All counties are now in phase 3 of the state reopening plan
A drive-thru vaccination site in Snohomish County. (KIRO 7)
The State Department of Health says there have been more 390,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington, and 5 640 people have died from the virus across the state. State says 6 337 924 doses of vaccine were administered. Check below for more updates.
As of May 12, everyone in Washington state aged 12 or older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone eligible in a previous phase or level remains eligible.
Find a vaccination location near you or call 800-525-0127 for help finding an appointment.
Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Washington state
Tuesday May 18
1:48 p.m. – Washington State Department of Health says all counties are now in Phase 3 of Plan to Reopen Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery. This includes the counties of Cowlitz, Ferry, Pierce and Whitman, which were previously in phase 2.
State health officials say they will continue to monitor COVID-19 and immunization data in the weeks to come. If the statewide ICU capacity reaches 90% at any time, the activities will be canceled.
13:12 – You can now find a list of upcoming vaccination pop-ups in King County online here. At the same site, you can make an appointment for vaccination at ShoWare and Auburn Outlet Collection clinics in King County, although many sites in the county do not require an appointment.
11:41 am – The Seattle Fire Department is holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics at local schools over the coming weeks to improve access to vaccines for teachers and students, KIRO 7 reports. The hope is to do. vaccinate students and teachers for degrees in person and before full-time, in-person return to class in the fall.
9:54 a.m. – Snohomish County reports that 59% of its residents have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
While Governor Inslee has set June 30 as the target date for the state to fully reopen, it could happen sooner if 70% of Washingtonians aged 16 or older had started the vaccination process before then.
8:10 – Despite the latest CDC guidelines that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face coverings in most indoor and outdoor public places, Public Health – Seattle & King County is considering the possibility of implementing more rules strict on masks in the coming weeks. Read more.
6:36 a.m. – Last week, Governor Jay Inslee announced that all counties will be able to move to Phase 3 starting May 18, regardless of their cases and hospitalization rates. That said, several counties remain above the threshold in the two parameters the state previously used to determine reopening phases. Read more.
5 h 10 – COVID-19 case rate were falling in Snohomish County, after an increase that previously brought the county to 227 cases per 100,000 population. As of the two-week period ending May 8, it has now fallen below the threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 people, or 193.
Local health officials attribute an increase in vaccination rates and fewer large crowds indoors to the recent drop.
Monday 17th May
5:26 p.m. – There have been 390,630 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 5,640 deaths statewide, according to the Washington State Department of Health. There were 6,337,924 doses of vaccine administered statewide.
4:57 p.m. – A Snohomish County landlord told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show that his tenants do not pay rent, and with the statewide moratorium on evictions extended until June 30, he says he doesn’t he doesn’t have a lot of options for getting the money owed to him. Read more.
3:22 p.m. – Bars and restaurants in Washington can now serve a free drink to customers who have proof that they have been fully vaccinated, if they choose. This is part of a “mutual effort” to encourage vaccinations, and came at the behest of industry representatives.
The Alcohol and Cannabis Authority made the announcement on Monday, but the optional allowance comes with conditions, including a one-drink limit and effective dates by June 30.
3:03 p.m. – California will not lift its mask requirement until June 15 to give the public and businesses time to prepare and keep cases low, the state’s health director said on Monday.
“This four week period will give Californians time to prepare for this change, as we continue to focus relentlessly on vaccine delivery, especially to underserved communities and those that have been hit hard throughout. of this pandemic, ”said Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly. . Learn more about the Associated Press.
13:43 – Beginning with Monday’s game against the Detroit Tigers, fully vaccinated fans participating in Mariners home games will no longer be required to wear masks. Read more.
11:02 am – Even as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that vaccinated people can now ditch masks and social distancing in most situations, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Thursday he was not ready to relax the rules in the islands.
“We are unable to determine who is vaccinated and who is not,” Ige said. “The best mitigation measure is for everyone to wear a mask.” Learn more about AP.
Ige said he would review the CDC guidelines and plan to incorporate vaccination rates into future restriction guidelines, but for now, people in Hawaii must keep their masks on.
10:27 a.m. – The Washington Department of Health reports that vaccine appointments are available this week on the Kennewick’s Fairgrounds site. For more details, visit this link.
8:56 a.m. – A decision on the reopening of the Canada-US border could come as soon as this week, according to Michelle Millman of KIRO 7 TV.
The border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 2020. The closure was extended in April and is expected to expire on Friday. The Canadian Minister of Health says she is in favor of a vaccine certificate or a passport if the border reopens.
7:11 – As the CDC asked questions about its recently updated mask guidelines, King County health official Dr Jeff Duchin provided clarification last week, urging people – regardless of vaccine status – consider hiding in certain scenarios. Read more.
5 h 50 – With the extension of the Pfizer vaccine to children ages 12 to 15, Dr Vin Gupta of the University of Washington expressed hope that the country could reach a key milestone by mid-summer.
“I am optimistic that we will actually see ourselves reaching 70% more by mid-July”, Dr Gupta told the Washington Post.
He thinks young Americans could help boost immunization rates, even though “it may take a little while” to reach that 70% threshold.
Check out last week’s updates here.