October 25, 2021

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Kitsap County commissioners criticize state reopening plan, vaccine rollout

New reopening plans unveiled by state leaders earlier this month have come under fire from Kitsap County’s Board of Commissioners as well as other local government and public health officials, who say the phased strategy lacks input from local leaders and creates uncertainty for businesses unsure if they will be allowed to stay open.

In a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Jan. 15, Kitsap County’s three commissioners raised concerns about the state’s “Healthy Washington” roadmap, which consists of two phases that regions of the state can move between.

Breaking the state into eight regions, the state Department of Health will look at data every Friday to determine if a region can move forward and reopen some indoor dining and restore social gatherings and other activities. Kitsap is grouped with Mason, Clallam and Jefferson counties.

To move from Phase 1 to Phase 2, a region must meet four metrics, which include: a 10% decrease in the rate of new cases per 100,000 people, a 10% decrease in COVID-19 hospital admissions over the previous two weeks, an ICU occupancy rate less than 90%, and positive test rate of less than 10% in the past week.

To remain in Phase 2, regions must continue to meet at least three of the four metrics week to week. Otherwise, that region will be moved back the following Monday.

The letter by Kitsap’s commissioners critiqued the two-phase approach as confusing and disorienting, which “leaves the average citizen doubting there will ever be an end to the pandemic and a resumption of their lives in earnest.”

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