Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday afternoon that on Monday, Clark County will move to Phase 2 of Washington’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Recovery.
The entire Southwest region, which also includes Cowlitz, Klickitat, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties, will move to Phase 2.
The region met three of the state’s four targets to move to Phase 2. The region has a 71 percent intensive care unit occupancy, well below the state’s goal of 90 percent. And the county has seen a two-week decrease in its rate of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population along with a decreasing trend in its two-week rate of new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population.
Southwest Washington did not meet the state’s goal of a positive COVID-19 test rate of less than 10 percent. The region has a test rate of 14 percent, according to the state Department of Health.
The county has had fewer than 50 cases on average each day this week, after averaging 100 cases per day for most of the winter.