The entire state is officially in phase 2 of the reopening plan, the Department of Health announced Sunday.
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. The hospital was reporting all COVID patient they had, rather than new COVID patients.
The region will now immediately move to phase 2 now that the error was discovered and corrected.
Gov. Inslee already announced last week that the East, North, North Central, Northwest and Southwest regions were moving to phase 2 on Feb. 14.
The Puget Sound and West regions moved to phase 2 earlier this month.
The governor said that the new phases are beginning on Feb. 14 because Valentine’s Day provides a large portion of some restaurants’ yearly revenue.
The four metrics for advancing in phases are:
- Trend in case rate: Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;
- Trend in hospital admissions rate: Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;
- Percent ICU occupancy: Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds; and
- Percent positivity: 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests.
If any region fails to meet any two metrics, they will go back to Phase 1.