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Governor Jay Inslee announced today the expansion of Safe Start - Washington’s Phased Reopening plan. The expansion comes as the current Stay Home, Stay Healthy order ends midnight Sunday.

05/29/2020

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that camping in 22 counties will begin to reopen on Monday, June 1. Counties reopening for camping are all actively in Phase 2 of Gov. Inslee’s ‘Safe Start’ plan and have also been approved for camping by county officials.

05/29/2020

Dos condados más autorizados para avanzar a la fase 2 del plan de Comienzo Seguro del gobernador Jay Inslee. Camp Murray, WA — El secretario de Salud del estado de Washington, John Wiesman, aprobó hoy las solicitudes de autorización de reapertura anticipada de los condados de Clallam y Kitsap par

05/28/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan to begin broad testing within long term care facilities and laid out additional health and safety guidelines for the agriculture industry. 

05/28/2020
Governor's Office

Two additional counties approved to move to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's Safe Start plan Camp Murray, WA — Today Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved variance applications for Clallam and Kitsap counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

05/28/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the release of a proclamation related to provisions restricting tribes’ use of fuel tax refunds to highway and transportation-related purposes. 

05/28/2020
Governor's Office

CAMP MURRAY, WA – The latest statewide modeling report shows COVID-19 transmission trending downwards in western Washington and upwards in eastern Washington.

05/27/2020

El secretario de Salud del estado de Washington, John Wiesman, aprobó hoy las solicitudes de autorización de reapertura anticipada de los condados de Kittitas, Thurston y Walla Walla para pasar a la fase 2 del 

05/27/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. 

05/27/2020
Governor's Office

CAMP MURRAY, WA – El último informe de modelado a nivel estatal (solo disponible en inglés) muestra que la transmisión de la COVID-19 tiende a disminuir en el oeste

05/27/2020

Today Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved variance applications for Kittitas, Thurston, and Walla Walla counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov.

05/27/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced the extension of one proclamation today in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamation is effective as of 11:59 PM on May 27, 2020, subject to agreement by the leadership of the Washington State Senate and House of Representatives.

05/26/2020
Governor's Office

Washington businesses that decide to open or operate in direct violation of Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order may be cited and fined for unsafe workplace conditions under emergency rules filed today by the state Department of Labor & Industries.

05/26/2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance further clarifying outdoor recreation requirements in Phase 1 and Phase 2. Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.

05/26/2020
Governor's Office

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Yakima Health District (YHD) have been partnering for the last two weeks with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve infection control practices across the region in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

05/26/2020
Department of Health