Ferry County Moves Back To Phase 2 Due To COVID Outbreak After Maskless Parties At Eagles Club
Ferry County has become the fourth Washington county to move back to Phase 2 in the state’s coronavirus reopening protocol.
The Northeast Tri-County Health District on Friday announced that it has moved Ferry County back a step because of an outbreak, brought upon, at least in part, by two maskless parties at an Eagles’ Lodge in Republic in mid-April.
The health district reports the county has had 106 positive COVID cases since April 12, including seven people who were transported out of the county to be hospitalized. One person infected with the virus has died. The health district reports the hospital in Republic has worked with the state to receive help in medical staffing and other logistics needed to care for the sick.
The voluntary action comes four days before the state is due to announce whether counties will be adjusted up or down in the county phase regime. Whitman, Pierce and Cowlitz counties are the other jurisdictions at Phase 2. State health officials say a dozen other counties, including Spokane and Stevens, are in danger of moving back to Phase 2 because they’re not meeting state metrics for numbers of cases and hospitalizations.
Northeast health officials say they’re monitor the situation in Ferry County over the next few weeks to see if its situation improves enough to move back to Phase 3.
Copyright 2021 Spokane Public Radio. To see more, visit spokanepublicradio.org
It was almost a year ago that Athena Fitness in Olympia was facing financial doom. The women-owned business had opened just before the pandemic struck. In August of last year, new COVID restrictions threatened to put the owners out of business. So, what’s happened since? Continue Reading From ‘Freaking Pissed’ To ‘Big Things’: How One Olympia Gym Survived The Pandemic Uncertainty
Fifteen months after Washington state’s first “stay at home” order was issued in response to the coronavirus, businesses across the state are now allowed to return to pre-pandemic operations. Continue Reading 15 Months Into Restrictions, Washington Mostly Drops COVID Business And Crowd Limitations
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state’s counties will remain in their current phase of the state’s economic reopening plan and won’t face more restrictions because new COVID cases are levelling off after a recent spike. Continue Reading Governor Says All Washington Counties Will Stay In Their Current Reopening Phase…For Now