Gov. Inslee: WA has entered 4th surge of COVID-19

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state has entered its fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The Seattle Times reports Inslee made the remark in a news conference Thursday while joined by Pierce County and Spokane health care officials. Inslee pointed to data showing rising cases, hospitalizations and the spread of virus variants. The increases come as state officials race to get more people vaccinated and as demand for vaccines has lessened in some parts of the state. Inslee called the situation “simply too dangerous to persist,” and urged people to get vaccinated, wear masks and keep their distance.