Local COVID-19 Resources
King County Resources
- King County COVID-19 Resources including testing information
- Key indicators of COVID-19 activity, UPDATED DAILY (MON-FRI). This dashboard displays data on key indicators that track COVID-19 activity. King County provides tutorials on how to understand the data on their dashboards.
- Daily Summary Dashboard, UPDATED DAILY, 3:00-5:00 PM. This data dashboard shows total cases, deaths, and demographics. King County provides tutorials on how to understand the data on their dashboards.
- Visit the Public Health Insider blog for articles on COVID-19.
- PHSKC has launched a new webpage about COVID-19 vaccine. This webpage includes information about vaccine development, safety, expected availability and supply as well as a link to information for healthcare providers and community partners. This page is available in 18 languages. Updates about the COVID-19 vaccine will be posted to this site as we have more information available.
- Read about the current guidance and statewide temporary restrictions in effect until January 11.
Department of Health
DOH announced the release of Washington Exposure Notifications (also known as WA Notify), a new tool that works through smartphones, without sharing any personal information, to alert users if they may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is completely private and doesn’t know or track who you are or where you go. Learn how it works, how it helps, and see frequently asked questions at WAnotify.org. Please encourage your staff and families to register.
Racist Anti-Asian Hate Reporting Resources
Report All Hate Crimes Including Verbal Harassment
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States has witnessed the rise of racist anti-Asian hate incidents. The incidents have occurred across the country and have ranged from outright violent attacks to various forms of verbal harassment and discriminatory exclusion. Asian students have been cyberbullied during their online school experiences. Anecdotal reports indicate some Asian students are apprehensive about returning to in-person learning. Several incidents of anti-Asian hate and bullying have taken place in the local Puget Sound area recently.
Police and governmental officials in Seattle, Bellevue, and other localities have encouraged individuals experiencing or witnessing incidents to report all hate crimes, including verbal harassment so that an accurate picture of anti-Asian hate activity can be created. Call 911 immediately in order to report instances.
In addition to reporting incidents to local law enforcement, the Seattle JACL has gathered a list of resources for families to access for support:
This office upholds laws that protect you against discriminatory harassment in housing, employment, or public places within Seattle city limits.
This office has the authority to handle discrimination complaints only for the King County government and for employers, housing providers, and businesses in the unincorporated parts of King County (outside the cities).
Under the law, everyone has the right to be free from discrimination at work, in housing, in public accommodation, or when seeking credit and insurance. Any individual who believes that he or she has been discriminated against based on protected class status may file a charge of discrimination for employers, housing providers, and businesses.
Non-Government/Non-Police Reporting Tools & Resources
Community members can report the incident to one of the following entities to help educate the public on what’s happening and shape policy:
At the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the Washington State Commission on Asian-Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) worked with community leaders and the Attorney General’s Office to develop a non-governmental reporting tool for victims of hate and bias incidents, as well as a map to track bias incidents reported through the tool.
The Coalition is a community-led initiative to address hate and bias incidents by strengthening and networking communities who experience racist and bigoted treatment and all forms of oppression. The Coalition Partners are also the administrators of the Hate and Bias Incident Response Survey to collect data from communities affected by hate and bias.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice is tracking incidents of bias. By sharing what you experienced or witnessed, you can educate the public, empower others, show service providers where help is needed, and strengthen advocacy efforts for hate crimes response and prevention. Forms available in English, Chinese (traditional & simplified), Korean and Vietnamese.
Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON) and Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA) have launched this reporting center to allow community members to report incidents of hate they have experienced. Individual information, including personal identification details, will be kept confidential and will only be shared with permission. In the aggregate, the information will be used for assistance, advocacy, and education. Forms available in English, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Khmer, Thai, and Japanese.
Emotional/Mental health Resources
Finally, being a victim of hate and discrimination can affect mental health as much as physical health. Please encourage victims of anti-Asian hate crimes and harassment to reach out to friends and family for emotional support. The following organizations can assist with emotional/mental health resources:
- Asian Counseling and Referral Services
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
- Asian Mental Health Collective
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also has a guide for victims of hate crimes: What to Do If You’ve Been The Victim of a Hate Crime.
The Seattle JACL requests that school districts post these resources in a prominent and accessible location on their websites for families, staff, and students to refer to if needed.
Questions can also be directed to the Seattle Chapter JACL at firstname.lastname@example.org.