How do we return to the workplace?
How will our economy recover?
Your Questions Answered: Economic Recovery
How will COVID-19 affect social interaction?
How will healthcare change as a result of COVID-19?
Your Questions Answered: Vaccines, Testing, Healthcare and More
Watch the Full-length Interviews
As the state of Washington's phases for lifting stay-at-home restrictions begin to take effect, everyone is wondering what the new post-COVID-19 world will look like.
We surveyed our viewers about their biggest questions and concerns and then asked regional experts in workplace culture, mental health, small business, unemployment, healthcare and more for answers. It all came together in our virtual Town Hall, "The Way Forward". Scroll down for the questions, answers, and a lot of useful references.
Sponsored by Premera Blue Cross.
Chapter one: How do we return to the workplace?
Many Washingtonians have found themselves out of work or required to work from home because of the virus. What should employers implement to keep employees safe when we return to the workplace? We talked with experts in public health and business about what a safe re-entry to the office might look like:
Chapter two: How will our economy recover?
We are all wondering how businesses will manage to recover financially. Some companies big and small have been able to shift business models, while others have been forced to close permanently. These experts answered your questions on COVID-19's impact on Washington employers and employees:
Chapter three: Your Questions Answered: Economic Recovery
We received thousands of questions from our viewers, many on the topic of economic recovery. We assembled a panel of experts to address as many as we could:
We ask these questions and more:
- What are we doing statewide to help POC businesses that have been affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic?
- Is there any help for small businesses who did not get a loan the first time around?
- How do we determine when it's safe to go to work? If someone in your household is sick, how long do we stay home?
- Is herd immunity a possibility for this illness?
- How do we prevent a second wave?
- Where is the single best place for people to find out their options if they've lost health coverage due to job loss, business closure, or furlough?
- Will all care be paid for if I'm on Medicare?
Chapter four: How will COVID-19 affect social interaction?
Will we be able to return to our lives as we once knew them? How can we keep our families safe? Can we expect more outbreaks? How do we protect our children?
- Dr. Ali Mokdad, professor of health metrics sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and chief strategy officer for population health at UW
- Dr. Benjamin Danielson, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
- Dr. Neil Kaneshiro, Associate Medical Director for Medical Policy at Premera Blue Cross
Chapter five: How will healthcare change as a result of COVID-19?
COVID-19 is changing almost every aspect of our lives -- including the way we access healthcare. If you've checked up with your doctor over the past couple of months, chances are it's been via a virtual visit. Leaders in telemedicine, mental health and senior care shared what they believe the future of healthcare will look like:
Chapter six: Your Questions Answered: Vaccines, Testing, Healthcare and More
We received thousands of questions from our viewers, many about vaccines, testing, mental health, and how all of this is affecting children. We assembled a panel of experts to address as many as we could:
We ask these questions and more:
- Until we have a vaccine for everybody, will we still need to maintain social distancing?
- What's the latest on the search for a vaccine and since we don't have enough tests or a national plan for tests, how do we actually move out of the phase we're in?
- What is the single biggest thing parents can do to protect the mental health of kids who have no school or school activities, no access to friends or grandparents?
- What are you expecting over the summer and then into fall and winter when influenza season hits and how can we be prepared?
- We're hearing of three deaths of children in NYC who had COVID and an inflammatory syndrome, can you tell us the latest about what we know on that and what parents should look for?
- Cities and states are opening up all over the country? Is it premature? And how does that affect what we do and how we fare here in our state?
Chapter seven: Watch the Full-length Interviews
Our experts had a lot more to share than we could put in one show. We've posted the some of the full-length interviews on our YouTube channel so you can take a deeper dive.
Chapter eight: Helpful Resources
Recommended resources to help you get through the stay-at-home order and readjust to life as restrictions begin to lift:
- COVID-19 Projections from Dr. Mokdad and the IHME
- Therapist tips for helping kids through quarantine
- CDC recommended vaccine schedule
- Challenge Seattle's Guidelines for reopening businesses
- Washington State Department of Health
- Government's Paycheck Protection Program
- Apply for unemployment at the Employment Security website
- Washington Health Plan Finder: If your income has changed, you may qualify for health coverage
- Lifewise.com: Free resources available for people looking into their insurance options.
- Information to apply for APPLE health care insurance
- Finding health insurance right for you
Aging and Disability Resources
- Homage: Serving Older Adults & People with Disabilities in Snohomish County for over 47 years. HelpLine: 1-425-513-1900 or 1-800-422-2024.
- Washington State Ombudsman: Advocates for residents of nursing homes, adult family homes, and assisted living facilities. 1-800-562-6028
- King County Community Living Connections: Are you facing aging or disability issues? Community Living Connections can connect you with the right kind of help, when and where you need it. 1-844-348-5464
- Northwest Regional Council: Aging and disability resources for the people of Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. (360) 676-6749 or (800) 585-6749 from Western WA only.
- Community Living Connections: Washington Statewide Resources. Call Toll-Free 1-855-567-0252
- Mental healthcare without leaving home
- Call King County's 24-hr hotline at 1-866-4274747 or 1-866-4CRISIS. "The 24-Hour Crisis Line provides immediate help to individuals, families, and friends of people in emotional crisis." CrisisConnections.org
- Spokane Regional Crisis Hotline: 1-877-266-1818
- National Suicide Prevention: 1-866-4CRISIS(1-866-427-4447) local 206-461-3222
- Washington Recovery Helpline: 1-866-789-151
- Teen Link: 1-866-833-6546
- Veterans Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
- Elderly Mental Health
- Navos: Children, young adults, family
- National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI -Washington State
- Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence