A Message from TRIDEC about COVID-19

We are in unprecedented times as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our community, Washington state, the nation, and the world.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all the individuals personally affected and the medical professionals who are dedicated to their care.

TRIDEC is especially sensitive to the severe impact of COVID-19 throughout the Tri-Cities.  With breaking news about COVID-19 constantly developing, our goal is to ensure that the Tri-Cities community has access to critical resources during this time.

In the coming weeks, the human and economic toll of this global pandemic may be difficult to grasp.  Facing this challenge makes us even more committed to supporting the community and each other.

As the situation continues to unfold, TRIDEC will strive to remain open as a resource for questions, concerns, and news regarding economic health, workforce, and business support available due to the Coronavirus. Should you have any questions, please contact TRIDEC at tridec@tridec.org.

Tri-Cities Open for Business

Local businesses need our support now more than ever.

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Visit Tri-Citiesand TRIDEC have collaborated to support local businesses, business owners, and our community during this unprecedented crisis.

Visit each of the websites above, or continue reading below, for a comprehensive list of the following resources: 

  • Open member businesses
  • Open local restaurants offering pickup and/or delivery
  • Coupons, promotions, and special offers to support local member businesses and restaurants
  • Local, state and national resources for business owners
  • Opportunities to volunteer and support local healthcare workers
  • Suggestions for safe health and wellness activities around the Tri-Cities
  • Updates on local schools and educational resources
  • Updates from local healthcare providers and hospitals

Additionally, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re standing by to answer questions, help your business communicate with the public, and continue navigating challenges together.

Business Resources

State Resources:

  • The Department of Revenue offers extensions on tax filings and certain late fees, as well as rescheduling audits and more time to file or renew a business license. Contact the department at 360.705.6705 for more information.
  • The Department of Commerce’s Export Assistance Team can help find alternative markets and provide vouchers to reduce the cost of trade missions, airfare, interpreter and translation services, and more. Click here or contact the Export Assistance Team at 206.256.6100 for more information.
  • The Employment Security Department has new emergency unemployment insurance program rules. For example, workers who are ill with COVID-19 can qualify for benefits. Also, workers that are exposed and quarantined while the business remains open can now qualify for unemployment insurance. The department has created a new flier to explain several different scenarios.
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave and the Shared Work Program, which allows businesses to keep employees at reduced hours, are also available.
  • Employees may also qualify for workers compensation in certain cases. Click here for more information.
  • If employers have bought the right endorsements, insurance policies may cover cancelled events or businesses losses. Contact the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-562-6900 or go to www.insurance.wa.gov for more information.

Federal Resources:

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans up to $2 million, with an interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere. Nonprofits can apply too, at a 2.75% interest rate. Apply here.
  • For exporters, the SBA’s Export Working Capital Program can help small businesses gain access to capital. Please click here to learn more.

Business Toolkits and Checklists:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has compiled CDC’s Coronavirus recommendations for businesses and workers across the country.  We encourage businesses to follow data-based guidance from the CDC and state and local officials.

Healthcare Information

A message from Kadlec:

As COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to spread within the U.S., we want you to know we are taking every precaution to keep our patients, our caregivers and our community safe.

We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local health authorities, to ensure we continue delivering safe, quality care while limiting further spread of the virus.

Because many people are concerned about potential exposure to COVID-19, we want to let you know how to access our services if you think you have been exposed and are experiencing fever and respiratory symptoms.

  • Please call ahead before coming in person to one of our physician clinics, urgent care centers or emergency departments. You can find phone numbers for our providers and locations at www.kadlec.org.
  • See a provider virtually using Express Care Virtual. With this service, you can visit with one of our providers via online video from the comfort of your home, seven days a week.
  • Use our new online coronavirus assessment tool. We developed this “chat” tool to help you assess your risk and to connect you with a provider virtually if you are at a higher risk for the virus.

By calling ahead or connecting with us online, we can talk with you about seeking care, including options for testing, while minimizing the risk of exposing yourself or others through an in-person visit.

As a reminder, the most important steps you can take to stay healthy and protect yourself and those around you are to wash or sanitize your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and coughing into a tissue or the crook of your elbow. You can protect yourself from COVID-19 infection the same way you protect against the common cold or seasonal flu.

With the situation changing rapidly, we encourage you to stay informed. You can find accurate, up-to-date information on our coronavirus website or by visiting our state’s public health department website using one of the links below.

Thank you for trusting us to be your partner in health. We take this responsibility with the utmost seriousness. In these unprecedented times, please know we are here for you and remain deeply committed to ensuring safe, high quality care for you and your family.

For more helpful tips visit Our Coronavirus site.

Local Education Updates & Resources

By executive order, Governor Jay Inslee has closed all K-12 public and private schools in Washington state from March 16 to April 24, 2020 due to the continuing spread of COVID-19.  We understand the significant strain this may cause parents and families.  

To help those children and families who may need assistance, many local schools and organizations have coordinated efforts to provide support, including free lunch programs, free learning activities, and more.  

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly evolving situation. Please stay up-to-date by frequently visiting your school district’s website, sharing resources, and volunteering your time and efforts when possible.   

Public Schools in Benton and Franklin counties

Finley School District
Kahlotus School District
Kennewick School District
Kiona-Benton School District
North Franklin School District
Pasco School District
Paterson School District
Prosser School District
Richland School District

Local Resources 

More information coming soon