PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Jay Inslee extended the eviction moratorium in Washington state by 30 more days during a press conference on Thursday.

Inslee said he wants to give tenants more time to access federal assistance.

Inslee thanked Washingtonians who are vaccinated for doing their part to end the pandemic. He also thanked healthcare workers for their hard work.

“The healthcare workers deserve people to get the vaccine,” he said.

He said he asked the federal government for more assistance with the healthcare system. He said hospitals are still overwhelmed with COVID patients.

“Everyone is suffering because of this pandemic, and everyone has the chance to help our healthcare workers, as well as themselves, by getting the vaccine.”

Earlier this month, Inslee expanded the state’s indoor mask mandate to include outdoor events with 500 or more attendees, regardless of vaccination status. A universal mask mandate for indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status went into effect in Washington state late last month.

The mandates came after weeks of escalating COVID-19 case rates and increasing hospitalizations caused primarily by the delta variant of the coronavirus Washington state recently broke its record for COVID-19 hospitalizations, which was previously set in December.