Ten Washington state counties with a combined total of just under three percent of the population - Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kittitas, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Wahkiakum - may be able to advance to Phase 2 of Governor Inslee's four-phase reopening plan earlier than the other 29 counties in the state. The ten have had low numbers of positive COVID-19 test results and no deaths.
On May 4, 2020, Governor Inslee released more information about waivers. Counties that meet the criteria and wish to submit a variance application must:
1) Submit a signed recommendation from the local public health officer to the local board of health with one of the following recommendations: not to request a variance and stay in Phase 1; to request a variance to include all of the Phase 2 modifications above; or request a subset of Phase 2 modifications.
2) The local board of health, if they choose to move forward with a variance request, must vote on such a request.
3) The local hospital(s) must submit a letter certifying that they have adequate bed capacity to serve their community and adequate PPE supplies to keep their workers safe.
4) The county commission/council must request to move to Phase 2 (or a subset of Phase 2) of the “Safe Start” plan.
To proceed they will need to submit reopening plans to the state Department of Health demonstrating adequate hospital capacity and personal protective equipment.
San Juan County Council has a discussion of COVID-19 on its Tuesday, May 5 agenda. The three council members will also discuss the San Juan County Fair which traditionally takes place in August.
The numbers of tests conducted and positive results on the list below are from the state Department of Health as of 11:59 April 30, 2020. There were no deaths in any of the counties listed below. The Department of Health posts an updated data set on Sundays showing the date of the most recent positive test in a county. The dates listed are from the Sunday, April 26 data set.
San Juan County - population 17,128 (2018) - has tested 620 people. Test results were positive for 14 for a 2.3 percent positive rate. The number tested is different than the 772 shown on the county's website on May 1. The county isn't able to list the number of tests pending results, that might explain the discrepancy. The county's most recent positive test was April 16 according to the county's Emergency Operation Center. The state's DOH has the date listed as April 12.
Here are the stats on the 10 counties that may be able to skip ahead to Phase 2.
Columbia County - population 4,059 (2018) - has tested 67 people with one positive test result for COVID-19 for a 1.5 percent positive rate.
Ferry County - population 7,649 (2018) - has tested 123 people. One tested positive for COVID-19 for a 0.8 percent positive rate.
Garfield County - population 2,247 (2018) - has tested 17 people with zero positive results.
Grays Harbor - population 75,061 (2019) - has tested 940 people with 12 positive results for a 1.3 percent positive rate. Most recent positive test recorded on April 5, 2020.
Jefferson County - population 31,729 (2018) - tested 298 people. There were 28 positive results for a 9.8 percent positive rate. Most recent positive test recorded on March 29, 2020.
Kittitas County - population 47,935 (2019) - has tested 708 people. There were 15 positive results for a 2.1 percent positive rate. Most recent positive test recorded on April 5, 2020.
Lincoln County's - population 10,740 (2018) - has tested 157 people with two positive test results for a 1.3 percent positive rate. The most recent positive test result for COVID-19 was on April 10 according to Lincoln County's website. One of the two cases was from a non-resident. According to the county's website: The non-resident was tested in Lincoln County and is recovering at their vacation home in Lincoln County.
Skamania County - population 12,083 (2019) - has tested 124 people. There were three positive test results for a 3.4 percent positive rate.
Wahkiakum County - population 4,426 (2018) - has tested 57 people. There were two positive test results and no deaths. That's a 3.5 percent positive rate.
THE FOUR PHASES:
PHASE 1 - begins Tuesday, May 5 and allows:
- Continue to Stay Home, Stay Healthy
Some outdoor recreation (hunting, fishing, golf, boating, hiking)
- Drive in spiritual service with one household per vehicle
Only essential travel
- Essential businesses open
- Existing construction that meet agreed upon criteria
- Automobile sales
- Retail (curb-side pick-up orders only)
- Car washes
- Pet walkers
PHASE 2 - if each phase takes three weeks, it would begin on May 26 - would allow:
- Continue to Stay Home, Stay Healthy
- All outdoor recreation involving fewer than five people outside your household (camping, beaches, etc.)
-Gather with no more than five people outside your household per week
Limited non-essential travel within proximity of your home
- Remaining manufacturing
- New construction
- ln-home/domestic services (nannies, housecleaning, etc.)
- Retail (in-store purchases allowed with restrictions)
- Real estate
- Professional services/office-based businesses (telework remains strongly encouraged)
- Hair and nail salons/Barbers -
- Restaurants (no more than 50% capacity, table size no larger than five people)
PHASE 3 - if each phase takes three weeks, it would begin on June 16 - would allow:
- Continue to Stay Home, Stay Healthy
- Outdoor group rec. sports activities (5-50 people)
- Recreational facilities at no more than 50% capacity (public pools, etc.)
- Allow gatherings with no more than 50 people
- Resume non-essential travel
- Restaurants capacity table size no larger than 10
- Bars at no more than 25% capacity)
- Indoor at no more than 50% capacity
- Movie theaters at no more than 50% capacity
- Government (telework remains strongly encouraged)
- All other business activities not yet listed except for and events with greater than 50 people
Phase 4 - if each phase takes three weeks, it would begin on July 7 - would allow:
- Resume public interactions, with physical distancing
- Resume all recreational activity
- Allow gatherings with 550 people
- Continue non-essential travel
- Concert venues
- Large sporting events
- Resume unrestricted staffing of worksites, but continue to practice physical distancing and good hygiene
- Move to Phase 3 will be decided county by county; June 13 earliest date San Juan County would be eligible
- Definition of a close contact updated
- 1118 tests performed, still 15 positive results in San Juan County
- What can you do in Phase 2 in the San Juan Islands?
- San Juan County is NOW in Phase 2
- Additional counties approved to move to phase two of Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start plan
- Two cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in Washington state
- Letter posted asking state for waiver; Most camping and overnight moorage would not be allowed in the islands in Phase 2
- Happy smiling people hanging about in the Town of Friday Harbor
- $150K of Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grants distributed to 21 island businesses
- Updated: San Juan County eligible for a waiver to skip ahead to Phase 2 under new criteria
- Inslee announces restart of all medical services in Washington
- What does the face covering order mean?
- Statewide Report: Distancing measures remain critical as COVID-19 transmission persists
- Update on Face covering order: It's a recommendation until county is in Phase 2, then it's mandatory
- No request made this week to state to skip to Phase 2, Might ask next week
- Directive to wear face coverings begins May 18 in King County
- Inslee issues additional guidance for outdoor recreation in Phase 1 and Phase 2
- Learn about guidance for reopening dine-in restaurants in Phase 2
- Inslee launches Contact Tracing Initiative
- County Health Officer may mandate the wearing of masks in Phase 2
- 3 more counties allowed to skip ahead to Phase 2
- Lopez Island 4th of July Fireworks canceled for 2020
- May 11: San Juan County Council and Board of Health meeting
- Next number report not until Monday, May 11
- Inslee releases more guidance on Phase I
- 5 Washington counties approved for early move to next phase of reopening
- $117K in grants awarded to 4 farms serving Orcas Island
- Anti-body Update from Dr. House
- Island Rec will be offering virtual programs this summer; In-person programs and events canceled
- Update May 15: 972 tests performed, positive count remains at 15
- Here are the 4 steps to apply for a waiver to skip ahead to Phase 2
- Inslee updates Phased Reopening Plan
- Update from state's Joint Information Center
- Health Officer extends order to May 31 keeping lodging and more closed in the San Juan Islands
- Gov. extends his order means Memorial Day a bust, 4th of July festivities unlikely
- Inslee clarifies limits on elective surgeries
- AG tells Stine to stop selling and administering his COVID-19 'vaccine'
- UPDATE May 1: No new cases of COVID-19 in the San Juan Islands
- Partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities on May 5
- Inslee: $300 million in federal stimulus funding to go to cities and counties of less than 500,000 population
- April 25 and 26 updates from state Joint Information Center: new symptoms listed, new numbers, tips for parents and more...
- Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed
- UPDATED April 24: Streak keeps going, 8 days since last positive test result, Count remains at 14
- Working Washington Small Business Grant program gets additional $5 million infusion; $10 million now available to address some of estimated 25,000 applications from businesses up to 10 employees
- Everything you need to know right now about local testing
- Inslee explains his WA state recovery plan
- Help available from Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Island Family Resource Centers
- UPDATED April 22: More good news count still 14 for San Juan County; 594 tested
- Latest from Camp Murray EOC
- Mayor invites 'vaccine' seller to Friday Harbor
- COVID Symptom Tracker app can help slow the spread
- DOH reporting another new case for San Juan County: Total now 15
- UPDATE April 17: No new cases; Positive results in about 3 percent of tests
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- San Juan Island Community Foundation raised $145k for COVID-19 response
- Ferry reservations for summer postponed
- State EOC's new report: Distancing efforts working and must continue in key Washington counties
- Governors of WA, OR, and CA will coordinate reopening plans
- 3 property tax relief options offered by San Juan County Treasurer
- Voluntary testing of essential folks begins April 13 in Friday Harbor
- DOH adds additional data on confirmed COVID-19 cases
- Dr. James extends lockdown order through May 4
- WSF extends winter sailing schedules through June 20 due to lower demand
- Sheriff has not found a single vacation rental not complying with Gov's order
- Update from state's Joint Operations Center - food, emergency grants for businesses and more...
- More hand sanitizer being produced on Orcas Island
- Essentially an Islander: Ryan Nelson
- WIAA told no sports for the rest of this school year
- UPDATED April 16: One new case; County total 14
- Delivering soon? PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center and Island Hospital Childbirth Centers offer assurance
- April 7: Larsen to host COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall
- Inslee extends school closures for the rest of the 2019-20 school year
- April 4 and 5 Updates from Joint EOC at Camp Murray - face coverings, drivers license expirations and more...
- Two Orcas Island positive cases share details
- UPDATED April 4: FOUR new COVID-19 cases; Count is now 10 in the San Juan Islands
- PIMC offering their patients mobile COVID-19 testing in Friday Harbor
- County recommends 14-day quarantine when returning from the mainland
- Recap of COVID-19 News and Updates from state EOC
- UPDATED April 3: No new COVID-19 positive tests; Count remains at 6 county-wide- including a PIMC staff person
- Governor's Stay Home - Stay Healthy order extended to May 4; More guidance issued
- 2 more COVID-19 cases; 1 on San Juan Island (PIMC staffer), 1 on Orcas Island
- $120K in emergency rental assistance available for San Juan County residents
- DSHS purchases shuttered nursing home in Seattle to free up hospital beds in Western Washington hospitals
- Dr. James and Dr. House working together to find a way to expand testing
- Widespread COVID-19 testing plan nixed by lack of tests
- Medical Surge Planning: Hoping for the Best, Planning for the Worst
- All appts at DOL offices cancelled; Online form to report businesses violating Gov's order
- Stay Home - Healthy guidelines for children and families
- UPDATED April 1: COVID-19 case count is 6 in San Juan County - including a PIMC staff person
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- Property Taxes and COVID-19, from San Juan County Treasurer
- Compass Health providing free, downloadable templates and protocols as part of COVID-19 response
- Hubbard, the first positive COVID 19 case on San Juan Island, shares his experience
- First case of COVID 19 on San Juan Island; County total now 4
- UPDATE: Someone needed to do the research study: Dr. House working to test everyone on San Juan Island
- Message from King's/Marketplace to the community
- San Juan Island Fire & Rescue Temporarily Implements 24/7 On-Duty Staffing
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