Inslee says 10 larger counties including Spokane can move to Phase 2 under new guidelines

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Large counties in Washington can move to the second phase of reopening the economy if they have had 10 cases or fewer per 100,000 people in the county for at least 14 days, Gov. Jay Inslee announced today.

That appeared to poise Spokane County to move into the next phase right away, but it was unclear if the county would have to reapply, as its application to reopen with a variance was denied by the state last week.
However, by the numbers, Spokane County is eligible for reopening under the guidance, with 37 new cases reported since May 5, less than the 50+ that could be allowed based on the county population.

Before Inslee's announcement Tuesday morning, some businesses in the county had already chosen to ignore the state order and reopen, with many of the safety guidelines outlined for the later phases, including spacing out tables, recommending masks, and wiping down surfaces often. The governor told a reporter during the Tuesday press conference that the Attorney General's office may follow up with businesses that jumped ahead of the allowed steps.  

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Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...