While 14 counties in Washington state have met criteria to move on to Phase Two of reopening, Snohomish County has a ways to go to meet the guidelines even by June 1.
What’s allowed as counties reopen under Gov. Inslee’s ‘Safe Start’ phases
“King County and other large counties are pretty much in the same situation we are,” said Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers. “We’re headed in the right direction, but we certainly will not meet those criteria by June 1.”
In a briefing on Friday, Dr. Chris Spitters, the county’s health officer, explained that if the county needs to be at 10 cases per hundred thousand in a 14-day period, 82 reported cases (or six per day) is the maximum. He then explained the math on 820,000 residents in the county.
Snohomish County reported 308 new cases in the last 14 days, according to Spitters. That’s about three and a half times more than the goal.
“In the past week or two we’re down to maybe in the high teens, 15 to 20 cases per day over the course of the week, whereas we were at 25 to 30 two to three weeks ago. So things continue to get better, but we’re still not there,” Spitters said. “And consequently, I just, I don’t see us passing that line of 80 cases per 14 day period by the time we reach June 1.”
The June 1 date is the marker based on when Phase One of Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan officially began, given at

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