Safe Start Washington
May 4, 2010 – Governor Jay Inslee
Governor Jay Inslee, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Health, has established a data-driven approach to reopen Washington and modify physical distancing measures while minimizing the health impacts of COVID-19.
This approach reduces the risk of COVID-19 to Washington’s most vulnerable populations and preserves capacity in our health care system, while safely opening up businesses and resuming gatherings, travel, shopping, and recreation. The plan involves assessing COVID-19 activity in the state along with health care system readiness, testing capacity and availability, case and contact investigations, and ability to protect high-risk populations.
COVID-19 DISEASE ACTIVITY
Before reopening Washington and modifying physical distancing measures, COVID-19 disease burden must be low and decreasing as measured by:
- Number and trend of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Washington State
- Modeling data, including Institute for Disease Modeling on Puget Sound area rates of COVID-19 spread, University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation modeling, and Youyang Gu modeling
- Mobility trends in Washington State, including WSDOT traffic data and Google Mobility Data
READINESS AND CAPABILITIES NEEDED
The Department of Health and local public health officials will monitor data to assess our state’s readiness for safely reopening and modifying physical distancing measures. In addition to a low and decreasing disease burden, readiness must be achieved in four key areas to proceed from where we are now in the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order (Phase I) to Phase II, III and IV of the plan. The four key areas include healthcare system readiness, testing capacity and availability, case and contact investigations, and ability to protect high-risk populations. The overall goals for each area, along with the pertinent data that will be considered, are detailed in:
“Safe Start Washington – A Phased Approach to Recovery” Report