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State expands unemployment benefits; county receives 1.2M PPEs

Series: Coronavirus | Story 123

Last updated 4/21/2020 at 2:27pm


Here is an update from Snohomish County:

The Washington State Employment Security Department launched a massive update of its computer systems with the goal of ensuring people can successfully file for expanded unemployment benefits enabled by the Federal CARES Act.

Every hour, thousands of people are applying for unemployment benefits, which has caused system performance issues. While ESD works to address system performance issues they are reminding customers who are having difficulty applying or filing weekly claims the following:

You don't have to apply on Sunday – it is not first-come-first served, and there is no risk to funds running out. You can apply anytime.

Payments are retroactive to your eligibility date. This means that, once you have successfully applied and backdated your start date, your first payment will be for all weeks for which you are eligible.

Weekly claims can be filed Sunday through Saturday every week. They can also be filed over the automated phone system at 800-318-6022.

E-services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The busiest times tend to be in the morning. It is recommended to try during off hours.

If you are having difficulty filing your application, go to https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/help.

Snohomish County Receives 22 Pallets of PPE

About 1.2 million surgical masks were delivered to Snohomish County's Department of Emergency Management (DEM). DEM's Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) is working to distribute the personal protective equipment (PPE).

FEMA continues to expedite movement of commercially pre-sourced and commercially procured critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. through Project Airbridge.

Airbridge was created to reduce the time it takes for U.S. medical supply distributors to receive PPE and other critical supplies. FEMA covers the cost to fly supplies into the U.S. from overseas factories, reducing shipment time from weeks to days.


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