Eastern Region will not proceed to Phase 2 this week as the case rate, test positivity will increase


Spoken, Wash. – The Eastern Region, as well as seven other regions in Washington, will remain in Phase 1 of the “Healthy Washington” plan until at least February 1.

The Health Department stated that no region is meeting the metrics needed for the next phase of progress and that the situation in the eastern region has actually worsened.

The eastern region, which includes Spokane and eight other eastern Washington counties, is only required to complete two of the four matrices.

The region was meeting three of four metrics in last week’s DOH report.

In that report, the cases had decreased by 26 percent, and now they have risen to 12 percent.

Hospital admissions have actually improved, by 11 percent and now by 20 percent.

ICU beds have been slightly overfilled in the region since last week; It is now 82 percent, but the target is to stay below 90.

Test positivity was up 17 percent last week, and is now over 21.

To advance to step 2, a field must complete the following:

  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population
  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population
  • Average 7-day percentage of beds of ICU employees
  • 7-day percentile of COVID-19 tests positive

84 people from Spokane County have died from COVID-19 so far this month.

For comparison, 78 people died in the first 22 days of December, so they are growing slightly.

We know that 50 percent of the 468 Kovid-19 deaths in the county are linked to long-term care facilities.

15 people under the age of 40 have also died from the virus.

Related: WA reopening: East zone is getting closer, but no area is ready to move into Phase 2

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