Board Clarifies role of the Health District
May 28, 2020
East Wenatchee, WA – The Chelan-Douglas Health District Board of Health passed Resolution 2020-004 on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, calling for the gradual reopening of local businesses and organizations in a way that avoids unnecessary health risks. The board emphasized that the Health District’s priority is to work in partnership with businesses, organizations and families to implement effective COVID-19 safety measures as reopening proceeds.
A RESOLUTION AMENDING AND EXTENDING EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE AND STAY AT HOME ORDER
Whereas, on March 17, 2020, Chelan County adopted and enacted Resolution 2020-32 declaring an emergency in order to respond to the COVID-19 virus pandemic emergency, and
Whereas, Resolution 2020-32 listed findings and conclusions supporting the emergency declaration and the county’s response thereto, including reliance on Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 proclamations and the activation of the county’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and
Whereas, since Resolution 2020-32 was adopted and enacted, Governor lnslee has issued further proclamations related to the COVID-19 emergency including Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25. l which direct Washingtonians to stay at home, and
Whereas, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Health Proclamation to May 4, 2020, in Proclamation 20-25.1, and
Whereas, Governor Inslee announced on May I, 2020, that he would again extend the Stay Home, Stay Health Proclamation to May 31, 2020, and implement four phases of easing restrictions enacted in previous proclamations beginning May 4, 2020, and
Whereas, the number of infected persons and fatalities caused by COVID-19 continues to increase statewide and in Chelan County, and
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Chelan County Board of Commissioners hereby orders as follows:
- The foregoing recitals are incorporated herein as findings, conclusions, and orders.
- Previously enacted Resolutions 2020-32 and 2020-39 and the Governor’s proclamations, including but not limited to 20-25 and 20-25. l, enacting the Stay Home, Stay Healthy declaration through May 4, 2020, are incorporated herein.
- There continues to be an emergency which necessitates the continued activation of the Chelan County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, activation of the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center, and utilization of emergency powers granted by statute.
- Previously enacted Resolution 2020-32 and the orders contained therein is extended to midnight on June l, 2020, unless extended further at a later date by this board. Resolution 2020-39 is not extended and shall expire.
- The Governor’s orders, proclamations, and plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency including but not limited to those announced, adopted, and enacted May 1, 2020, and May 4, 2020, extending the statewide declaration of an emergency on May 31, 2020, are incorporated herein.
- Nothing herein is intended to be inconsistent with the Governor’s orders, proclamations, and plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency including but not limited to those announced, adopted, and enacted May I, 2020, and May 4, 2020.
- This resolution shall become effective immediately.
Dated at Wenatchee, Washington, this 4th day of May, 2020.
Resinding Resolution 2020-42 Re: Pre-Existing Home Sales Agreements to Proceed During the Stay Home Stay Healthy Proclamation
WHEREAS, Chelan County adopted Resolution 2020-42 to provide guidance to the local construction community with regard to pending construction projects, and
WHEREAS, Chelan County intended this action to follow the Governor’s Proclamation 20-25, and
WHEREAS, the county communicated its intentions to the Governor’s office in advance of the adoption of Resolution 2020-42 however the Governor’s office had no response at that time, and
WHEREAS, the county has received notice from the Governor’s office today indicating that the Governor’s office considers Resolution 2020-42 to conflict with the Governor’s proclamations and guidance memoranda regarding Stay Home Stay Healthy and also construction activity.
NOW, therefore, be it hereby resolved and enacted that
Resolution 2020-42 is hereby fully rescinded and revoked effective immediately.
The public is referred to the Governor’s proclamations, appendices, and guidance memoranda as authority for what activities are allowed to be conducted at this time during the COVID 19 pandemic emergency.
Dated at Wenatchee, Washington, this 21st day of April, 2020.
To Essential Businesses in the Chelan-Douglas Health District
April 4, 2020
Govemor Inslee’s recent orders have made it clear that even essential businesses must comply with guidance regarding social distancing during the COVID-19 emergency. (See https://www.cdc.qov/coronavirus/2019-ncovicommunity/zuidance-business-response.html)
Many such businesses have done an excellent job of this; they deserve a lot of credit and we are
very appreciative. But some have not. Close groupings of people have been observed waiting
outside some businesses, and others have admitted too many customers at once to permit adequate social distancing.
Aside from being violations of the Govemor’s legal order, these situations are unacceptable at a
time when health workers are being asked to risk their lives to care for patients with severe COVID-19 infections.
With this letter Chelan-Douglas Health District puts essential businesses on notice that the Health District will be working to establish patrols to identify violations of these rules. Our purpose is not to cite or arrest individual violators – all of us want to work with those involved to achieve voluntary cooperation. But businesses which fail to fully and effectively implement social distancing guidelines immediately will be closed by order of the Chelan-Douglas Health District until such time as they give reason to believe they are able and willing to abide by these critical requirements. This is not a measure we want to take, but be aware that we are intent on doing so if necessary to assure that every essential business does its part to protect our
Signed this 4th Day of April,2020:
Francis Collins, MD DDS, Health Officer
Barry Kling, MSPH, Administrator
Chelan-Douglas Helath District