A number of states have introduced a return to extra restrictive coronavirus measures as a consequence of an increase in circumstances. Washington state does not wish to revert to previous restrictions.
SEATTLE — Many are wanting 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 circumstances 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 “Secure Begin” plan. Washington had 31,752 confirmed circumstances as of Monday, which is a 5.9% optimistic price, in response to the Washington State Division of Well being. At this level, 1,310 individuals have died.
Five counties remain in Phase 1 or modified Phase 1, with 17 in Part Three as of the Friday replace. Eight counties have been eligible to maneuver to Part four earlier than the pause, Inslee’s workplace stated.
“Part four would imply a return to regular exercise and we are able to’t try this now as a result of continued rise in circumstances throughout the state,” Inslee stated in a press release. “All of us wish to get again to doing all of the issues we love in Washington through the summer season, and absolutely open our financial system, however we aren’t there but. That is an evolving scenario and we’ll proceed to make choices primarily based on the info.”
His press workplace careworn on Monday that Washington counties can nonetheless proceed by means of reopening so far as Part 3, however the state just isn’t planning to mandate steps right down to decrease levels right now, in response to 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 circumstances are rising. King County reported an increase in transmission on Friday and Snohomish County introduced it might delay its utility for Part 3.
Tacoma-Pierce County Public Well being introduced it might advocate a modified Part 2, which might loosen some restrictions.
Lee added state officers are watching the fashions over the subsequent few weeks, and reiterating the mandate that people wear masks or face coverings when out in public to sluggish 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 target stays on educating individuals on the significance of masks, Lee stated. Violation of the masks order is a misdemeanor.
Inslee’s workplace stated due to furloughs for state staff to cut back prices, the Governor doesn’t plan to conduct media availabilities on Mondays by means of July 27, barring an emergency.