Numbers in Yakima County Keeping Valley Closed
While other cities in the state are hoping to ease restrictions sooner than later Yakima's COVID-19 numbers may keep the stay-at-home order in place for the near future.
Currently there are at least 1966 confirmed cases in the county. Officials at the Yakima Health District say the goal is to ensure the economy is opened as soon and as safely as possible but the county hasn't reached that point yet.
They say the rate of COVID-19 in Yakima County (669 cases per 100,000) is over 2 times higher than the rest of the state (251.38 cases per 100,000). In some areas, the rate is almost 5 times higher (1,200 cases per 100,000). Some cities in the state are trying to adjust by allowing some businesses to reopen. Officials at the district say they don't support stay-home orders to be modified on a city-by-city basis.