Today Karolyn Holden, Director of Grays Harbor County Public Health, submitted Grays Harbor County’s application for a variance to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan to Washington State Secretary of Health, Dr. John Wiesman.

On Tuesday, Grays Harbor County Health Officer, Dr. John Bausher, recommended that the County request a variance. Both the Grays Harbor County Board of Health and the Board of County Commissioners unanimously agreed to move forward with the request.

Dr. Wiesman will review the County’s application. The application may be approved as submitted, approved with modifications, or denied.

Grays Harbor County Public Health will announce the Secretary of Health’s decision as soon as it is received.

Case counts

Grays Harbor County has 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

·         March 2020: 2 cases 

·         April 2020: 10 cases

·         May 2020: 3 cases

No additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified since May 15. Grays Harbor Public Health Incident Management Team (IMT) remains prepared to respond if any additional cases are identified.

Grays Harbor County Public Health will continue to operate a COVID-19 call center that will assist people with testing referrals. Assistance is available in both English and Spanish. Call (360) 964-1850. The call center is available Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4pm.

Everyone should stay home and stay healthy. If you have to leave your home for essential activities, wear a cloth face covering.

Grays Harbor Public Health Incident Management Team and Grays Harbor Emergency Operations Center provide the most accurate, timely information possible. For information about COVID-19 and our response, visit our website at  Like us on Facebook at

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