If Gov. Inslee sticks to his word to roll back counties that don’t meet required thresholds, King County will roll back to Phase 2 this week.
“Based on the metrics outlined in the Road to Recovery, our current case and hospitalization rates indicate that we’ll be rolled back to Phase 2,” said Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer, Public Health – Seattle & King County.
Washington counties most at risk of being next to roll back to Phase 2
The state plans to reassess the counties’ rates on Monday, with an announcement expected on Tuesday.
King County is reporting 5.8 hospitalizations and 242 cases per 100,000 people. 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 tallied over two weeks and 3 or fewer hospitalizations over the past week.
“It’s a done deal,” Duchin said, explaining that the dates on which the metrics are calculated are in the past. “As much as I’d love to go back in time and change things in a way that would decrease the number of COVID-19 cases and the hospitalizations that occurred in King County, I just can’t do that. We have to live with the consequences of our actions.”
King County entered Phase 3 with the rest of the state on March 22 as cases and hospitalizations were rising,

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