Although several Washington counties are at risk of moving back to Phase 2 when the state evaluates case and hospitalization data next week, it’s looking more and more like two of Western Washington’s most populous regions won’t likely be among that group.
These counties are most at risk of moving back to Phase 2 next week
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.
“King County has not crossed either of these thresholds as of today,” Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin said during a Friday briefing.
Even so, Duchin went on to note that King County has also “been trending towards that threshold since mid-March.” As of late this week, the county reports a rate of 187.8 new COVID-19 cases per every 100,000 residents over the last two weeks, and 3.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents over the last seven days.
To the north, Snohomish County is well below the threshold for both metrics, at 122.1 new cases per 100,000 and 2.1 hospitalizations. Pierce County may be less lucky come next week, with the state reporting 241.1 new cases per 100,000 and 6.1 hospitalizations.
In order to move back to Phase 2, counties need to crest 200 new cases per 100,000 and 5 hospitalizations per 100,000. And while cases and hospitalizations have plateaued slightly over the last two weeks in King County, residents should still be prepared for the possibility of