WA Dept. of Health to evaluate which counties move back to Phase 2 on Monday

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Wa Doh Roadmap To Recovery 5 2OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health will evaluate which counties are moving back to Phase 2 on Monday.

As of May 2, areas in Phase 2 include Cowlitz, Pierce, Whitman and Ferry counties.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Ferry County goes back to Phase 2 after Republic superspreader event

Despite vaccinations increasing statewide, at least a dozen counties aren’t meeting the criteria to stay in Phase 3—including Spokane.

The county’s case rate and hospitalization rate the last two weeks are well above the metrics they need to be. This backpedal is fueled almost entirely by younger people; people younger than 50 represent 75% of Spokane County’s cases in the last few weeks while people between 10 and 29 account for 41% of them.

Additionally, unvaccinated people older than 65 are ending up in the hospital from COVID-19 at a nearly ten-times higher rate than vaccinated people.

The DOH will evaluate all Washington counties Monday, then announce which counties are moving to different phases on Tuesday.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Spokane County likely headed back to Phase 2 next week