Roadmap to Recovery update: Governor Inslee announces Two regions to move into Phase Two

“We are getting closer to finding our way out of this mess, but we aren’t there yet,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday. “We have sacrificed too much to let our frustrations get the best of us now when the finish line is in sight, however distant that may seem in our field of vision.”

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s updated Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan; the following regions will move into Phase 2:

  • Puget Sound (Snohomish, King, Pierce)
  • West (Grays Harbor, Pacific, Thurston, Lewis)

The following regions will remain in in Phase 1:

  • East
  • South Central
  • North Central
  • Northwest
  • Southwest
  • North
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Phase changes will go into effect on Monday, February 1, 2021, and remain in effect until Monday, February 15, 2021.

Regions now need to meet any three of the four metrics outlined in the Roadmap to Recovery plan to move into Phase 2. The four metrics have not changed and include:

  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population
  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population
  • Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds
  • 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests

In addition, DOH will calculate regions’ metric to determine phase status every two weeks from now on.

DOH is releasing region status today to coincide with the Governor’s announcements. In the future, DOH will reassess the metrics for all eight (8) regions every two weeks and announce any phase adjustments on Friday. The next announcement will be Friday, February 12, 2021.

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For more information, visit the Roadmap to Recovery dashboard at www.coronavirus.wa.gov.

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