Chelan and Douglas move to phase 2 | New
NCW – Chelan and Douglas Counties are moving to Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” reopening plan.
The governor announced Tuesday that all counties from a modified Phase 1 would be allowed to move to Phase 2. Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties, among the hardest hit areas in terms of COVID-19 case rates , also go beyond “phase 1.5”. and the dead.
Inslee’s restart plan was supposed to require counties to drop to 25 positive cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period. Chelan and Douglas counties have about 138 positive cases per 100,000 population, according to the health district.
It is, however, misleading to only consider positive cases by population, said Chelan County Commissioner Doug England, a member of the Board of Health. The health district has tested many more people in recent weeks, nearly 400 a day, which has increased the number of positive cases found.
But the percentage of positive cases on all tests carried out is still quite low, around 1% to 2%, England said.
“The number of cases does not reflect the danger,” he said. “It’s a reflection that we find out who these cases are.”
It was time for Chelan and Douglas counties to move to Phase 2 with the number of modified exemptions that Phase 1 counties were receiving, England said.
“It’s a waste of time for the state and an obstacle for us not to be in phase 2 from the start,” he said.
In addition, some phase 2 counties had a higher number of positive cases than the modified phase 1 counties, England said. Whitman County had nearly 500 positive cases per 100,000 at one time, he said.
Karina Vega-Villa, a member of the Immigrant and Latinx Solidarity Group, said the organization did not have many concerns about moving to Phase 2 itself. The organization’s main concern is a lack of communication with the Hispanic population that appears to persist, she said.
Inslee told a press conference on Tuesday that the five modified Phase 1 counties had done a lot this summer to reduce the high number of positives they had experienced a few months earlier.
At some point between July 26 and August 9, Chelan and Douglas counties dominated the state with positive COVID-19 cases per capita.
“The COVID risk was off the charts for these counties last summer and they’ve lowered it, as the majority of residents in those counties are doing what it takes to bring those numbers down,” Inslee said.
Also, the move to Phase 2 changes very little with all the changes made in Phase 1.5, Inslee said.
According to state documents, Phase 2 includes the following relaxed regulations:
- Allow the remaining manufacturing to restart
- Allow domestic services at home such as nannies and housekeeping
- Libraries and museums at 25% of their capacity
- Movie theaters at 25% of their capacity
- Championship Bowling
- Pet grooming
- Bars without seats inside, unless they meet a minimum dietary requirement
- Driving Events
- Limited indoor fitness and training with 300 square feet per person and up to 25% capacity
- Some adult / youth sports
- Some outdoor recreation with more than 12 participants
- Gatherings of up to five people outside a home
Phase 3 would allow the following changes:
- All other business activities not yet listed
- Cinemas at 50% of their capacity
- Client-oriented government services
- Museums at 50% of their capacity
- Limited indoor fitness and training with 200 square feet of distance per person and up to 25% capacity
- Retail events, such as craft shows with less than 200 people
- Outdoor groups and sports activities of less than 50 people
- Gatherings of 10 people maximum