Monday, March 4, 2024

Stock up on your prescriptions advises Washington Dept. of Health

OLYMPIA - Do you take prescription medicines regularly? Make a list of all the medicines that you need regularly and ask the pharmacy or your healthcare provider if you can have an extra supply or early refill. That way, if you have to stay home, you know you can continue to take care of your health.

Between now and May 2, 2020, the Insurance Commissioner has asked all insurance companies to allow people to get a one-time refill of their prescription medications before the end of the waiting period between refills. Your insurance company may have limitations on refills for certain drugs like opioids. Practice social distancing by having your prescription mailed to you and save a trip out!

I have a regularly scheduled doctor or dental appointment. Should I go?

The best thing for your health is to keep up with your regularly scheduled check-ups — medical, mental health, and dental. However, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 but have not had close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow our guidance on self-quarantine.

Stay tuned to our blog for more information on how you can help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Daily update on COVID-19 case numbers

Our Department of Health COVID-19 webpage is updated daily with the number of people confirmed to have positive cases and the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in Washington State. As of this writing, 366 people in Washington have tested positive for COVID-19, and 29 have died of the disease. We are very likely to see more people with COVID-19 identified in the coming days.

Get and spread reliable information on COVID-19

This blog update is current as of the day it is posted, but information changes rapidly. Please check our website for the most up-to-date info on Washington’s response to COVID-19 at

Fight stigma, public panic, and misinformation by getting your information from trusted sources. Listen to guidance from the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and your local health department.

Contact us

If you have questions or concerns about COVID-19 in Washington state, start by visiting our website. Public can contact our call center 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week, at 1–800–525–0127.


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