Cowlitz County eligible to apply for Phase 2 reopening


The county’s request will be reviewed by the Washington Secretary of Health

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Cowlitz County is now eligible to submit a variance application for Phase 2 reopening, according to Washington state officials.

County leaders will hold special meetings on Friday to discuss how they meet the criteria outlined by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on moving on to the next phase of his “Safe Start” plan. 

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.

The county’s variance application will be reviewed by the Washington Secretary of Health. 

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