May 6, 2020
Washington Governor Jay Inslee formed three Safe Start advisory groups that will focus on health systems and public health, social supports and economic readiness as the state economy reopens. The groups provide forum for the community to consult with the governor’s office and state agencies on next steps as Washington moves forward.
Gov. Inslee says “These groups include a diverse group of voices, from community leaders in labor, business, government and nonprofit organizations. They represent a broad cross-section of Washingtonians from east and west of the Cascades, different generations and a focus on different impacts from the pandemic on our state.”
The three community leader advisory groups will be led by state cabinet officials:
• Public Health and Health Care System led by Department of Health Sec. John Wiesman
• Safe Work and Economic Recovery led by Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown
• Social Supports led by Department of Social and Health Services Sec. Cheryl Strange
The governor also signed a new COVID-19 order for a phased re-opening of Washington’s economy. The order will allow some businesses to reopen as early as this week. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy. Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses than allowed statewide.
“This phased approach to re-opening our economy will allow us to move forward with a careful and thoughtful balance of our state’s health and economic needs,” Inslee said. “However, if infection rates and hospitalizations for COVID-related issues go up, I would not hesitate to scale these efforts back down to protect public health and save lives.”
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