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Washington State Covid restrictions remain the same in all regions

All Washington State regions have moved to Phase 2 Covid restrictions as of Tuesday, February 16th. The next update will be provided on Thursday February 25th.
Map showing Roadmap to Recovery regional status. Image courtesy of State of Washington.

February 24, 2021, update.

On Wednesday, February 24th, Governor Inslee paused all movement in the Roadmap to Recovery. All regions will remain in Phase 2 for the time being, and phase change metrics will not be updated.

Guidelines for Phase 3 of reopening have not yet been published.

February 14, 2021, update.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that a hospital in the South Central Region of the Healthy Washington Plan misreported data which led to a determination that the region remain in Phase 1 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan.

When the region did not move to Phase 2, it was brought to the attention of DOH that a hospital in the region appeared to be incorrectly reporting its hospital admission data.

After learning that the hospital, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, in Walla Walla was reporting COVID hospital admission data incorrectly, the Department of Health began working with the facility to correct the reporting mistake by the hospital.

Utilizing the facility’s updated information, the hospital admission metric for the South Central region was re-calculated and DOH concluded the region did meet the required metric criteria and will now advance to Phase 2 effective immediately. The Roadmap to Recovery dashboard will be updated with this information on Tuesday, February 16th.

The next update will be provided on Thursday, February 25th.

February 11, 2021, update.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today five new regions have met the metric requirements to progress to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington reopening plan, starting this weekend.

The West and Puget Sound regions have maintained their metric requirements to stay in Phase 2. 

The new regions progressing to Phase 2 are: 

  • North (Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan, Island),
  • North Central (Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Grant),
  • Northwest (Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason),
  • East (Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane, Adams, Whitman, Garfield), and
  • Southwest (Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Skamania, Clark, Klickitat).

The only region not moving to Phase 2 is the South Central region – which includes Ellensburg, Yakima, the Tri-Cities, and Walla Walla.

Additionally, the governor announced Thursday evening that the five regions progressing will be able to do so starting Sunday, Feb. 14. The holiday weekend provides a large portion of a restaurant's yearly revenue, and by moving up the region's reopening date will allow dining establishments to benefit. 

"I know this creates more options for restaurants to make Valentine's Day special for couples who hoped they could have a night out," Inslee said.

He went on to say, "I am confident people, young and old, will celebrate safely. And if it's a first date that doesn't go well, remind them to stay six feet away from you."

For more information visit the Roadmap to Recovery dashboard.

January 28, 2021, update.

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s updated Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, the Puget Sound and West regions will move into Phase 2 on Monday, February 1st, and will remain in effect until Monday, February 15th.

The following regions will remain in in Phase 1:

  • East
  • South Central
  • North Central
  • Northwest
  • Southwest
  • North

As Governor Inslee just announced, regions now need to meet any three of the four metrics outlined in the Roadmap to Recovery plan in order to move into Phase 2. These following four metrics have not changed:

  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population.
  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population.
  • Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds.
  • 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests.

In addition, DOH will calculate regions’ metric to determine phase status every two weeks from now on.

DOH is releasing region status today to coincide with the Governor’s announcements. Going forward, DOH will reassess the metrics for all eight (8) regions every two weeks and announce any phase adjustments on Fridays. The next announcement will be Friday, February 12, 2021.

Two Washington State regions, Puget Sound and West, move to Phase 2 Covid restrictions on Monday, February 1st, based on Governor Jay Inslee's Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. The six other regions remain in Phase 1.

Table showing regional Roadmap to Recovery metrics. Image courtesy of State of Washington.

For more information visit the Roadmap to Recovery dashboard.

Two Washington State regions, Puget Sound and West, move to Phase 2 Covid restrictions on Monday, February 1st, based on Governor Jay Inslee's Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. The six other regions remain in Phase 1.

Roadmap to Recovery phase restrictions. Image courtesy of State of Washington.

For more information read the Roadmap to Recovery Plan.

January 22, 2021, update.

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, February 1, 2021.

DOH, in partnership with Microsoft AI for Health, has launched the new Roadmap to Recovery dashboard that provides a detailed overview of the metrics used for measuring regional progress. The metrics and corresponding thresholds help determine if it is safe for a region to enter into a new phase of reopening.

January 15, 2021, update.

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan, all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 25th.

From a January 8, 2021, Washington State Department of Health press release.

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan released earlier this week, that all eight (8) regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 18, 2021.

Phase 1, for the most part, aligns with restrictions currently in place for most counties today, with a few key exceptions.

Indoor fitness and outdoor entertainment, for example, were both previously prohibited, but will now be permitted with restrictions. Here are the specifics:

  • Currently, all indoor fitness is entirely prohibited. DOH now believes that the state can safely allow appointment-based fitness and training where there is no more than 1 customer per room or 500 square feet for large facilities. This will allow gyms to schedule people wanting to come in to work out in a safe way to ensure activity during winter months. Masks and physical distancing are required.
  • Outdoor entertainment establishments will be permitted to reopen in Phase 1, including zoos, outdoor theaters and concert venues, and rodeos, among other outdoor venues. Operation must be by ticketed event only with groups of 10 maximum with a limit of two households. Timed ticketing is required, as well as facial coverings and physical distancing.
  • Indoor gatherings and indoor dining remain prohibited. Outdoor dining with a maximum of six and limit for two households per table is permitted with an 11:00 pm close.
  • Retail, worship services, personal services, and professional services — where remote work isn’t available—are limited to 25% capacity.

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:

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

“When we look at the data from each one of the eight regions, we are seeing some positive trends. This is encouraging, and we are hopeful these trends will continue, and we will see regions begin to move into Phase 2 very soon,” said Deputy Secretary for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach.

“We know that all people in Washington 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.

He went on to say, “We have made progress but need to continue to work together to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 across our state.”

DOH will reassess all the metrics each week and announce any changes to current phase status every Friday. For more detailed information on where each of the eight regions currently falls with regards to the four metrics please visit the DOH website.

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