OLYMPIA — Viral infection levels continue on a downward trend in Washington, bringing the state into a "cautiously optimistic" place as public health teams continue to work on COVID-19 and monkeypox prevention this fall.

The state is approaching an "important milestone" in its COVID recovery journey, state Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah said Thursday, referring to the Oct. 31 date when the state's COVID state of emergency is set to expire.

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