Protocols now available for opening bars, outdoor pools, on boarding seasonal workers
Releases the protocols for bars/breweries/wineries/distilleries and outdoor pools/splashpads/waterparks to open in Stage 3 of the Idaho Rebounds plan. Protocols are also available for on boarding seasonal or temporary workers.
Small Businesses can access 30-day supply of PPE as state opens for Stage 2 of Idaho Rebounds plan
Provides information that small businesses have a new resources to access masks, gloves, and sanitizer as the state enters Stage 2 of the four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan. Idaho small businesses can obtain a 30-day supply of PPE for their employees and patrons through an Idaho supplies website (included below). Governor Little announced that Idaho has met the criteria to enter Stage 2 on Saturday. Ninety percent of businesses were able to open their doors on May 1 when Idaho entered into Stage 1. As Idaho enters Stage 2, 95 percent of Idaho businesses will be able to open their doors as long as the protocols are followed. Governor Little did move the opening of bars up from Stage 4 to Stage 3 (May 30) due to downwards trends, which is two weeks earlier than anticipated.
Idaho partners with Battelle to decontaminate N95 masks at no cost
Announces the Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) in Idaho co-located with the Idaho National Laboratory site in Idaho Falls. The CCDS can decontaminate up to 80,000 N95-type respirators each day, allowing reuse multiple times. There is no cost to use the service.
Entities can request Battelle CCDS services here:
Protocols now available for indoor gyms, recreational facilities
Outlines protocols for indoor gyms, recreational facilities, restaurants, and close contact services to implement in order to open in stage 2 of the Idaho Rebounds Plan. Stage 2 of the Plan begins on May 16 if Idaho meets the criteria to re-open the economy safely. Stage 2 is In Stage 1 protocols included for daycare, youth activities, and places of worship.
Governor Brown issues finalized Phase I Guidance for building a safe and strong Oregon
Provides a finalized statewide and county guidance and counties and businesses across the state begin the reopening process. Physical distancing, infection control through proper hygiene and cleaning, and use of face coverings are the key tools. New guidance was released for summer school, summer camps and youth activities, public transit, face coverings, as well as homeless and services providers. For the 31 counties entering Phase I guidance for restaurants and bars, gyms, personal services, as well as malls and shopping centers.
Governor Brown announces Phase I Counties Reopening
Updates the state that the counties can begin entering Phase I of reopening on May 15. Qualifying counties demonstrated that they met all of Oregon's safety and preparedness prerequisites for reopening, as well as declining prevalence of COVID-19. Of the 33 counties that applied to reopen on May 15, 28 counties were approved. The applications for Marion and Polk counties were not approved and will be monitored to see if conditions improve. the announcement includes guidelines that take effect or remain in effect beginning May 15.
Governor Brown releases plan for rebuilding a safe and strong Oregon
Release of new guidance for counties and businesses on the phased reopening process. The new guidance fo reopening calls for the widespread use of face coverings, maintaining physical distance of six feet between individuals as much as possible, and following good hygiene and disinfection practices. Phase I will begin the limited reopening of additional businesses beginning as early as May 15 if they have demonstrated that they have met all prerequisites for reopening. Counties must remain in Phase I for at least 21 days before becoming eligible to advance to Phase II.
Governor Inslee announces restart of all medical services in Washington
Releases the state's plan for all elective procedures to resume. Each medical or dental practice will assess their own readiness and their communities' COVID-19 activity to determine whether, and to what degree, they will reopen.
Governor Inslee issues guidance for resuming personal services and professional services in Phase 2
Provides guidance for resuming personal services and professional services for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan. For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, personal services may resume, effective May 13. Personal services include cosmetologists, hairstylists, barbers, estheticians, manicurists, nail salon workers, electrologists, makeup artists, tattoo artists, cosmetology schools, and esthetics school.
Governor Inslee announces contact tracing initiative
Launches a statewide contact tracing plan to allow more businesses to open and more people to be active in public while helping to slow and prevent the spread. Local health departments will lead these efforts and the state Department of Health and its partners will support this work. The information is only used by public health professionals and is confidential, it will not be shared. Contacts will not be told the name of the person who may have exposed them to COVID-19. The contact tracers will include members of the Washington State National Guard and the Department of Health will continue training more workers and volunteers to replace them over time.
Governor Inslee issues guidance for partially resuming in-store retail and additional manufacturing operations in Phase 2
Outlines guidance for partially resuming limited in-store retail and manufacturing operations for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan, effective May 12.
Governor Inslee issues guidance for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry in Phase 2
Provides guidance for partially resuming the dine-in restaurant and tavern industry for counties granted variance under the Safe Start Phase 2 recovery plan. Through the Safe Start plan, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 before other parts of the state. For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, restaurant operations may resume with limitations after meeting specific criteria effective May 11.
Governor Inslee extends nine proclamations relating to COVID-19
Announces the extension of nine provocations in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The proclamations were extended until July 8, 2020. The following are a few examples of the extended proclamations: 20-26.2 Health Care Facilities and Hand Sanitizer; 20-37.2 DSHS Registered Nursing Assistant (NAR) Training Waiver; 20-38.2 DSHS Facilities; 20-44.1 Nursing Home Transfer or Discharge for COVID-19 Cohorting Process; 20-43.1 Annual Leave and Pay Procedures; and 20-52.1 Statewide Order Relating to Long-Term Care.
Governor Inslee issues guidance for restarting essential workforce development programs
Releases guidance for restarting essential workforce development programs under the Safe Start Phase I recovery plan. Through the Washington Safe Start plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in subsequent phases with adequate social distancing measures and worker safety and healthy standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks - metrics and data will guide when eh state can move from one phase to another. In Phase I, low-risk higher education and critical infrastructure workforce training work are allowed to resume, effective May 5.