PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday announced the extension of his Stay Home order until May 31.
He made the announcement during a press conference where he also revealed the phases in which the economy will slowly be able to open. He is considering allowing some counties with low infection rates to open sooner, he said.
There will be at least 3 weeks between each phase, he said. The state is currently in phase 1, which is allowing more outdoor activities.
In order to move to phase 2, more progress is needed in several areas, including reducing the daily number of new cases and deaths.
One of the biggest issues is the lack of testing, he said. Washington is currently averaging less than 5,000 tests a day, but wants to be doing 22,000 a day. The federal government has said those resources would be coming in the next week or two.
At Friday’s press conference, the governor was joined by John Wiesman, secretary of Washington State Department of Health and Vice Admiral Dr. Raquel Bono, director of Washington state COVID-19 health care response. The conference will begin at 2:30 p.m.
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