Chelan and Douglas counties now meet key metric in governor’s reopening plan

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For the first time, both Chelan and Douglas counties have reached a key benchmark in Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start COVID-19 reopening plan.

One of the key factors Inslee has cited in allowing counties to move from one phase of reopening to another is no more than 25 new cases per 100,000 population over the past two weeks.

A report Wednesday from the Chelan-Douglas Health District showed 24.6 cases per 100,000 for Chelan County and 25.3 cases per 100,000 for Douglas County over the last two weeks.

As recently as two weeks ago, both counties had more than 90 new cases per 100,000 residents over the previous two weeks.

Both counties received approval last week to move to Phase 1.5 of Inslee’s reopening plan, lagging behind most of the state.

The health district has indicated the two counties are hoping to jump to Phase 3 of the plan, which would substantially reduce restrictions on businesses and gatherings.