STATE NEWS: Governer won’t hesitate to move counties backward in reopening process

(STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent)

As some counties are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases, Governor Jay Inslee tweeted on Friday that he would not hesitate to freeze of even move counties backward in the state’s reopening plan.

On Friday, more counties moved to Phase 3 in the reopening plan including Grays Harbor, Mason, Lewis and Island counties. King County moved into Phase 2.

Spokane County officials asked Spokane County Health Officer Bob Lutz to request a move to Phase 3 in the reopening plan, but Lutz denied that request as the county is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases while in Phase 2.

On Friday, the second-largest amount of new daily coronavirus cases were announced for Spokane County – 43 new cases – bringing the county’s total cases to 936.

Nation-wide cases are also exploding in some states as they reopen, while other states are experiencing drops in cases.

NE Washington has one of the lowest case counts in the state and is currently in no danger from losing its Phase 3 designation with just 20 cases total for the three county area.