COVID-19 numbers continue to fall in Chelan and Douglas counties


New cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations from the virus are continuing to steadily decline in Chelan and Douglas counties.

The Chelan-Douglas Health District on Monday reported the number of new cases per 100,000 population over the past 14 days had fallen to 116.7 in the two counties.

That’s down from 137.8 per 100,000 residents reported last week by the health district, which was down from 182.3 the previous week.

Also, the health district reported there is currently only one Chelan County resident hospitalized with COVID-19 and none from Douglas County.

Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered a two-week pause on changing a county’s phase under the Healthy Washington reopening plan.

About a dozen counties that were not meeting the plan’s metrics escaped being lowered from Phase 3 to Phase 2 but Chelan and Douglas counties both were likely to stay in Phase 3 because of the improving numbers.

Some of the state’s largest counties are still above the threshold for staying in Phase 3, including King County, which Monday reported 242.4 cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.

Before Inslee’s pause, larger counties couldn’t be above 200 to stay in Phase 3. It is unclear if Inslee will stay with the same metrics when his pause ends next week.

In addition, King County remains above the number of hospitalizations required to avoid being moved to Phase 2.

Pierce County, which was paused in Phase 2, is reporting 364.1 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. Spokane County, which is in Phase 3, is at 262.3.