COVID-19 Findings

Fall 2020

For Fall 2020, COVID findings and workforce demand findings have been combined into a single report for each facility type

Small Hospitals Large Hospitals Nursing Homes/Skilled Nursing Facilities Behavioral Health Clinics FQHCs and Community Clinics Primary Care Clinics Assisted Living Facilities Dental Offices/Clinics

Spring 2020 COVID-19 Workforce Rapid Response Reports

The Spring 2020 Washington Health Workforce Sentinel Network added five questions about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on health care facilities’ workforce and operations (see questions listed below).
The COVID-19 WORKFORCE RAPID RESPONSE REPORTS section provides links to reports summarizing responses to these questions for a selection of facility types. Click on a facility type to see the corresponding report.
Scroll down to the COVID-19 DASHBOARD section to explore all responses (hover over the information symbol for instructions).


  • 1:   Which occupations/service roles were most affected by the COVID-19 crisis at your facility?
  • 2:  What about your facility’s staffing arrangements made it easier or harder to respond to the emergency?
  • 3/4: As a result of the crisis, what are your top workforce needs over the short and longer term that could be alleviated by new or modified policy, regulatory, and/or payment rules?
  • 5:  What additional workforce issues resulting from the COVID-19 emergency at your facility do you feel should be recognized and addressed?


Small Hospitals

Primary Care Clinics

Behavioral Health Clinics

FQHCs and Community Clinics

Dental Offices/Clinics

Assisted Living Facilities

Nursing Homes/SNFs

COVID-19 Dashboard

Facility Type Fall 2020 Spring 2020
  10/5 – 11/8 4/6 – 5/17
Acute care hospital (25 beds or fewer) 13 14
Acute care hospital (more than 25 beds) 7 7
Behavioral-mental health clinic/outpatient mental health and substance abuse clinic 23 19
Community/Retail pharmacy 0 2
Dentist office/dental clinic 14 316
Designated Crisis Responder (DCR) services 3 2
Federally qualified health center (FQHC) or community clinic providing care free or on sliding fee scale 7 22
Freestanding Evaluation & Treatment facility 4 6
Higher Education / Research 6 9
Home health care service 3 7
Hospice 3 2
Hospital/Clinical pharmacy 4 4
LTC – Adult family home * 4
LTC – Assisted living facility 22 19
LTC – Intermediate care facility ** **
LTC – Nursing & personal care facility ** **
LTC – Nursing home or skilled nursing facility 18 20
LTC – Other nursing/personal care facility† 2 0
LTC – Retirement community/Independent living facility 3 5
Medical/diagnostic laboratory * 2
Mobile crisis outreach team * 4
Other‡ 6 1
Other out-of-facility behavioral health services¶ 6 2
Other residential treatment facility§ 2 1
Physical and/or occupational therapy * 4
Primary care medical clinic (not FQHC or community clinic) 16 13
Psychiatric residential treatment facility 4 6
Psychiatric/substance abuse hospital 0 3
Public health 0 1
School 3 6
Specialty (except psychiatric/substance abuse) hospital * 3
Specialty medical clinic 5 0
Substance use disorder residential treatment facility 5 0
Veterinary medicine 0 0
Total 179 504

*This category was collapsed into “Other” because fewer than 3 responses were received
**This category was not collected in this data collection period
†Facility types included in “Other nursing/personal care facility” by data collection period:
Fall 2020 – Adult family home, CCRC
‡Facility types included in “Other” by data collection period:
Fall 2020 – Medical and diagnostic laboratory, physical therapy, prison health, social services, specialty (except psychiatric/substance abuse) hospital
Spring 2020 – Massage therapy
¶Facility types included in “Other out-of-facility behavioral health services” by data collection period:
Fall 2020 – Mobile crisis outreach team, syringe services program, program for assertive community treatment, secure withdrawal management facility, substance use disorder clinic
Spring 2020 – CRC/HOPE programs, Designated Crisis Responder (DCR) services
§Facility types included in “Other residential treatment facility” by data collection period:
Fall 2020 – Residential behavioral health, mental and medical compromised program
Spring 2020 – Substance use disorder residential treatment facility