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Q: How do I know if I have the virus? Should I call in sick?

Information about the virus cases in your county and guidance on what to do if you think you might have the virus.

Q: Can I use paid sick leave or paid family and medical leave if I have the virus?

Here is a chart that lists coronavirus scenarios and benefits for you and your employees.

https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/newsroom/COVID-19/covid-19-scenarios-and-benefits.pdf

Q: What do I do if I’m laid off because of a coronavirus-related business closure?

Employment Security Department information for workers and businesses affected by coronavirus https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19.  This link covers:

  • Worker Q&A
  • Employer Q&A
  • Additional resources

You may be eligible to apply to the Employment Security Department for unemployment benefits. To check the eligibility requirements.

https://esd.wa.gov/unemployment/basic-eligibility-requirements.

Remember that you will need to file your claim weekly. 

The Employment Security Department has waived the one-week waiting period for benefits.

When you apply for benefits online, you will need to set up a Secure Access account: 

https://secureaccess.wa.gov/myAccess/saw/select.do and “Add A New Service” and select  the Employment Security Department as a service.

Here is a link to the Unemployed Worker Handbook:

https://esdorchardstorage.blob.core.windows.net/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/Unemployment/ESD-Apply-for-Unemployment-handout.pdf

Q: Can coronavirus ever be deemed a work-related condition?

Labor and Industries (also referred to as L&I, workers’ compensation or industrial insurance) has updated information:

https://lni.wa.gov/agency/outreach/workers-compensation-coverage-and-coronavirus-covid-19-common-questions

Q: I was laid off: What is COBRA health coverage and can I use it for coronavirus?

If you have health insurance coverage through your employer, check with them to find out if you will qualify to continue in the group plan at your own cost through COBRA insurance if you are laid off.   COBRA is required for employers with at least 20 employees.

Here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions on COBRA Continuation Health Coverage for Workers on the Department of Labor website: 

https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ebsa/about-ebsa/our-activities/resource-center/faqs/cobra-continuation-health-coverage-consumer.pdf

If you don’t qualify for COBRA or can’t afford it while you are out of work, apply for coverage through the state at:  http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org

  • Visit the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) FAQs page for more information. 
  • In response to the potential growth of coronavirus cases, a special enrollment period is now available through April 8, 2020 to qualified individuals who are uninsured.  Apple Health enrollment is year-round.  To see if you qualify for special enrollment or Apple Health, call customer support between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday at 1-855-923-4633; TTY 1-855-627-9604, or contact a local certified insurance broker or navigator. 

Q: Do I get paid sick leave while I’m sick with coronavirus or in quarantine?

Check out the latest on paid sick leave in Washington state.