Ferry County voluntarily rolls itself back to Phase 2 of reopening early
Ferry County announced Friday that it has opted to voluntarily move itself back to Phase 2 of reopening effective immediately, ahead of the state announcing larger-scale rollbacks next Tuesday.
According to the Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD), the county has “experienced a sharp increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations” in recent weeks.
“While this move into Phase 2 is difficult, it is also critical to help curve disease transmission rates in the right direction,” NETCDC said in a written release.
As a county with a population under 50,000, it would need to have 100 or fewer total new cases tallied over two weeks and 3 or fewer hospitalizations over the past week in order to remain in Phase 3. NETCHD reports that Ferry County has seen 106 cases since April 12. Over the last week, seven people have needed to be transported to hospitals for COVID-related reasons, with “additional people hospitalized” as well.
Ferry County also has the highest case rate adjusted for population in Washington, “and ranks among the highest nationally.”
“This swift action is necessary protect the community and get Ferry County back on the path towards economic recovery sooner,” the state Department of Health said Friday.
The state will be evaluating data in every county on Monday to determine where rollbacks might be necessary. Gov. Jay Inslee will announce the results of that evaluation on Tuesday.