AlertSeattle: COVID-19 Weekly Update – May 1 – May 7, 2020

COVID-19 Subscribers
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. You may receive
more frequent alerts, if needed.   


  • Weekly COVID-19 Community Webinars: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods hosts weekly webinars every Friday from 2:30-4:00 p.m. to connect community to information regarding COVID-19. Each week covers different topics.

Governor’s Office, DOH, and other WA State departments

New OR updated Resources and Services

For the full list of
resources and services, visit www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19.

and Accessible Walk-up and Drive-thru Testing

Free walk-up COVID-19 testing is available at the Rainier Beach
Atlantic City Boat Ramp
(located across from Rainier Beach High School) every
Wednesday and Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM. No appointments are necessary, and
registration will be on-site. The site has the capacity to test 100 people per
day. You will not be asked for your citizenship or immigration status.

On-site and Drive-thru
Testing Sites

Most testing currently
available in the greater Seattle area is limited to patients and employees of
specific health care systems or people who meet guidelines set by the
Washington State Department of Health. Typically, you will be required to
schedule an appointment and have proof of insurance. The Seattle Times maintains this list of testing

City of Seattle Hygiene

Seattle City Council has
launched this map
showing various Seattle Public Library and Parks and Recreation restroom,
shower, and hygiene facilities available to the public. This map might not be completely
comprehensive. We will post an updated map as more facilities open across the
city. The map is available at Councilmember Andrew Lewis’
Hygiene Facilities page

NAMI Washington
Helpline Resources

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Seattle operates a mental health referral and information
helpline (call 206-783-9264 or text 206-207-7765) to connect callers to the
support and resources that they need. This helpline is not a crisis line, as
they are not equipped to assist you with crisis intervention. More information about their helpline and list of
resources here.

You Can Now Use SNAP
EBT Cards to Order Grocery Pick-Up or Delivery

The following stores and
online retailers now accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(SNAP) Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards as a form of payment for grocery
pick-up or delivery.

  • QFC and Fred
    locations that offer grocery
    pick up now accept EBT payment for orders placed online. Select a location and
    place your order through the store website (visit QFC or Fred Meyer).
    When you reach the payment option, select “Pay with EBT” and bring
    your EBT card when you pick up the groceries. Learn more here.
  • Washington SNAP
    EBT funds can be used to purchase groceries for delivery through Amazon Fresh,
    Amazon Pantry, and Amazon Grocery. You can learn more about the program here.

Seattle Area Food Map

The Seattle Human
Resources Department developed this interactive Food Resource

that shows the locations
of food banks, free meals, and student to-go meal pick-ups. The map can also be
filtered by status with options to reflect those open, those with limited
operations, and those whose status is unknown. You can access the map here.

FEEST Seattle and
WA-BLOC Food Support for the Rainier Beach Community (Updated)

FEEST Seattle and WA-BLOC
have been providing free hot lunch for students in the Rainier Beach Community
every Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Rainier Beach Community
Center plaza while schools remain closed. More information is at WA-BLOC’s Facebook page.

ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts
Emergency Relief Fund

The ArtsFund COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund provides immediate relief grants for arts
organizations negatively impacted by COVID-19. “The goal of ArtsFund’s
COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund is to enable arts and cultural
organizations to maintain essential functions and retain core staff throughout
the current public health crisis so that they are positioned to reopen when
possible.” To learn more, visit: artsfund.org/covid-19-relief-fund.

Humanities Washington
CARES Act Humanities Relief Grants

Humanities Washington is
providing rapid-response funding to humanities organizations facing financial hardship
as a result of the coronavirus. Funding for this grant is provided by the CARES
Act and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about
eligibility and to apply, visit: humanities.org/relief.

Federal Small Business
Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)

Small businesses, private
nonprofit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small
aquaculture enterprises in Seattle and King County are now eligible to apply
for up to $2 million in low‑interest Small Business Administration
(SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs)
to offset economic losses caused by the impact of the COVID-19

  • Small business
    owners are also eligible to apply for an EIDL Emergency Advance of up to
    $10,000. Funds will be made available within three days of submitting
    application, and this loan advance will not have to be repaid, regardless of
    whether you end up qualifying for an EIDL loan or not. Details here at the SBA website. 
  • SBA’s Paycheck
    Protection Program (PPP)
    had offered
    up to $10 million in forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their
    employees during the COVID-19 crisis. Details here at the SBA website.
  • Updated: The
    second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program opened on
    April 27.
  • SBA’s Debt
    Relief Program
    pays the principal,
    interest, and fees of current and new 7(a), 504, and microloans. Details here at the SBA website.
  • SBA’s Express
    Bridge Loans
    enables small businesses
    who currently have a business relationship with an SBA Express Lender to access
    $25,000 quickly. Details here at the SBA website.

You can contact the Seattle
Office of Economic Development
(OED) for technical assistance by calling
(206) 684-8090 (interpretation provided) or by emailing [email protected]. You can also learn more at the
Seattle Office of Economic Development page here.
You can also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at
(800) 659-2955 (interpretation provided) or email [email protected] for more information on SBA disaster assistance.


key hubs of online information and resources:

Call Centers for Public Inquiries

  • City of
    Seattle Customer Service Bureau
    206-684-2489 or 206-684-CITY

To learn more about the services the City is providing. Helpline
is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and operators can connect with an
external interpreter.

  • Public Health-Seattle & King
    County –
    For residents who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, or for healthcare providers with COVID-19 questions. Helpline is open daily
    from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and operators can connect with a third-party
  • Washington State Department of Health –
    800-525-0127 and press #
    For general questions about how the virus is
    spread and what to do if you have symptoms. Helpline is open daily from 6
    a.m. – 10 p.m.


Donations and Volunteer Opportunities

list of opportunities
: http://www.seattle.gov/mayor/covid-19#iwanttodonatevolunteer.

City of Seattle PPE Donations Collection
– The City
partnered with Goodwill Industries and Labor partners to coordinate the
collection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for distribution to those on
the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. To learn more, visit here. For donations, visit here.

King County Regional Donations Connector Matching
donations of money, food, goods, and services to agencies in need:www.kingcounty.gov/emergency/donate. Direct
questions to [email protected].

COVID-19 Arts Emergency Relief Fund

Community Fund of Washington State COVID-19 Resiliency Fund