New health district graphic shows Chelan, Douglas far from meeting COVID-19 reopening goals

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The Chelan-Douglas Health District has begun producing what they’re calling a weekly “thermographic” to chart the counties’ progress toward reopening businesses and schools.

The first report shows Chelan and Douglas counties have a long way to go to meet guidelines set by the state.

The two counties have averaged 573 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks while the state goal is 25 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Gov. Jay Inslee has cited the 25 new cases figure as one of the determining factors in a county moving from one phase to another under his Safe Start reopening plan.

On June 17, both counties inched below 25 cases per 100,000 residents over the previous 14 days. The counties had been moved to a modified version of Phase 1 on June 10 and appeared headed toward Phase 2.

But since then the rate has far exceeded the 14-days benchmark.

Earlier this week, Inslee ordered a “pause” on counties advancing in their phase and said Thursday he was extending that order.