13 more COVID-19 cases confirmed in Grant Co. Most to blame is community spreading
- Moses Lake, WA
13 more COVID-19 cases were confirmed today Thursday, 07/02/2020. The cases came out of Moses Lake area including Ephrata, and Soap Lake along with Quincy, Grand Coulee, and Mattawa.
The Grant County Health District has said in over the last two weeks there have been wide ranges of exposures including BBQs, celebration parties, and other close overcrowded social gatherings.
Activity from June 17th - July 1st, 2020
New cases in 14 days: 237
changes in the last 14 days: +70
Current Hospitalizations: 10
Today Governor Inslee that because of an increase in the rate of COVID-19 infection, starting next week, bar seating will no longer be permitted for counties currently in Phase 3 of the state’s four-stage reopening plan and businesses statewide will not be able to serve customers who don’t wear facial coverings.
Inslee also announced he is ordering a two-week statewide pause for counties looking to advance from their current stage of reopening.
Initially, only businesses in Yakima County — which has been among the areas hardest hit by the outbreak — faced liability if they did not prohibit allowing a customer to enter a business, or conducted business with a customer if they were not wearing a facial covering in any public space, indoors or outdoors. Violations are a gross misdemeanor and businesses risk fines and losing their business license if they don’t comply.
Now that requirement applies to businesses statewide, though a spokesman for Inslee said the focus will be on education and seeking voluntary compliance first.
“We know that we need to mask up so that we can fully open up our economy,” Inslee said.
The face-covering exemptions under the governor’s original order issued last week remain: people who are deaf or have hearing loss and those who have medical conditions that preclude them from wearing a mask, don’t need to don a facial covering, nor do children age 5 and younger. And people engaged in recreation alone or with household members and those eating out at restaurants don’t have to wear masks as long as they are properly distanced from others.