All Regions to Remain in Phase 1 of Washington Recovery Plan
The Washington State Department of Health gave its first weekly update to Governor Jay Inslee's Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan.
According to the department, all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Monday, January 25th. Regions must meet four metrics in order to move into Phase 2. They are:
- A decreasing trend of 10% or more in the two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population
- A decreasing trend of 10% or more in the two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospitalizations
- Less than 90% Intensive Care Unit occupancy
- COVID-19 test positivity must be less than 10%
The North Central Region has passing statistics in case count and ICU occupancy and is one of only two regions to even have a slight decrease in hospitalizations. The largest hurdle for the region appears to be test positivity, which must be less than 10% but is currently 15%.