PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee said that while some progress has been made in stopping the spread of COVID-19, much more work needs to be done.
“We are having some success,” Inslee said during a Thursday press conference. “We just have so far to go in this effort.”
Inslee said the target for a two-week period is 25 cases per 100,000 residents. The current rate is 110 cases per 100,000 residents, which is four times higher than the target.
Inslee noted higher rates of disease spread in central Washington. He said there was some good news in Yakima, where numbers have come down.
He urged Washingtonians to have less interaction in social settings.
“This requires individuals to make decisions in their own lives that they are going to save their families and themselves and that they want to be protecter instead of an infector.”
Last week, Inslee announced he is making $40 million available for an immigrant relief fund to help those who become ill with COVID-19 and are unable to work. He said this will address the issue of people who refuse to isolate because they need to keep working to support their families.
“This immigrant relief fund is going to help workers who are the backbone of our agricultural economy to make sure they don’t fall behind in the expenses of their families,” Inslee said.
Earlier the same day, Inslee held a meeting with community leaders, agricultural workers and growers in Okanogan County, the location of a big virus outbreak.