|On March 11, 2021, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery plan will be transitioning from a regional approach to a county-by-county evaluation process. The governor also announced that a new third phase of the Roadmap has been added, and effective Monday, March 22, the entire state will enter Phase 3. Under the updated plan, counties will be individually evaluated every three weeks. The evaluations will occur on Monday with any possible changes going into effect on Friday. The first evaluation is scheduled for April 12. We will share more detailed information in the coming weeks.|
Sports guidance will change in Phase 3 to allow in-person spectators at events for the first time in a year. Spectators will be allowed to attend outdoor venues with permanent seating with capacity capped at 25%. The change effects both professional and high school sports, as well as motorsports, rodeos, and other outdoor spectator events. Social distancing and facial covering are still required. Additionally, the governor announced that starting Wednesday, March 17, everyone in Tier 2 will be eligible for their COVID vaccine. This includes workers in agriculture, food processing, grocery stores, public transit, firefighters and law enforcement, among others. Tier 2 also includes people over the age of 16 who are pregnant or have a disability that puts them at high-risk. Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.
PHASE 1 GUIDELINES
PHASE 2 GUIDELINES
PHASE 3 GUIDELINES
A full list of industry-level changes for Phase 3 will be released soon. More information is available in this article from the Governor's Office.
The new Washington State COVID-19 - reopening dashboard
This dashboard provides an overview of the metrics used in Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery which uses a regional approach for the phased reopening plan. The metrics presented here help determine if it is safe for a region to enter a new phase of reopening.
Four metrics are presented on this dashboard:
- Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population, shown as Trend in case rate;
- Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population, shown as Trend in hospital admission rate;
- Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds, shown as Percent ICU occupancy; and
- 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests, shown as Percent positivity.
About this dashboard
The data used to calculate the metrics in the dashboards are available in the downloadable Excel files. Data for all four metrics are available at the region level and county-level data is available for the following metrics: Trend in case rate and Percent positivity.
One file includes these metrics calculated for time periods since the launch of Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery and the other file includes metrics calculated with available data for time periods prior to the launch.