Failed demorat presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee has extended Washington’s “stay at home” order until May 31.
The state has 15,594 confirmed cases with 862 deaths which the majority are confined to the King County (Seattle) area and the few counties below it. Washington state has a population of almost 8 million. You do the math.
Yet they remain in lockdown and will do so for many weeks to come, as outlined in the governor’s new “Safe Start” plan (see graphic above).
While the decision to put the state residents in lockdown was due to the Wuhan virus outbreak at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, it was exacerbated by media fear/hype and the garbage IHME models.
But now the “Safe Start” plan to re-open Washington’s economy is “data-driven,” and a “careful approach” and “thoughtful balance.”
The governor’s four-phase plan includes social distancing measures and health standards. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.
Reaching phase 2 will have a lot of goal posts: The Wuhan virus disease burden is low and decreasing and the four capabilities (health care system readiness; testing capacity and availability; case and contact investigations; and ability to protect high-risk populations) are met. All these requirements must be met for the next phase to progress.
Read the whole “Safe Start” plan here.
Such a complicated re-opening phase compared to the absolutely quick plan to shut down an entire state. Gee, I wonder why…