Gov. Jay Inslee announced “Healthy Washington — Roadmap to Recovery,” a COVID-19 phased recovery plan on Jan. 5. The new plan starts on Jan. 11, each region will begin in Phase 1 of a regional focused recovery plan.

The announcement states that Washington has avoided overwhelming the state’s health care systems throughout this pandemic so far citing rigorous safety measures, such as physical distancing and the mask mandate.

There will be eight regions divided according to available health care services based on metrics such as hospitalizations, case data and disease mobility, according to the announcement.

Grant County is in the North Central region that includes Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.

A region’s phase will be determined by the Department of Health (DOH) in response to four metric requirements.

To go forward from Phase 1 to Phase 2, regions must meet all four metrics:

Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population (decrease >10%)

Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100,000 population (decrease >10%)

ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%

COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%

To remain in Phase 2, regions must meet at least three metrics:

Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population

Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100,000 population

ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%

COVID-19 test positivity rate of <10%.

Regions that fail to meet two or more of the above metrics will be moved back to Phase 1.

The metrics for each region will be updated on the DOH Risk Assessment Dashboard every Friday. Dependent on a region’s metrics, DOH will move into a new phase, forward or backward, the following Monday.

DOH and local health departments reserve the right to move a region outside of this timing and additional phases may be added as the state’s COVID-19 situation changes with continued vaccine distribution and other changes in public health response, the announcement states.

“Our goal is to reopen our economy safely, and to do it as quickly as possible. Every week, we plan on tracking our ongoing progress in protecting our communities against COVID-19,” said Secretary of Health Umair Shah.

All regions will begin in Phase 1, because of current metrics. On Jan. 8, the DOH announced that all eight regions in Washington will remain in Phase 1 until at least Jan. 18. Phase 1, for the most part, aligns with restrictions currently in place for most counties, with a few key exceptions:

Indoor fitness will now be permitted with restrictions. Appointment-based fitness and training, where there is no more than one customer per room or 500 square feet for large facilities, is now allowed. Masks and physical distancing are required.

Outdoor entertainment establishments will also be permitted to reopen in Phase 1, including zoos, outdoor theaters, concert venues and rodeos. Operation must be by ticketed event only with groups of 10 maximum with a limit of two households. Timed ticketing is required. Timed ticketing is software that allows organizations and venues to sell tickets in advance in order to prevent overcrowding and stay within capacity guidelines. Facial coverings and physical distancing are also required.

Indoor gatherings and indoor dining remain prohibited. Outdoor dining with a maximum of six and limit for two households per table is permitted with an 11:00 p.m. closing time.

Retail, worship services, personal services, and professional services, where remote work isn’t available, are limited to 25% capacity.

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