Whatcom County General Resources:
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
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/.