Updated: San Juan County eligible for a waiver to skip ahead to Phase 2 under new criteria

Ten more counties, including San Juan County, meet the updated criteria to apply for a variance to move into Phase 2.  Gov. Jay Inslee  announced the new criteria and the 10 counties on May 19, 2020. 

As of May 21, Cowlitz, Grant, and Pacific counties are now eligible to submit a variance application to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan. on May 19,  Adams, Clallam, Clark, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, San Juan, Spokane, and Thurston counties were considered eligible to ask for a variance.

Counties are now eligible to apply if they have less than 10 new cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span. The average daily case count in San Juan County (population 17,150) is 0.1. Our crude rate per 100,000 is 0.4

The 13 counties are:












San Juan


The new criteria are similar to the guidance released by the CDC for reopening regions nationwide. Increasing the counties eligible for variance will allow for increased economic activity around the state while also prioritizing the health and safety of workers and customers to limit the spread of COVID-19.

As of Monday, 10 counties had already moved into Phase 2. Twenty-five counties in the state are eligible in total. 

Read the rest of the story on the governor's Medium page.

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1 comment

  • Jamie Mountford
    Jamie Mountford Wednesday, 20 May 2020 07:44 Comment Link

    I’m glad to see this. Our state response should not be decided by King county numbers, and I am glad to see Inslee continuing to loosen the restrictions for counties. Now, Dr. James, what’s to stop you now? It’s time to stop destroying the economy of the islands with your hesitancy and give businesses and people a chance to prove we aren’t imbeciles. We can take precautions without dictatorship and manage the risk inherent to reopening. Those vulnerable or too scared to emerge, stay home and let the rest of us save our communities. There is more to life than fear of death.


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