Beacon Staff 

COVID restrictions extend through Jan. 4

 

Last updated 12/10/2020 at 12:10pm

Jana Hill

Josephine Caring Community is one of the 44 facilities in the county with a COVID-19 outbreak and this is the second one, for that facility, since the pandemic began. The assisted living home is approximately 40 minutes from Mill Creek.

Gov. Inslee has extended the statewide COVID-control restrictions for another three weeks, until Jan. 4.

The continuation of limits comes as state's healthcare system nears dangerous occupancy levels. With the effects of Thanksgiving on infection and hospital numbers still unknown, the extension will grant the state's medical system much needed time to increase Intensive Care Unit capacity before it's overwhelmed. Officials have expressed concern about the other resources of health care, such as personal protective equipment. Dr. Chris Spitters, health officer for the Sohomish County Health District, said in a weekly briefing that protective gloves are not plentiful enough.

An overview of the restrictions is available here. For all businesses and activities not addressed here, previous phase guidance still applies, which includes a ban on indoor dining. Some restaurants have told the Beacon they are adapting, by revising menus, changing schedules to peak-times, and seeking resources to stay in business.


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