Key Links Regarding Coronavirus Situation
- State Department of Commerce - Clarification on what businesses are deemed "essential" and can remain open during this Pandemic.
- Governors Order Clarification: Construction Services - Clarificiation on pause on private construction projects.
- Walla Walla County Department of Community Health - Local public health agency responsible for the region.
- State Coronavirus Response - This page details response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Clarification from CPPD on Governor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order
Letter to the Residents from Mayor (3-23-2020)
Executive Order from Governor Inslee: Stay Home, Stay Healthy
Emergency Declaration for City of College Place
Key Highlights of the Emergency Declaration
- Section 6: The City will waive late fees and utility shutoffs for individuals that are impacted by COVID-19 virus for the months of March & April at which time the situation will be evaluated again. The City may require affected account holders to provide proof of quantine and/or illness in the form of a medical provider note or other as directed by the City. Businesses that were fully closed due to the Governor's Emergency Orders fall into this as well.
- Section 8: That the City Administrator is hereby authorized to close City facilities as is reasonably required to protect the health of the public and the employees of the City.
- Section 13: The Mayor, upon consultation with the Police Chief, Fire Chief, and Walla Walla County Community Health Director as conditions arise, can issue an Executive Order to further regulate practices of our local business community and associates thereof to prevent acts or inactions which endanger public's health and safety (ex: anti-hoarding, price gouging prohibitions).
This page will be updated daily as to the City's response to the statewide/National COVID-19 pandemic. The City Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 to issue a Declaration of Emergency regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Declaration is located here. Public access to City facilities is now closed. To conduct City business, please either pay bills online, call the City's main phone line at 509-529-1200 and talk to the needed Department, or email City staffers. Call 911 for Police Assistance. Walla Walla County Department of Community Health is the lead Public Health agency covering all of Walla Walla County including the City of College Place. The Walla Walla County Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 hotline at email@example.com.
Community Health Response Links
- Walla Walla County Department of Community Health - Lead community health agency for Walla Walla County.
- Washington State Department of Health - Lead agency responsible for public health in the State of Washington.
- Governor's Office - Governor Jay Inslee webpage related to COVID-19.
- Centers for Disease Control - COVID-19 information on CDC website.
The Employment Security Department (ESD) has several programs to help if businesses need to reduce employees hours or reduce their workforce.
- SharedWork allows employers to reduce the hours of permanent and hourly-paid employees by as much as 50 percent, and the employees can collect partial unemployment benefits to replace a portion of their lost wages. The application and instructions can be found here.
- Businesses temporarily reducing hours of work for full-time employees may request to place an employee on standby for up to eight weeks and the employee can collect unemployment benefits without having to look for other work.
The Department of Revenue (DOR) can work with impacted companies to help with any tax payment issues related to COVID-19.
The federal Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to provide assistance through the Economic Injury Disaster Loans program to businesses that have suffered substantial economic injury by COVID-19.
- These loans can help small businesses meet financial obligations and cover operating expenses. Visit: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans