Washington state government Jay InsleeJay Robert Inslee Fights COVID-19 rules in the workplace moves to the states Here are the states that require masks in US public reports Register 36,880 new cases of coronavirus MORE (D) announced Saturday that he is pausing to reopen his state amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
The Washington Health Department said eight counties that were eligible to go to Phase 4 of the reopening process will not continue with their plan as the state tries to deal with the increase in cases.
“Phase 4 would mean a return to normal activity and we cannot do it now because of the continued increase in cases across the state,” Inslee said. “We all want to go back to doing all the things we love in Washington over the summer and fully open our economy, but we are not there yet. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to make decisions based on the data.”
“The best thing that Washington residents can do to slow the spread of the virus and save lives is to wear face shields, continue to maintain physical distance and good hygiene practices,” added State Secretary for Health John Wiesman. “Now that test supplies are available, it is essential to be tested if you have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 or if you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.”
Movement occurs when the state deals with an explosive outbreak after initially flattening the curve. Now there have been almost 31,000 cases in the state, and more than 1,300 people have died.
Phase 4 of the reopening plan would have resumed all public interactions with physical distance and recreational activities and would have reopened nightclubs, concert halls and sporting events.