Ferry County goes back to Phase 2 after Republic superspreader event

Republic, Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced Ferry County, the site of a COVID superspreader event in Republic, has gone back to Phase 2 under the state’s Roadmap to Recovery Plan.

“We are deeply concerned about the rapid growth in disease in Ferry Co. and the strain that has put on their local healthcare system,” DOH said on its Twitter page.

DOH fully supports Northeast Tri County Health District’s to move Ferry County back to Phase 2, effective immediately and ahead of the state’s review cycle.

“We have seen throughout the pandemic how quick action to curtail transmission reduces the impacts of severe disease and protects the healthcare system,” DOH said. “This swift action is necessary protect the community and get Ferry County back on the path towards economic recovery sooner.”

The department said they will support the health district with any supplies, staff or other supports needed to help with vaccination and outbreak response in the community.

Residents of Ferry County and all across the state are encouraged to take actions to help slow the spread of COVID and move toward recovery. These include getting vaccinated, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, washing hands and keeping gatherings small and outside.

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