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Auburn Moves into Phase 2 of Roadmap to Recovery Plan

Today, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) announced that based on Governor Jay Inslee’s updated Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, the following regions will move into Phase 2:

  • Puget Sound
  • West

King and Pierce Counties are both in the ‘Puget Sound’ region, meaning the City of Auburn will enter Phase 2 Monday, February 1, 2021. Phase changes remain in effect until Monday, February 15, 2021.

Auburn’s Current COVID-19 Data:

The current summary counts for Auburn from Public Health Seattle – King County, as of Friday, January 28 at 1:30 pm, are as follows:

chart of COVID-19 data for the city of auburn provided by public health seattle-king county,
source: Public Health – Seattle & King County
graph of positive results of COVID-19 data for the city of auburn provided by public health - seattle & king county,
Counts may not add up to total because some tests are missing dates.  source: Public Health – Seattle & King County

The positivity rate of the C St SE testing site and the City of Auburn’s positivity rate are two different things. The C St SE testing site does not impact the positivity rate or data for the City of Auburn.

Changes in Phase 2:

Transitioning to Phase 2 means King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties may now adjust to the following guidelines:

Activities Phase 2
Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Indoor Max of 5 people from outside your household, limit 2 households
Social and At-Home Gathering Size — Outdoor Max of 15 people from outside your household, limit 2 households
Worship Services Indoor maximum 25% capacity
Retail Stores
(includes farmers’ markets, grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies)
Maximum 25% of capacity, encourage curbside pick-up
Professional Services Remote work strongly encouraged, 25% capacity otherwise.
Personal Services Indoor maximum 25% capacity.
Eating and Drinking Establishments
(establishments only serving individuals 21+ and no food remain closed)
Indoor dining available 25% capacity, end alcohol service/delivery at
11 PM. Outdoor or open-air dining available, max 6 per table, limit 2
households per table
Weddings and Funerals Ceremonies and indoor receptions, wakes, or similar gatherings in conjunction with such ceremonies are permitted and must follow the appropriate venue requirements. If food or drinks are served,
eating and drinking requirements apply. Dancing is prohibited.
Indoor Recreation and Fitness Establishments
(includes gyms, fitness organizations, indoor recreational sports, indoor pools, indoor K-12 sports, indoor sports, indoor personal training, indoor dance, no-contact martial arts, gymnastics, climbing)
Low and moderate risk sports competitions permitted (no tournaments). High-risk sports permitted for practice and training. Fitness and training and indoor sports maximum 25% capacity.
Outdoor Sports and Fitness Establishments
(outdoor fitness organizations, outdoor recreational sports, outdoor pools, outdoor parks, and hiking trails, outdoor campsites, outdoor K-12 sports, outdoor sports, outdoor personal training, outdoor dance, outdoor motorsports)
Low, moderate, and high-risk sports competitions allowed (no tournaments), maximum 200 including spectators.
Indoor Entertainment Establishments
(includes aquariums, indoor theaters, indoor arenas, indoor concert halls, indoor gardens, indoor museums, indoor bowling, indoor trampoline facilities, indoor cardrooms, indoor entertainment activities of any kind, indoor event spaces)
Maximum 25% capacity or 200 people, whichever is less. If food or drinks are served, eating and drinking requirements apply.
Outdoor Entertainment Establishments
(includes zoos, outdoor gardens, outdoor aquariums, outdoor theaters, outdoor stadiums, outdoor event spaces, outdoor arenas, outdoor concert venues, rodeos)
Groups of 15, limit 2 households per group, maximum 200 including spectators for events.

Remaining in Roadmap to Recovery Phase 2:

Per the guidelines of Inslee’s Roadmap to Recovery phased reopening plan, the Puget Sound region must continue meeting at least three of the four below metrics to remain in Phase 2:

  • Decreasing or flat trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100K population;
  • Decreasing or flat trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100K population;
  • Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds less than 90%; and,
  • 7-day percent positivity of COVID-19 tests less than 10%

If a region in Phase 2 regresses and no longer meets any three or more of the metrics, the region – including all the counties within – will move back to Phase 1 on the following Monday.

In sum, a region that meets three or four of the Phase 2 metrics will remain in phase 2. A region that meets zero, or only one or two of the Phase 2 metrics will move back to phase 1.

A press release from Inslee’s office provided the following additional information.

The following regions will remain in Phase 1:

  • East
  • South Central
  • North Central
  • Northwest
  • Southwest
  • North

As Governor Inslee just announced, regions now need to meet any three of the four metrics outlined in the Roadmap to Recovery plan in order to move into Phase 2. The four metrics have not changed and include:

  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 cases per 100k population
  • Trend in 14-day rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100k population
  • Average 7-day percent occupancy of ICU staffed beds
  • 7-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests

In addition, DOH will calculate regions’ metric to determine phase status every two weeks from now on.

DOH is releasing region status today to coincide with the Governor’s announcements. Going forward, DOH will reassess the metrics for all eight (8) regions every two weeks and announce any phase adjustments on Fridays. The next announcement will be Friday, February 12, 2021.

For more information visit the Roadmap to Recovery dashboard.


Sources: 
To complete the above article the Auburn Examiner utilized a press release issued by the office of Governor Jay Inslee, the Healthy Washington – Road to Recovery matrix, and the Seattle – King County Department of Health COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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