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Call 509-427-3861 and leave the requested information at the voicemail prompt. Upon eligibility and vaccine availability you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
Individuals in groups 1a or 1b must call 360-849-4041 to schedule an appointment.
Public Health Phone #: 360-795-6207
Local & state resources
COVID-19 Testing Locations: Washington State Department of Health
To find the most up-to-date information on COVID vaccine distribution phases, vaccine locations and more, click here.
Washington State Resource Center
Frequently asked questions
WA DOH Blog "Public Connection"
Washington Department of Health Hotline (6:00am-10:00pm): Call 1-800-525-0127 and press # for COVID-19 questions.
Clark County Public Health
Lewis County Public Health
Klickitat County Public Health
Pacific County Public Health
North County: 360-875-9343
South County: 360-642-9349
Cowlitz County Public Health
1-888-683-8676 or 360-636-9595
Wahkiakum County Public Health
888-452-0326 or 360-795-6207
Skamania County Public Health
Thurston County Public Health and Social Services
Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce Info
Small Business assistance
Small Business Administration disaster assistance:
Small businesses in all counties throughout Southwest Washington MAY NOW APPLY HERE for disaster assistance loans. You can also access Frequently Asked Questions and Resources.
Paycheck Protection Program:
As of January 15th, the Small Business Administration has re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders. More information HERE.
Get matched with a lender, HERE.
Find PPP-eligible lenders, HERE.
For more information on PPP, how to apply, lender information, and more, CLICK HERE.
Small Business Administration local contact information:
SBA Portland District Office (services Southwest Washington)
Phone: (503) 326-2682
Small Business Assistance Customer Service Center:
Open from 8am - 8 pm EDT, 7 days a week
Phone: (800) 659-2955
Columbia River Economic Development Council
Workforce Southwest Washington
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist takes a small business step-by-step through the process of preparing to file for a loan.
U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division information:
Published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, when it takes effect on April 1, 2020
- Fact Sheet for Employees
- Fact Sheet for Employers
- Questions and Answers
Additional employment information:
The Washington State Employment Security Department emergency rules were enacted to relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and quarantine for workers and businesses. Below are two ESD programs that can be helpful during this difficult time.
- SharedWork Program allows employers to cut hours rather than cut jobs. Employers can reduce the hours of full-time and part-time employees by as much as 50 percent; employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages.
- Standby Program allows employers to place employees on a temporary standby status for up to eight weeks with an anticipated return to work date. While on standby, employees can collect unemployment benefits and are exempt from job search requirements.
Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to promptly and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. (IRS announcement from March 20, 2020)
Social Security assistance
Social Security recently announced it will be closing its offices due to guidelines of ‘social distancing’ from the CDC. However, Social Security still has their secure, online services available at www.socialsecurity.gov. Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.
If you need help from Social Security:*
If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778). Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative. A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.
*Courtesy of Social Security Administration
Employment scenarios & benefits
Residents can also help their unemployment assistance application process by doing these four things:
Unemployment eligibility check list
Economic Impact Payments
The IRS has issued Questions and Answers about the Third Economic Impact Payment which include several topics:
Information on second round of Economic Impact Payments:
A Frequently Asked Questions page on the second round of Economic Impact Payments is now available on IRS.gov.
Most constituents will receive these payments automatically and should not contact their financial institutions or the IRS with payment timing questions. Constituents can check the status of their payment with Get My Payment. For more details see this press release.
The new FAQs are at Questions and Answers about the Second Economic Impact Payment and separated by topic. More FAQs will be added if/when the need arises. The current topics and questions answered are:
Eligible individuals who did not/do not receive an Economic Impact Payment - either the first or the second payment - will be able to claim it when they file their 2020 taxes in 2021. The IRS urges taxpayers who didn’t receive a payment this year to review the eligibility criteria when they file their 2020 taxes; many people, including recent college graduates, may be eligible to claim it. Constituents will see the Economic Impact Payments (EIP) referred to as the Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) on Form 1040 or Form 1040-SR since the EIPs are an advance payment of the RRC.