OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee announced changes to the state’s reopening plan, Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery.
In order for a region to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of the reopening plan, regions were required to meet all four metrics.
On Thursday during a news conference, Inslee said regions will now only need to meet three of the four metrics.
The four metrics remain the same:
- 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.
Also on Thursday, Inslee announced that several regions are eligible to enter Phase 2 starting Monday.
- Puget Sound (Snohomish, King, Pierce)
- West (Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis)
If any region fails to meet any two metrics, they will go back to Phase 1.
“We are getting closer to finding our way out of this mess, but we aren’t there yet,” Inslee said. “We have sacrificed too much to let our frustrations get the best of us now when the finish line is in sight, however distant that may seem in our field of vision.”
The state said the changes come after further conversations with public health partners and the state’s increasing vaccination rates.
Watch Thursday’s news conference below: