NCW ⁠— The Chelan-Douglas Board of Health voted Friday to submit a limited phase 2 proposal to start reopening both counties.

Both the Douglas and Chelan County commissions then met after the board of health meeting and voted on whether they should submit the proposal to the state, said Barry Kling, Chelan-Douglas Health District administrator. The Chelan County Commission voted to move forward, but the Douglas County Commission's vote is still unknown. 

According to the proposal, Chelan and Douglas counties have 437 positive cases of COVID-19, including 70 new cases in the last 14 days in Chelan and 42 in Douglas. But both counties together have only two patients hospitalized.

The state’s Safe Start Washington plan asks that counties have fewer than 25 cases per 100,000 people in the last 14 days before moving to the next phase.

The board of health’s proposal would include allowing:

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  • Outdoor activities of five or fewer people
  • Outdoor gatherings of five or fewer people
  • Essential travel and limited non-essential travel
  • Additional construction
  • Additional manufacturing
  • Retail at 50% building occupancy
  • Pet grooming at 25% occupancy

The proposal still recommends that high-risk populations, people over 60 years old and immunocompromised, stay home, unless engaging in phase 1 activities, according to the proposal.

As part of the proposal, the health district and health care partners will monitor the disease burden and be prepared to reverse reopening if necessary, according to the document.

The board of health Zoom meeting was interrupted about 20 minutes in by a group of hackers who drew swastikas and penises on the screen and cursed. The board of health ended the public meeting and recovened elsewhere to vote, which is allowed by state law, said Kevin Overbay, Chelan County commissioner and board of health member. 

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