COVID-19 UPDATE #132
January 26, 2021
RCS AND DOH ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL TRAINING WEBINAR ON LTC SAFE START PLAN
Yesterday, we shared the updates approved by Governor Inslee’s office to the LTC Safe Start Plan effective February 1, 2021.

Residential Care Services (RCS) and Department of Health (DOH) have announced an additional training webinar on the LTC Safe Start Plan updates at 1:00 PM on January 29, 2021. Click here to register.
DOH TO PROVIDE NO-COST FIT TESTING AND SUPPLIES
Beginning in January 2021, facilities and agencies in all counties in Washington State are eligible for no-cost fit testing through funding provided by the Department of Health.

Eligible facility and agency types are:
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Homes
  • Adult Family Homes
  • Supported Living Agencies
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Home Health Agencies
  • Hospice Agencies

Each county has been assigned a fit testing provider who is participating in the DOH N-95 Fit Testing Project. Appointments for fit testing with these providers will begin after February 1. To access this program, facilities should contact directly the fit testing provider assigned to their county. You do not need to contact DOH to qualify; please directly contact the fit testing provider for your area.

Click here to find the provider assigned to your county. If your county isn’t listed, please contact DOH (carolyn.ham@doh.wa.gov) to find out who your fit testing provider will be. Please note, if you need online medical evaluations ONLY (do NOT need mobile fit testing), you can contact DOH at carolyn.ham@doh.wa.gov.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
WHCA continues to post resources and information as it becomes available on our website. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the WHCA office at (800) 562-6170.