Once again, no regions advance phases in state’s reopening plan

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All Washington counties will remain in Phase 1 for at least another week under the state’s Healthy Washington reopening plan, the state Department of Health announced today.

The state has four metrics a region must meet in order to allow certain businesses and activities to reopen under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington: Road to Recovery plan.

The North Central region, which includes Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties, once again met two of the four criteria.

The four metrics a region must meet are:

  • Decreasing trend of 10 percent or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population.
  • Decreasing trend of 10 percent or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations.
  • Less than 90 percent Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy.
  • COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10 percent.

The North Central region decreased 1 percent in the two-week rate of cases and had a testing positivity rate of 14 percent.

This region was one of only two in the state that actually had its two-week rate of cases decline, though neither region declined enough to meet the standard.

The state releases a dashboard each Friday showing how regions are doing toward meeting the requirements. No regions have advanced to Phase 2 during the first two weeks of the new plan.

Last week, North Central region’s positivity rate also was too high at 12 percent, but the region was OK on the two-week rate of cases, with a decline of 26 percent.

The region also was too high on occupancy of ICU beds but met the required standard this week.

No region met more than two of the metrics this week. Last week, four regions met three of the four standards.

The state’s complete Roadmap to Recovery report can be found here.