Effective: Monday, January 11, 2021 Washington state will be operating in the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery

On January 5th, 2021 Governor Inslee announced the state’s new Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery. This latest plan is a regional approach to replace the previous years "Safe Start" county-by-county phased reopening plan. Under the new roadmap, the approach aims to safely ease some restrictions while also maintaining crucial hospital capacity, ensuring care for Washingtonians that need it and paving the way for economic recovery. Mason County has been regionalized in this plan with Kitsap, Jefferson, and Clallam county.

Mason County was grouped with the three counties based on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) regions used for evaluating healthcare services. In the state there are eight regions of four or more counties, divided according to available health care services based on metrics such as hospitalizations, case data and disease mobility.

With this transition, new phases have also been implemented. Effective January 11th, 2021, all of Washington state will be placed in Phase 1 of the following Roadmap:

Reopening Criteria

 

Progress into the next phase is determined by the state Department of Health (DOH) based on the total metrics of a county’s new region. To go forward from Phase 1 to Phase 2, regions must meet all four metrics:

  • Decreasing trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population (decrease >10%)
  • Decreasing trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population (decrease >10%)
  • ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of < 10%

To remain in Phase 2, regions must meet at least 3 metrics:

  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate of COVID-19 cases per 100K population
  • Decreasing or flat trend in two-week rate new COVID-19 hospital admission rates per 100K population
  • ICU occupancy (total — COVID-19 and non-COVID-19) of less than 90%
  • COVID-19 test positivity rate of < 10%

Regions that fail to meet two or more of the above metrics will be moved back to Phase 1.

The metrics for each region will be updated on the Risk Assessment Dashboard every Friday. Dependent on a region’s metrics, DOH will move into a new phase — forward or backward — the following Monday.

Note: DOH and local health departments reserve the right to move a region outside of this timing, and additional phases may be added as the state’s COVID-19 situation changes with continued vaccine distribution and other changes in public health response.

For the latest COVID-19 information and resources visit coronavirus.wa.gov.

* High-risk populations are currently defined by CDC as: persons 65 years of age and older; people with underlying medical conditions (particularly not well controlled) including people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, people who have serious heart conditions, people who are immunocompromised, people with severe obesity, people with diabetes, people with chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, and people with liver disease; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.