COVID-19

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

We have compiled the list of resources below to help businesses and individuals quickly find the help they need. We will update it as information becomes available.

Although we are working remotely to follow recommendations for safety and social distancing, we continue to work with and advocate on behalf of impacted businesses and individuals in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. We are available to assist you!

Businesses: If you have questions or concerns about your workforce needs, please contact our Business Services Team.
Individuals: For help with unemployment claims contact the Employment Security Department. For training and employment services contact WorkSource.

Resources for Business

Need help knowing where to start? Try the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)

Financial Assistance for Businesses

Workforce Resources

Several programs are available that can help businesses affected by COVID-19, including layoff aversion programs.

Reopening Resources

Additional Resources

Recovery Resources

Guidance & Planning Resources

Resources for Individuals

Whether it’s help finding a new job, signing up for unemployment benefits, searching for childcare or health questions, resources are available.

Unemployment Insurance

Update Dec. 8: The job search requirement to receive unemployment benefits is suspended through January 19. Get details and alerts from the Employment Security Department.

A little preparation before filing could save you time and reduce stress.

  1. Read the WA State Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Questions.
  2. Then go to the unemployment website and review the checklist, watch the how to open a SAW account video, and see other resources.
  3. An easy-to-read comparison guide lists some of the most common COVID-19 scenarios that may occur and the benefits that may apply (paid sick leave, unemployment insurance, paid family & medical leave, and industrial L&I insurance)
  4. Layoff assistance information
  5. Resources and FAQs for employees impacted by COVID-19

Job Search + Training Support

Our WorkSource and Next partners are available to help individuals seeking job search and training assistance.

Financial

For Hispanic + Latinx Communities

Child Care

  • If your child care facility closed due to COVID-19, contact Child Care Aware of Washington’s Family Center at 1.800.446.1114 or familycenter@childcare.org for help searching for alternative child care. Child Care Aware is a nonprofit child care resource and referral program for Washington State.
  • Educational Service District 112 Child Care Resource and Referral line 360.952.3466
  • If you are an essential worker or first responder and need immediate childcare, WeeCare is opening up its full directory across the nation and 24/7 service to find, locate and place you immediately at a home daycare for back-up care. To learn more visit https://weecare.co/daycare-near-me or call 310.929.9579.
Additional Resources

Utilities

Health and Health Care

Mental Health + Grief Support

Schools + Education

Domestic Violence Resources

  • Safe Choice (domestic violence emergency housing, 24 hours): 360.695.0501
  • Clark County Crisis Hotline (24 hours): 800.626.8137
  • Sexual Assault Hotline (24 hours): 360.695.0501
  • Washington state domestic violence hotline (24 hours): 800.562.6025
  • Clark County YWCA protection order assistance: 360.695.0501
  • Child Protective Services: 866.764.2233
  • Vinelink (victim notification service): www.vinelink.com, 877.846.3492
  • Washington State Crime Victim Compensation Office & Victim Witness Unit (domestic violence advocates): 360.397.2008
  • Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program: 360.695.5313
  • Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Domestic Violence Unit: 360.487.8530
  • Danger/lethality assessment: www.dangerassessment.org/

Local Governments

Information on local government responses to COVID-19:

Workforce Impact

As we continue to address the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 health crisis, the workforce system plays a vital role.

Individuals that are out of work are turning to the workforce system for many of the benefits and services included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. In addition, businesses are continuing to reach out to us for assistance in identifying and implementing options to meet their evolving workforce needs.

Read our newsletters about what we have been experiencing and how we are working to assist companies and individuals so our region and economy can recover.

Labor Market Data – Unemployment Insurance (UI)

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