Whatcom County General Resources:

The primary site for all COVID-19 resources and news for Whatcom County is Whatcom Unified Command: https://whatcomcovid.com/. It includes opportunities for volunteering to help our community.

 

There is a also a county page with information and links including News and Guidelines: http://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19.

Health & Wellness:

If you or someone you know needs help surviving Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault you can call DVSAS at 1−877-715-1563, or find support through their website:  https://www.dvsas.org/.

If your employment circumstances change you may be able to adjust your health care coverage: https://www.healthfinderwashington.org/.  And you may qualify for state health care through Community Health Plan of WA / Apple Health: https://www.chpw.org/.

The Bellingham School District has pulled together a number of mental health resources and guidelines for children and families located here: https://bellinghamschools.org/resources/mental-health/.

Help for Students:

A local Squalicum High School student has put together a website to help students prepare for college as they navigate at home learning:  https://www.coronaviruscollegeprep.com/.

And the local school districts have put learning resources on their websites to help families, like this one from Ferndale:  https://www.ferndalesd.org/covid-19/learning-resources.

WA State Pages:

The WA state government page dedicated to COVID-19 with news and guidance is found at:  https://coronavirus.wa.gov/. There is a page specifically for Business & Workers: https://coronavirus.wa.gov/business-workers.

The Governor also has a page showing coronavirus resources: https://www.governor.wa.gov/issues/issues/covid-19-resources. (The Latest News section shows any action related to the issue, including the recent Phase Approach reopening plan.)

Applying for Benefits:

Unemployment benefits can be accessed through:  https://esd.wa.gov/.

Gig workers / independent contractors may now be eligible for benefits, so do apply now or reopen your account to reapply for these new benefits. ESD also manages Paid Family & Medical Leave Benefits. 

For information on workplace safety, workers' compensation, and Paid Sick Leave go to:  https://lni.wa.gov/.

ESD published a helpful guide about what benefits you may be eligible for:  https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/newsroom/COVID-19/covid-19-scenarios-and-benefits.pdf

Legal Help:
 

LAW Advocates is the local Whatcom County pro bono / free civil legal aid service provider:  www.lawadvocates.org.

For help with unemployment benefit appeals check out the Unemployment Law Project at: http://unemploymentlawproject.org/.

Washington Law Help has general self-help resources:  https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/. 

For quick summaries of the CARES Act and other legal updates check out Lisa's News post at:  https://www.carmichaelclark.com/news/covid-19-resources-for-workers-and-businesses/.

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