Inslee Signs New COVID-19 Order for Phased Re-Opening of Washington’s Economy

Safe Start Washington – A Phased Approach to Recovery

May 4, 2020

Some businesses could re-open as early as this week under the new COVID-19 order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today. The state’s “Safe Start” plan is a phased approach to re-opening Washington’s economy.

Under the plan, smaller counties can apply for a variance from the order which would allow them to open even more businesses than allowed statewide.

Safe Start sets a careful approach to emerging from the pandemic. It allows for modifications of business closures and physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19. 

“This phased approach to re-opening our economy will allow us to move forward with a careful and thoughtful balance of our state’s health and economic needs,” Inslee said. “However, if infection rates and hospitalizations for COVID-related issues go up, I would not hesitate to scale these efforts back down to protect public health and save lives.

“I fully recognize the impact this is having on families, workers and businesses, but we have not yet won the fight against this virus,” Inslee continued. “We continue to see infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths across the state from COVID-19.” 

While Stay Home, Stay Healthy is being extended to the end of May, the governor announced his Safe Start plan which amends some components of the original order and allow for a start to re-open the state. 

Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities would re-open in phases with adequate social distancing measures and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks — data and metrics will determine when the state can move from one phase to another.

Read the full Safe Start policy plan here.

Read the full story on the governor’s Medium page.

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Inslee announces plan to allow construction projects previously underway to be completed

April 24, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee, in consultation with the state’s construction industry, announced a plan today to allow current construction projects to be completed.

The recommendations were informed by workers, contractors, health and safety experts, and local government officials, for safe construction standards.

“I thank all those involved in the construction work group in helping us get to this decision in a responsible way that supports workers, businesses, and communities in a way that protects the health of all of their families and ours,” Inslee said. “Our strategy is working and we need to keep with it. We would much rather protect people from sickness and death now, so that we don’t have to go through this crisis all over again later.”

Read the full plan on the governor’s Medium page

Implementation of Phase 1 Construction Restart – Proclamation 20-25 PDF

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Inslee Announces Washington’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Washinton’s Recovery Plan: A Safe Return to Public Life

Gov. Jay Inslee spoke directly to Washingtonians Tuesday evening to lay out his vision for the eventual safe return to public life amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Inslee said it is unlikely many restrictions under the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order will be modified before May 4. Rather, this plan is intended to be a framework for the loosening of restrictions contingent on a steady decrease of the spread of COVID-19.

“It will look more like the turning of the dial than the flip of a switch,” Inslee said in the address. “We’re going to take steps and then monitor to see whether they work or if we must continue to adapt.”

Depending on health projections for the spread of the virus, some distancing restrictions may be in place for weeks or months to come.

“In the coming days, we will receive additional health modeling projecting the course of this virus,” Inslee said. “We hope it will give us cause to begin lifting certain restrictions.”

The return to public life will occur in measured steps. It will be guided by science and informed by our public health needs, our ability to mitigate impacts, and the response of Washington communities.

The governor’s plan has three overriding goals:

Protect the health and safety of Washingtonians

The recovery plan begins with widely available testing for individuals who may have contracted COVID-19, tracing for those who have come into close contact with COVID-19 positive individuals, and isolation or quarantine for individuals who could transmit the virus.

However, a variety of barriers to accessing the necessary supplies have prevented Washington from processing more than 4,000 tests a day. For the contact-tracing plan to work, the state needs to be processing between 20,000 and 30,000 tests a day. Earlier Tuesday, the governor sent a letter to the vice president asking the White House to create a national testing system.

Facilitate a safe start and transition to economic recovery

Economic recovery depends on a healthy workforce. When aspects of the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order are lifted, the state will provide guidelines so businesses can operate safely. Even after the order is lifted, workplaces will continue to look and operate differently until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. Continued physical distancing, teleworking and other measures will continue to be necessary to keep workers and customers safe.

Support all people and communities

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected every Washingtonian in different ways. Many in the state will need some kind of assistance to recover. A safe return to public life will require increased social and emotional supports, food and housing security, educational and child care support, internet infrastructure and equitable access to services.

“We need to reckon with the reality that disparities in our communities mean not every family can recovery as quickly as others. Disparities in access have already been exposed in ways not seen in modern times,” Inslee said.

The plan also emphasizes the necessity that community leaders from across the state to work together to provide guidance for a safe and sustainable recovery for all Washingtonians. The governor will appoint three leadership groups to advise on public health, economic recovery and social supports.

“We are looking forward to making advances against this virus,” Inslee said. “Only science, data and informed reasoning can lift us out of this crisis.”

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected every Washingtonian in different ways. Many in the state will need some kind of assistance to recover. A safe return to public life will require increased social and emotional supports, food and housing security, educational and child care support, internet infrastructure and equitable access to services.

“We need to reckon with the reality that disparities in our communities mean not every family can recovery as quickly as others. Disparities in access have already been exposed in ways not seen in modern times,” Inslee said.

The plan also emphasizes the necessity that community leaders from across the state to work together to provide guidance for a safe and sustainable recovery for all Washingtonians. The governor will appoint three leadership groups to advise on public health, economic recovery and social supports.

“We are looking forward to making advances against this virus,” Inslee said. “Only science, data and informed reasoning can lift us out of this crisis.”

View the full Announcement here.

Watch the governor’s address here.

Policy brief: “Washington’s Recovery Plan

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-46

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.

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-46 PDF

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-42

A Resolution Allowing Pre-Existing Home Sales Agreements to Proceed During the Stay Home Stay Healthy Proclamation

WHEREAS, on February 29, 2020, the Governor of the State of Washington issued Proclamation 20-05, proclaiming a State of Emergency for all counties throughout Washington as a result of the COVID -19 outbreak in the United States and confirmed person-person spread of COVID-19 in Washington State; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Washington found that the outbreak significantly impacts the life and health of the people of the State of Washington, as well as the economy of Washington State; and

WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the Chelan County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency in Chelan County due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Resolution 2020-32); and

WHEREAS, on March 23, 2020, the Governor of the State of Washington issued Proclamation 20-25, which amended 20-05, defined permitted and prohibited activities, and ordered non­essential businesses to cease operations at midnight of that day; and

WHEREAS, on March 27, 2020, the Governor of the State of Washington issued a memorandum providing for Real Estate and Mortgage guidance in the context of essential activities; and

WHEREAS, the Governor recognized that some construction activity was necessary to prevent detriment to essential activities, and also to prevent damage or unsafe conditions regarding nonessential businesses and residential structures, and thus provided further guidance via Governor’s 03/25/2020 guidance memorandum regarding construction pertaining to Proclamation 20-25.

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Washington recognized the potential for significant legal liability and displacement for thousands of people in transitional mortgage and real estate transactions, and approved such real estate transactions as essential activities subject to certain restrictions and limitations (Governor’s 03/27/2020 guidance memorandum re: Proclamation 20- 25).

NOW THEREFORE, the Chelan County Board of Commissioners, do hereby proclaim that current, pre-existing home sales may proceed to build completion as an essential activity under the Governor of the State of Washington’s guidance subject to the following conditions:

  1. A signed affidavit stating there is an existing Purchase and Sale agreement or Real Estate contract for a single-family residence only and an issued building permit on or before March 27, 2020 must be provided.
  2. Due to rising lake level (spoliation) of the Lake Chelan controlled reservoir, seawalls, piers/docks that require pilings or concrete foundations that have building permits issued on or before March 27, 2020 are eligible for consideration.
  3. The Director of the Community Development Department will then determine if said building is at a stage where spoliation may occur if the construction is discontinued.
  4. An authorization letter will then be issued by the Chelan County Community Development Department and will only be applicable to projects referred to in (1) and (2).
  5. Property viewings, inspections, appraisals and final walk-throughs shall be arranged by appointment only, and be limited to two people at each occurrence. Inspections may require additional measures as required by the building inspector.
  6. All persons on site must observe social distancing guidelines and applicable health and worker protection measures, as per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25.
  7. County authorization letter must be posted on site.
  8. Chelan County inspections and authorization to continue work does not supersede nor waive the obligation of the applicant to meet permitting requirements or approvals of other agencies of jurisdiction.
  9. This Resolution may be rescinded or superseded any time at the direction of the Chelan County Board of Commissioners.
  10. Nothing herein is intended to be inconsistent with Governor Inslee’s Proclamations 20-05 and 20-25.

Dated at Wenatchee, Washington, this 14th day of April, 2020.

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-42 PDF

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-39

Amending Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Response Ordering Stay At Home and Amending and Clarifying Resolution 2020-38

April 13, 2020

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, on April 6, 2020, Chelan County adopted and enacted Resolution 2020-38 amending and extending the emergency declaration in Resolution 2020-32, and

Whereas, since the adoption of Resolution 2020-38, the county has received numerous questions regarding the scope, applicability, and implementation of Resolution 2020-38 which create the need to clarify Resolution 2020-38, and

Whereas, the County recognizes the Mayors and Councils of Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Entiat, and Chelan, have the responsibility and capability to adopt the proclamations and enactments they deem necessary for the protection of the public health, safety and welfare in their jurisdictions, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Chelan County Board of Commissioners hereby orders as follows:

  1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated herein as findings, conclusions, and orders.
  2. Previously enacted Resolution 2020-32, Resolution 2020-38, and the Governor’s Proclamations, including but not limited to 20-25 and 20-25.1, enacting the Stay Home, Stay Healthy declaration through May 4, 2020, are incorporated herein.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicability:
    a. This order shall only apply in the unincorporated areas of Chelan County and shall not apply within any of the municipal corporate boundaries of the Cities of Wenatchee, Cashmere, Leavenworth, Entiat, or Chelan.
    b. This order shall not apply to any land owned or operated by the State of Washington, United States of America, or any special purpose districts including but not necessarily limited to public utility, school, hospital, sewer, water, irrigation, fire, park, reclamation, cemetery, or port districts.
    c. This order shall not apply to any tribal land, Indian trust land, or allotments.
    d. This order shall not apply to private campgrounds.
  5. The use of any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, for camping, sleeping, or occupancy while not traveling in Chelan County is prohibited, unless said use occurs on owner’s property and is limited to owner and owner’s family, or else at a private campsite or facility.
  6. All Short Term/Vacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO shall cease renting accommodations and shall close; no use or occupancy is allowed regardless of whether it is compensated or not, subject to the provisions of subsections 4, 7, and 8 herein.
  7. This order applies to all such structures, uses, rentals, and/or occupancies regardless of whether or not:
    a Conditional Use Permit has been granted
    b. a building or structure constitutes a single family residence
    c. a single unit, portion, subsection, or entire building or structure is rented
    d. management is present or nearby
    e. cooking or food preparation equipment or capabilities exist
    f. the length of the lease is less than 30 days
  8. Owners and operators of Short Term/Vacation Rental including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO or campground and camping facilities in Chelan County shall assist in the implementation of Governor Inslee’s Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25.1 by providing such accommodations or facilities only to persons for whom such accommodations or facilities are required ( 1) to conduct or participate in essential activities, (2) for employment in essential business services, or (3) as otherwise provided by Proclamation 20-25. Nothing in this order requires the removal of persons who are already staying in transient accommodations or campground and camping facilities at the time this order is made.
  9. Nothing herein is intended to be inconsistent with Governor Inslee’s Proclamations 20-25 or 25.1.
  10. Violations of this order are hereby declared to be detrimental to public health, safety, and welfare and are hereby declared to be public nuisances, and are contrary to Chelan County Code. RCW 36.32.120( 10).
  11. Any person willfully violating the Governor’s emergency proclamations can be found guilty of a gross misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof is subject to a fine of not more than five thousand dollars and/or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed 364 days. RCW 43.06.220(5).
  12. Any person violating health department orders made for the prevention, suppression and control of dangerous contagious and infectious diseases, or for leaving isolation without the consent of the proper health officer, can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof is subject to a fine of not less than twenty-five dollars nor more than one hundred dollars and/or to imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed ninety days. RCW 70.05.120(4)
  13. This order shall remain in effect until midnight on May 4, 2020, unless extended beyond that date by the Board of County Commissioners.
  14. This resolution requiring compliance with Proclamations 20-25 and 25.1, Stay Home, during the COVID-19 Emergency shall become effective immediately.
  15. The state of emergency declaration enacted in Resolution 2020-32 is hereby extended until midnight on May 4, 2020, unless extended beyond that date by the Board of County Commissioners.
  16. This resolution amends and clarifies Resolutions 2020-32 and 2020-38. In any instance where the provisions of this resolution conflict with the provisions of Resolutions 2020-32 or 2020-38, the provisions of this resolution supersede and control.

Dated at Wenatchee, Washington, this 13th day of April, 2020

Chelan County Resolution 2020-39 PDF

Commerce announces $1.8 million to rural counties for COVID-19 pandemic response

Food, rental assistance, small business support, health services among eligible uses of funding to 17 rural Washington counties

March 30, 2020

OLYMPIA, WA — Washington State Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown today announced $1.8 million in additional state Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to rural counties to assist people and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awarded through the Economic Opportunity Grant program, these funds can be used at the discretion of county authorities to meet a variety of emerging local needs, such as providing food and rental assistance, small business support and health services. Counties provide for these and other urgent needs through partnerships with local service providers.  Funding to the following counties is estimated, pending approval of state and local distribution plans.

CountyService AreaGrant amount
AsotinAsotin$ 46,397
BentonBenton, Franklin$ 79,061
ChelanChelan, Douglas$ 71,990
CowlitzCowlitz, Wahkiakum$ 83,951
GrantGrant, Adams$145,270
Grays HarborGrays Harbor, Pacific$127,912
JeffersonJefferson, Clallam$132,517
KittitasKittitas$100,280
KlickitatKlickitat, Skamania $ 83,819
MasonMason, Lewis $126,878
OkanoganOkanogan $101,585
SkagitSkagit $  77,155
StevensStevens, Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille $108,325
Walla WallaWalla Walla, Columbia, Garfield $ 53,821
WatcomWatcom $154,946
WhitmanWhitman$118,927
YakimaYakima$187,165

The state CDBG program receives an annual funding allocation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assist rural communities to meet local priority needs. Since 1982, the state CDBG program has awarded over $525 million in grants to over 1,500 locally prioritized community development projects. Larger cities and counties receive CDBG funding directly from HUD, and are not a part of the state CDBG program.   For detailed information about CDBG, please visit http://www.commerce.wa.gov/cdbg. Contact Kaaren Roe, CDBG Section Manager, at (360) 725-3018 for assistance.

Contact Barbara Dunn Commerce Communications, 360-725-2805

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-38

Amending Emergency Declaration for COVID-19 Response Ordering Stay At Home

April 6, 2020

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 Inslee has issued further proclamations related to the COVID-19 emergency including Proclamation 20-25 which directs Washingtonians to stay at home, and

Whereas, Governor lnslee has extended the Stay Home, Stay Health Proclamation to May 4, 2020, in Proclamation 20-25.1, and

Whereas, the number of infected persons and/or fatalities caused by COVID-19 continues to increase statewide and in Chelan County, and

Whereas, Chelan County shares a common border with multiple counties including this state’s most populated county, King County, and

Whereas, more than one state highway directly connects Chelan and King Counties, and

Whereas, since the COVID -19 emergency was declared by Governor Inslee on February 29, 2020, there has been an influx of people coming to Chelan County from higher populated urban centers and counties who have expressed the belief that they expect better access to medical and other public facilities, groceries, and services by relocating to Chelan County during the emergency period, and

Whereas, this assumption is inaccurate as Chelan County has less hospital beds available per capita than is needed and other public facilities are short in supply on a per capita basis, and

Whereas, Confluence Health already has regional and not merely countywide responsibilities, further stressing the availability of services to the population it serves, and

Whereas, people coming to Chelan County in recreational or other vehicles to avoid COVID-19 emergency directives and recommendations in other communities are negatively impacting the public health, safety, and welfare in Chelan County and are also disregarding and disobeying Governor Inslee’s Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25.1 by not staying home, and

Whereas, living in recreational and other vehicles creates traffic and sanitation hazards, and also creates trespass and other public safety problems, all which stress law enforcement and first responder resources which are already stressed by the COVID-19 emergency, and

Whereas, an influx of people using Inns, Lodges, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, Motels, Campgrounds, Conference Centers, Short Term or Vacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO, further stresses beyond capacity the availability of basic public health, safety, and welfare services and facilities in Chelan County and further constitutes disregard for and disobedience of Governor Inslee’s Stay at Home Proclamation 20-25 and now Proclamation 25.1, and

Whereas, Proclamation 20-25 lists hotel and motel staff as essential workers exempt from the proclamation’s order to stay home, and

Whereas, the use of a Short Term Rental/Vacation Rental including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO for 30 days or less is not a use akin to hotel or motel use or occupancy, and

Whereas, Hotels, Motels, Inns, and Lodges enforce room and facility occupancy limits and have on-site management at all times, and are not typically located in residential zones, and

Whereas, Chapter 38.52 RCW and the county’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan authorizes the county to direct relocation of residents and/or evacuation of people, sheltering, sheltering-in-place, facility lockdown, where to obtain food and water, and other emergency response information, and

Whereas, Chelan County and the Chelan Douglas Health District have twice recently contacted the owners and operators of Short Term /Vacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO in this county and requested their cooperation in not renting to people from outside Chelan or Douglas Counties during the emergency, and

Whereas, this request was intended to assist the first responders and medical personnel from within Chelan and Douglas Counties who need alternative residential accommodations due to their risk of exposure to COVID-19 through their daily work creating their need to reduce the risk of exposure to their own families, and

Whereas, Chelan County is aware of multiple instances where Short Term/Vacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO have disregarded Chelan County and the Chelan­Douglas Health District’s request for cooperation and they continue to rent to people who do not need alternative residential accommodations to assist them in performance of their essential worker duties during this emergency, and

Whereas, the websites of various Short Term Nacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO demonstrate lack of compliance with Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25. 1 as well as Chelan County and the Chelan-Douglas Health District’s requests, and

Whereas, the current conduct of the owners and operators of Short Term /Vacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO disregards and disobeys Governor Inslee’s Stay Home Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25. 1 and places the public health, welfare, and safety, of the citizens and residents of Chelan County at great risk.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Chelan County Board of Commissioners hereby orders as follows:

  1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated herein as findings, conclusions, and orders.
  2. Previously enacted Resolution 2020-32 and the Governor’s Proclamations, including but not limited to 20-25 and 20-25.1, enacting the Stay Home, Stay Healthy declaration through May 4, 2020, are incorporated herein.
  3. 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.
  4. The use of any vehicle, recreational or otherwise, for camping, sleeping, or occupancy while not traveling in Chelan County is prohibited, unless said use occurs on owner’s property and is limited to owner and owner’s family.
  5. All public and private campgrounds in Chelan County are closed and all camping on private or public property is prohibited and no rental of camping sites or spaces for any length of time is permitted regardless of whether the customer is using a tent, temporary shelter, structure, trailer, or vehicle of any type, subject to the provisions of subsections 7 and 8 herein.
  6. All Short Term/Vacation Rentals including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO shall cease renting accommodations and shall close; no use or occupancy is allowed regardless of whether it is compensated or not, subject to the provisions of subsections 7 and 8 herein.
  7. This order applies to all such uses, rentals, and/or occupancies regardless of whether or not:
    1. Conditional Use Permit has been granted
    2. a building or structure constitutes a single family residence
    3. a single unit, portion, subsection, or entire building or structure is rented
    4. management is present or nearby
    5. cooking or food preparation equipment or capabilities exist
    6. the length of the lease is more or less than 30 days
  8. Owners and operators of Short Term/Vacation Rental including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO or campground and camping facilities in Chelan County shall assist in the implementation of Governor Inslee’s Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25. l by providing such accommodations or facilities only to persons for whom such accommodations or facilities are required (1) to conduct or participate in essential activities, (2) for employment in essential business services, or (3) as otherwise provided by Proclamation 20-25. Nothing in this order requires the removal of persons who are already staying in transient accommodations or campground and camping facilities at the time this order is made.
  9. Nothing herein is intended to be inconsistent with Governor Inslee’s Proclamations 20-25 or 25.1.
  10. Violation of this order shall constitute an infraction punishable by a fine of $500.00 per day imposed upon the owner, operator, or manager of a Short Term/Vacation Rental including but not necessarily limited to Air B&B and VRBO, and any campground or camping facility to be cited, imposed, and assessed by the Sheriff.
  11. This order shall remain in effect until midnight on May 4, 2020, unless extended beyond that date by the Board of County Commissioners.
  12. This resolution requiring compliance with Proclamations 20-25 and 25.1, Stay Home, during the COVID-19 Emergency shall become effective immediately.
  13. The state of emergency declaration enacted in Resolution 2020-32 is hereby extended until midnight on May 4, 2020, unless extended beyond that date by the Board of County Commissioners.

Dated at Wenatchee, Washington, this 6th day of April, 2020.

Chelan County Resolution 2020-38 PDF

Cloth Face Masks & Gowns Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

April 3, 2020

Statement from the Chelan-Douglas Health District

All of us involved in the COVID-19 response know that protecting our health workers and first responders is vital for each and every one of us. That is why our limited supplies of commercial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been reserved for them. But some of the rest of us would feel more comfortable using some kind of masks in everyday life. Here is some advice on that.

The scientific evidence of PPE’s value in health care is firm. The scientific evidence on masking by the general public is not so clear. One downside of public masking is the idea that masks might make us feel too safe, and reduce our attention to handwashing, surface cleaning, social distancing, and other critical measures. So public health authorities are generally not urging (much less ordering) everyone to wear masks whenever they are out of their home, but it might provide a little additional protection so long as those other measures are not neglected. And for people with symptoms, a mask might reduce transmission to others.

Until supplies of commercially made masks are available, members of the public who want masks should be using homemade ones. These can be just as effective at stopping infective droplets as surgical masks. (N95 masks are used by health care workers because they are protective for finer particles, but even in health care, these masks are not required most of the time.) Masks with three layers of cotton material will work. They can have elastic ear loops or ties that go around the back of the head.

If you aren’t able to sew a mask, you can use something such as a cotton scarf or bandana folded into three layers that will cover your nose and mouth and tied behind your head. This will work, too. You probably won’t be able to purchase already manufactured masks at this time – they are going to health workers and first responders only during the shortage. But material to make masks is still available, in some cases from local stores but also on-line from Amazon and others. And, Youtube.com has lots of
good videos about how to be creative with materials you have at home to create a face mask.

The Governor is asking Washington State manufacturing businesses to help in this effort, and the prospects are good that thousands of masks can be made available quickly. In the meantime, you will need to make or adapt your own face covering.

But here’s a caution. Once you have worn one for a while – certainly after a day’s use – be careful when removing it not to touch its outside surface. That’s where the virus will be if the mask is actually helping. Wash those used masks in hot water and dry them on high heat – that will kill the virus. And if you have a collection of used masks, treat them as contaminated by carefully dropping them into a sealable plastic bag until you can carefully dump them into a washing machine. Then throw the bag in a garbage can. In
health care, we know that taking off PPE carelessly is as risky as wearing it incorrectly, so use special care when you have finished with the mask. Of course, used gowns should be treated with the same caution as used masks.

Sewing patterns for masks, and also for gowns which you might want to wear if taking care of a sick relative, can be found online at these locations:
https://www.confluencehealth.org/covid19-donations/ (See video link at right of page.)
https://www.joann.com/make-to-give-response/
http://www.fabricpatch.net/face-masks-for-covid-19-relief.htm
https://media.rainpos.com/220/quick_hospital_gown_1.pdf

For more information, visit: https://www.cdeoc.org/?page_id=14924

Chelan-Douglas Health District contact: [email protected]

Governor Extends “Stay Home. Stay Healthy” through May 4

April 2, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee announced a month-long extension of his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order Thursday evening. The order, which banned all gatherings and temporarily shuttered non-essential businesses, will continue through May 4.

“Epidemiological modeling from the University of Washington predicts we will have at least 1,400 deaths this year,” Inslee said. “We are yet to see the full toll of this virus in our state and the modeling we’ve seen could be much worse if we don’t continue what we’re doing to slow the spread.”

Public gatherings remain banned and non-essential businesses may reopen May 5. If gatherings are held in violation of the order, individuals are encouraged to notify their local police department. Do not call 911.

The state Department of Commerce is providing guidance and assistance to businesses on whether they can be considered essential and other resources they may access to help during this time. Residents or workers concerned about non-essential businesses remaining open may file complaints at this link.

“We have taken dozens of steps under my emergency powers to help people in this time – including moratoriums on evictions, mortgage forbearance, utility ratepayer assistance, unemployment extensions, flexibility on tax payments and cash assistance to families,” Inslee said. “We will do more.”

Part of that effort is the sacrifice of business owners who had to shut down and of their workers who struggle to pay bills, Inslee said, and it is important for us to work toward coming out of this statewide shutdown. For example, the administration is engaging in productive conversations with industries to devise a safe way for them to get back to work when we can lift that part of the order.

More information on resources available to Washingtonians impacted financially by the COVID-19 outbreak can be found by clicking here and by visiting coronavirus.wa.gov.

In addition to the extension of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy,” the governor signed a directive to the Department of Enterprise Services and the Emergency Management Division to secure personal protective equipment as expeditiously as possible.

Also Thursday, Inslee announced a delay in the implementation of new state building codes from July 1 to Nov. 1 to provide adequate time for training and outreach that was interrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. These codes relate to construction and occupancy of residential and commercial structures throughout the state. Read that proclamation here.

Read all of the governor’s recent proclamations here.

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