January 8, 2021
Washington Governor Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a phased COVID-19 recovery plan, called “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery.” The new statewide plan is set to kick-off beginning January 11, 2021 and will be anchored on a regional recovery approach with every region beginning in Phase 1.
Gov. Inslee says, “No one was untouched by the effects of the pandemic in 2020; many have and continue to suffer through no fault of their own. We aren’t out of this yet, but we are close to turning the corner on COVID-19 and this third wave of infection.”
Phase 1, for the most part, aligns with restrictions currently in place for most counties today, with a few key exceptions. Indoor fitness and outdoor entertainment, for example, were both previously prohibited, but will now be permitted with restrictions.
Washington has avoided overwhelming the state’s health care systems throughout this pandemic so far through rigorous safety measures, such as physical distancing and masking, as well as social and economic restrictions. This new recovery system aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, ensuring care for Washingtonians that need it and paving the way for economic recovery.
There will be eight regions of four or more counties, divided according to available health care services based on metrics such as hospitalizations, case data and disease mobility. They include:
Central: King, Pierce, Snohomish
East: Adams, Asotin, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Whitman
North: Island, San Juan, Skagit, Whatcom
North Central: Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan
Northwest: Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason
South Central: Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Kittitas, Walla Walla, Yakima
Southwest: Clark, Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania, Wahkiakum
West: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific, Thurston
For comments, questions or concerns, please contact Dennis Kaiser