On Thursday, Gov. Jay Inslee echoed concerns from the state Department of Health that several Washington counties could have to roll back to Phase 2 next week. So, which counties are most at risk?
Gov. Inslee echoes concerns over move back to Phase 2
In order to remain in Phase 3, large counties need to have 200 or fewer new cases per 100,000 residents over two weeks and 5 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 3 or fewer hospitalizations over the past week.
If a county fails to meet both those two metrics, it will be moved down a single phase. In Phase 2, that will reduce capacity from 50% to 25% for indoor dining, retail, fitness centers, salons, and entertainment. Gov. Inslee’s office also put out an update on Friday, noting that spectator events will still be allowed to continue in Phase 2, but will need to follow this guidance.
Given that, we’ve collated state data from all 39 Washington counties, and divided them into three categories:
Over the threshold: Counties currently failing to meet both of the required metrics to stay in Phase 3
At risk: Counties currently failing one of two metrics
Under the threshold: Counties that are meeting both metrics
Over the threshold (7): Adams, Asotin, Cowlitz, Douglas, Pend Oreille, Pierce*, Yakima
At-risk (10): Chelan, Ferry, Garfield, Jefferson, Kittitas, Lewis, Okanogan, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman
Under the threshold (22): Benton, Clallam, Clark, Columbia, Franklin, Grant, Grays