Jay Inslee unveiled the next phase in his “plan” to reopen Washington’s economy.
Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order has officially expired and each county in Washington state is either in Phase 1 or Phase 2 of reopening. It is up to each county to apply to move forward in the reopening process. Currently, there are 26 counties in Phase 2 and 13 in Phase 1, including King, Snohomish, Pierce, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties.
Follow live updates today below.
Monday, June 1
11:38am – King County plans to submit an application for a “modified” Phase 1 Monday. That would include the reopening of some businesses and activities, including outdoor gatherings of five or fewer people, additional construction, in-store retail with 15% occupancy, and more.
9:35am – Drive-thru COVID-19 testing is available starting today in Monroe. You can find out how to sign up for an appointment here.
7:10am – Yakima is seeing one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Washington state. Dr. Scott Lindquist is with the Washington State Department of Health, a specialist in spreading viruses, and joined Seattle’s Morning News to discuss. Read more.
5:16am – There remain concerns that weekend protests could potentially set off another surge in new COVID-19 cases in major cities across the U.S.
“There’s going to be a lot of issues coming out of what’s happened in the last week, but one of them is going to be that chains of transmission will have become lit from these gatherings,” former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CBS’s Face the Nation.