Washington governor pause final stage of reopening plan

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Saturday that a recent increase in coronavirus numbers means counties won’t be able to move to the fourth phase of his reopening plan for now.

Before Saturday, eight counties were eligible to move from the third to the fourth phase of the reopening plan. To qualify, counties had to show that they had declining infection levels, enough personal protective equipment, testing and hospital capacity and a contact tracing system.

Washington had more than 30,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. More than 480 new cases were reported on Friday. (AP)

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