Velazquez said that incentives, such as Inslee’s announcement of new capacity rules allowing for separate sections for vaccinated and unvaccinated people, will hopefully encourage more people to get the vaccine. “Hopefully, as we continue to work on public health guidance, immunize more people and pull back a little bit from some of the activities that have generated some of this surges, we’ll go back and go back to phase three,” he said. He added that it will take some time for the data to normalize even after he spike has been eased due to how the state looks at data for metric evaluations. Even though it looks like Spokane will be heading back to Phase 2, Velazquez said he is confident the numbers will begin trending in the right direction.
He said that he was hopeful Spokane was on the right track, but then a spike occurred from about April 20 to April 28. He said that as of Monday, Spokane isn’t meeting the metrics needed to say in Phase 3. “If you think about it, we have trended in the wrong direction for quite some time,” he said. “Although we saw a slight improvement for about a week, but we just spiked up again. So, it will probably take us a few weeks to get back to the rates that are required for phase three.”
As for what it will take to contain the current spike, Velazquez said vaccines will play a key role. Spokane Interim Health Officer Dr. Francisco Velazquez said on Monday that it will take several weeks for the trends to change in the right direction.
“I am confident, and the reason why I’m confident is because we as a community have come together and done it before multiple times. Whenever the virus surges, we’ve taken control of it and gone back to what we need to do to make sure that we can get the activities back, so I’m very confident,” Velazquez said.
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