On November 18, 2020 Northeast Tri County Health District (NETCHD) provided updated guidance to private and public, school superintendents and administrators in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens Counties. The guidance provided updated information on COVID-19 transmission in northeast Washington, the current information available about transmission and safety protocols at schools, and recommendations going forward. The full guidance is noted below.
Current COVID-19 Status:
COVID-19 case counts are increasing with no improvement expected in the foreseeable future. Community spread currently accounts for the majority of cases NETCHD is investigating. Our medical system is functioning at the limit of its capacity both locally and regionally. Increased time spent indoors, community members meeting in large numbers, lack of masking and social distancing, and ‘COVID fatigue’ are all leading to the surge in cases locally and nationally. While we have seen fluctuations in case rates over the past several months, we believe that the current trend will continue well into the first quarter of 2021.
The current status in key areas are noted below: