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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We continue to face unknown and difficult times. Our number one priority is to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). I ask for your continued patience as tough decisions are made on behalf of keeping our families and communities healthy.

Last night, Gov. Jay Inslee addressed the state of Washington with an update on COVID-19. If you missed his address, you can watch it by clicking here.

He issued a statewide “stay home, stay healthy” order. Here is what that means for you, your families, and your businesses:

  • Every Washingtonian is required to Stay Home, Stay Healthy for a minimum of 2-weeks.
  • This order is not a “shelter in place” order. It’s still safe to go outside using social distancing while tending to essential needs such as grocery shopping, getting takeout at a local restaurant, doctor’s appointments, physical activity and exercise, or going to work at an essential business.
  • All grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, food supply chains, restaurants for takeout or delivery, childcare providers, and health care facilities will remain open.
    • Please avoid the impulse to overstock on groceries and supplies. If everyone sticks to their normal buying habits, there will be enough for everyone – including health care workers, first responders, seniors and others who are ill or vulnerable.
  • All non-essential businesses will close. This will help reduce social interactions where this highly contagious virus can spread. The closing of non-essential businesses will happen within the next 48-hours.
  • Those businesses that can operate using telework are encouraged to continue this practice.
  • The Governor has provided this list of essential businesses.
    • To clarify status, or to petition to be added to the essential business list, please email business@mil.wa.gov.
  • Remember, these tougher restrictions are what will get life back to normal.
  • This order takes effect immediately.

We are a resilient state. We will bounce back. Let’s stick together, keep hope and may God bless us all!


Coronavirus | Information and Resources

The House Republican Caucus has created a website with the most up-to-date local, state and federal information and resources. I encourage you to bookmark this website.

General information

The federal government’s official Coronavirus (COVID-19) site:

Washington state’s official COVID-19 site:

General guidance from the Department of Health:

  • Novel Coronavirus Fact Sheet
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Department of Health:

Updates from the Governor’s Office:

Health Care Authority:

Washington State Office of the Attorney General:

Department of Children, Youth & Families:


Employers and employees

Governor’s Office | Partial list of resources to support economic retention and recovery related to COVID-19 coronavirus:

Employment Security Department:

U.S. Small Business Administration:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Department of Labor:

Department of Revenue:

Department of Financial Institutions:

Department of Labor & Industries:

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave:

Office of the Insurance Commissioner:

As always, my office is here to help you with whatever you need. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at (360) 786-7866 or by email at Morgan.Irwin@leg.wa.gov. You can always reach out to my Legislative Assistant, Meagan, as well. She’s always happy to assist you. Her email is Meagan.Hillier@leg.wa.gov.

It’s an honor to serve you.


Morgan Irwin

State Representative Morgan Irwin, 31st Legislative District
430 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7866 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000