Board of Health Approves CDHD Reopening Proposal

Zoom meeting is hacked during discussion

June 5, 2020

East Wenatchee, WA – A special online “Zoom” meeting for the Chelan-Douglas Health District Board of Health to review the reopening proposal was interrupted by hackers on June 5, 2020. The meeting was reconvened and recorded for members of the public to listen to the Board of Health vote on a new variance request to the Washington State Department of Health for consideration of a modified Phase 2 reopening. You can access the audio file at: http://cdhd.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/BOH-6.5.20-Mtg-Audio.mp4.
Under the proposal, businesses would be allowed to reopen with reduced customer capacity. This includes:

  • In-store retail: 50% of capacity with social distancing and employee masking and gloves;
  • Personal services & professional services: 25% of capacity;
  • Restaurants: outdoor dining at 50% of capacity, indoor dining at 25% capacity and a requirement that tables be six feet apart;
  • Pet grooming: 25% of capacity;
  • Gatherings: no more than five non-household members attending;
  • Recreation, fitness & camping: outdoor only, no more than five non-household members and maintaining six feet of social distancing.

For a complete list of the reopening provisions and a complete copy of the reopening application, please visit: http://cdhd.wa.gov/wp-content/uploads/Chelan-Douglas-Reopening-Application-6-5-2020.pdf.

Chelan and Douglas counties are among only a handful of counties that remain in Phase 1 under the Governor’s Safe Start order. The Board of Health anticipates hearing soon on the proposal. For more information, visit www.cdhd.wa.gov.

Contact: Veronica Farias
Phone: (509) 886-6427
E-mail: [email protected]

Press Release June 5, 2020 PDF

Inslee issues Safe Start proclamation for county approach to re-opening

May 31, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today issued his Safe Start proclamation as the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order is set to expire tonight at 11:59 PM. 

The governor announced Safe Start — Washington’s Phased Reopening plan on Friday during a press conference where he detailed the county-by-county approach. 

“Thanks to Washingtonians pulling together, we can transition fully to our county-by-county approach to safely reopen,” Inslee said. “If we remain diligent and committed to more effective ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to save lives and open up more businesses while protecting our friends and neighbors.”

Washington will move through the phased reopening county-by-county allowing for flexibility and local control to address COVID-19 activity geographically. 

Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page. 

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Chelan-Douglas Health District Board of Health Addresses Safe Reopening

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.

COVID-19 Resources:
Chelan-Douglas Health District
Chelan-Douglas Emergency Operation Center
Washington State Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Press Release PDF – English
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Inslee announces religious and faith-based services guidance

May 27, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan for restarting religious and faith-based services for Phases 1 and 2 of Washington’s “Safe Start” reopening plan. 

Beginning today, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties may host up to 100 people for outdoor services. In Phase 2, they can host up to 25% of their capacity or 50 individuals, whichever is less, as well as conduct in-home services of five people.

“As I have said before, this crisis may affect our ability to physically connect but it should not affect our power to strengthen our emotional connections,” Inslee said during a press conference Wednesday. “I have been heartened to see the ways religious groups found to not only continue to connect, but to give back and to support their communities in this time of suffering and uncertainty.” 

The religious services covered include all worship services, religious study classes, religious ceremonies, religious holiday celebrations, weddings and funerals.

The guidance is available here.  Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page.

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Inslee Announces Restart of all Medical Services in Washington

May 18, 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced the state’s plan for all elective procedures to resume. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities’ COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen.

“Our health care system was one of the first in the nation to be hit with COVID-19 cases when there was much we were still learning about the novel virus. Because of the great work of our health care system and communities, we managed the peak of COVID-19 activity in April without having a crisis in our hospitals,” Inslee said. “This plan was developed with many partners in our health care delivery system — including nurses, surgeons, pediatricians, dentists, community health clinics and hospitals.”

Aside from being determined by the COVID-19 activity in different regions of the state, the reopening of health care services are based on three standards of care. Readiness will be determined by the availability of PPE, hospital capacity and more. 

Under this plan, each health care or dental provider must meet certain criteria to be able to begin performing elective procedures. Each provider evaluates their readiness to begin and must maintain standards to continue to see patients. Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page.

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Chelan County Press Release

Public Notice relating to Chelan-Douglas County Phase 2 Proposal Letter to Governor Inslee

May 14, 2020

During our Wednesday, May 13th Chelan County Commission meeting, Chelan and Douglas County Commissioners approved a detailed proposal requesting that our two-county region be allowed to move to an incremental version of Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Washington plan as soon as possible. Included in the packet are letters of support from local governments, small businesses, faith leaders, and other community leaders and organizations.

Letter to Governor – Phase Plan PDF

Chelan and Douglas Variance Request PDF

Chelan County Public Notice Relating to Short-Term Rentals

Press Release

May 4, 2020

During our Monday May 4th Chelan County Commission meeting Resolution 2020-32, relating to the Emergency Declaration for Chelan County, was extended as resolution 2020-48 until May 31, 2020. However Resolution 2020-39, relating to Short-Term Rentals (STR) was not extended and shall expire at midnight tonight.

We are continuing to move forward to evaluate the role STRs play in our diverse communities in Chelan County. Our current schedule is to finalize our regulations by early August.

We ask that the STR community continue to be aware of the general concern over the COVID-19 situation and incorporate that concern in their operating procedures.

Chelan County Public Notice Relating to STR PDF

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