Seven counties to advance to Phase 2 under modified plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Seven counties will be able to move into Phase 2 of the state’s economic reopening plan under changes Gov. Jay Inslee has announced. Inslee first announced the latest iteration of the state’s reopening plan earlier this month, which focuses efforts on reopening regions rather than individual counties. Each region had to meet four metrics in order to advance, including decreases in case rates and hospital admission rates. Now, they will only have to meet three. The counties that will ease rules include those that constitute the Seattle metro area.