King County Moves to Phase 2 Beginning February 1

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Roadmap to Recovery update; Two regions to move into Phase 2

On Thursday, January 28, the DOH announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s updated Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, the Puget Sound and West regions will move into Phase 2 beginning Monday, February 1.

In Phase 2, restrictions on most activities are relaxed, slightly. Restaurants (and bars with food) can have indoor dining at 25% capacity, and gyms/fitness also can operate at 25% capacity (appointments not necessarily required). See the image below for more details.

As Governor Inslee just announced, regions now need to meet any three of the four metrics outlined in the Roadmap to Recovery plan in order to move into Phase 2. The four metrics have not changed and include:

  1. Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population
  2. Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population
  3. Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds
  4. 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests

In addition, DOH will calculate regions’ metric to determine phase status every two weeks from now on.

DOH is releasing region status today to coincide with the Governor’s announcements. Going forward, DOH will reassess the metrics for all eight (8) regions every two weeks and announce any phase adjustments on Fridays. The next announcement will be Friday, February 12, 2021.

The following regions will remain in in Phase 1:

  • East
  • South Central
  • North Central
  • Northwest
  • Southwest
  • North

Phase changes will go into effect on Monday, February 1, 2021 and remain in effect until Monday, February 15, 2021.

For more information visit the Roadmap to Recovery dashboard.

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