Non-urgent surgeries allowed in Washington, stay home order remains


Press conference slated for 2:30 p.m.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Gov. Jay Inslee said he is extending the “stay home” order beyond May 4 but did not give a new end date.

He said new announcements will come on Friday with a plan on how they will make the decision.

“We do not want to go through this pain again. We want to make this a one and possibly done situation,” he said. “It’s better to do something 100% the first time.”

He did say the state will allow some non-urgent surgeries to resume. He also released more guidance for the construction industry.

At the Wednesday press conference, Inslee was joined by Vice Admiral Dr. Raquel Bono, the director of Washington state COVID-19 health care response; state health officer Kathy Lofy; and Katherine Guest, the deputy intelligence section chief for the Washington State Emergency Operations Center.

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