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Last week, it was announced that Washington would be moving toward a statewide June 30 reopening date. A full reopening could happen sooner than June 30 if, 70% or more of Washington residents over the age of 16 initiate vaccination. Effective May 18, all counties in Washington will move to Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, including those counties currently in Phase 2. This move on May 18 will include Ferry County, who previously had been rolled back to Phase 2 on April 30, due to a significate outbreak in the Republic area.
Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) has been monitoring the situation in Ferry County closely and since May 8, cases have stabilized with an average of 36 cases over the prior two-week period. Additionally, COVID-19 rates of hospitalizations have also decreased since that time. A month after the initial outbreak, impacts are still being felt in Ferry County and disease transmission is still occurring. It is important that overall precautions continue to be observed.
In Ferry County since April 11, Ferry County Health has tested 737 individuals of which 147 have tested positive, 12 have required medical transport to other hospitals and preliminary reports sadly indicate 4 COVID related deaths.
The safest and fastest way to reduce transmission is for people to get vaccinated. Everyone age 12 and older is eligible and appointments are readily available in the tri-county area. To find a vaccination location near you or to make an appointment, visit www.netchd.org or call 509-684-2262, opt. #4.