Inslee extends high-risk employee proclamation

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced the extension of proclamation 20-46.1, first issued in April, which relates to protections for high-risk employees and workers' rights. As a result of new CDC guidance regarding people at increased risk for severe illness, the extension will provide a clarifying guidance memo. The guidance memo confirms that employees who are 65 and older continue to be covered by the proclamation and clarifies processes for employers of individuals with certain medical conditions. The proclamation will remain in effect through the duration of the state of emergency, or until otherwise rescinded or amended.     (read more)

Coalition of attorneys general call for immediate withdrawal of directive that strips CDC of control over coronavirus data

(OLYMPIA)- Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday partnered with a coalition of state attorneys general urging the Trump Administration to immediately withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The directive creates a system controlled solely by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services. In a letter sent to Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Ferguson and 21 attorneys general urge the department to restore the CDC to its rightful role as the primary authority over and source of information about the nation’s public health data.     (read more)

Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand extends guidance on large events through end of 2020

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- Skagit County Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Leibrand on Monday extended his guidance on cancelling large scale events through 2020 in light of continually rising COVID-19 cases. This extension was supported unanimously by the Skagit County Board of Health. On May 6, 2020, Dr. Leibrand recommended cancelling or postponing large scale events including fairs, parades, festivals, overnight residential camps, fireworks displays and any other large group gatherings through the summer. He has now extended this recommendation through December 31, 2020. Skagit County is currently in Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start—Reopening Washington Plan, and meets two of the five metrics     (read more)

Inslee extends Safe Start proclamation, eviction moratorium

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced the extension of proclamation 20-25, Washington's Safe Start Phased Reopening plan. This extension changes guidance and regulations for activities shown to provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure, including restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms. Guidance for restaurants/taverns and card rooms are being issued today; the remaining guidance will be issued early next week. The proclamation also adopts the updated facial covering order, 20-03.1, issued today by the secretary of Health. The proclamation,     (read more)

Inslee announces rollbacks to some activities to slow COVID-19 exposure

(OLYMPIA)- Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman on Thursday announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure. It has been four months since the governor announced the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Since then, cases in Washington have risen from 2,000 to almost 50,000, and deaths have increased from 110 to nearly 1,500. To combat the rising numbers, the governor and secretary are changing guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The     (read more)