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Governor Inslee extends state wide COVID-19 restrictions for one week till January 11th

Pictured above is Governor Jay Inslee from an earlier press conference. BY: WA State Governor's Office

- Olympia, WA

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a one-week extension of the "Stay Safe–Stay Healthy" proclamation, along with the statewide restrictions imposed. The extension of the statewide restrictions will now expire on January 11, 2021. No changes were made in the proclamation aside from the expiration date. The restrictions placed state-wide were to expire this coming Monday January 4th.

Due to the sharp rise in SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) cases influenced by Thanksgiving travel prompted the governor to extend the current restrictions for one more week.

"Our consistent mission has been keeping Washingtonians safe and ensuring health care system and hospital capacity," Inslee said. "We understand the profound impact COVID is having on our healthcare system, families, and businesses, but I am heartened by the number of Washingtonians who continue to do the right thing. If we continue distancing from others, wearing facial coverings and avoiding social gatherings, we will make it to the other side of this pandemic together.”

Ending the 2020 year on December 31st the Grant County Health District has reported 5,229 positive COVID-19 cases and 83 deaths. with the majority of cases being reported in those age 19-40 making up 2,992 of the 5,229 total cases.

According to the Governor's office, an updated reopening plan is currently being developed to provide a pathway for businesses and workers impacted by this order to reopen safely. The updated plan will be released next week.

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