Health officer: Spokane Co. will not apply to advance to phase 3 this Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. — Health officer Dr. Bob Lutz said Spokane County will not apply to advance to phase 3 this Friday.

Friday would mark three weeks since Spokane County moved into phase 2. As part of the Safe Start plan, counties can apply for variance after three weeks and if they meet other criteria.

Lutz said Monday that Spokane is not meeting that additional criteria – which includes rates of cases by population.

“Eligible means you have to meet the criteria, and as we have commented, we’re not close to meeting those criteria,” Lutz said.

For the past week, Lutz has commented that Spokane County would not be ready to apply by mid-June. He said health officials will continue to look at the data and when the data suggests the county is ready, then they will apply.

Several Eastern Washington counties have already been approved to move to phase 3, including Whitman, Stevens, Columbia, Ferry, Garfield, Lincoln and Pend Oreille Counties.

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