This evening Governor Jay Inslee extended his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4 in order to further slow the spread of COVID-19. Since the Governor announced his original order two weeks ago, Washington’s trend for infection is lower than other states, but still points to an expected 1000 deaths in this state.
Gov. Inslee said extending the order is not only justified, it is “morally necessary” in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. He said future action on the virus will be data-driven and science-based, as previous actions have been.
At Whatcom Unified Command, we agree. Our objectives are to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, provide for our community’s most vulnerable, maintain essential services and support first responders. We are also committed to mitigating the impact of this virus on our local economy.
Every single one of us can make a difference. The more people who maintain social distance for this next month, the more likely we are to stunt the growth of this new virus, ensure hospitals and healthcare facilities are ready, and get our businesses back to work. Staying home is the best choice you can make for your loved ones and our community.
For more information on community resources or the work of Whatcom Unified Command, please check WhatcomCOVID.com or the Whatcom Unified Command COVID-19 Facebook page. For more information on the Governor’s orders and plans to prepare the state for recovery, visit the Washington State COVID-19 website.