Today Grays Harbor County Health Officer, Dr. John Bausher, recommended that the Grays Harbor County Board of Health request a variance to implement phase 2 modifications of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

The recommendation to request a variance was made during a special meeting of the Grays Harbor County Board of Health and was unanimously approved by the Board of Health and, later, the Board of County Commissioners.

The Grays Harbor Public Health Incident Management Team also presented their COVID-19 Emergency Operations Plan to the Board of Health. The plan provides a framework and procedural guidance for the County’s COVID-19 response and emergency management efforts. “Our Emergency Operations Plan is scalable, so that we can continue to effectively respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation,” said Leonard Johnson, Incident Commander.

With the approval of the variance request from local authorities in place, the Incident Management Team will work to finalize the variance application in the next few days. Then, the final step in the variance application process requires that the application be submitted to the Washington State Secretary of Health for review.

Case count updated

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 http://www.healthyGH.org.  Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/healthyghc