Gov. Jay Inslee has implemented a new “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” with revised COVID-19 phases. Beginning on January 11, 2021, Washington State will follow a regional recovery approach with eight (8) regions of the state.
As of Jan. 15, all regions will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 25, 2021.
“No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own,” Inslee said. “We aren’t out of this yet, but we are close to turning the corner on COVID-19 and this third wave of infection.”
Washington has avoided overwhelming the state’s health care systems throughout this pandemic so far through rigorous safety measures, such as physical distancing and masking, as well as social and economic restrictions. This new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, ensuring care for Washingtonians that need it and paving the way for economic recovery.
New Phases are listed in the following chart, and on the Governor’s Medium page.
Metrics to Move to Phase 2
As outlined in the Governor’s COVID-19 phased recovery plan, regions must meet each of the following four metrics in order to move into Phase 2:
- Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100k population;
- Decreasing trend of 10% or more in two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations;
- Less than 90% Intensive Care Unit (ICU) occupancy; and,
- COVID-19 test positivity of less than 10%.
“When we look at the data from each one of the eight regions, we are seeing some positive trends. This is encouraging, and we are hopeful these trends will continue, and we will see regions begin to move into Phase 2 very soon,” said Deputy Secretary for COVID-19 Response Lacy Fehrenbach.
“We know that all people in Washington want to move forward as quickly as possible with respect to COVID-19. However, these metrics show that we are just not ready to do so now,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Washington’s Secretary of Health. “We have made progress but need to continue to work together to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 across our state.”
DOH will reassess all the metrics each week and announce any changes to current phase status every Friday. For more detailed information on where each of the eight regions falls with regards to the four metrics please visit the DOH website.
Media Contact: Ginny Streeter, WA Dept. of Health, Communications, 360-810-1628