SW Washington counties look to Phase 2 reopening


County’s variance application will be reviewed by the WA secretary of health

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cowlitz and Clark counties are hoping to soon enter Phase 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan.

Clark County Public Health submitted its application for a Phase 2 variance on Friday afternoon.

Also on Friday, the Cowlitz County Board of Health and the Board of Commissioners decided to move forward with applying for Phase 2 of Washington’s reopening plan.

Neither county has been approved yet to enter Phase 2. Their applications will be signed and sent to the Washington secretary of health for review.

Phase 2 would allow the reopening of salons and some retail stores and restaurants, though with strict social distancing guidelines in place. 

To apply for a variance, a county must have an average of less than 10 new cases per 100,000 people for two weeks. Counties must also show they have adequate hospital capacity and PPE supplies.

Watch Cowlitz County’s full meeting below

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