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Gov. Jay Inslee has paused counties progressing in the reopening phases under the state’s Safe Start plan due to the continued rise of cases and spread of coronavirus statewide. The pause will continue indefinitely.

Weekly update: After an upward trend in cases the past month, King County saw a slight decrease in the average daily new cases this past week. For Phase 2, the goal is for daily new cases to be less than 39, which we are still well above.

King County is currently in the high-risk category for disease transmission with 92.6 cases per 100,000 residents based on county data the past two weeks.

Recent announcements related to safely reopening our economy and activities have included new restrictions for restaurants, bars, indoor fitness, wedding and funerals, and new guidance from the state on reopening schools in the fall. These updates are reflected on Safe Start site.

“We should all be concerned with increasing cases of COVID-19 in our community. The disease is waiting for us to let our guard down, and it will come roaring back when we do.” – Dr. Jeff Duchin, Public Health – Seattle & King County.

VIDEO: July 24, 2020 update on COVID-19 in King County with Dr. Jeff Duchin

Additional Safe Start Information:

Washington State – Safe Start: Business Guidance and What’s Open in Each Phase

Additional COVID-19 Information: