Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Inslee Announces "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" Order

Inslee Announces

Specifically, Inslee's latest order requires about 7 million state residents to stay home unless they need to perform essential activities. He added that there are likely thousands more cases that have yet to be diagnosed.

"This is a human tragedy on a scale we can't yet predict", Inslee said.

The directive calls for all residents to remain at home except for absolutely necessary activities, such as restocking essential supplies or accessing vital public services.

"Make no mistake", Inslee said.

"This also applies to some of the most important gatherings in people's lives, like weddings and funerals", Inslee continued. You're still allowed to go outside, to the grocery store, and to do other essential business.

"Industries that can argue they are essential can request a special designation as an essential business".

Earlier Monday, Boeing announced it was shutting down its Seattle-area production facilities for two weeks.

Inslee noted that going outside for walks or gardening, for example, is still permitted.

Bicyclists wind through a group gathered along a path at Alki Beach Park Sunday, March 22, 2020, in Seattle, where people are asked to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet apart in response to the coronavirus outbreak. "Without social distancing this just keeps spreading like wildfire".

"Our behavior could mean life or death for Washingtonians", said the joint statement signed by state Sen.

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"What we're really trying to avoid is this rapid acceleration of cases", Washington Secretary of Health John Wiesman said on a call with reporters after the governor's announcement.

Inslee has been reluctant to issue such an order, even as California, New York, and other jurisdictions did. However, this is news that Unified Command has been expecting and - more importantly - been preparing for. The city council in Vancouver, B.C., unanimously voted Monday to fine businesses and individuals who violate the orders: up to $1,000 for individuals and $50,000 for employers.

Some local governments didn't wait for Inslee's order.

Bans on gatherings and going out take effect immediately.

"Now is a time for bold actions like these, and we will continue to look at what can be done statewide", he said.

We want to remind people that the food supply operations - including hunger relief and nutritional support services - are essential services that will remain open and operational through this crisis; this order does not ban people getting access to food.

And the Lummi Nation announced tribal members must shelter in place until at least April 5.

A violation of an emergency order issued by the governor is a gross misdemeanor. They found that the Life Care Center of Kirkland failed to rapidly identify and manage sick residents; failed to notify the Washington Department of Health about the increasing rate of respiratory infections among residents; and failed to have a backup plan in the absence of Life Care's primary clinician, who fell ill.

The Lummi announced two additional COVID-19 cases over the weekend, bringing the total there to five. King County accounted for over half the state's cases with 1,170 confirmed and 87 deaths. A majority of the county's cases are linked to Shuksan Healthcare Center, a nursing home in Bellingham. He echoed those remarks Monday night, urging every Washington resident "to enlist themselves in this tumultuous struggle in order to win".

"This is a very hard choice and I make this hard choice knowing it will add to the economic and family hardship many in our state are already feeling as we try to slow and turn back this pandemic", Inslee said in a televised address from Olympia. "That is what we're doing".

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