On Jan. 6, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the state’s new reopening plan, “Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery.”
The state will use a regional approach for its phased recovery plan, with only two phases while it continues to assess the evolving pandemic.
According to the state, phases may be added in the future as the impact of continued vaccine distribution and other changes in COVID-19 response require.
Here are the following regions:
On Jan. 28, Gov. Inslee announced that regions must meet three of four metrics in order to move into phase 2:
- Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.
- Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations.
- Less than 90% intensive care unit (ICU) occupancy.
- COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.
On Feb. 1, two of the eight regions moved to phase 2 -- Puget Sound (King, Pierce and Snohomish) and West (Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis).
Inslee announced 5 more regions will move to phase 2 on Feb. 14 -- East, North, North Central, Northwest and Southwest.
On Feb. 14, the entire state was officially in phase 2 of the reopening plan. The department said that a hospital in Walla Walla reported their data incorrectly, keeping the South Central region stuck in phase 1 due to the metrics.
If any region fails to meet any two metrics, they will go back to Phase 1.
Below is the state’s Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan.
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