Pierce County one of three moving back to Phase 2 of Washington's reopening plan

Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties have seen increases in case rates and hospitalizations over the past several weeks.

SEATTLE — Failing to keep COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations down recently, Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties are being moved back to Phase 2 of Washington state’s reopening plan on April 16.

That means businesses, including restaurants and gyms, will once again be operating at a maximum of 25% capacity. 

Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced counties must fail two metrics – case rate over two weeks and hospitalization rate over one week – in order to be moved back one phase. The change makes it easier

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