Clark County eligible to move to Phase 2 opening


The press conference is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced that Clark County is among 10 new counties now eligible to apply to enter Phase 2 of his reopening plan.

22 counties in the state are in or eligible for Phase 2, making up about 30% of the state’s population.

Inslee made the announcement during a press conference on Tuesday morning to further discuss the state’s COVID-19 response along with news concerning small business aid.

Watch the entire press conference below:

Eligible counties must apply through an application for a variance. Application criteria includes hospital bed capacity, testing data and information, and a local public health officer’s recommendation.

Phase 2 includes further openings of public spaces but still limits many institutions.

“This is something we ought to feel good about in the state of Washington,” Inslee said. But he cautioned the progress could still be stalled. “We still have to recognize that we made progress but we are so far from being out of the woods.”

Inslee also announced grants to small businesses throughout 20 counties in the state. At the Tuesday press conference, Inslee was joined by Department of Health Secretary John Wiesman, State Health Officer Kathy Lofy and Department of Commerce Secretary Lisa Brown.

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