All eight regions in Washington to remain in Phase 1

Jan 11 2021, 10:59 am

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight regions in Washington would remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 18, 2021.

“We know that all Washingtonians want to move forward as quickly as possible with respect to COVID-19. However, these metrics show that we are just not ready to do so now,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Washington’s Secretary of Health, in a news release. “We have made progress but need to continue to work together to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 across our state.”

As outlined in the governor’s COVID-19 phased recovery plan, regions must meet each of the following four metrics in order to move into Phase 2:

  • A decreasing trend of 10% or more in a two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100k population.
  • A decreasing trend of 10% or more in a two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations.
  • Less than 90% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy.
  • COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.
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