Grant Co. left out of eligible Phase 2 counties, now working to lower COVID-19 cases

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. — The Grant County Health District is taking steps to qualify for a Phase 2 fast-track through the state’s reopening plan, after being left out of a list of eligible counties on Tuesday.

Governor Jay Inslee announced criteria for larger counties to apply for a variance—a fast-track to a Phase 2 reopening—but Grant County did not make the cut.

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The Grant County Health District says they are just over the threshold of new cases to move on to the next phase; the CDC recommends that a community ought to be below .71 cases per 100,000 people per day, and Grant County has a rate of 1.5.

While the Health District waits to reapply as soon as possible, they are working on arrangements for an isolation and quarantine facility, as well as improving testing across the county.

They say they are investigating all COVID-19 reports and implementing contact tracing, working with businesses and organizations to reduce viral spread, sharing and coordinating information with local healthcare providers and more.