Phase 4 placed on pause; Reminder to stay safe this 4th of July

Grays Harbor Public Health was notified of a new case of COVID-19.  Public Health staff have completed the case investigation and have contacted close contacts.

 As Grays Harbor’s COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Grays Harbor Public Health COVID-19 Task Force and Grays Harbor County Emergency Operations Center is streamlining our approach to public information. There will no longer be press releases issued for each individual case. Rather, cases will be posted on Public Health’s website at http://www.healthyGH.org and Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/healthyghc. Press releases will still be issued for significant events such as an outbreak of COVID-19 or new public health and safety measures.

 Grays Harbor County is in Phase 3 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start plan to re-open Washington. Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced Saturday, June 27, 2020,  the Washington State Department of Health is putting a pause on counties moving to Phase 4. Rising cases across the state and concerns about continued spread of the COVID virus have made Phase 4, which would essentially mean no restrictions, impossible at this time.

 “We decided to prohibit any counties from moving into Phase 4 at this time due to increasing COVID-19 activity across the state and significant rebounds in COVID-19 activity in several other states. The changes between Phase 3 and Phase 4, especially with regards to gathering size and occupancy rates, could further increase the spread of COVID-19 in our state, even in communities that have very low rates of disease. The progress we’ve made thus far is at risk, therefore we are making the prudent choice to slow down our phased approach to reopening,” states Wiesman.

 Grays Harbor County is still identifying new cases of COVID-19. It is therefore essential to continue to limit the number of people you have contact with, practice physical distancing, wash your hands frequently, and wear face coverings in public. The upcoming holiday weekend will present opportunities for increased social gatherings. Please remember: outdoors is better than indoors; being masked is better than not being masked; and when you gather, think small groups – avoid crowds.

 Case counts

27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Grays Harbor County.

  • March 2020: 2 cases
  • April 2020: 10 cases
  • May 2020: 5 cases
  • June 2020: 9 cases
  • July 2020: 1 case