(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)
Inslee says more info on economic re-opening will be given Friday…
Washington Governor Inslee announced that the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order will remain in effect past May 4 with a phased approach for opening up the economy. It has been 100 days since Washington’s first COVID-19 case, and Inslee said its best to “get the job done” instead of opening and then having to close businesses again.
So far over 13,800 cases and 786 deaths have been reported in Washington.
Inslee spent a large part of his April 29 press conference discussing what metrics are being used to determine when the state could reopen. No concrete date has been provided, although in the past two weeks restrictions on residential construction, fishing, hunting, use of public lands and boating has been relaxed.
To reopen, the first metric the state will look at is case-per-day based on date-of-onset. That number has gone down quite a bit, but needs to go down much more, Inslee said. The second metric: deaths-per-day by date-of-illness onset. The third metric is hospitalization by date of first admission. That number peaked before April in Washington. But, again, not gone down enough. More