Some of Washington’s largest counties could be headed back to Phase 2 next week, including King and Pierce Counties.
State health leaders said during a briefing Wednesday that several counties were right on the brink of getting sent backwards.
“There are a handful of counties that are at the threshold or above the threshold for case rates and hospitalizations,” said Lacy Fehrenbach, deputy secretary of the state’s COVID response. “There is a decent likelihood that a handful will potentially be moved back on Monday when we announce.”
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Large counties need to have 200 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents over two weeks and five or fewer hospitalizations per 100,000 residents over the past week. Counties with a population under 50,000 need to have 100 or fewer total new cases over two weeks and three or fewer hospitalizations over the past week.
Washington State Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said four of Washington’s largest counties have rising cases. Pierce County is at more than 180 per 100,000 over two weeks, and King County’s cases are also approaching the 200-mark.
“We will … have to take the appropriate action when we believe that people may be at risk,” Shah said. “And if we feel that because of case rates or other metrics, that we have to dial back, then we may do that.”
Shah said the vaccine alone is not enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 because only 20% of Washingtonians have had both doses.
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