A number of states have introduced a return to extra restrictive coronavirus measures because of an increase in instances. Washington state does not wish to revert to previous restrictions.
SEATTLE — Many are trying ahead to getting again to regular life as coronavirus impacts put on on and the illness continues to unfold within the U.S.
Some states like Florida, Arizona and Texas have introduced a return to extra restrictive measures, after instances spiked throughout reopenings.
So what’s the plan in Washington state, the place cases have been trending upward for weeks now?
Over the weekend, Gov. Inslee announced a pause on counties moving to Phase 4 within the “Protected Begin” plan. Washington had 31,752 confirmed instances as of Monday, which is a 5.9% constructive fee, based on the Washington State Division of Well being. At this level, 1,310 folks have died.
Five counties remain in Phase 1 or modified Phase 1, with 17 in Section Three as of the Friday replace. Eight counties have been eligible to maneuver to Section four earlier than the pause, Inslee’s workplace stated.
“Section four would imply a return to regular exercise and we are able to’t do this now as a result of continued rise in instances throughout the state,” Inslee stated in an announcement. “All of us wish to get again to doing all of the issues we love in Washington in the course of the summer time, and totally open our economic system, however we aren’t there but. That is an evolving scenario and we’ll proceed to make selections based mostly on the info.”
His press workplace pressured on Monday that Washington counties can nonetheless proceed by way of reopening so far as Section 3, however the state is just not planning to mandate steps all the way down to decrease levels presently, based on Tara Lee, the communications director for the Governor.
“We don’t wish to transfer anybody again proper now, that’s not the aim,” Lee stated.
Snohomish, Pierce and King counties have progressed to Phase 2, however instances are rising. King County reported an increase in transmission on Friday and Snohomish County introduced it might delay its utility for Section 3.
Tacoma-Pierce County Public Well being introduced it might suggest a modified Section 2, which might loosen some restrictions.
Lee added state officers are watching the fashions over the following few weeks, and reiterating the mandate that people wear masks or face coverings when out in public to gradual the unfold.
Anecdotally, they’re listening to some areas are being extra compliant than others, however Inslee’s workplace has not heard of any formal enforcement because the order took impact Friday.
The main focus stays on educating folks on the significance of masks, Lee stated. Violation of the masks order is a misdemeanor.
Inslee’s workplace stated due to furloughs for state workers to cut back prices, the Governor doesn’t plan to conduct media availabilities on Mondays by way of July 27, barring an emergency.