Saturday, November 27, 2021

Large events in Washington state will soon require vaccination or proof of a recent negative COVID test

Large indoor and outdoor events in Washington will soon require all attendees to provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test, Governor Jay Inslee announced Thursday afternoon.

The order would apply to all indoor events with 1,000 or more attendees and all outdoor events with more than 10,000 attendees, including conventions, concerts, sporting events, fairs and themes, Inslee said during a news conference at Olympia. Parks are included.

This requirement, which applies to everyone 12 years of age and older, will be effective from November 15.

Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference at 2:30 pm today to discuss the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
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Inslee said participants who have not been vaccinated or do not have proof of vaccination must provide a negative COVID-19 test to organizers within the past 72 hours.

Religious services or events held on K-12 school campuses are not included in the order.

A similar mandate will go into effect in King County starting October 25, requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in most indoor venues and outdoor events with 500 or more people, including indoor seating in restaurants and bars , games included. Events, museums, gyms and concerts.

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Thursday’s announcement comes less than a week before the governor’s vaccination deadline Monday for most state government, health care and school workers.

The state is showing optimistic trends of reduction in infection and hospitalization rates across age groups. Washington’s seven-day case rate in early October was 234 infections per 100,000 people, down from a peak of more than 300 infections per 100,000 people in early September.

However, infection rates are still high in central and eastern Washington. Ferry, Grant, Clickitat and Garfield counties, which have the highest seven-day rates in the state, continue to report more than 300 infections per 100,000 people.

Across the state, the number of hospitalizations has been declining for the past several weeks. In early October, epidemiologists recorded a seven-day rate of 11 hospitalizations per 100,000 people — where the state peaked last winter’s growth — DOH data shows.

Still, health officials are urging the public not to ease into mitigation efforts, especially as the holiday season approaches, which is often filled with large gatherings and indoor gatherings.

Check back for updates.

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