 Crisis aims to help provide computers to eligible people with disabilities who are impacted by COVID-19.