Pierce County likely to return to Phase 2 – KIRO Seattle

TACOMA, Wash.– On Monday, the state will review the metrics and announce which counties will roll back from Phase 3 to Phase 2. To remain in Phase 3, bigger counties need to have fewer than 200 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 homeowners over a two-week period. They should have fewer than five new hospitalizations per 100,000 locals within a seven-day period when it comes to hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients. Its phase will be rolled back.Several western Washington counties are currently above that criteria if a county does not meet either metric. In western Washington, Pierce, Cowlitz and Kittitas are over the threshold, according to state data.According to state numbers, Pierce County sits at 238 per 100,000 citizens, however Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department data puts them at 195. KIRO 7 asked why the numbers do not match.”The state defines their metric, cases per 100,000 as both validated and probable cases, and they dont include a six-day lag,” stated Cindan Gizzi, deputy director of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department. “This is an open live information set, and cases often alter residency. Well discover a few days into the examination somebody is a homeowner of a various county, so well reassign that case to that county.”With rates climbing in Pierce County, both sets of information make it appear likely the county will roll back to Phase 2. The guv will reveal which counties will roll back Monday, and the modification will occur Friday.It will be 3 more weeks prior to the state will reassess where the counties stand. Gizzi wishes to see it occur faster.”We would enjoy for the state to re-evaluate Pierce County in one week, 2 weeks, weekly, so if we do need to go back to Phase 2, we could rapidly move back to phase 3 when we meet those metrics,” Gizzi said.Public Health Seattle & & King County reported 183 cases per 100,000 locals, but the state has them at 164. Snohomish County Health Department information suggested there are 121 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 homeowners, while the state notes them at 118. With COVID-19 cases increasing, it is possible those counties could be rolled back too.