As Washington state is experiencing a dramatic rise in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant, Gov. Jay Inslee announced steps today to contain the spread. Inslee did not announce any rollbacks, restrictions or closures.

“We are seeing more COVID cases now than at any point during the entire pandemic and our hospitalizations are near the peak of Delta. Omicron is more contagious, and more people will likely get sick,” Inslee said. “We are providing additional tools and resources to help protect Washingtonians.”

The governor’s announcement had three main components:

  • Expanded testing
  • Increasing vaccination availability
  • Free masks

Source: Inslee announces additional resources for Omicron variant | by Governor Jay Inslee | Washington State Governor’s Office | Jan, 2022 | Medium