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Washington state prevents counties from reopening as coronavirus circumstances enhance

Washington State governor Jay Inslee announced at a press conference on March 11, 2020 in Seattle, Washington, measures to curb the spread of the corona virus.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Saturday that the state would prevent some of its counties from moving to the next phase of reopening as the coronavirus shows signs of acceleration.

"Increasing cases across the state and concerns about the continued spread of the COVID virus made phase 4, which would be essentially no limitation, impossible at this time," said Inslee and John Wiesman, Washington's health minister.

The state of Washington is adopting a formulated approach to reopening that will allow some counties to reopen before others. "Phase 4" of the state's reopening plan would resume all recreational activities and, according to the state's plan, allow gatherings of more than 50 people. It would also enable people at high risk of serious illnesses to resume public interactions with physical distance.

A district in phase 4 could also reopen its night clubs, concert venues and major sporting events according to the state's plan. Eight of the state's 39 districts were ready to enter phase 4 under the ordinance.

On Tuesday, Inslee joined a handful of other states by demanding that people in public places must wear face covers.

Washington is one of 34 states in the United States where coronavirus cases increase 5% or more based on a seven-day moving average, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

According to Hopkins data, the state has reported an average of 465 additional new cases in the past seven days, an increase of almost 34% compared to a week ago.

Other states with growing case numbers and hospitalizations for Covid-19 have either stopped or reversed some of their reopening plans.

On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the state would close its bars and reduce indoor dining capacity in its restaurants, including through modifications and closings, as cases and hospitalizations continue to increase.

Florida also closed bars across the state. The state's Department of Health signed on Saturday second day in a row with coronavirus cases.

The Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed, announced on Friday that the city would postpone its Monday reopening, including nail salons, barbershops, and outdoor bars, as the corona virus shows signs of acceleration in California.

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