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Washington's stay home order will be extended past May 4, some elective surgeries can resume

Gov. Jay Inslee squared off with President Trump during a call between the president and governors on the coronavirus coordination efforts.
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Gov. Jay Inslee squared off with President Trump during a call between the president and governors on the coronavirus coordination efforts.

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday confirmed that his statewide stay-at-home order would be extended beyond its current May 4 end date.

Inslee also said the state had new guidelines for health care providers to resume some non-urgent surgical procedures.

"A week ago, I said that I did not expect that the entirety of our 'Stay Home, Stay Healthy' measure could be lifted on May 4," Inslee said during a Wednesday afternoon press conference. "And today I'm confirming that based on the data and science, that that is the case."

Inslee had announced on Monday that restrictions on fishing, hunting, hiking and golfing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus will begin easing next week on May 5. Additionally, the governor last week eased restrictions on residential and public construction projects.

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