The WSMA, Washington state officials, and the state's health care community have mobilized in response to an outbreak of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and its associated respiratory illness, COVID-19.
For an update on the spread of the coronavirus in Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Health COVID-19 Outbreak Summary webpage.
For breaking updates on the state's COVID-19 response, including general guidance on emergency proclamations, visit Washington State Coronavirus Response (COVID-19) website.
Patients are advised to check with their local county health department for local guidance and resources. Visit the Washington State Department of Health's COVID-19 Outbreak Summary page for a breakdown of confirmed infections by county and links to county public health departments.
Check the CDC website and World Health Organization website for updates on the outbreak at the national and international level.
WSMA members can review our COVID-19 resource pages for professional/practice resources:
For those of you working in an outpatient practice, please familiarize yourself and your staff with the Washington State Department of Health's guidance for outpatient practices:
Other sources for professional guidance:
The Washington State Department of Health is enrolling and activating emergency volunteer health practitioners in preparation for health system requests and surging. This will help the state meet emerging demands for health care workers. Learn more about enrolling to become a volunteer.
The Washington Medical Commission has carried out emergency rulemaking to re-license retired physicians, waive CME requirements, and allow these people to receive payment for their efforts. Read the Washington Medical Commission statement for details.