Inslee: Worries about COVID infection rates, more retail OK

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says data from COVID-19 projection models show that the rate of infection is increasing in Washington state and he urged people to follow his measured approach to slowly reopening the state from his stay-at-home restrictions. The Democrat said data showed that the reproductive rate of the coronavirus in Western and Eastern Washington was above three when the outbreak was first detected in late February and March. That means each infected person infects about three others. It has since dropped to about one, but data up to April 19 shows that the reproduction rate is on the upswing.