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Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Rapid Response Team staffing resources are still available for assisted living facilities (ALF), enhanced services facilities (ESF), and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). There is no cost to facilities to utilize this resource. DSHS currently has funding through June 2024 to continue Rapid Response team staffing assistance. ALF, ESF and SNF providers can request short term staffing support by completing a Rapid Response Request form (DSHS 02-716) and submitting to the Department through mailbox at

Rapid Response Team 2 Management will screen requests based on three priorities:

  • Priority 1 is patient admissions from acute care hospitals to offload discharges and supporting providers participating in the ALTSA incentive program.
  • Priority 2 is staffing homes with a certain % of COVID-19 cases.
  • Priority 3 is for other urgent staffing needs to meet resident care and service delivery. Screening will be in order of prioritization.

More information can be found in the DSHS Dear Provider letter.

Critical staffing strategies and recommendations from CDC remain in effect. Please access the CDC website for more information. DSHS guidance for assisted living facilities, enhanced services facilities and skilled nursing facilities related to critical staffing management in LTC settings can be found here.


Welcome to the WHCA COVID-19 resource page providing resources to assist long term care providers responding to the COVID-19 global pandemic. We are working with local and state agencies and government to ensure assisted living communities and skilled nursing centers have the information, tools, and resources they need to prevent the spread ​of this disease. Visit this website regularly for the latest information that WHCA has to share with long term care providers about COVID-19. 

WHCA COVID-19 Updates

DOH Weekly Call

Click here for previous Q&A documentation from each call.

Personal Protective Equipment State and Federal Agencies and Advocates WHCA Associate Business Partner Resources

Training, articles, information, and other resources provided by WHCA Associate Business Partners

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