While COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations drop, Washington’s mandates remain in place

Washington State Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said the mandates are still helping the state combat the current COVID-19 surge.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — COVID-19 cases are dropping across Washington state, and across all age groups, state health officials said Wednesday.

Washington State Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah said despite the state’s “tremendous amount of progress” people shouldn’t expect restrictions to be lifted in the near future.

“It’s absolutely too soon for that,” said Shah. “Right now would be not the time to relax those restrictions because this is exactly what we’re using to help us fight this current surge.”

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