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Inslee issues safety plan for businesses in Phase 3

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Through Sunday, state health officials confirmed 287 new COVID-19 cases in Washington, as well as six additional deaths. The update brings the state's totals to 23,729 cases and 1,159 deaths. There have been 3,669 hospitalizations in Washington.

All counties in the state have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, except Garfield County. There are nine confirmed positive cases in Pacific County (525 tests), 19 in Grays Harbor County, and 37 in Lewis County. Pacific County has completed 525 tests.

Gov. Jay Inslee released a template for businesses in Phase 3 of the Washington Safe start plan Friday. Each business or entity operating in Phase 3 must develop a written safety plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. A business may fill out this template to fulfill the requirement or may develop its own safety plan.

Businesses are still required to follow the state's industry-specific guidance, if issued for their specific industry.

Each business or entity operating in Phase 3 of Safe Start Washington, must develop a written Safety Plan outlining how its workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19 that is at least as protective as the requirements from the Department of Labor & Industry.

People must practice physical distancing maintaining a minimum six-foot separation between all employees (and customers) in all interactions at all times. When strict physical distancing is not feasible for a specific task, other prevention measures are required, such as use of barriers, minimizing sta or customers in narrow or enclosed areas, and staggering breaks and work shift starts. Tightly enclosed spaces or small rooms will be occupied by only one individual at a time, unless all occupants are wearing cloth face coverings, masks or respirators. If occupied by more than one person, will keep occupancy under 50 percent of maximum capacity.

In places, to ensure employees comply with personal protective equipment requirements, beginning Monday (June 8), all employees will be required to wear a cloth facial covering, with some exceptions. Employers must provide cloth facial coverings to employees, unless their exposure dictates a higher level of protection under the Department of Labor and Industries' safety and health rules and guidance. Employees may choose to wear their own coverings at work, provided it meets the minimum requirements.

Guidance for Sporting Activities

Inslee issued guidance for sporting activities in Phases 2 and 3. The guidance covers professional sporting activities, youth team sports and adult recreational team sports.

Through the Washington Safe start plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.

Counties can apply to move to the next phase of Safe Start. County applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Twenty-seven counties have been approved to move to the next phase.

Care Centers a Hot Zone

In the USA, over the last three months, more than 40,600 long-term care residents and workers have died of COVID-19 - about 40 percent of the nation's death toll attributed to the coronavirus, according to an analysis of state data.

 

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