Covid phases

All Washington Counties Now Back In Phase 3

May 18, 2021
Courtesy of Washington Department of Health

All Washington counties are now officially back in Phase 3 of the state’s coronavirus reopening protocol.

The state Department of Health today [Tuesday] officially elevated four counties from Phase 2.

Screenshot from Spokane Regional Health District

People in Spokane County are among those breathing sighs of relief now that Governor Jay Inslee has announced a two-week delay in changes to Covid recovery phases.

It means businesses and others won’t have to change what they’ve been doing since the county moved to Phase 3, says Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has announced the state will wait two weeks before deciding whether to shift counties up or down in the coronavirus reopening protocol.

Ferry County Moves Back To Phase 2 Because Of Outbreak

Apr 30, 2021
Courtesy of Ferry County Memorial Hospital

Ferry County has become the fourth Washington county to move back to Phase 2 in the state’s coronavirus reopening protocol.

The Northeast Tri-County Health District on Friday announced that it has moved Ferry County back a step because of an outbreak, brought upon, at least in part, by two maskless parties at an Eagles’ Lodge in Republic in mid-April.

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Washington health officials say a dozen counties are in danger of moving back to Phase 2, or perhaps even Phase 1, in the state’s coronavirus reopening plan.

They include rural Ferry County.

Screenshot from Spokane Regional Health District

Spokane County’s chances of staying in Phase 3 of Washington’s coronavirus reopening protocol beyond the first week of May are becoming more tenuous.

Interim Health Officer Francisco Velazquez says the county is failing one of the two metrics state officials consider when evaluating counties’ progress.

Courtesy of Washington Department of Health

Washington state health officials plan to announce today [Monday] whether any of the state’s 39 counties will have their Covid phase status changed.

“The good news is that we’re making progress in communities across the state, but there are communities or counties where we are seeing increases that are of concern," said Health Secretary Umair Shah.

Courtesy of Washington Department of Health

Governor Jay Inslee says Washington will follow President Joe Biden’s directive and prioritize teachers and childcare workers for Covid vaccinations.
 
Inslee issued a statement Tuesday afternoon that says the state is moving teachers and licensed childcare workers to the first tier of the 1-B coronavirus vaccination level.

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A Washington legislative committee heard testimony Wednesday on a bill that would allow businesses shuttered by the pandemic to partially reopen.



More than 1,600 people signed up to weign in on legislation that takes aim at Governor Inslee’s latest re-opening plan.