COVID 19 & Resources


Stay Home Stay Healthy



Stop the Spread of Germs: English                                      
Detenga la propagacion de germenes: Spanish  
Symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19): English     

Communication Card from the WA Depart. of Health                                                                                            

CDC's ASL Videos : Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019 - Closed Captioned     

For more information: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

COVID-19 Vaccine

Please visit the Department of Health (DOH) website or view the resources below for information.

Click on the video icons to view short videos from DOH:

The link below will take you to the  Local Health Jurisdiction (LHJ) directory posted on the ALTSA website:


Washington State Resources 

DeafBlind Service Center

Northwest ADA Center

Regional Service Centers 

Nationwide Resources

American Association of the DeafBlind 

Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Losses 

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA): 

National Association of the Deaf (NAD):

National Deaf Center (NDC):

Helen Keller National Center – Northwest

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.

Communication challenges people with hearing loss will face when hospitalized with COVID-19 (Chad Ruffin, M.D.)  

Excerpted below is a list that summarizes the communication barriers experienced by D/HH folks hospitalized with COVID-19:  

  • Patients can be too sick to keep their hearing equipment physically in place.
    • Being confined to respiratory isolation can break the normal flow of communication accommodations:
      • Respiratory isolation creates physical barriers
      • Masks will not be lowered so that you can lip read
      • Masks are being rationed, so doctors and nurses are limited when they can enter a room. This disrupts normal methods of using communication strategies such as video remote interpreting and even personal speech recognition apps.
  • Accommodations did not provide ideal communication. Significant communication barriers continued to limit medical conversations. This occurred despite much work by staff in a busy, but not overwhelmed environment. Healthcare workers naturally respond by communicating less information to increase efficiency. For patients, this makes it harder to make informed decisions.
  • You may be the first patient with severe hearing loss that your healthcare professional has ever had.
  • These communication problems are happening not only with the typical D/HH community (people who have CI or wear HA or use ASL), but even more so for many seniors with presbycusis, who are experiencing speech discrimination and are in isolation with only medical staff with a mask or someone behind a glass wall trying to communicate with them. ​​

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing distributes information as a public service.

Online Directory of Services
ODHH Brochures
General Information for Consumers and Professionals

Did you know?

Interesting Videos about Deaf Culture

Interesting Reads of ASL and Deaf Culture

Interesting Resources of Inclusive Public Events and Meetings

  • Like the Mic: This is a video campaign launched by Rooted in Rights and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) to bring awareness that life should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability to hear.
  • Closed Captioning: Information about the benefits and requirement of turning on closed captioning at public places.
  • New Seattle Law: Seattle will require closed captioning for TVs in bars, restaurants and stadiums.
  • Let's Loop Seattle: Advocacy to remove communication barriers and open doors to employment, public accommodations, state and local government services, transportation, and telecommunications.
  • Text to 911: Information about the status of Text-to-911 service across Washington State