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COVID-19 & College Place  (Updated 10-25-2021 at 11:00 AM) 
New Updates

- October 2021 Update with City Administrator
- Blue Mountain Action Council Utility Bill Assistance
BMAC Utility Bill Assistance
- Governor Eviction Moratorium Extended
- County COVID-19 Update Powerpoint (September 28th, 2021) 
- September 2021 Update with City Administrator

August 2021 Update with City Administrator
- June 2021 COVID-19 City Video Update with City Administrator
City facility lobbies are now open for business. Customers must follow posted COVID-19 protocols. City Council & Advisory Commissions are still being held remotely through Zoom due to the requirements of the State and Governor's Office and the City's lack of space to meet those requirements. 

- The FCC now is offering a free & low cost broadband program for households struggling to pay due to income or COVID-19 related reasons. 
The City Administrator just filmed a COVID-19 video update as of April 29th, 2021. 
The vaccine is now available for anyone 16+ years of age. To sign up for a vaccination, please go to visit the Walla Walla County COVID Vaccination Portal or sign up for one of the State Clinics. The Small Business Administration is also offering a Restaurant Relief Fund Grant for restaurants that have struggled during the Pandemic

COVID Eligibility

- Working Washington Small Business Grants Round 4 Now Open (3-29-2021)
- COVID-19 Update Video with City Administrator Mike Rizzitiello (3-16-2021) 
- Governor's Business & Worker Guidance Documents 
- Walla Walla County COVID-19 Portal including Vaccination Appointments
Governor Jay Inslee announced that Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Plan will be in effect on March 22nd, 2021. Phase 3 will allow for 50% capacity at indoor dining establishments. Specific guidance for business types will be released the week of March 15th, 2021. Also, phase levels will no longer be evaluated by region but by County geography. In order to stay in existing phase, Counties need to meet only two of the four metrics. Please read more here.  

Phase III

The City has recently released a COVID-19 Pandemic update video as of March 10th, 2021. It is located here! 

Municipal building lobbies are still closed to the general public per the Healthy Washington Plan. City business can be conducted by email, phone, or by setting up an appointment with a respective staff member. Staff contacts are located here

If you know someone who is eligible for the COVID vaccine and wants to get it, but doesn't have a computer, mobile device, or internet access, we invite you to share this information with them.

After a person leaves a message with their contact information, the County Department of Community Health will call them back within a week or two to schedule an appointment for an upcoming mass vaccination clinic.

DCH staff are aware the scheduling process is frustrating and spots fill up quickly, but they want to be sure this avenue of assistance is available for those who truly need it

County DCH Phone Appointments
Governor Inslee has paused all Counties from progressing in his Safe Start Strategy. Walla Walla County is still in Phase II. 

Governor Inslee Face Mask Order (Issued June 23rd, 2020)

The state of Washington will require the wearing of facial coverings beginning Friday, June 26th. Governor Jay Inslee announced the public health order at a press conference Tuesday in Olympia.

The order, officially coming from state Secretary of Health John Wiesman, requires Washingtonians to wear a facial covering when indoors and in public, as well as outdoors and in public when social distancing becomes difficult or impossible.

At the press conference Wiesman disclosed exemptions from the order, including children under the age of two, people with “certain disabilities or health conditions,” and people who are deaf or have hearing difficulties.

Face Mask Infographic

City of College Place & Walla Walla County is Currently in Phase I of the Governor Inslee Healthy Washington Plan 

Most Recent Youtube Videos
Please note that all businesses must follow the State Department of Health Phase II Business Guidance for your respective industry. Please contact the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health with any questions surrounding opening of businesses in Phase II. 
City facilities are still closed to the public until we are out of Phase II of the Healthy Washington Plan but staff can be reached by phone or email. For additional information on the COVID-19 situation, please visit the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health website for current countywide case numbers, the Governor's Coronavirus-19 Website, or the various informational videos the City has published on city projects or functions located below: 

Key information:
Governor's Statewide Recovery Plan
Phase 1 Construction Restart
City Departmental Response
Local Response
Business Response
Information About the Virus
Timeline of COVID-19 in the Walla Walla Valley
Goods & Services
Key Links

  • City Newsletter: April 2020
  • City Hall, Police Department, and Fire Department lobby areas are closed to the public effective March 17th, 2020. Staff can be reached by dialing ph: 509-529-1200 or by email
  • City Parks remain open for residents to walk in as long as you maintain social distancing of six feet. Assets in which social distancing are impossible to maintain or that have the potential to pose a health risk to residents are closed until further notice such as playground equipment and the basketball courts. 
  • Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments are operational. Police are patrolling the neighborhoods, Fire Department/EMS is responding to calls, and the Public Works Department is maintaining our water, wastewater, and storm water systems. 
  • If you need emergency assistance, please call 911. If you are experiencing symptoms which may indicate COVID-19 (respiratory issues, fever, etc), please let dispatch know so first responders can take precautions. 
  • Utility Bills: The City still issued utility bills in the mail. However, per Resolution 20-009 if a resident is directly impacted by COVID-19 (Quarantine, Job Loss, etc) call the Finance Department at 509-529-1200. Convey the situation. The City can make payment arrangements for a later time. Late fees will not be charged and utilities will not be shut off. 
  • Business Practices: Resolution 20-009 permits the Mayor with the consultation of the City Administrator, Police Chief, and Fire Chief to further regulate business practices such as needed to prevent hoarding and also prohibit price gouging on key products. If anyone notices hoarding/price gouging activities, please contact Police Chief Troy Tomaras at ph: 509-525-7778 or em: ttomaras@cpwa.us
  • City Advisory Board & Commission meetings are cancelled until the Emergency Declaration is either cancelled by the Mayor or the Governor. 
  • City Council Meetings: City Council meetings shall be held online via the Zoom web meeting medium. City meetings will be simulcast on the city's Youtube page. If you have any comments or testimony on agenda items, please forward to City Clerk Lisa Neissl at ph: 509-394-8511 or em: lneissl@cpwa.us 
  • Follow the Walla Walla County Department of Community Health and Walla Walla County Emergency Management on Facebook.
  • The County Department of Community Health also provides regularly updated COVID-19 statistics on its website, and operates a public health hotline to call if you have concerns: 509-524-2647.
  • Follow Providence St. Mary Medical Center on Facebook.
  • College Place Public Schools: Webpage that lists response by College Place Public Schools. 
  • Youtube videos on local Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Thank you Blue Mountain Television) 
  • Youtube videos on local Response to COVID-19 Pandemic (Thank you Chief Tomaras 5-7-2020)


  • College Place Public Schools is providing meals for students. Follow CPPS on Facebook or on its website.
  • The Walla Walla Senior Center is providing meals for older residents. Follow the Senior Center on Facebook or on its website, or call 509-527-3775.
  • Keys to Crowns is willing to provide food for people who need it, or pick up food from donors and deliver it to those in need. Message them through their Facebook page.

Goods and services


  • To help College Place residents who might be having financial difficulties during this time, City officials have decided to not shut off water services for nonpayment during the emergency. Late fees will not be added anyone directly impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic (Furlough, Layoff, Doctor ordered isolation). Call 509-529-1200 and choose the Finance Dept option or Email: bcarleton@cpwa.us
  • The members of Life Church are raising funds to help their neighbors in need. If you could use some assistance, or would like to help their efforts, call Community Outreach Coordinator Kim Wilson at 541-212-9342 or email kim@lifeschurchww.com.
  • The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has developed a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the Coronavirus.


  • Are you experiencing issues with your mental health during this crisis? The Mental Health Network of Walla Walla can match you up with someone who can help.
  • The following locations are currently able to test for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19: Providence St. Mary’s Emergency Department, Providence St. Mary’s Urgent Care (now doing drive-through triage/testing), Providence St. Mary’s Family Medicine Fever Clinic, Walla Walla Clinic, Department of Corrections, Walla Walla VA and Yakima Valley Family Medical Center. The health care provider or office who administered your test will contact you with your results once they are available. If you have MyChart, lab results will also appear in your online account. The current estimated turnaround for receiving results is three to four days, though the exact timing may vary.

Legal Assistance

  • Northwest Justice Project has a special web page providing information and related materials to assist low-income people address legal problems they may experience as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • The Washington state Office of Civil Legal Aid provides information about how to access legal aid for COVID-19-related problems.

Key Links