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County application for Phase 2 submitted


Thursday, May 28

The Klickitat County Public Health Department in Unified Command with the Department Emergency Management (EOC) received notification on May 26 that Klickitat County was eligible to apply for a variance to move from Phase 1 into Phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan, based on meeting the new positive case threshold. Th EOC team worked on the application for a week in preparation for this notification, and Thursday, May 28, it submitted the variance application.

Things required in the application included but were not limited to:

• The Voluntary Quarantine and Isolation facility (for community members that are asked by Public Health to quarantine due to a presumptive positive, positive, or close contact situation, and they do not feel they can safely do so at their residence)

• Letters of support by local county and health officials

• Data from the State, Emergency Management, Public Health, and local hospitals showing the county is prepared with the PPE needed, hospital surge capacity, tests and testing sites, and more

• Contact monitoring ability. Public Health has compiled a team of volunteers who will assist with contacting all close contacts for any positive and/or presumptive positive case and will give them the information on how to safely quarantine and the resources available to them in our county

• Case threshold and decreasing trend of less than two new positives in a 14-day period

The EOC says it anticipates two to three days for approval and that its hope is the county will be able to move into Phase 2 next week. The EOC states businesses should review the Safe Start for Reopening Plan which gives guidance and resources specific to business sectors. Klickitat County does not provide or review the Safe Start for Reopening Plans.


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