Inslee: 1,500 workers will track, trace virus by mid-May

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) —  Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says the state will not be able to lift many of the stay-at-home restrictions implemented to fight the coronavirus by May 4, the date through which the current directive is currently in place. But he hopes health modeling in the coming days will allow resumption of some activities like some elective surgeries and outdoor recreation. In a televised address Tuesday evening, he also announced a plan to have about 1,500 workers focused solely on contact tracing in place by the second week of May. The effort would involve state employees from the Department of Health, local health jurisdictions, members of the Washington National Guard and volunteer health care providers.