Village. Jai Inslee. (Facebook)
New coronovirus restrictions may come sooner than expected. Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to speak on Sunday at 11 am
KTH will live Inslee’s address. You can listen to it here or on the KTTH app.
Inslee will address the next steps in the state’s COVID-19 response, including potentially stricter regulations. This was when the state saw its largest daily case increase with more than 2,000 new cases in 24 hours on Friday. There was an increase of over 2,200 cases on Saturday.
On Friday, the governor issued a travel advisory asking passengers to quarantine for 14 days in Washington. It was in partnership with governors in Oregon and California.
The advisor excludes any travelers arriving in Washington from outside the state or country, including “residents of Washington.” It does not apply to those who cross state or international borders for “necessary travel”.
“COVID-19 cases in Washington have doubled in the last two weeks. This makes our state as dangerous today as it was in March.
The night before, Gov. Inslee and his wife addressed the state, asking residents to reconsider how they celebrate Thanksgiving and the December holidays. In the same speech, Inslee indicated further action in the coming days.
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The governor said, “Please do not gather with people outside your house, it is very dangerous.”
On March 23, Golly issued a stay-at-home declaration when cases began to rise in Washington state. Many school districts across the state started sending home students the week before. The order came into force immediately for both public and private, social, spiritual and recreational ceremonies. Even funeral and weddings were banned. Businesses had 48 hours to comply.
Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, health care services, child care providers, transportation, financial services, defense industry, important local government operations and media were considered essential. Delivery to and from the restaurant was still allowed.
Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order officially expired on 31 May. The counties were able to apply for the plan to proceed from June 1 and after being granted permission from the state. The Secretary of Health will evaluate applications based on their data compared to the state’s goals and ability to respond to such things as new outbreaks, rising deaths, and the health system’s capacity. Each county proceeded through the reopening in a phased manner, with fewer and fewer restrictions in each phase.
Miley Cady of KIRO Radio contributed to this report.