COVID-19 Response Information and Resources
SWACH staff are following the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order from the Governor, which has been extended until May 31, 2020, with phased reopening of businesses beginning in May. Our office will remain open with limited staff, but the majority of our team will be working from home and available via email. To connect with one of our staff, please click here for their information or email us and we will connect you with the right person.
SWACH is gathering information from our partners and community members to help keep people informed on the regional response to to the COVID-19 pandemic. We also have a short video that covers some of the basics of reducing the spread of COVID-19.
Safe Start Washington plan for reopening
COVID-19 response page – State of Washington
Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Information Page. You can also call 1-800-525-0127 and press # from 6 am to 10 pm, seven days a week to have your questions answered, or text the word “Coronavirus” to 211211 to receive information and updates wherever you are.
Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) COVID-19 information
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) site (national information)
National Institutes of Health research based information on COVID-19
World Health Organization information (international)
Clark County Public Health updates their page regularly with information including local case count and current recommendations.
Skamania County COVID Response page
Klickitat County COVID information page
US Citizen and Immigration Services just announced that any testing, treatment, or services relating to COVID-19 will NOT be used against immigrants in their public charge evaluation.
Many providers and Managed Care Organizations (Medicaid/Apple Health insurance providers) are encouraging utilizing telehealth services, which allow patients to see a doctor by phone or video, for non-emergency issues . Please contact your provider or insurance carrier (Molina, CHPW, Amerigroup, Coordinated Care, etc.) directly to learn what options may be available.
The DEA also has some guidance about using telemedicine and electronic prescribing for controlled substances.
Washington requests Medicaid Flexibility
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state is standing up a crisis support program called Washington Listens. Washington Listens provides non-clinical based support to people experiencing elevated stress due to COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently added a COVID-19 Communication Toolkit For Migrants, Refugees, and Other Limited-English-Proficient Populations. Resources are available in 26 languages to help public health professionals, health departments, community organizations, and healthcare systems and providers reach populations who may need COVID-19 prevention messaging in their native languages.
Information from the Federal Trade Commission on avoiding scams related to COVID-19
Child Care Aware has a hotline to help find child care – call 1-800-446-1114
Clark County Dental Association has put together a list of dentists providing emergency dental services.
Washington state residents currently participating in the federal Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may apply for special crisis benefits. See details here.
Mental Health America has extensive library of information and resources regarding mental health and COVID
Area Agency on Aging and Disabilities has several resources, including this list of meal delivery options, grocery delivery, and special shopping hours for high-risk individuals in Clark County. Clark County Food Bank has a list of Food Pantry Sites and other ways to get food.
The Washington State Employment Security Department has programs designed to help individuals and employers affected by COVID-19. You may also be eligible for WA State Paid Family and Medical leave.
The Washington State Health Benefit Exchange announced a limited-time special enrollment period for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance.
Clark County Sheriff’s Office has started the Senior Wellness Check program – a free service utilizing volunteers to make regular contact with participants by phone
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
john a. powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute, and internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty, and democracy, shares his thoughts on the importance of staying connected to each other.
Information on school closures, and resources for students, teachers, and families can be found on the ESD112 page, which also links to specific school districts in our region. Triple P also has some tips for parents and caregivers in uncertain times
The US Small Business Association also has resources including disaster assistance loans
If you need other financial assistance, the WA Department of Financial Institutions has put together this resource.
WA Department of Licensing has extended expiration dates on driver’s licenses for 90 days and expanded online services for renewals
For people experiencing housing insecurity, Council for the Homeless regularly updates their website with information.
Students from Washington State University-Vancouver (WSUV) created a list of resources for people who may need some help during the school closures. Leaders of SWWA LULAC, Vancouver.Wa NAACP, Clark County Latino Youth Conference, and Latino Community Resource Group will continue to update it as more information is available.