As of Feb. 14, the remaining regions that were in Phase 1, have moved to Phase 2. No regions regressed from Phase 2, which puts the entire state in Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington reopening plan.
After initially announcing the all but one region would move forward, the governor announced on Valentine’s Day that a hospital in the South Central Region of the Healthy Washington Plan misreported data which led to a determination that the region remain in Phase 1.
According to a report from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), when the region did not move to Phase 2, it was brought to the attention of DOH that a hospital in the region appeared to be incorrectly reporting its hospital admission data.
The report states that Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla was reporting COVID-19 hospital admission data incorrectly. The Department of Health began working with the facility to correct the reporting mistake by the hospital.
Utilizing the facility’s updated information, the hospital admission metric for the South Central region was re-calculated, and DOH concluded the region did meet the required metric criteria and advanced to Phase 2 effective immediately.
The North Central Region that includes Grant County was part of the initial announcement of regions moving to Phase 2. The new phase window was scheduled to begin on Feb. 15 but was changed to Feb. 14 by Governor Inslee to allow Valentine’s Day celebrations and more restaurant revenue.
The next announcement for implementation and possible phase movement will be Feb. 25 to begin on March 1.